The Officer In-charge Balaka Police Station Senior Assistant Commissioner Elias Chimimba has singled out transport problem as a major challenge affecting Police operations in the district.
Chimimba said this when he was responding to queries from Traditional leaders at Station Executive Meeting held at Nice hall on Wednesday.
Senior Assistant CommissionerChimimba said Balaka Police has dedicated Police officers who are capable of providing maximum security to the district but transport problem is what is affecting them much.
He said Balaka district is approximately 2,193 square kilometers and has a population of 316,748 but depends on one vehicle which is not in good condition again. Chimimba said this greatly affects their operations and they sometimes fail to respond to emergencies in time.
On the security of albinos in the district, Mr. Chimimba assured the public that Police is doing everything possible to protect them but asked the Traditional leaders and the general public to join hands with the Police in protecting the albinos in their areas.
“We are currently keeping in custody a 36-year-old man McKnight Malabo on allegation that he wanted to abduct a 11 year old albino boy in the area of Sub Traditional Matola in the district last week,” he said.
Chimimba therefore asked the general public to continue reporting all suspected criminals to Police.
Speaking at the same meeting, Balaka Police Community Policing Coordinator Inspector Kennedy Langwani asked the Traditional leaders to use their power to protect girl child who are falling victims of defilement cases in the district.
He also asked them to join hands with the government in fighting against early marriages in the district.
And in his remarks, Traditional Authority Kalembo thanked the Police for organizing the meeting which he said has opened their eyes on security state in the district.
He therefore assured the Police as Traditional leaders they will work hand in hand with the Police in strengthening security including security of albinos in their respective areas.
On issues of early marriages and defilement cases which are rampant in the district, Traditional Authority Kalembo said that they will work hand in hand with Community Policing Forums and Child Protection Workers in their areas to see to it that children are not defiled and that no one goes into marriage before reaching the recommended age.
The meeting was aimed at sharing security issues affecting the district and called upon all the ten Traditional Authorities of the district, Members of Community Policing Forums, Faith leaders, Magistrates and Members of Lay Visitors Committee.
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