Phalombe, Some Community Policing members in Phalombe District are allegedly demanding money from clients whenever they want to assist them, the Malawi News Agency (MANA) has learnt.
The revelation was made on Monday by Child Protection Committee Chairperson for Namasoko, Patrick Heleke during a Gender Based Violence meeting which was organized by Concern World Wide through the Department of Social Welfare.
According to Heleke, some community policing members in his area are demanding money not less than K4, 000 in order for them to get the attention of the policing structure.
“Recently we had a case where a woman came to complain that her husband impregnated their daughter, and when she went to seek guidance from the community policing members, they ordered her to pay K4, 500 in order to be assisted,” said Heleke.
Responding to Heleke’s claims, Phalombe Police Victim Support Unit Coordinator Rose Chiwaya said the station was not aware of the development but will investigate the matter.
“We are not aware that some community policing structures are doing this, however we want to assure the general public that we are going to investigate deeply into the matter so that we eliminate the malpractice,” said Chiwaya.
During the meeting, members of the Phalombe Child Protection Committee elected new Officers into the Executive Committee that is going to be responsible for child protection issues in the district for the next three years.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA