Information Minister Moses Kunkuyu on Wednesday launched the Ndakuona Toll Free Number in Ndirande, Blantyre, Malawiâ€™s commercial city, with a call to the police to contain rising insecurity in the country.
He called on the police not to be swayed by the public, but to exercise their duty the way they were taught at their training colleges.
â€œYou should work without fear in dealing with people who are disturbing the country. I want you to start patrolling the location like you used to do last year after the demonstrations. I would like to believe that the police that were all over last year in the streets, are still working,â€ he said.
Inspector General of Police Lot Dzonzi called on Malawians to support the police through using the toll free number.
â€œNo matter how intelligent police officers can be, if they do not get support from the people, they cannot succeed. The toll free number, if well used, will help people to report crime committed in the past and also those that are about to be committed. It is free of charge,â€ he said.
Through the toll free numberâ€”0 800 990 997â€”people will tip-off the police whenever they notice suspected criminal activity or criminal suspects.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Information, the toll free number is not replacing the existing 990 and 997 emergency numbers.