Following threats by Area 47 residents in Lilongwe city to deal with foreign nationals operating in their location as drug dealers, block leaders in the area recently called for an impromptu meeting within the community, to work out how best they can resolve the issue.
Over the past few weeks, concerned residents, particularly women threatened a demonstration to “flash out” all foreigners who are suspected of being involved in drug and substance dealings. Chiefs from the area quickly called for the meeting, which took place last Sunday at Mkwichi Secondary School to discuss how best the problem, which is said to be highly prevalent in the area, can be addressed.
“We want to see action being taken in light of this meeting, otherwise all hell will break loose,” one female resident, who attended the meeting, remarked.
People in the area were infuriated following the death of a resident, Riyadh Randeree, in Brazil who was shipped by a Nigerian on a suspected drug mission.
Some of the resolutions agreed at the meeting were that; the area should create an early warning system platform to report all cases of drug and substance dealings and residents also agreed on creating bylaws to curb drug and substance abuse.
In an earlier meeting between block leaders and police officers from Area 30 Headquarters, the law enforcers acknowledged that Area 47 has indeed become a “market hub” for drug and substances; with Chigoneka market, Bwandilo and Mbowe singled out as some of the major market interceptions.
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