Vandalism around Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) has forced Lumbadzi and the airport’s police to embark on sensitisation meetings urging surrounding communities to refrain from the vice.
KIA police spokesperson Sapulain Chitonde said on Tuesday that some people living around the airport were tampering with the wire fence, posing danger to the facility.
He said: “Animals use these gaps to wander into the airport’s restricted areas, which can cause accidents.”
Chitonde said KIA and Lumbadzi Police held the first joint community policing sensitisation meeting on October 28 at Kamlembo Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chitukula in Lilongwe.
He said the communities were reminded of their responsibility as custodians of the airport.
Said Chitonde: “The airport is spending a lot of funds repairing the damage caused by the vandalism.
“To achieve positive results, we have introduced a reward to be given to anybody who will provide the police with information leading to the arrest of the culprits.”
In addition to the campaign against vandalism, police are also enlightening communities on police services, mob justice, rape and defilement and how to avoid drowning with the rainy season approaching. n