Catholic Development Commission in Malawi (CADECOM), a relief and development arm of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) of the Catholic Church has urged Malawian journalists to write more stories concerning different policies that are formulated in the country but are not put into use.
The plea was made at a two day Media Awareness Workshop on Climate Resilient Policies in Malawi held at Zuc Lodge in the Eastern Region District of Balaka between 19th and 20th August, 2015.
In his remarks, CADECOM National Secretary Carstens Mulume said media is the most powerful tool that can help in ensuring that Malawians are well informed of several policies that have been formed.
Further, Mulume said frequent publicizing of stories concerning policies, can push the government further with help from other stake holders to ensure that the approved policies are being implemented.
During the workshop, CADECOM officials presented and shared the contents of some of the very important policies that were approved and those that are yet to be approved by the government.
The policies included Climate Change Policy, Disaster Risk Management Policy and Right to Food Bill.
In a random interview with some of the journalists who participated at the workshop, the workshop proved to be of great significance as they confessed they had no idea on what resilient policies are all about.
“It has been an important gathering since we have come to know some of the things we neve knew and in my personal capacity, I never knew there is a Right to Food Bill in the offing” said Mike Kamande of Times Group.
Meanwhile, CADECOM has vowed to put an extra gear in its working relationship with the media.