By Dyson Kamwana
Kasungu, October 10, Mana: Commissioner of Police responsible for Central East Region, Happy Mkandawire has condemned acts of vandalism targeting police facilities whenever there are disagreements between communities and the law enforcers.
Speaking on Friday when he visited a police unit at Bowe Trading Centre in Kasungu which was vandalized by community members, Mkandawire said police structures are erected for the benefit of communities and advised community members to refrain from destroying them.
The police unit was vandalized on October 6, 2020, when irate residents from the area were baying for the blood of a suspect who was in police custody for allegedly stealing a motorcycle.
Mkandawire warned that all community members who took part in damaging the police unit will be arrested and prosecuted.
“This tendency of destroying police units whenever community members disagree with police is very retrogressive.
“I direct that in pursuant to criminal justice, all suspects involved in the matter be arrested and prosecuted accordingly,” he said.
Councilor for Chakhaza Ward, Rachael Meke, described the violence that was perpetrated as unfortunate and asked chiefs, the business community and the community at large to work together to rehabilitate the facility.
She advised community members to engage police in contact and dialogue once they are aggrieved or not satisfied with their services.