Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Atupele Muluzi has signalled government’s action on gun crime, saying they are putting strong measures at every single level to tackle crime and providing security for people to enable them to get on with their lives.
Muluzi was speaking a news conference he held together with Inspector General of Police Lexten Kachama in awake of the armed robbery that resulted to theft of millions of Malawi kwacha, death of one policeman and injury of three people on Monday in Lilongwe.
“We are taking these crimes very seriously and perpetrators will be caught and will be put behind bars,” said Muluzi.
He revealed clear sense of purpose in the fight against crime and appealed to the general public to come forward with any information that may lead to the arrest of the criminals.
“People do have a responsibility to report crimes and to help the police and other agencies in their work to tackle crime,” he said.
Muluzi said safeguarding lives and property of Malawians and investors is one of government’s highest priorities.
The Internal Security Minister, himself once a victim of a robbery attack at his Lilongwe residence, disclosed that he has been holding talks with the IG on how to effectively deal with the increasing crime rate in the country.
Police chief Kachama assured members of the general public not to panic or live in fear, saying the police are working tirelessly, day and night and will leave no stone unturned to fight crime and barbaric acts in the country.
“Roadblocks have been mounted across the country, vehicle police patrols with uniform police are being conducted national wide with the view to providing safety and security to lives and properties, also civilian groomed police are on the ground collecting intelligence which will lead to the arrest of those involved in crime,” he said.
Kachama maintained that they will not reintroduce the shoot-to-kill strategy in fighting armed criminals but said they will“work very hard. We shall be tough. We shall fight, but using necessary force as prescribed by our laws.”