Police assures Malawians of security, launches crackdown on criminals

Police in the country have urged Malawians to stop living in fear as they have intensified their campaign to arrest culprits.

National police spokesperson, Dave Chingwalu told Malawi News Agency (Mana) that people should not live with fear because of recent killings across the country, saying they have started arresting some suspects in connection to serial killings and theft.

“We are geared to arrest serial killers and thieves who have terrorised the country of late. Some have been already arrested while others will be apprehended soon,” Chingwalu said on Wedneday.

Maximum  security

Chingwalu also expressed optimism that their intensified campaigns to arrest thieves will provide people with total security in the country.

Chingwalu: We will apprehend the criminals

“People should entrust us and I can assure Malawians that maximum security shall be provided. In case, others have information regarding such people can always report to police for proper action,” he urged.

The fear of Malawians is a result of recent serial killings that have happened in Blantyre where a woman was gang-raped and killed while another woman in Chikhwawa was also killed in a similar manner.

Some people in the country have accused the Joyce Banda’s government for removing shoot to kill policy and continued directives from the Inspector General of Police, Lot Dzonzi advising his officers to avoid shooting thieves and thugs.

People’s comments

Some Malawians observed that police should be vigilant and ensure that thieves do not have a place in the country for their inhumane deeds.

Juliana Kondoli, Area 24 resident in Lilongwe, expressed dissatisfaction over police’s handling of thieves in the City, saying thieves should not be treated with kids’ gloves.

“Why should police treat thieves with kids’ gloves yet when they want to steal and kill people they are brutal? Police need to equip themselves and guard us against serial killings and theft. We need security back,” Kondoli said.

Mavuto Phiri from Area 18 in the same city also noted that police should tread with care when dealing with thieves, saying thieves are merciless and deserve same treatment if the police were to be commended in providing security.

“Thieves of late have killed innocent people and stolen people’s property. The Inspector General should direct his officers to kill such merciless individuals if we want security in the country,” Phiri explained.

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