Communities benefit from bylaws in Malaita province

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A total of 34 communities in five wards in Malaita province have launched and enforced their community bylaws as are now benefiting from them.

The launching of these community bylaws came as a result of great work done under the Community Governance and Grievance Management Project (CGGMP), supported by MPGIS through MPG and donor partners for Malaita province. 

Coordinator for CGGMP in Malaita, Mr Emmanuel Maesua said in 2019, his office prepared a bylaw draft after consultation with other responsible stakeholders and issued the draft to communities in the province through CLOS.

He said the whole idea is to create a roadmap through the bylaw template for communities to contribute by way of contextualising the draft to their situation and adopt it.

Maesua said this is what had happened and positive feedbacks have been received from communities on the initiative on achievements made so far.

He said first launching of the bylaw under the CGGMP was made in ward-five which is a “ward bylaw” governing 27 communities within the ward which is represented by Premier Daniel Suidani.

Maesua said other community bylaws included three in ward 28, two in ward 29 and one each for ward 10 and nine in the province.

He said at the moment his office has 47 community bylaws which are at a draft stage.

Maesua said so far his office continues to receive requests for the programme and he expects more communities to take onboard the initiative for the good of their communities.

He said the programme was one of the major components under the CGGMP that try to address and manage grievances through the governing structures in communities.

Maesua said the bylaw component however support the project through its strive to keep law and order in communities that can also allow the governing system in the community to prosper.