Northern Police Commissioner Paul Kanyama has saluted Raiply Malawi Limited for constructing a K3.85 million police unit complete with a roadblock near the wood processing firm’s headquarters in Viphya Plantation.
Speaking when he opened the checkpoint at Raiply in Mzimba on Saturday, the regional police chief urged other players in the private sector to emulate Raiply’s corporate social responsibility because security is not the responsibility of government alone.
He reckons roadblocks are pivotal in detecting criminal personalities and dealings with trafficking of illegal immigrants and timber, among the most prevalent offences, on the road that tears through Viphya Plantation where Raiply operate a 20 000-hectare forest under concession with government since 1999.
“The new unit will help Malawi Police Service fulfil its mandate of protecting lives and property. The police service cannot carry out its duties to the required standards without support from the general public and private sector,” said Kanyama, warning the law enforcers against turning roadblocks into haven of corruption and harassing civilians.
Raiply is also credited with constructing a police unit at Jenda Roadblock.
According to Raiply chief executive officer Thomas Oommen, the manufacturers of plywood, block boards, flush doors and furniture envisage the unit reducing crime not only among travellers but also a population of 5 000 employees and communities surrounding Raiply.