The Inspector General (I G) of the Malawi Police Service (MPS), Lexten Kachama has admitted that his institution has officers who indulge in criminal activities.
He was speaking in Zomba yesterday during an interface meeting with the business community from the Eastern Region.
The IG was, however, quick to call on police officers throughout the country to be tough on thugs.
Kachama said: “As one way of curbing criminal acts that have engulfed the country’s business community in the past few weeks, we are keeping in custody all suspects that did such acts, including those that were involved in the recent Petroda robbery and some of the stolen properties have been confiscated.”
He then outlined five strategies to curb the worsening crime rate in the country.
In an interview after the meeting, Zomba Community Policing Response Mobilisation Chairperson, Dan Phiri, said lack of security affects their businesses.
Said Phiri: “[When] we call security stakeholders based in the city on a major problem, assistance comes too late. This spoils our work and we are yet to communicate on a number of things on the matter.”
Meanwhile, the police chief also disclosed that government has pledged to deliver 100 more vehicles to the MPS by next month.
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