A spate of violent clashes in Karonga has compelled Public Affairs Committee (PAC) to start equipping traditional and religious leaders with conflict management skills.
The faith-based organisation is convinced that knowing how to resolve community wrangles will help restore peace in conflict zones and pave the way for free and fair elections in 2019.
Speaking during the training on Wednesday, PAC board chairperson Felix Chingota asked the opinion leaders in Karonga to take a leading role in preventing unnecessary loss of life and property due to tension.
Chief Kilupula said the knowledge has come at a right time when unsettled land and chieftaincy disputes have left the district torn by conflicts and violent clashes.
Previous elections have been blighted by bloodletting in some parts of Karonga.
The main focal point is Karonga Central Constituency, which has been nicknamed Benghazi after Libya’s battlefield due to regular clashes between sitting member of Parliament Frank Mwenefumbo and his deposed counterpart Cornelius Mwalwanda.