Barely a day after President Joyce Banda complained of moral decay and high rate of rape and defilement cases at Ntandire in Lilongwe, police have pitched a tent close to where the President said over 70 women and girls are raped every month.
According to a report in The Nation on Wednesday, the Police on Sunday, led by Central Region Policing Coordinator, George Chimayimba, summoned Traditional Authority (TA) Njewa and his surbodinates to a public forum where they tasked to revamp the community policing structures within a week.
“We are doing this in responce to Her Excellency President Joyce Banda’s directive. We called T/A Njewa, his junior chiefs and the subjects so that they support the initiative on community-based policing approach. T/A Njewa supported the idea tyo revampo community policing as well as the setting up of a police unit.
“People here have been asking for this police unit for over 20 years.Fortunately, the President came here and heard about security lapses in the area and ordered the police to open a unit here,” the newspaper quotes the chief.
He also said the President was touched when told that due to insecurity in this populous low income area, about 68 girls were raped and infected with HIV, the virus that causes Aids.
Currently, the girls are being looked after by a well-wisher.
Ntandire falls under the jurisdiction of Lingadzi Police whose officer-in-charge Lilian M’ganga said there are around 18 000 people in the area.
The President, who met residents of the area on thursday last week, said if need be she would ban the sale of buying of alcohol in sachets, arguing it is contributing to moral decay in the country.