The government has commended Mchinji businessman and philanthropist Simbi Ashan Phiri for funding the newly constructed Kamwendo Police Unit in Mchinji at an estimated cost of K85 million.
Speaking when she received the facility on behalf of the government on Monday, Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Grace Chiumia commended the South African-based businessman for the donation, saying it would ease challenges faced by the police in the district.
“Simbi Phiri has shown that he has a giving heart, hence the donation to the community. We appreciate the good relationship you have with the government. This is a good gesture, and patriotism at its best,” Chiumia said.
Besides the police unit, Phiri also donated furniture, a vehicle (a Ford Ranger) and five motorcycles to ease mobility among police officers in their law enforcing duties.
A few months ago, Simbi Phiri renovated a health centre in the same district for K200 million.
Inspector General of Police Lexten Kachama said the new offices would enable police officers at Kamwendo to have a decent place to operate from.
“What we have witnessed today is the best definition of a good working relationship between the police and citizens. The battle against crime cannot be won by the police alone, it requires community involvement. We, at the Malawi Police Service, do not take this gesture by Simbi Phiri for granted,” Kachama said.
Speaking in an interview after the handover ceremony Phiri, who is also chairperson of Khato Holdings, a civil engineering company based in South Africa, said he funded the construction of the police unit after noting the poor state it was in.
The businessman has also drilled a borehole at Mchinji Police Station worth K6 million.
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