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Police urge Balaka Pastors to work with them in fight against GBV

Written by  Mary Makhiringa
School children display various placards depicting messages against gender violence School children display various placards depicting messages against gender violence

BALAKA, February 08, 2018: Balaka Police Officer In-Charge Deputy Commissioner of Police Sekani Tembo has urged the faith community to partner with the police to curb crime in the district.

Tembo made the call when she attended a Pastors Fraternal meeting at Zambezi Evangelical Church in the district.

She emphasized that Police and the faith community play similar roles in the society of ensuring that people live in peace and harmony; hence the need for the duo to work hand in hand for the goodness and progression of the communities they serve.

“As men of God, you need to condemn any acts of Gender Based Violence (GBV)such as defilement, early marriages, drug and alcohol abuse when you are in pulpits. Expose the perpetrators so that the police should come and do the needful," she urged and added: “We need to have a safe and secure Balaka.”

In his remarks, Pastor Symon Natutu, Vice chairperson for Balaka Fraternal thanked the Officer In-Charge for involving the clergy in the fight against crime.

“Let me assure you that churches will work tirelessly towards exposing and reporting members who will be found abusing girls or women in our community,” said Pastor Natutu.

Pastors Fraternal is a grouping of church leaders within the district which among others strives to address social problems that Christians face in their daily lives.

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