Malawi Police bank on citizen participation to curb crime

The Malawi Police Service is calling for the country’s citizenry to partake in community policing initiatives if the rate of crime, which is currently at alarming rate, is to drop.

Cops on patrol

Cops on patrol

There has been a general increase in crime rate the situation which forced the police service to engage in shoot-to-kill mode as one way of dealing with the problem.

Beatrice Mikuwa, who is the deputy Public Relations officer for Southern Region Police said as a police service they were banking on community participation to deal with different challenges affecting the communities within Malawi especially on the issues related to security.

Speaking through Tikhale Tcheru, a television programme monitored on MBC-TV on Saturday afternoon, Mikuwa urged Malawians to help law-enforcers on security issues.

Mikuwa the citizenry has responsibility to ensure the country is crime free by participating in various initiatives such as community policing.

She further said: “Protection begins with you (citizens), we are very far from your locations and if something happens deal with it or tell us in a good time than blaming us-Police that we are failing. We all need to participate on the security issue, not Police alone”.

“It’s worrisome that some people refuse to help their neighbours or friends, when attacked by criminals. Let us unite and act on community policing to enhance our security.”

Tikhale Tcheru is one of the most watched TV programme on MBC-TV and is now funded by Malawi Gaming Board (MGB). According to the TV promo beamed on MBCTV, the programme will be broadcasted on Saturday 1PM and repeated on Monday 16:30Hrs.

The programme is produced by the Blantyre based media agency Elephant Media Productions.

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Grace Phiko

Thieves are dangerous and if Police have been called they have to be fast as it happens with fire Cars. The issue of help us alone is there but prosecution and other things are letting justice not to prevail. The Police have to act professionally so that our country forge ahead that turning back. The programme is well produced and good but Police you need to act professionally.

Madalitso Kawaye

It is very important that we help u Police but be the first 1 to help people. When one caught stealing arrest him/her and prosecute him according to the rules,otherwise if you release them then that’s where mob justice comes.

Madalitso Kawaye

It is true that we should help you on security but be the first to help the general public. When caught thieves and in your hands dont leave them before prosecuting them, this makes people to entice on mob justice.

But bravo for such a TV programme, good for our nation.

gamba chingwe

Pologalamu imeneyi isamati kuyamba nkusiya, muthamange mwa ma sponsors ambiri, tizionera basi ndi pologalamu yabwino pa Malawi ponse pano. Tithokoze a Malawi Gaming Board amene abwerawa kuti apitilize kuigwira pologalu imeneyi mwina 50 0r 60 pologalamuzi, ndalama za a Malawi zimenezi zochokera ku juga ndi mipikasno ina. Otherwise its a good program with good intention, we the publics we need to help Police, for sure. Bravo Police Bravo MGB


Please, may I ask our law enforcers (police), to let the communities help them deal with the situation at hand through whatever means. .

Lydia Phiri

Its true, as Malawians we need to take part for security, we only wait police to come yet we have things that can make us support the Police. Bravo Police for your work though you are few


Don’t worry much ,most of the time it’s your fault , you ignore to investigate most of the cases and you come with fake documents in order to protect criminals on the government side as you did with Chasowa’s and Bingu’s deaths . The police should not work with the government but it should work to protect all the citizens in the country without taking sides.


The community needs to see the police service doing the needful and arresting ALL wrong doers not just those in opposition! You cant be calling the community to help the police when the very police are letting free perperators of violence just because they belong to the ruling party. Thats a sure way of making people take the law into their own hands!


The community is already helping to curb crime. Mob justice is part of community policing.

Mob justice is there because the proper legal and policing system is failing Malawians.

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