The Station Executive Committee (SEC) of the Malawi Police Service (MPS) has intensified security in Karonga district ahead of the 2019 tripartite elections.
To achieve this, police in the district have distributed 35 brand new bicycles to community policing members in 35 group village heads across Karonga to ease mobility challenges when executing their tasks.
Speaking to Capital FM after the symbolic presentation of the push bikes in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Kalonga in the district, the Deputy Commissioner of police and Officer In charge of Karonga police, Brenant Chitanda said he is optimistic that the bikes will go a long way in curbing crime in the district be it misdemeanor or felony.
“When it comes to community policing, these members come from distant places so they need to ride these bikes to be able to reach us with information in good time.
In fact Karonga is well known with violence mainly incited by politicians and we have already talked to some of them that they should promote exercise good politics to avoid such crimes,” Chitanda said.
Chairperson of the SEC, Mungasulwa Mwambande concurred with Chitanda on the importance of the bikes to this department adding that although they are insufficient; they will still assist in reducing crimes in the district.
Mwambande then pleaded with the recipients to use the bikes for their intended purpose to make Karonga a crime free district.
“The bicycles you have received are not meant to be used for your own personal gains but to serve the people therefore take good care of them and do not use them as bicycle taxis,” he added.
One of the beneficiaries, Boyson Mweniyumba said that the bikes are not for personal benefit but the public therefore a beneficiary found misusing them will be taken to task.