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Police say geared for post-court determination security

MLOTHA—Court ruling has no stalemate

Police officers in the country have been urged to prepare how to control people after the verdict of the presidential elections case.

The police say with other security agencies such as Malawi Defense Force, Malawi Prisons Services and Department of Immigration; they are working on restoring positive working relationship with members of the general public.

Northern Region Commissioner of Police, Hannings Mlotha, said this during this year’s senior police officers Christmas ball held at regional headquarters in Mzuzu.

Mlotha said because a court ruling has no stalemate, there is need for police officers to prepare very well considering that their core duty is to protect lives and property of the citizenry.

“We know very well that the court ruling is likely to have those who will be happy with it while at the same time some will not be happy so as the law enforcers, our officers should plan very well to make sure that there shall be public order at all times in the country,” Mlotha said.

In his remarks Mzuzu City Council Chief Executive Officer, Macloud Kadammanja, said the police has performed well in providing service to Mzuzu residents in accordance to their mandate.

“Let me thank the police for their continued support in the provision of security on all occasions they have been requested to do so, and it is my hope that the good working relationship that has always been there shall continue in the new year and so many years to come,” Kadammanja said.

At the event, it was revealed that the region has registered a slight increase in some crimes from January to November this year as compared to the same period last year.

In 2018, the region registered 4,471 criminal cases while this year, same period it has registered a total of 4,954 cases representing an increase in crime by 9.8 percent.

On road carnage, during the period under review, the region has registered 308 road accidents in 2018 against 496 accidents in 2019, representing 60% jump.

Most of the accidents were fatal as compared to other categories such as serious, minor and damages during the specified period.

Notable causes of the sharp increase in road accidents in the region included speeding, reckless driving and negligence.

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