Inspector General calls on Malawians to report domestic violence

Mzuzu, The Inspector General (IG) of Malawi Police Service Lexten Kachama has asked people in the country to report any cases of domestic and gender based violence to police.

The IG made the call Thursday in Mzuzu when he presided over the opening of new Mzuzu Victim Support Unit and Child Protection Office.

My advice to the officers, and also to the general public is that for us to find victims, we need to do it together. Therefore, I request people in Mzuzu City and surrounding areas to report cases when they are victimized or they see a victim.

Let me also encourage my fellow officers to handle victims in a professional manner so that they should be encouraged to report such cases once victimized, he said.

Kachama commended Unicef Malawi for constructing the office saying it demonstrates that stakeholders also take part in issues of security in the country.

Before the new office, Mzuzu Police Victim Support Unit was operating from a tiny room which compromised service delivery.

National Director for Victim Support Unit Commissioner Willy Mwaluka advised staff members to take good care of the new facility, which has a conference room, offices, victim bays and a kitchen.

The K40 million worth facility was built by Unicef with support from UKaid.

Source: Malawi News Agency � MANA