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CISONECC at Chakwera’s mercy for Disaster Risk Management bill enactment

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LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Civil Society Network on Climate Change (CISONECC) is geared to meet President Lazarus Chakwera on stalled enactment of Disaster Risk Management Bill.

CISONECC National Coordinator Julius Ng’oma told the news conference on Monday, February 21, 2022 that the enactment of the bill is long over due that urgent attention from high office needs to intervene.

Ng’oma (in the middle) addressing journalists flanked by Chikondi Chabvuta (right) and Mahara Nyirenda

This comes barely a year after President Chakwera promised the nation of the bill enactment in Parliament amid escalation of disasters that needs updated approach than the passive being used.

Ng’oma observes that the government has not made much focus to reduce the vulnerabilities of people through disaster risk reduction.

“Years have passed with CSOs still lobbying Government to enact the Disaster Risk Management Bill to pave way for investments in disaster risk reduction. It is evident that “fixing the economic system in order to create wealth for Malawians” should include investing in DRM sector where Malawians lose wealth, they amassed throughout the year to disasters whose impacts can be prevented.

“In addition, “fixing the agricultural system to achieve food security for Malawians” must include investing in strong infrastructure for harvesting the runoff water for irrigation purposes after the rainfall season rather than letting it loose and destroy lives and livelihoods,” says Ng’oma.

He added, “Organizations and communities can implement climate change adaptation interventions but there is a need for Government to redirect the focus on disasters to disaster risk reduction. Malawi Government to promote transparency and accountability in climate financing if the country is to continue enjoying the international support.

Ng’oma also observed that despite establishing a carbon levy to support climate change interventions through the National Climate Change Fund, the government has not yet allocated the resources accrued from the levy to the Fund.

He was addressing the news conference along side Chikondi Chabvuta of Care Malawi and Mahara Nyirenda of Development Fund of Norway.

They also lamented government’s lack of seriousness in prioritizing and action transparency and accountability in climate finance, investment in disaster risk reduction, promotion of solar-powered irrigation farming, promotion of farming as a business, promoting access to clean energy and embracing resilience building in transport and public works.

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