Borehole protection is everyone’s responsibility – Police

Chiradzulu, Officer In-Charge (OC) for Chiradzulu Police, Kenneth Semani has said it is everyone’s responsibility to protect boreholes from vandalism in the district.

Semani made the remarks at the Boma when he spoke with Malawi News Agency (Mana) over the concern on borehole vandalism in the district that has become common in Traditional Authorities (TAs) Kadewere at Masanjala and Nkalo at Chimwawa.

The OC said Police alone cannot fight against borehole vandalism without the help of the communities.

Whenever a borehole has been vandalized, please make sure you report to police as soon as possible for easy follow up, because if the issue would be reported some weeks later, it becomes difficult for the police to trace the suspect, said Semani.

Semani also advised the community to have a timeframe for drawing water per day with the intention to observe who moves around the borehole campus at odd hours once it is locked up saying, in so doing the borehole can stay long without being vandalized.

In his remarks, Water Monitoring Assistant for Chiradzulu, Patrick Malango, said it would be good when council is informed whenever a borehole is vandalized or broken down.

Council has its own trained area mechanics for boreholes and it is the responsibility of the community to report to the council whenever there is a problem with their borehole for the provision of the mechanic who will be paid by the community after maintenance has been done, said Malango who added that borehole maintenance without council’s permission (knowledge) is contributing to borehole vandalism.

In his remarks Sub Traditional Authority (STA) Maoni confirmed the development saying about five boreholes in his area had been vandalized by unknown people.

We are not happy with this tendency since it pulls down development efforts, worried Maoni.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA