Former Manchester Police Chief, Peter Fahy, on a three day visit to Malawi on Tuesday met Inspector General of Police Lexten Kachama where he expressed his concern over how the Malawi Police handles the street kids.
Sir Peter, a police officer since 1981, has been Greater Manchester’s chief constable since 2008 before resiging to become chief executive of the African street children’s charity Retrak.
Speaking during the meeting at Area 30 in Lilongwe, Fahy who was accompanied by his Director of Programmes Maggie Crewes, and Chisomo Children’s Club Executive Director, Charles Gwengwe, said it is not proper for the Police to arrest street kids.
Fahy said the best way to proceed on the matter is to work with child protection agencies like Chisomo Children’s Club (CCC), who engages the kids.
“Arresting the kids is not solution,” said Sir Fahy.
During the meeting, Fahy promised for inclusive exchange programmes with Manchester Police.
According to Fahy, who is also a professor of criminal justice at Manchester University, Manchester Police will be training Malawi Police on how to deal with the street children.
In his remarks IG Kachama commended Fahy for the commitment to train the Malawi Police.
Kachama instructed Commissioner responsible for community policing to take up the issue directly from Fahy.
Former United Kingdom Police Chief who is also a street kids NGO, Retrak International Chief Executive Officer, and Professor of Criminal Justice at the Manchester University, Sir Fahy is
Speaking to Nyasa Times at the Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) during their arrival at KIA Fahy said he was very happy to visit Malawi for the first time.
Fahy described the country as ‘indeed a warm heart of Africa.’
Sir Peter Fahy is visiting Malawi in his capacity as new Retrak CEO, a role he assumed after his retirement from the position of Manchester Police chief.
Charles Gwengwe, who is also Chisomo Children’s Club Executive Director, said while in the country, Sir Fahy met various Government officials who included officials from the Ministry of Gender, Home affairs and Inspector General of Police.
Gwengwe said the visit by Fahy was very important because it has helped him and other international agencies to appreciate challenges that the street kids are facing.
Other officials Fahy is expected to meet include director of Action Aid Malawi, UNICEF officials and other partners.
Retrak ‘s vision is to create a world where no child is forced to live on the street and works to transform highly vulnerable children’s lives; preserve families; empower communities and give each of them a voice.
The charity Retrak adopted Chisomo Children’s Club in 2013 and has since then reached out to over 2000 street connected children , children in conflict with the law, child prostitutes, trafficked children and child labour over the past two years with Retrak’s mentorship and support.
Chisomo Children Club has so far embarked on preventive programs on street kids through Self Groups Approach and have so far formed 46 groups in Blantyre and Lilongwe using a USD1.9Million, five year pact.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :