Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Police advise Asians to keep money in banks

Malawi Police chief Peter Mukhitho, his officers doing enough to make the Malawi public secure. This picture belongs to Malawi Digest.

By Our Reporter

Malawi Police authorities have advised Malawians of Asian origin to start utilizing banks by keeping their money there for safety.

This follows a spate of similar kind of robberies that have taken place in the country’s main cities where huge cash amounts have been stolen from business persons of Asian origin.

Speaking at in the administrative capital, Lilongwe during a District Executive Committee meeting marking the end of 2009, Lilongwe Police Station Officer-In-Charge (OC), Deputy Commissioner of Police, Goodwell Bottomani said the Asian business community in the capital, are often robbed of their money because it lacks the culture of banking.

The Deputy Commissioner was briefing members of committee on measures the Police in the country had put in place to reduce incidences of crime during the Christmas and New Year festivities.

“Most Asians do not bank their money but carry huge sums home. As such, they are followed by criminals,” said Bottomani who recently replaced Duncan Mwapasa as Lilongwe OC.

Mwapasa has since been redeployed to State House where he is serving State President Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika as Presidential Guard Commander.

The OC said Lilongwe police station has intensified sensitisation campaigns to encourage the Asian business community to develop a culture of saving their money in banks to reduce attacks by robbers.

Bottomani said that the few weeks that he has been at the station, three robbery cases involving the Asian business community had been reported to his office.

“We have had three incidences since I came. One was robbed of K1.3, another K1.9 m and the third one K3 million. They (Asians) are followed by criminals. We are now sensitising them to bank their money,” he told the gathering of senior district officials representing different government departments and groups of people.

Bottomani appealed to the DEC members, and residents in Lilongwe to first secure themselves before police could secure them by locking car windows and doors when traveling to prevent attacks.

“Secure yourselves first before others do that for you. Don’t leave houses unattended to. Leave somebody at home when you go away. Don’t drink and drive,” he advised.

Director of Planning and Development (DPD), Smart Gwedemula who chaired the meeting, advised heads of departments who drink beer to buy the hard drinks and drink them while at home to prevent accidents.

“Let’s enjoy these festivities responsibly. Let’s buy drinks and drink at home. To be forewarned is to be forearmed,” he said.

Malawi has in recent years experienced some avoidable cases of armed robberies involving huge sums of cash.

Often times, the victims have been discovered to be business persons of Asian origin and Chinese-Malawi Digest.

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