EU welcomes dissolution of NICE board

The European Union has welcomed the dissolution of the National Initiative for Civic Education by President Joyce Banda.

EU ambassador to Malawi Alexander Baum told the state controlled Malawi Broadcasting Corporation TV on Monday that the dissolution of the board was a welcome move because the constitution of the board was unprocedural.

The late president Bingu wa Mutharika constituted the board without regard to suggestions from the civil society organizations on the inclusion and removal of some names.

Alexander Baum: EU head of delegation

Baum said the EU will resume funding of NICE in the  next two months because of the dissolution of the board. He said EU was worried with the board because it compromised civic education which is very necessary for the 2014 elections.

He said it is sad that NICE funding has expired but with the resumption of funding all will be fine.

The late Mutharika’s board had included the controversial Mabvuto Bamusi who was chairperson of the board. Bamusi who was chairperson of the Human Rights Consultative Committee but dumped it and became puppet for the late Mutharika, is one of the big casualties following the dissolution of the NICE board.

Meanwhile, Malawi Electoral Support Network has also welcomed the dissolution of NICE board and asked EU to resume funding so that civic education resumes.

MESN chairperson Aloisius Nthenda said he was happy that EU had committed to resume funding.

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