Kasungu-based businessman, Seleman Chikho and one of the tobacco buying companies in Lilongwe have donated office equipment worth about MK500,000 to the central region public relations office of the Malawi Police.
The two donations were made separately following an appeal the Central Region Police publicist, Supt. Nolliettie Chihana, made recently in the media that her office lacked equipment to make her job easier.
Chikho, who owns Chikho Hotel in Kasungu, donated a brand-new desktop computer while the tobacco company – which did not want to be mentioned – donated a laptop and a printer, all brand new.
In an interview on Tuesday, the businessman said he felt compelled to donate the desktop after reading an online article published by Malawi News Agency towards the end of the year.
Chikho said he cross-checked the information with the office of the Deputy Inspector General of Police where the need for the office equipment was confirmed, hence the donation.
“I found it very important to donate to the police because I felt that as a Malawian, this is our police and government alone cannot manage to do everything,” he said.
Chikho added: “It is incumbent upon us especially those who can to support our public institutions be it the police, health or education sectors: these are our institutions, serving Malawians who are our brothers and sisters.”
Supt. Chihana described the donation as timely saying it would ease her job as she would no longer move from one office to another looking for a free computer or printer to use as it was the case before.
“We really appreciate the donation; this is a gesture of patriotism and it really shows how healthy our relationship as Malawi Police Service is with the public that we serve,” she said.
The MPS has in the year 2016 received a number of donations including an office building and motorcycles to Kamwendo Police in Mchinji which were donated in December 2016 by a Malawian business mogul based in South Africa who is also Executive Director for Khato Civils, Simbi Phiri.
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