Police in Malawi’s eastern district of Balaka are urging communities to take a leading role in the fight against crime in the district.
Coordinator for the Community Policing, Sub Inspector Roster Milanzi made the call at a Community Policing meeting held at Traditional Authority Chanthunya’s Headquarters.
Milanzi said the country is now awash with increased reports of criminal activities hence the need for everyone to take part in fight against crime.
“This is not the time that one can seat down and complain of security lapse instead of taking part in the fight against crime. The fight against crime is not a one-man job. It’s now the time for everyone to ask himself of what he has contributed towards the security of his area. The first step to your security is to know your neighbor and report suspected criminals to Police,” he said.
Milanzi said Balaka also said the police is saddened with increased reports of violation of children’s rights citing cases of defilement which has increased by 80% in the district in the past six months.
He however said the police is doing everything possible to fight all sorts of criminal activities including violation of children’s rights.
“Police has launched a ‘who are you campaign’ which will assist in detecting crime as it promotes the spirit of knowing how a neighbor earns a living,” he said.
Traditional Authority Chanthunya promised to take security issues seriously and asked his subjects to be in the forefront in the fight against crime in their respective areas.
Chanthunya called upon everyone mainly women not to shield anyone suspected of violating children’s rights in his area.
“I will deal with anyone entertaining issues to do with crime and violation of children’s rights in my area,” he said.
The meeting was attended by all chiefs under Traditional Authority Chanthunya, Area Development Committee members , Child Protection Committees, Community Victim Support Units and Community Policing Committees.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :