Thyolo Police Station officer-in-charge Teresa Nankhuni has said crime rate is expected to drop in the district following intensified awareness campaigns on the evils of violence.
She said this on Tuesday on the sidelines of a meeting organised by Young Achievers for Development (YAD) under Udindo Wanga Project.
The meeting was held to sensitise communities against violence against people with albinism and the elderly in group village head Kavunya Traditional Authority (T/A) Kapichi in the district.
“People will be responsible to nurture lives and the property of others. We expect reduced crime rate in terms of abuse of the elderly, and abductions and killings of people with albinism. The presence of crime prevention committees in villages enhances sanity,” said Nankhuni.
YAD president Jefferson Milanzi said the project empowers people to uphold ethical conduct towards minority groups.
“Abuse and discrimination against the elderly and people with albinism affect their contributions to development initiatives as they are psychologically affected. It is everyone’s responsibility to stop all vices happening in societies,” he said.
Group village head Ngamwane 1, who represented T/A Kapichi, hailed YAD for the meeting.
Through the project, YAD has established 130 crime prevention committees in Thyolo. n