The US Ambassador Jeanine Jackson says it is her government’s hope that Malawians would be committed to holding non-violent elections.
Jackson was speaking in Lilongwe at the occasion of 16 Malawians joining the Lilongwe chapter of the Malawi/US Alumni Association (Museaa).
“In the coming months, we hope to call on you (alumni) to join events that will help prepare Malawians, particularly youths to participate in the 2014 Tripartite Elections.”
“We know that Malawians are committed to elections that fully express the will of the people, and that are free, fair and non-violent,” she said.
She also said her office “would like to partner with alumni on issues related to democracy and governance and on youth outreach.”
Recently, youths in Malawi debated the need for their inclusion in the running of to commemorate the World Peace Day.
Among the alumni welcomed to the Lilongwe Chapter of Museaa was (ACB) director Justice Rezine Mzikamanda, who joined a group of senior judicial officers that visited the US judicial structures in October last year
“It was an enriching experience and I am using some of the lessons learnt in my present job as Anti-Corruption Bureau director,” he said.
Museaa was established in 2005, to among other things, provide a forum for internal and external networking among all US exchange alumni while contributing to matters of national development using lessons learned from United States exchange programmes.
The Lilongwe chapter, among other projects, has in the past worked on an advocacy and training project regarding trafficking in persons in Malawi.
In the project, the chapter worked with various target groups including the Police, the Judiciary and community leaders.