National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) has asked Government to be inclusive in handling issues concerning Covid-19, a disease caused by the Coronavirus, if the country if is to win the fight.
The remarks have been made by NICE Executive Director Ollen Mwalubunju during a meeting in Lilongwe, between The Social and Community Welfare Committee of Parliament and NICE Management on COVID 19 and NICE’s Preparedness in Awareness Raising.
He said the COVID19 Preparedness and Response Plan should not be government-centered.
Mwalubunju also cautioned against monopolising resources, saying Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) can help play a part.
On the issue of Lockdown, Mwalubunju said it needs a lot of discussion.
“In Malawi, a lot of people depend on raising money daily to survive. Government needs to discuss the Lockdown issue with different stakeholders first so that they get different ideas if the lockdown should take place or not so that in the end they make sure the poor do not die of hunger if there could be a lockdown,” said Mwalubunju.
He added that there is also need to avoid politicizing the Pandemic but the opposition and Government should put their political differences aside and work together in fighting against it
In his remarks, Chairperson of the Committee, Savel Kafafa, said they decided to call nice to find out from them why they have been inactive about spreading Coronavirus and Elections messages to Malawians as they always do.
He added that now that they know that they were lacking money to spread the messages, they will talk to the Cabinet Commitee on Coronavirus to fund NICE so that they sensitize the nation on the Pandemic.
“We will talk with the Cabinet Commitee on Coronavirus to fund Nice from the money they are collecting on the preparedness and response of the disease so that NICE can resume with their sensitization activities across the country. No one should be left behind especially on COVID19,” added Kafafa.
Currently, Malawi Has recorded 33 Cases of COVID19 including 3 deaths and 3 recoveries.
The country is also expected to hold a fresh Presidential Election within 150 days as ordered by the Court.