Central West Region Police and their counterparts from Eastern Province in Chipata, Zambia, have resolved disagreements that ensued between communities of Mchekeni Village, Traditional Authority Mlonyeni in Mchinji and Lusako Estate owner Ricado Lossacco.
The dispute emanated from the erection of an electric fence by Lossacco which communities said was posing a threat to their children’s lives.
In an interview, group village head Mchekeni said communities around the area objected to the erection of the fence and requested that it be shifted away from the community.
“The community cannot access a graveyard following the erection of the fence,” he said.
The chief also said people were not pleased with the arrest of two children from the area by the estate’s security guards for allegedly vandalising part of the fence and destroying macadamia nuts trees.
Central West Region Police Commissioner Meryline Yolamu said she was pleased that the community members and Lossacco resolved their differences.
She said Zambia and Malawi have always enjoyed a cordial relationship and that there was need to cement the existing ties for the benefit of the two countries.
Her counterpart, Eastern Province in Chipata-Zambia Commissioner Lackson Sakala was equally pleased that the disagreements are over.
Meanwhile, Lossacco has agreed to allow people access the graveyard, release the two children and shift the fence away from the area.
Lossacco thanked police officers from the two countries for facilitating the dialogue.
The two children have since been released by Vubwi Police Station and were taken by Mchinji Police for the law enforcers to hand them over to their community.