19 November 2017
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Machinga Police hail traditional leaders for curbing crime

Written by  Mayamiko Majawa

Machinga, November 9, 2017: Machinga Police have hailed traditional leaders in the district for working hand in hand with police in curbing crime, including abduction and killing of people with albinism. 

Machinga Officer In-Charge of Police, Sladge Yoosuf, in an interview with Mana on Thursday, said community leaders were doing a good job in curbing different types of crime, including rape and others.

He said from January 2017, Machinga District has recorded no cases of killing and abduction of people with albinism because of the good working relationship that has existed between traditional leaders and the law enforcers.

The police officer observed that since police and traditional leaders started meeting on security issues, there has been a remarkable reduction of criminal cases and have managed to track a number of perpetrators of crime.

“As Officer In-Charge, I make sure we conduct six meetings a week with community policing and traditional leaders in order to sensitize them about preventing crimes,” said Yoosuf.

He then added that by October, 2017, Machinga Police had managed to reduce crimes by 26 per cent compared to last year during the same period when the law enforcers only managed to reduce the crime rate by seven per cent.

He expressed hope that the good working relationship which exists between the two parties will continue and that the people’s lives and property will be protected.

Traditional Authority (T/A) Kapoloma concurred with Yoosuf, saying the good relationship between traditional leaders and police had assisted them to recognize criminals.

He added that they have been conducting community policing meetings together where communities had been sensitized on the dangers of getting involved in criminal acts.

He further said the police have trained them on how to handle cases before they are reported to police.

“We will continue working with police since we are all saving people and this is helpful,” said Traditional Authority Kapoloma.

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