Malawi’s former Vice President, Right Honourable Justice Chimera Malewezi has praised the national Initiative for Civic Education NICE for the role it is playing in proving civic education in the country.
Right Honorable Malewezi was speaking when he presided over the launch a book co-published by NICE and the Institute for Policy Interaction (IPI).
The book, titled "The Malawi 2014 Tripartite Elections - Is Democracy Maturing?” is an analysis of the May 2014 Tripartite election. It was co-edited by Nandini Patel and Michael Wahman and published with financial support from the European Union and the Government of Malawi.
Delivering his keynote address at the book launch Malewezi said NICE did a commendable job providing civic education to the masses on the electoral process.
“The high voter turnout and peaceful conduct of people during the polls is a testament to the commendable job that NICE did in the provision of Civic Education,” Right Hon. Malewezi said.
The former Vice President also said the conduct of Malawians in the election had kept alive the nation’s aspirations as articulated in a Policy Document of the year 2000 duped ‘the Malawi Vision 2020.’
“In the year 2000, we Malawians developed the Malawi Vision 2020. The phrase ‘democratic maturing’ is explicitly mentioned in the summary wording of Vision 2020,” he recalled.
“It was envisaged that by the year 2020, Malawi, as a God -fearing nation, will be secure, democratically mature, environmentally sustainable, self-reliant with equal opportunities for and active participation by all, having social services, vibrant cultural and religious values and a technologically driven middle-income economy,” the former Vice President said, adding that by holding peaceful elections Malawians had demonstrated their God-fearing nature.
The book launch was attended by several high profile guests, including EU Ambassador to Malawi Marchel Gerrmann, former commissioner of the Malawi Electoral Commission, Ambassador Reverend Emmanuel Chimkwita, NICE Board Chair, Mrs. Susan Kaunda, authors of various chapters in the book and officials from both NICE and IPI.