Ntcheu District Council has finally commissioned Ntonda Police Unit in Traditional Authority Phambala in the district whose construction stalled in 2016.
Speaking on Saturday when the council handed over the structure to Malawi Police Service, Ntcheu District Council chairperson Morris Maziya said they were delighted the project was completed.
He said: “I assure police officers that will be deployed at the formation of the council’s support in terms of vehicles and fuel.
“I also commend community members for not vandalising this structure when its construction stalled for seven years.”
Maziya further said the presence of police officers in the area willenhance development as people willopen shops and other offices.
Ntcheu Police Station officer-in-charge Ireen Kaphamtengo assured communities in Ntonda that her office will deploy police officers to the police unit to start their operations.
“Transfers have already been effected awaiting transportation and, hopefully by Tuesday [today], officers will be deployed,” she said.
Kaphamtengo urged communities to work with police officersto curb crime in the area.
In his remarks, T/A Phambala said people in the area used to travel long distances to Senzani Police Unit or Ntcheu Police Station to seek services.
“This is a relief to people in this area. We need security for development. We pledge to support the officers fight crime in the area, including child abuse cases,” he said.
Phambala Area Development Committee chairperson Herbert Wandawanda commended Ntcheu District Council for completing the project.
He said houses for the officers were ready and if more will be needed, community members are willing to contribute 25 percent of resources to construct more.
Ntcheu District Council chief public works officer Zilire Nkhoma thanked Bonongwe Building Construction for completing the project within the time-frame.