Stakeholders in Balaka donates fuel for security patrols during festive season

People of Balaka can be assured of maximum security during festive season following the donation of about 370 Litres of fuel worth close to K200,000 to enable the police carry out intesive patrols in collaboration with Community Police Forum (CPF) during the festive season.

Balaka Policing Chair (L), Khonje and Ziyadi making a symbolic presentation. Photo By Elijah Phimbi, Nyasa Times

Members of the Community Policing … By Elijah Phimbi, Nyasa Times

The symbolic presentation ceremony of the donation took place on Thursday at Balaka Police Station.

Speaking after receiving the fuel, Balaka Police Station Officer (S.O) Senior Supt. Aggrey Khonje assured the stakeholders that the donation will be put into good use.

Khonje said as police, they will conduct joint patrols both during day and evening hours to ensure that people enjoy maximum security during the festive season.

On his part, Balaka District Security Chairperson Rex Namakonje Mbewe advised CPF members to disassociate with criminals.

“Let us avoid associating ourselves with bulglars but instead they be our enermies. Alot of people have gone to holidays and our aim is to protect their properties through providing adequate security,” said Mbewe.

Mbewe said apart from the fuel donation already received, they expect to receive alot more as some companies have made pledges.

Some of the companies ans individuals that have assisted in the donation are Concern Universal, Malawi Cotton Company, FDH Bank, Tropical Bakery, Zembani Lodge, MOAM-Balaka, Nasfam, Mr. Pascal among others.

Taking her turn, Balaka Police Public Relations Officer Inspector Edith Kachotsa hailed the stakeholders for the timely donation.

Inspector Kachotsa said the donation will assist the police to reach out to places they most of the times fail to reach due to lack of resources.

“We fail to reach out to some areas because we receive limited fuel so with the donation, we will be able to reach out to such places. As Balaka Police and on behalf of the Officer In-Charge I thank the stakeholders for the donation,” Kachotsa said in an interview.

“We also ask the stakeholders to continue with such kind gesture even after festivities to ensure we have maximum security at all times,” she added.

According to Inspector Kachotsa, Police will among other things be mounting road blocks and vehicles without proper documents will no be entertained on the roads.

Balaka District Commissioner’s representative a Mr. Ziyadi hailed the Police and Community Police Forum for their cordial relationship.

He also promised that the DC’s office will donate extra fuel to the police during the festive season.

Meanwhile, Eastern Region Police Headquarters has through a statement revealed that they have already launched a joint operation in the region involving officers from the Malawi Police Service, Malawi Defense Force, Prison Services, Immigration and other security
agencies.

The statement signed by Eastern Region Police Public Relations Officer Sergeant Joseph Sauka states that the operation is aimed at strengthen security in the region.

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