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Road accidents drop by 43 percent-Police

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PRESENTED THE FIGURES—Mwabumba

By Brenda Kayo:

The Malawi Police Service (MPS) has said the number of recorded road accidents in the country dropped by 43 percent in 2022 as compared to those that occurred last year.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Lovemore Mwabumba disclosed the figures on Tuesday night during a Christmas Ball at Central West Region’s headquarters in Lilongwe.

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Mwabumba represented Inspector General Merlyn Yolamu at the event.

He said in 2022, the country recorded 5,034 accidents as compared to 8,895 accidents recorded in 2021.

He said the number of fatal accidents also declined by 25 percent while serious accidents dropped by 30 percent.

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In addition, Mwabumba said 2022 saw a three percent decline in the number of cases of crime from 40,627 in 2021 to 39,335 in 2022.

Mwabumba attributed the fall in the number of accidents and cases of crime to efforts of police patrols in collaboration with communities and other stakeholders.

“Efforts from the police, the day and night patrols, the strategic points, the investigations, as well as community participation on crime prevention, neighbourhood watch activities, joint patrols with the police and business community and various awareness campaigns conducted by the police, have contributed towards the reduction in the percentage of crime as well as improvement on road safety,” he said.

He said moving forward, the law enforcers will engage an extra gear to further bring down the figures by augmenting partnerships with communities.

He said the focus will be much on mob justice because “laws of Malawi do not allow a person to take someone’s life or indeed their own”.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Responsible for the Central West Region, Jacqueline Kainja, while appreciating the 2022 success, bemoaned the rise in suicide cases.

Kainja also pleaded with communities to continue supporting MPS so a successful fight against crime.

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