By Martha Kachingwe Phiri, LILONGWE
Over ten months after receiving a list of nominees, President Lazarus Chakwera has finally constituted the Malawi Peace and Unity Commission and appointed 11 members to serve it.
Secretary to the President and Cabinet Colleen Zamba says the members are Paramount Chief Kyungu, Dr Francis Mkandawire, Simon Munde, Sheikh Dr. Ali Makalani, Reverend Zacc Kawalala, Bishop Mary Nkosi, Mwandida Theu and Emma Kaliya.
It will also include Secretary for Peace and Unity, Solicitor General and Secretary for Homeland Security.
Zamba adds the appointments are effective November 2 this year. But they will wait for confirmation by the Public Appointments Committee of Parliament.
Earlier, Local Government, Unity and Culture Richard Chimwendo Banda justified the delay in appointing the members; arguing there were some administrative issues that needed to be sorted out first.
The Radar understands the process to institute the commission began last year. This was after Parliament had passed the Peace and Unity Bill in March. Chakwera assented to it in May 2022.
According to the National Peace Policy of August 2017, the commission’s mandate is to defuse conflicts and political violence; issues that also took center stage during the launch of Umodzi Day on Thursday.
President Chakwera speaking during the launch of the Umodzi Day in Lilongwe.
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