By NCHIMUNYA MIYOBA in Kitwe
Kwacha Member of Parliament Joseph Malanji has handed over a police post, one Nissan Hardbody single cab van and six motorbikes to police command.
This is to easy police operation in district thereby improving security levels.
Speaking during the handover at Mufuchani today, Mr Malanji said Kwacha constituency has experienced a lot of burglaries and that the coming of the police post will help in curbing crime.
He said the handing over of the police post is a way of implementing the promises the Patriotic Front government made to the people in past general elections.
“Government is committed to making sure that all promises are implemented for the benefit of the people. The police post is worth K130, 000 including fencing, furniture, electricity and other logistics while the motorbikes are worth about K102, 000.
“I urge the people in Kwacha to safe guard government installations by reporting suspicious individuals to the police. I’m disappointment with continued thieving of Government installations on the Mufuchani Bridge,” he said.
Mr Malanji who is also Foreign Affairs Minister said Kwacha constituency has a number of police post but lacked transport for patrols.
He said the donation of a vehicle and six motorbikes will increase patrols in the area of coverage.
He commended the district command for responding promptly to the reports despite their limited resources.
And Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga said the Police service will always be indebted to the MP for lobbying a vehicle from Mopani Copper Mines to help cushion the critical transport shortage.
Ms Katanga said the donated vehicle and motorbikes will go a long way in ensuring that various operations are under taken.
“We are aware that we are heading towards modernization but with the critical need for a police in the area we will make use of the containerized police post before a permanent structure is put,” she said.
She said commandants will be deployed in new police post to help safe guard vital installations on the Mufuchani Bridge which have fallen prey to the thieves in the recent past.
She further called on other area members of Parliament in other constituencies to emulate what the minister had done and lobby and improve the police post in the their areas.
Meanwhile Mopani Copper Mines Chief Executive Officer Chris Vermeulen said Mopani will always assist government in areas that they need help.
Mr Vermeulen said safety of the community is priority adding MCM will always help where they are needed.