National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust and Central Region Police have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to ensure peace during the electoral period in the region.
The pact will among other things see Nice Trust advocate tolerance while the police ensuring that perpetrators of violence are brought to book.
Central Region Police Commissioner Innocent Botoman said police will intensify security to ensure safety of people and property.
“We have already heard rumours of violence and threats, but let me assure you that people and their property will be safe during the electoral period,” he said.
On his part, Nice Central Regional civic education officer Christopher Naphiyo said the organisation will reach every corner of the region to sensitise people to issues of democracy, the electoral system and the need for peace.
“The MoU gives us an extra task to educate the masses on good conduct during the electoral period,” he said.
The MoU has come at a time when there have been reports of political violence including threats and attacks to human rights activists.
The recent attacks include the torching of Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) offices in Lilongwe and United Transformation Movement (UTM) vehicles in Lilongwe. n