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New CCJP Board pledges impartial and nonpartisan civic education

Kondwani Kamundi | Dec. 16, 2020, 12:59 a.m.

Newly appointed chairperson of the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace of the Archdiocese of Lilongwe (CCJP Lilongwe), Herbert Ludaka, has pledged to deliver impartial and nonpartisan civic and voter education as Malawians prepare for the fresh presidential poll.

Ludaka said the Commission values impartiality as a principle of natural justice, which stresses on the need to ensure that decisions should be based on objective criteria, rather than on the basis of bias, prejudice, or preferring the benefit to one person over another for improper reasons.

He made the remarks in an interview on the sidelines of their induction at Msamba Catholic Centre in Area 36 in Lilongwe.

The CCJP Lilongwe Commission Secretary, Mr. Noel Mtonza shares a report on the Commission’s status with the new board members

The new board replaces an old one whose term of office expired in October 2019.

“We are not there to take sides, but to ensure that peace and justice continue to prevail beyond the fresh election. So, as usual, we pledge that the Commission will remain impartial as it delivers civic and voter education activities in the districts that fall under the Archdiocese of Lilongwe,” said Ludaka.

He further stated the new board will work towards strengthening its relationship with the Secretariat to achieve smooth implementation of interventions by the Commission.

“As a board, we are expected to give guidance to the Commission. The Commission carries out several activities within the Archdiocese of Lilongwe. Therefore, as a board, we are there to give guidance on activities that take place in the archdiocese, especially those involving peace and justice,” he said.

CCJP Lilongwe Archdiocesan Secretary Noel Mtonza expressed excitement with the induction of the new board.

Mtonza said the Secretariat is particularly happy that the new board of Commissioners comprises technocrats in various fields, which make it easy for them to tap from their in-depth knowledge and expertise when implementing their projects.

“We are so grateful to the appointing authority that we now have the 10th cohort of the Board of Commissioners for CCJP Lilongwe. We are very happy, as Secretariat, that our work has now been eased because of the expertise we will tap from the board. We need guidance on social justice, law, governance and other critical areas. And we can only work well and comfortably when we have the minds that have the technical knowhow on these issues,” he said.

The new board comprises technocrats in law, political science, finance, economics, development management, internal and external audit and litigation, among others.