Malaw’s premier mobile service provider TNM has donated K6.5 million to the southern region Police headquarters in order for the law encorcers to develop television programs to reach out to people as one way of combating crime in the country.
Speaking when handing over the cheque, TNM’s acting chief commercial officer Sobhuza Ngwenya disclosed that TNM was committed to partner the police in improving the security situation in the country.
He said TNM has been a victim of vandalism for a long time a development he said was retarding the company’s efforts to improve its services in the country.
“Vandalism is a big problem on our part as TNM. Most of our transmitters and equipment have been vandalized and that is why we came up with this donation to the police in order for them to reach out to people through television programs on the dangers of crime like vandalism.
“We believe when people will change their behaviour on this if they are reached out with the proper messages. Most of our equipment are in locations where people live and we are sure they will change.” Ngwenya said.
According to Ngwenya the money will cater for production and airtime cost of ten programs which will be televised weekly on MBCTV.
In his remarks after receiving the donation senior deputy commissioner of police for the southern region Dr. George Kainja commended TNM for the donation and urged other institutions to
emulate the gesture.
“This is a timely donation to us as police. More especially coming at a time we are facing so many challenges as a police in terms of rise in crime rate, community antagonism, theft just to
mention but a few.” Kainja said.
The deputy commissioner disclosed that the programs which will be produced by Elephant Media will be in form of TV drama and will be in series.
“Our aim is to reach out to people in order for them to put trust and partner us in fighting crime. You are aware of the previous incidences of community antagonism where people have torched police offices, beat up our officers and even the extent of killing one of our own in Chiradzulu recently.
“We hope these programs will go long way to reverse this situation,” said. Kainja.
Meanwhile, Kainja has assured TNM that the police will continue to support the partnership with TNM by ensuring that it strengthens security in the country in order to create a conducive environment for companies and people in the country.
“We are working around the clock to reverse the crime rate the country has experienced of late. We are aware that security is a pre-requisite to development of this country,” said the deputy