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NICE promotes development and social service delievery

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So many challenges have been reported in food distribution - File Photo So many challenges have been reported in food distribution - File Photo

Thyolo, January 23, 2017: Thyolo National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust says it is receiving positive feedback from people affected by social cultural issues in their communities because of its deepening citizen voice program.

NICE District Civic Education Officer Moses Kaunda made the remarks at a District Advisory Forum (DAF) meeting on Thursday saying, people are now able to voice their concerns to Non State Actors as well as Government Departments on development and social service issues that are not going on well.

“For example on food distribution that is going on, we have received so many complaints and we have used all efforts in collaboration with the district council to iron out all concerns.

“The most interesting thing is that the voiceless are now able to voice out their concerns because we enlightened them through campaigns we conducted across the district,” he said.

He said because people are able to voice out issues concerning their day to day life, authorities will be accountable and offer quality services.

“Some authorities took advantage of the ignorance of people. But the program has enlightened people who are now able to identify the wrongdoing in their communities,” he said.

Kaunda said the problem that the district had was that people could not voice out their concerns when they see that things are not going on well.

He further said the development will empower people to actively take part in development activities.

He said apart from deepening the voice of the voiceless, NICE enlightened communities in the district with various issues such as; the abduction and killing of Albinos, good governance, transparency and accountability.

Chairperson for DAF Jenifer Maida said the district is moving forward on various issues because of the role that NICE is playing in the district.

She said the committee will continue providing necessary support to NICE so that the welfare of people in the district improves.

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