Members of Parliament (MPs) in Malawi Discuss to support the DPCW at the national level

 

On November 22, Members of Parliament in Malawi gathered once again at the Malawi National Assembly after the 9th Anniversary of the September 18th HWPL Peace Summit held in South Korea. The purpose was to establish sustainable peace based on the principles of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).

 

 

Malawi is a relatively peaceful country, having remained uninvolved in active conflicts since gaining its independence. Nevertheless, the nation faces socio-economic issues that require attention, such as Gender-based Violence (GBV). The event was attended by 10 members of the National Assembly, including Honorable Axson Carlyle Banda, representative of the Speaker of the Malawi National Assembly, and Honorable Ebrahim Abel Kazembe. During the gathering, they deliberated on strategies to make Malawi a more peaceful and joyous nation, drawing inspiration from the 10 Articles and 38 Clauses of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW). The objective was to promote universal values within the international community and achieve sustainable peace.

The event commenced with introductions and a welcoming speech delivered by Honorable Ephraim Abel Kayembe. This was followed by an introduction to HWPL peace projects and the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW). Subsequently, active discussions were held to work towards establishing sustainable peace in Malawi through the principles outlined in the DPCW.

 

 

Honourable Emmanuel Chambulanyina Jere, a Member of Parliament, expressed, “I believe it would be beneficial for the government’s national peace policy project in Malawi to collaborate with HWPL’s peace project. It is also advisable to arrange a meeting to discuss this proposal with the Malawi Peace Project Committee.”

During the closing remarks, representing the Speaker’s Office, Honorable Ackson Banda stated: “We express our gratitude to your organization for coming to Malawi to engage Honorable members on matters concerning peace, women, and children. As Members of Parliament, we eagerly anticipate collaborating with you to lend support to the initiatives led by your organization. I am pleased that we had this specific engagement, and we have gained insights from the presentations. We will duly consider and implement the valuable information, as previously emphasized.”

Honorable Members who attended the event proposed the establishment of a high-level working group for peace projects, aligning with HWPL’s peace initiative in Malawi, as a viable solution to address the numerous challenges at the national level. Additionally, six Members of Parliament expressed their support for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) by signing a letter.

At the 9th Anniversary of the September 18th HWPL Peace Summit, nine African countries, including Malawi, endorsed a Joint Statement committing to collaborative efforts for peace activities in the African region. This commitment was made during the session meeting titled β€œStrengthening Personal Networking for Institutionalization of Peace and Promotion of Peace Project for Southern African Region.” Subsequently, the Malawi Ministry of Education and the HWPL Department of Peace Education have sustained peace initiatives through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with HWPL.