Centre for Social Concern (CfSC) has asked councillors in the country to promote peaceful co-existence among people of different political and religious affiliations.
CfSC projects officer Tobia Jere said this on Friday in Balaka during a day-long orientation meeting for councillors on ethno-religious and political conflict management.
He said: “Councillors are influential in their communities. We would like to involve them in promoting peace by encouraging them to sensitise communities to engage in dialogue when they are in conflict.”
Before orienting the councillors, the organisation trained local advisory committees that included religious leaders, youths, women and chiefs in conflict management.
Balaka District Council chairperson Patrick Botomani said they will use their positions as councillors to encourage people to live in peace and harmony.
Apart from the councillors, the meeting was also attended by religious and political leaders who emphasised the need to build a peaceful society through dialogue.
CfSC is implementing an inter-religious project in Balaka, Machinga and Mangochi districts which have been breeding grounds for religious and political violence especially before and after general elections. n