Locals Clean Torched Bvumbwe Police Station in Thyolo

Locals cleaning the station Locals cleaning the station - pic by Charles Chijere Chirwa

Communities around Bvumbwe in Thyolo held a clean-up exercise at the torched police station on Thursday in readiness for the renovation of the facility amid reported criminal activities.

Led by district based organisations Citizen Alliance and Vision for Development with a blessing from Limbe Police authorities, community members cleaned the rubles and police officers' houses at the station.

Speaking to Zodiak, district Chairperson for Citizen Alliance, Charles Chijere Chirwa says the initiative has been necessitated by growing incidences of criminality in the area.

"There has been an increase in crime, we have lost several lives. Because of those reasons, we approached Limbe Police Station seeking for assistance to rebuild Bvumbwe Police Station. So, they told us they are ready to provide us with the officers to work at Bvumbwe Police station provided the communities take a leading role.

"We mobilized the communities to clear the things which were destroyed in terms of bush and the ruble. The communities are ready to receive the police," he said.

Officer Limbe Police in-Charge Gladson Chipumphula says they are ready to deploy the manpower to the Unit since the communities have shown interest.

"In fact, that initiative is coming following the meeting that we had a couple of weeks ago. We agreed to say that we expedite the processes which are there to make sure that Bvumbwe Police is functioning again.

"We are working hand in hand with the community there which includes the MP, DC and the councilors. So, we are on the same wave range, we are working together on that," he said.

Chipumphula added: “The assessment was made whereby the recommendation was that the place that has been destroyed cannot be rehabilitated because the fires have destroyed very much.”

In January this year, community members reduced to ashes Bvumbwe Police Station after a 19-year old man died when police allegedly fired live bullets to disperse an angry crowd which stormed the police following the death of a suspect in police custody.

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