Rastafarians are renovating Chigwirizano police unit in Lilongwe which irate demonstrators razed early this year.
Ras Judah whose real name is Charles Liomba said they realized the importance of security for community residents, saying since the police unit was razed some months ago there have been security concerns hence the intervention to renovate it.
“We have had security concerns since the police unit was razed by irate demonstrators some months ago. This rendered residents insecure as justified by many crime cases hence we thought it wise to renovate the police unit to enable them provide maximum security,” Liomba, president of Rastafari for Unity, said.
Liomba also explained how they generated financial support for renovations, saying it was raised through fundraising from well-wishers such as Ministers and Inspector General of Police, Lot Dzonzi.
He said Minister of Home Affairs, Uladi Musa contributed K15, 000 for the renovations while Minister of Defence, Ken Kandodo and Inspector General of Police, Lot Dzonzi contributed K12, 000 and K50, 000 respectively.
“We were overwhelmed with support we got from well-wishers and some Ministers who generously gave us some financial support. The renovations are being done by Rastafarians who have different carpentry skills,” he added.
District Commissioner for Lilongwe Paul Kalilombe confirmed that Rastafarians went to his office to get a letter of permission to seek financial assistance from well-wishers in the city, saying as a community they have the right to proper security.
“They came to me to ask for permission if they could go out and ask for financial assistance from well-wishers. I gave them the permission and started raising some funds and this should be commended for their initiative to have security in their residential areas,” Kalilombe said.