✓CSOs demand lasting solutions.
✓We are making strides to arrest suspects-Police
By Eric Nantchengwa, MANGOCHI
President Lazarus Chakwera has a fresh terrible headache-security breakdown- to swiftly address to save his legacy, already under serious threat with the prevailing bad economy, high cost of living, rampant corruption and hunger; among other ills.
There are also growing calls for Chakwera to provide a detailed explanation and measures on how his administration intends to launch a sensible crackdown on the spates of gruesome murders flooding the nation.
Citizens, especially in Lilongwe, which houses Police National Headquarters, are still in a state of shock and fear on the brutal killings of former Coca-Cola Beverages Manager, Allan Witika, business lady and former Reserve Bank of Malawi employee, Agnes Katengeza and another man, Jacob Msokera.
This is besides some recorded life-threatening attacks and careless murders being fuelled by the unchecked and long time mercenaries-the street connected children in the country’s major cities.
A local governance institution, Center for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives-CDEDI has since penned Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Security to summon Homeland Security Minister, Ken Zikhale Ng’oma and Police Chief, Merlyne Yolamu to explain the current security mess.
Its Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa wonders why the two should continue drawing taxpayers money when they appear having no clue on arresting these deep-rooted criminal acts.
“Apart from scaring away potential investors, the total security breakdown is counterproductive since no one is sure of what would happen to their own lives and property,” argues Namiwa.
Again, a coalition of ten human rights groups including Youth and Society, Human Rights Defenders Coalition and Center for Social Accountability and Transparency, fear the security lapse will diminish investor confidence, erodes public trust in security agencies and negatively impact on Malawi’s tourism sector.
Meanwhile, opposition Democratic Progressive Party-DPP spokesperson, Shadrek Namalomba thinks Chakwera and his government lack interest to take action in addressing the issue.
“Malawi Congress Party has not changed. We therefore call for Malawians of goodwill to demand restoration of security in the country,” he says.
However, National Police publicist, Peter Kalaya says they are zeroing in and making strides to arrest suspects in the recent murders in the capital city.
He adds they are currently meeting and interviewing relatives, workmates and friends of the victims to gather information on the killings.
“We are carrying out intelligence-led operations and intesfied visibility both in cities and rural areas to flash out these dangerous criminals,” assures Kalaya.
Their parent Homeland Security Ministry has since shifted its planned media briefing on the same to this afternoon as Malawians are eager to hear what they are doing to stop the ‘senseless’ killings.
President Chakwera is currently in New York, United States of America attending the 78th United Nations General Assembly and authorities said they would communicate in due course when he would return home.
A few weeks ago, a grouping under the banner, Malawi First, had its planned protests to Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe prematurely aborted by some suspected MCP supporters.
The grouping was pushing for the resignation of Chakwera for allegedly failing to manage state affairs; citing economic hardships as the country’s public debt now dangerously stands at K9.4 trillion.
But earlier, Information Minister Moses Kunkuyu said Chakwera was in control and was doing everything possible to address the current problems haunting the nation.
President Chakwera: Citizens expect him to address the security lapse.