Officer in-charge (OC) for Domasi Police Post in Zomba District Egret Chimimba has expressed concerns over inadequate staff houses and office space saying the problems are hindering operations.
Chimimba disclosed this during a visit by the Deputy Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Grace Kwelepeta, who is also Zomba Malosa parliamentarian, at the police post where she also donated different items, including a vehicle.
The OC bemoaned that out of 48 officers, the post has only six staff houses.
Chimimba said: “Staff members are leaving in rented houses and most of them are staying far from the offices and the challenge comes when the emergency arises which requires services from the officers to react immediately.”
However, she expressed gratitude with the donation by the minister saying the gesture will greatly assist the office in their daily activities.
Deputy Minister said she is aware of the challenges being faced by Domasi police and her visit and donation is part of promises she made during the elections campaign period.
“I have been coming here to meet the officers and sometimes I have been visiting my relatives who were arrested and through such visits I have realized challenges being faced at this office,” said Kwelepeta.
She further highlighted the need for allocating more resources to the police units considering the sensitivity of the officer’s work.
Donations that were made include Toyota land cruiser vehicle, chairs and gallons of paints.