Elia Bodole ACB Acting Director General and NICE Executive Director Ollen Mwalubunju putting pen to paper on during the MOU signing ceremony
In a bid to increase awareness on corruption the Anti-Corruption Bureau has reviewed its partnership with NICE in order to strengthen their working relationship. The two organizations reviewed their memorandum of understanding with the aim of increasing awareness to all Malawians.
Speaking during the MOU signing ceremony, NICE’s Executive Director Ollen Mwalubunju said the two organizations will collaborate in awareness mobilisation to report corrupt practices
“We have come together because of our cooperative advantage in promoting good governance is in line of respective mandates.” He said.
It is in our mandate to promote good governance as this MOU will promote joint information sharing on corruption preventions and detection in communities
In his remarks Mwalubunju said that it the partnership will give a chance to change mindset, attitudes, behaviour and integrity as it will also help to fight corruption which is rampant in the country.
Among other things NICE will use its awareness mobilisation strategies to reach out to all Malawians as it has been doing in other campaigns and these include use of radio drama, jingle and programmes, use of its governance platforms and many more.
An elderly man exercising his rights to vote in the election
National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Public Trust says the participation of elderly people in the 30 March 2021 by-elections signifies communities' knowledge on their voting right and entrenchment of democracy.
NICE made the remarks after seeing tens of elderly people casting their ballot in most of the polling centres in Nsanje Central Constituency.
Speaking after meeting an elderly woman who voted at Ndiole School in the Constituency, Nsanje Nice civic education officer, Kondwani Malunga was all smiles with the woman, saying her action is inspiring.
He said: "I am amazed with the growing number of old people taking part in this exercise."
Malunga said by-elections are always characterised with low voter turnout, hence, to find old people at the polling centre as early as before 6am is extraordinary.
"I am extremely impressed. This is encouraging to us as NICE and other electoral stakeholders because it shows that our messages in which we encourage people to vote are sinking in their ears," he stressed boastfully.
Malunga said the stance by the elderly in which they choose candidates of their choices without being intimidated also indicates that democracy exists and that it has penetrated in the communities.
On his part, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Commissioner Arthur Nanthuru commended the coming of people to vote in large numbers, saying it is the expectation of the electoral body to achieve over 60 percent voter turnout.
NICE will have a miniElection Situation Room to support real time tracking of incidents during the 30th March 2021 by elections. NICE Roving monitors in the districts where by elections are happening will be required to collectissues as they happen and submitting in real time. NICE will use this forum as the official page where roving monitorswill post whatever is happening around the centres and we will be able to capture those issues.The Trust has successfully used the Election Situation Room to track electoral incidences in past election.
Ollen Mwalubunju NICE Executive Director
The National Initiative for Civic Education has pleaded with Malawians to avoid believing in fake news going on about COVID 19 Vaccine. Executive Director Ollen Mwalubunju said this when he appeared as a guest during the daily COVID 19 updates by the National Taskforce on COVID 19.
Mwalubunju said that according to experts there is no scientific evidence that the Vaccine is Developed countries’ way of wiping out the African population.” It is totally not true and NICE will continue to use its volunteers who ill, be going door to door to verify these facts.” He said.
Speaking to the nation through various radio and tv stations Mwalubunju said NICE is doing its part in sensitizing the nation using various strategies which are in line with COVID 19 guidelines. He however noted that although the awareness messages are reaching out to all Malawians there are still some people in the rural areas who regard COVID 19 as a pandemic for town dwellers.
“I ask all Malawians to continue practicing COVID 19 preventive measures although the numbers of news cases are going down. It is sad to note that people are still wearing masks the wrong way covering the mouth, leaving out the nose this should be avoided.” Mwalubunju said
Mwalubunju added that through community radios messages on COVID 19 are reaching out to all Malawians.
NICE is jointly doing sensitization on COVID 19 with the Ministry of Information and the Ministry of Civic Education and National Unity. Through loudhailing messages on COVID 19 are going to all Malawians.