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.
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.