Officers decry low funding of Malawi Police units

Little or no funding that goes to police units in the country has been described of more harm than good to the operations of the police officers in the country.

The revelations have come during the third report in a quarter of 2012 to 2013 fiscal year which attracted community police officials from various police units who converged at Blantyre Lodge.

According to the a representative of Ndirande police unit at the meeting, he said most times police officers have been valued as incompetence because their job is denied adequate resources to run their daily activities in the service.

“As I am speaking now, Ndirande police unit has no car which is a big blow to our operations in as far as Ndirande is concerned. I have been reporting to the Blantyre Station here for action but no help has come so far.

Police officers decry low funding to stations
Police officers decry low funding to stations

“If the resources are not available, how do you expect us to reach areas that are far from the police unit?” he quizzed.

He said apart from having no car, the police unit receives very little fuel that can be used to borrow a car for operation.

“We have been getting 3 litres of fuel per month and looking at that fact, we cannot work to the expectations of the public and we cannot perform and in this case, it is no proper for people to blame the police on certain failures,” he said.

Another representative from Chilobwe police unit said that his police unit has no car and there are fears of serious theft acts that have started around as well as outside the Township.

During the meeting, some participants wondered why some criminals once they have been caught they were realised to have other items that are meant to be with the police officers like coats, even guns and attributed the matter to police officers who involve themselves in criminal acts with other criminals.

But addressing the matter, Station Executive Committee Chair, Biziweck Mopiha said some of the problems have been there due to the fact that most police officers are denied better incentives ranging from salaries, good houses which become very difficult to deny the accusations.

On her part, a representative from Blantyre Police Station, Senior Supt Tikita said the problems were noted and that she would report to the responsible authorities for action.

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