Malawi Police Service has bemoaned Blantyre City Council (BCC)’s reluctance to remove stones that were used for decorating the Highway and some roundabouts in the city as they “pose a security risk”.
Speaking during a community policing station executive committee forum meeting last week, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Brenda Nkhoma feared that the stones might be used as weapons against the police or for destroying property during protests.
She said their discussions with BCC authorities on the matter are not yielding results.
“We have been trying to meet relevant authorities at the council on the matter but council officials have been avoiding us referring us to one office after another,” she said.
Community policing Station Executive Committee Chairperson Misheck Munthali said they would do everything possible to have the stones removed from the streets.
“We will remove the stones, if they want to decorate the city, they better find alternatives,” said Munthali.
But, BCC Public Relations Officer Anthony Kasunda said the council has not received any complaint on the stones.
BCC, in partnership with companies, is implementing the Keep the City Clean and Green campaign which includes decorating roads and roundabouts.