Written by Richard Kayenda
Mzuzu-(MaraviPost)—Police in the Northern City of Mzuzu have said they are ready to help citizens in the city and other surrounding areas enjoy the festive season by preventing crimes such as robberies, defilement and drunk driving.
Speaking on Tuesday during an interactive meeting with the media in Mzuzu, General Duties Officer (GDO) II for Mzuzu Police Station, Superintendent Benson Mtajiri, said as police, they know that during Christmas and New Year festivities, there is an increase in crimes and so they are prepared to embark on foot and vehicle patrols; among other measures, to ensure the general public celebrate the season peacefully.
“Let me assure you that the police has put everything in order to ensure that this Christmas and New Year festive season is prosperous and free of crime. In order to achieve this, as the police, we have employed various strategies – some of which we have already shared with you. But the most important of these are: we have intensified both foot and vehicle patrols both during night and day; during this period, we have deployed uniformed and non uniformed police officers and some intelligence officers on the ground – preferably in hotspot areas to ensure that we are free from crime,” said Mtajiri.
Superintendent Mtajiri also revealed that Mzuzu Police Station will soon reopen police units which were razed down by angry rioters last year during the anti government demonstrations.
On his part, Chairperson of Nyika Media Club (NMC), a grouping of journalists in the northern region, Joseph Mwale, assured the police of good working relationship between the two in order to have a crime free city and also work hand in glove with them in disseminating key information to the general public as regards crime prevention during the celebratory season and onwards.
Mwale said: “Generally speaking, we have had some good relationship with the police. The media and the police have interacted quite well. Of course there are a few incidences where there is seemingly some form of crashing in the way that the media and the police operate; especially during the previous period when we had numerous demonstrations; but in terms of how we fare, generally speaking, the police have been able to engage the media and when we require information, we are able to get it from them.”
Mwale further hinted that as media, they will help the police in ensuring that Mzuzu City and other surrounding areas are made crime free through proper information dissemination.
The police admitted that during festive season, there is an alarming increase in crime rate; hence their preparation as preventive policing which falls under the Malawi Police Service five year strategic plan.