Eastern Region Police Comissioner Martha Suwedi says engaging communities in the protection of railway lines has reduced accidents, vandalism and stealing of goods in open wagons.
The police official said this on Saturday in Machinga District where the police awarded three Community Policing Forums (CPFs) living along the Nacala Railway Corridor for intensifying security.
Suwedi said after noting increased accidents and criminality that occurred in the communities along the rail line, the police in conjunction with Vale Logistics established a trophy to award to three best CPFs that register little or no accidents and criminality.
“Our objective is to ensure that railway lines are not a threat to human lives but a source of income both to government and communities,” she said.
Receiving the trophy, Sub-Traditional Authority Mchinguza of Nayuchi, whose CPF outclassed others, called on Vale Logistics to be covering its cargo such as coal as smaller particles blown off by the wind affect people’s eyes.
Mchinguza CPF went away with a trophy and K40 000 cash whereas Mbanira and Sitola CPFs carted home K35 000 and K30 000, respectively and trophies. n