Villagers in Nega Nega area of Mazabuka district have bitterly complained over the alleged closure of Nega Nega Police station at 18 hours every day despite an increase in criminal activities.
Area ward councillor, Anne Mangunje, told ZANIS in Mazabuka that the claims by
Police that the shortage of manpower has necessisted such a decision cannot be
Ms Mangunje said Police should realise that the decision taken has put lives and property of villagers in danger.
She also urged the police district command to investigate why Police at Nega Nega
where allegedly asking complainants to pay K 5,000 for each call out issued.
Ms Mangunje observed that the charge slapped on complainants, has made it difficult
for people to appreciate the presence of police.
The councillor wondered why police are failing to use funds realised from the hire of the vehicle by beer traders.
Meanwhile, a man suspected to be insane allegedly smashed side windscreens for the
Police vehicle belonging to Nega Nega after he was allegedly provoked by a police officer.
The man allegedly broke the screens using stones after the police officer soughty refugee in vehicle at a named tarven in the area.
Efforts by ZANIS to get a comment from regional police commanding officer, Chewe Bowa by press time, failed.