National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust says social injustices and undemocratic principles practiced by people in various communities in the country can be curbed if communities are empowered.
Nice made the observation on Monday in Zomba when it distributed 19 bicycles to its zone coordinators and area civic education coordinators (Acecs) from Zomba District’s 10 constituencies with technical support from the European Union (EU).
Nice Zomba civic education officer Albertina Nsongolo said the role of the zone coordinators and Acecs is to facilitate citizens’ participation and understanding of democratic issues and empower communities to demand development from service providers, hence, giving them those bicycles to ease their mobility to reach to hard to reach areas.
She said: “Our objective is to provide mediation to the poor and the vulnerable people who are constrained in accessing justice and we are optimistic that these bicycles will help these volunteers to fuel justice and harmony in their designated communities.”
Acecs representative John Nanthuru applauded Nice for entrusting justice and democratic related issues to the villagers (volunteers) and advised the beneficiaries’ to use the bicycles for their intended purpose. n