Government has appointed a new 11-member board of trustees of the National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust.
They include legal practitioner Zolomphi Nkowani, who is also lecturer in law at University of Malawi’s Chancellor College; Auda Msiska, director of finance and administration at Roads Authority (RA); Safari Mbewe, executive director for Malawi Network of People Living with HIV/Aids (Manet +) and Orison Chaponda , team leader at Democratic Governance Programme.
The others are Stella Twea, Happy Makala, Amos Makala and Susan Kaunda.
The appointments are with effect from July 28 2015 and the new board will serve for three years.
Kondwani Nankhumwa, Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture, in a statement released Thursday, said the appointments also include three ex-officio members who are the secretary of the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC), the secretary for the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MoLGRD) and the secretary of the Information Ministry.
He said the eight members have been appointed through a transparent process that followed an open call of nominations in the print media calling for civil society organisations (CSOs) to nominate Malawians of high integrity to be considered as board members of Nice.
Said Nankhumwa: “Following the call for nomination, an independent board selection committee was constituted in line with Article 5 of Nice constitution. On the basis of Nice board selection guidelines, out of 34 nominees, 12 were selected, out of which, the minister appointed eight members.”
He said government is urging the eight members to, among other things; serve Malawians to the best of their capabilities with integrity and patriotism and to discharge their duties is an impartial and non-partisan manner.
The previous Nice Trust board came into office on July 27 2012 and its tenure of office came to an end on July 27 2015,