By Samuel Kalimira:
Scottish lawyer, Simon Crabb, has said peace and rule of law should not be separated if Malawi is to resolve the current political impasse.
Crabb said contact and dialogue should always be prioritised if the country is to avoid further conflicts.
The lawyer was speaking Wednesday during a public lecture that Church and Society of Livingstonia Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) organised as part of commemorating this year’s International Day of Peace.
The day falls on September 21, but the commemorations in the Northern Region failed to take place due to the anti-Malawi Electoral Commission Chairperson Jane Ansah demonstrations that happened on the same day.
“Malawi needs more dialogue. I think people have many issues: More is about elections and other issues. So these issues need to be unpacked. I think civil society and individuals should have opportunity to discuss with authorities, but it should be done through National Peace Commission. However, all should be done in accordance with the law and respect of human rights,” Crabb said.
The public lecture, which attracted academicians, students from secondary and University of Livingstonia, business persons and civil society members at Mzuzu Hotel, also zeroed in on problems which Malawians themselves can resolve.
Mzuzu University lecturer of Peace and Security Studies, George Mhango, while agreeing with Crabb, said it was sad that the country’s National Peace Policy is not fully being utilised.
But Church and Society Executive Director, Moses Mkandawire, emphasised the need for the key players in dialogue to follow conflict resolution framework.
“For instance, of late we have seen our president [Peter Mutharika] not being careful in the choice of words when speaking to the public. The tone is also supposed to be that of tolerance so as to cool down tempers in the country,” Mkandawire said.