Former Inspector General (IG) of Police Lot Dzonzi has said the current security challenges facing businesses in the country require concerted efforts.
Against a spate of robberies that have hit the country’s businesses, he said, during a Police-Blantyre Business Community Strategic Meeting in Blantyre last Thursday, that police and businesses cannot resolve the current security impasse separately.
“Time has come to be more security cautious. Businesses should have security policies that drive and informs everyone in the organisation. Premises should also be protected, including having security lights and the right watchmen. Some thefts are internal which calls on businesses to review procedures on holding excess cash, payment of salaries and how goods and services are paid for—for instance, using Visa cards,” said Dzonzi who resigned as police IG on Saturday.
Also speaking during the meeting, which included businesses from the commercial city, Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) vice-president Arthur Chirwa said security is one of the obstacles to doing business in Malawi.
“The business community is delighted that the Malawi Police Service has made this initiative to meet us. Businesses are diverting human and financial resources to beef up their security,” he said.
Blantyre City deputy mayor Wild Ndipo said security is key for increased investment in the city and the country as a whole.
He said with more investments and businesses, the city will be able to collect more fees.