A lmost nine months after irate residents torched Chilomoni Police sub-Station in Blantyre, police officers have started full operations following renovations that are still underway.
When The Nation visited the sub-station yesterday morning, business was being conducted as usual
The outside view of the building has been renovated and it has been roofed with new iron sheets.
Although some of the rooms have been painted, the corridor and the walls remain darkened with smoke from the fire that burnt it down.
Station officer Christopher Kasalika said the police officers started using the renovated building last month.
“At the moment, we do not have are furniture, computers and ceiling. As for curtains, we had to seek some from [Mapeto] David Whitehead and Sons,” he said.
The sub-station’s rehabilitation task force chairperson Chifundo Lingao said progress has been made since rehabilitation works started, but there is still a lot of work to be done.
He said the task force will meet to find ways of how to finish the rehabilitation work.
“Our intention is to get back the police station together. Our initial budget was K15 million but over K7 million which was sourced has been used and now we have to get additional funds as works are still underway,” said Lingao.
On June 21 last year, some Chilomoni residents torched the police station and destroyed motorcycles, computers, stationary vehicles and security equipment, among others.n