Report uncooperative registration officers –NICE Trust

National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust has asked the media to report about any National Registration Bureau officers that ill-treat people that seek clarification in the ongoing national registration exercise.

Northern Region Nice Trust Civic Education Officer, Vincent Kalawa

Nice Trust officials in group photograph with Nyika Media members. -Photo by MacCathy Mwalwimba

Northern Region Nice Trust Civic Education Officer, Vincent Kalawa gave the advice in Mzuzu Friday during an interactive meeting the Trust organized with members of Nyika Media Club.

He was responding to a concern raised by some members of the media club who claimed that some registration officers were ill-treating community members who ask for clarification or interpretation in the registration process.

“Let me say it now that if you come across any registration officer ill-treating some members of the community particularly the elderly, those with disabilities and the illiterate for seeking clarification, interpretation or any kind of direction in as far a registration is concerned, please report them,” Kalawa explained.

The Officer added that “As much as we have done a good job in lobbying people to go for registration, it would be a waste of time and resources if the same people turn back in frustration because they have not been helped,” he said.

Kalawa implored the journalists to help dig deeper on some irregularities in communities so that accountability and transparency are achieved.

“The media and NICE work in communities; it is, therefore, my appeal that let us work in unison for the better good of the citizenry,” he said.

Nyika Media Club Chairperson, Wanangwa Tembo observed that the two entities have a common ground which is communities in which they work with.

He hailed the Trust for hosting the meeting.

Tembo appealed to the Trust for more training workshops where journalists could be enlightened on how to identify governance issues affecting communities.

“Journalists come across a lot of issues in their scope of work; however, without being enlightened, it would be hard to relate the issues to good governance,” he noted.

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