By Blessings Kang’ombe, Contributor:
Malawi and Mozambique security agents on Monday cemented bilateral relations as one way of resolving conflicts that often swirl at Tsangano Turn-off Market in Ntcheu District.
The market lies along the borders of the two countries.
The meeting follows a fracas that ensued last week after Malawian communities accused a Burundian national who resides and operates businesses on the Mozambican side of having a hand in the missing of a boy.
In the process, Malawian nationals went on rampage but, fortunately, police on both sides of the border were alert and quelled the situation.
Speaking during the meeting, Ntcheu Police Station Officer-in-Charge, John Nkhoma, said physical boundaries between Malawi and Mozambique should not divide people but enhance relationship.
“We are one, regardless of where we are residing. But let us remind each other that co-existence is paramount. It is, therefore, important people should adhere to laws that govern us,” Nkhoma said.
He said law enforcement agencies from both sides would intensify patrols along the border area to address emerging issues.
A representative of Mozambican police responsible for Ntcheu, Dedza, Mwanza and Nchalo borders, Buanchaque Bacoza, advised community members to consult relevant authorities when misunderstandings arise.
“We have chiefs, law enforcers and other authorities that can be consulted whenever we have concerns. And when we follow procedures of resolving conflicts, peace will prevail among us,” Bomba said.
Village Head (VH) Kanjonjo of Mozambique and VH Kalulu of Malawi said traditional leaders have a responsibility to civic-educate subjects on the negative effects of conflicts.
Tsangano Turn-off Market is famous for agricultural produce such as cabbages, tomatoes, Irish potatoes and onions.
People travelling between Blantyre and Lilongwe usually stop at the market to buy food items.
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