Mtambo accuses previous govt of suffocating civic empowerment to freely loot

The Minister of Civic Education and National Unity, Timothy Mtambo, has accused the previous regimes of frustrating efforts to create an empowered and active citizenship so that they could give room to the ruling elites to plunder public resources.

Mtambo talking to the media

Mtambo made the accusation in Blantyre when he officially opened a capacity-building workshop for community radio stations and staff members of Nice Trust on coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional integration.

“It is unfortunate that the previous administrations provided less political will to matters of Civic education for fear that civic education leads to empowerment and an empowered citizenry is a catalyst for democratic governance such as accountability and transparency. Despite the harsh political environment, NICE has remained resilient in civic educating the masses on various issues affecting the country,” said the minister.

Mtambo said the Tonse Alliance government is particularly pleased that NICE Trust, which is a state agency mandated to provide civic education on various issues affecting the society, has already mainstreamed coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in its mobilization and awareness activities.

He stated that although the country is registering a steady rise in the number of recoveries, the pandemic continues to pose a serious danger in all sectors of life.

“Currently, the Government is working on a National Response Plan on Covid-19 through its all-inclusive National Taskforce. The Taskforce calls for intense collaboration between government and various organizations in the fight against the deadly pandemic,” Mtambo said.

Nice executive director Ollen Mwalubunju observed that Covid19 is beyond a public health, meaning that it is not only a medical issue, but also a socioeconomic matter as it affects the status and the pattern of interaction among people.

Mwalubunju said Nice realizes that the synergy between community radio stations and Nice can make a significant impact in the fight against the pandemic, and in creating public awareness on regional integration in SADC.

Mwalubunju therefore expressed commitment to working with community radio stations in ensuring that every citizen is reached with topical messages.

“The community radio stations will play a critical role in identifying role models who will be capacitated to champion issues of covid19 and disseminate the rightful information to the communities through radio stations. In so doing, we can reduce the spread of covid19 by 80 percent through civic education and community radios,” he said.

He also expressed commitment to working with the Media Institute for Southern Africa (Misa-Malawi) to educate, entertain and inform communities for free apart from the sponsoring Covid-19-specific programmes.

Misa-Malawi national governing council member, Mandy Pondani, said the pandemic has brought a lot of misinformation, disinformation and fake news.

Pondani therefore called upon the community broadcasters to help in debunking fake news on Covid-19.

“Make use of correct information and reliable sources in your programming to avoid misleading the public,” she said.

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mai ako
mai ako
10 months ago

Surprisingly Ntambo had 12 months with his Nsundwe bandits moving the street in violent demontrations in the previous adminstration and he was allowed

Igbudu
10 months ago

What is this guy doing? on a serious note, his position doesnt exist. what a waste

iweyo
iweyo
10 months ago

Will I tell this lunatic for once that he was given that portfolio to correct things. Malawians have nothing to do with the past as it will not help them. What we need is the present and the future. The stupid guy was entrusted to foster unity and how will he do that if he continues to demonise the previous government. I said it before that Ntambo is a complete misfit for this office dealing with unity. If he does not know good TOR he should ask around so that he is helped. Talking about DPP will not help matters… Read more »

FEDERALISM SUPPORTER
10 months ago
Reply to  iweyo

Bob Finye and Iweyo, you are really idiots. I think your parents must be ashamed of having such stupid kids. You can’t provide the solution without identifying a problem. In order to move forward a problem must be identified so that the current administration does not do the same mistake the previous government did. After identifying the problem you provide solutions and what will be benefited from the solutions provided. If you analyze Mtambo’ speech you can see is using a good formula, and it shows the man went to school not like you two morons. Use this formula to… Read more »

iweyo
iweyo
10 months ago

I guess you one of them. If the guy has solutions why waste time with the past instead of just implementing the solutions. The guy has been active but no achievement

Wisdom
Wisdom
10 months ago
Reply to  iweyo

Those who do not like to talk about the past always have something to hide. Learn from history so you do not make the same mistake. I bet you already know that. The problem my brothers is that once you make a mistake of becoming a cadet, it is always difficult to uncadet yourself.

Bob Finye
Bob Finye
10 months ago

How can you unite Malawians with such stupidity?

Mbulo
Mbulo
10 months ago

Useless Minister

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