Chiefs in Zomba have commended police for ensuring that peace and order is restored in areas affected by blood sucking rumours.
Traditional Authority (T/A) Mbiza said this on Monday in view of a series of meetings Zomba police officers are conducting in the district to sensitise communities to blood sucking allegations, child protection and gender-based violence.
“I am happy that villagers are sleeping in their houses after police and the team from district council jointly conducted meetings in my area,” he said.
The chief said the situation started to improve when the district commissioner Emmanuel Bambe came with the team from Zomba Police Station and assured communities that the law enforcers would provide maximum security to deal with anyone trying to compromise security.
Commenting on the same, group village head Chaweza of T/A Mwambo in the district, commended the police for maintaining security, especially by arresting people who spread messages to villagers that they should not sleep in their houses because there are bloodsuckers.
Speaking at one of the community meetings in the district, Eastern Region Police Victim Support Unit coordinator Clement Mwale called on chiefs to work with the community policing forum in promoting security.
He warned communities that police would not tolerate cases of defilement, saying such cases are on the increase in the district.
At a recent full council meeting for Zomba District Council, Zomba Police Station officer in-charge Hasten Mathankie assured community members that police would continue holding meetings to interact with them.
He also commended the cooperation between Zomba Police Station and the district council in jointly interacting with the community to quell fears about bloodsucking.
The law enforcers have arrested a number of people. n