Murder cases worry Police commissioner


New Commissioner of Police for the North, Martha Suwedi, has decried the increased number of murder cases in the region, calling on members of the community policing, religious leaders and chiefs to join hands in controlling the trend.

“Let me raise police concern about increased cases of murder in this region. We do not experience violent cases like burglary and car theft but there are a lot of murder cases. I do not know what is happening. The faith community and you members of community policing are there but murders still take place. I urge you to help in curbing this,” said Suwedi who said she needed time to give exact numbers of the cases.

She challenged the community policing forums to stop their communities from destroying Lunyangwa Forest which is a catchment area for Northern Region Water Board dam which provides water to the city.


Suwedi said failure to protect the forest was a security issue as it would expose women to attacks in their search for water.

“The best welcome you can give me is to cooperate with the police in this regard and other areas as well. Of course there are some greedy people out there who destroy the environment for cash. They can find other ways of earning a living,” said Suwedi.

NRWB Director of Human Resource and Administration ,Dongakhulu Hlongo, said the board thought of partnering with the police to protect the dam because of the existing community policing structures. The board funded the training.


Hlongo said siltation at Lunyangwa Dam has reached alarming levels and become a big concern to the board which has already contributed to erratic water supply at times.

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