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UNDP urges Malawi to preserve peace

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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has emphasised the need for Malawi to put in place proper structures, which can ably detect possible tension among Malawians as a way of preventing conflicts that can destabilise the country.

UNDP’s Peace and Development Adviser, Becky Addah, was speaking on Monday in Mangochi, on the sidelines of the official launch of Mangochi District Peace Committee which is being championed by the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) with funding from UNDP.

Addah said, as a country, Malawi should not take for granted the peace and tranquility which it is currently enjoying by expecting that everything will remain like that forever.

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She therefore urged the country to invest a lot of time and resources in formulating structures that can help in making sure that the country continues enjoying the reputation of being one of the most peaceful countries in the world.

“Peace is very difficult to attain and preserve when there is war in a country. The present scenario should therefore motivate Malawi to put in place measures which can help to preserve the current peace the country is having,” said Addah.

Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, George Mkondiwa, commended UNDP for financing the formulation of the district peace committees, which he said are paramount in fostering social and economic development of the country.

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He further called on other stakeholders to help government in fighting vices such as climate change, population increase as well as the abuse of social media, which he said has the potential to bringing conflicts among people.

“We should appreciate as a country that development and population increases are also sources of conflict. Therefore it is proper that we find ways of making sure that we are managing these social economic changes to make sure that we continue enjoying peace as country,” said Mkondiwa.

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