Commissioner responsible for community policing Willie Mwaluka has urged Malawians to desist from perpetrating violence and damaging police structures, saying such acts lead to security breakdown.
He said this on Thursday when he received a donation of an office block worth over K16 million at Kawale Police Substation in Lilongwe constructed by the community.
“Burning police structures does not bring any good as the communities end up being the biggest losers since police fail to serve them effectively,” he said.
Kawale Police Substation officer-in-charge Mavuto M’bobo said in the absence of office blocks, officers faced serious hurdles whenever handling cases.
“We used to record statements while under trees. The situation was dire, especially when it was raining as we had no choice but cram ourselves into the tiny counter,” he said.
According to chairperson of the project committee, Jonathan Patrick, the project was funded by the community with complementary funds from a USA-based Malawians lecturer.
“We initiated the project which has cost K16 million and we are happy to hand it over today, as we look forward to continued mutual relationship between the community and the police,” he said.