Vice-President Saulos Chilima has called for harmony, trust and a peaceful coexistence between the police and communities in the country.
The Veep made the call yesterday when he received a K188 million Nsipe Police Post on behalf of Nsipe communities in Ntcheu constructed by the Chinese Government.
Chilima said: “While government considers building [an] effective and legitimate police force is essential for sustainable peace and economic growth, lack of civilian trust in the police has been a major problem, leading to communities burning police facilities and beating up police officers.
“I appeal to Malawians, not only here in Ntcheu but everywhere, to cultivate good relations with the police. Police are there to serve you.”
The Veep thanked the Chinese Government for constructing the police post which will serve over 70 000 people in traditional authorities Makwangwala, Kwataine and Champiti.
The police post has cells, an administrative block, victim support unit, kitchen and officers’ houses, according to Chinese Ambassador Liu Hongyang.
The envoy said in any country, a good and effective police force is necessary to ensure safety of lives and property.
Hongyang also donated furniture, a refrigerator and five motorbikes to ease officers mobility at the new police post