Rumphi Chief Worried With Low Numbers of Police Units
Traditional Authority Mwamlowe in Rumphi has complained that inadequate police units and officers is threatening the security of the district.
Speaking during a safety and security meeting at Chiweta recently, with the commissioner of police in the North and other stakeholders, Mwamlowe said that some people in the district cover more than 70 kilometers to find the next police post.
He said that such development contributes to a smaller number of cases reported to police. For example, he said some defilement and witchcraft cases go unreported in areas such as Tchalo and Mlowe because there are no police units.
"Accessibility of security services is very challenging here and people walk 60 to 75 kilometers to Chiweta, the only nearest police post," lamented T/A Mwamlowe.
He urged authorities to fix the problem, citing that the area is one of the entry points for illegal immigrants from Mozambique and Tanzania.
Reacting to the plea, commissioner of police responsible for the north Rhoda Manjolo said construction of new police posts depends on the capacity of communities as government only provides technical support.
Commissioner Manjolo acknowledged the concerns from the chief and communities in the district as genuine, but highlighted communities have a big role in constructing new police posts.
Rumphi district has seven police units and 131 police officers over a population of 230 000.