EPA Donates; Bvumbwe Police Caution Communities Against Strange People

EPA officials presenting a donation EPA officials presenting a donation - pic by Luka Beston

Police in Bvumbwe township in Thyolo have cautioned communities against suspected criminals that are relocating and proposing marriages to desperate women affected by Cyclone Freddy in the southern region.

Station's community policing coordinator, Franco Kasiya said such people are ending up stealing their remaining property and relief items in such a fashion.

He has also alerted them of the recently pardoned prisoners who could be involved in crimes since others were yet to be reformed.

He cautioned: "Criminals have taken advantage of this situation to disguise the member of communities aiming at stealing their property, so they need to be alert always. Some may come in form of getting married to women in the villages".

Kasiya said this on Saturday at Phalula 1 village, in the area of Inkosi Bvumbwe after the Elderly People Association of Malawi (EPA) donated K1 million of food and nonfood items to 42 households.

Its acting executive director, Langton Peter Chasowa, has suggested for a well coordinated response to the disasters by government and stakeholders to ensure that the elderlies are not sidelined.

"When you are old you are powerless, people say a lot against you. In fact, the longer the older live the danger they are. These are the people that have Malawi to be what it is. They have paid taxes for a longer time and so on," he implored.

One of the beneficiaries, Gloria Thomson has hailed the donation which she claimed was the first since the disaster hit.

The items included, flour, soya pieces, plastic kitchen utensils, likuni phala among others supported by Arkay Plastic Limited and Avulon Trust.

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