By MUYANI SHINJABALE
THE Construction of the first police station in Mushili Township in Ndola has taken off, with residents expressing excitement about the development.
Some residents interviewed said the development would bring down crime levels in the area, which is in the vast Bwana Mkubwa constituency.
Mary Kanda, a resident of Mushili, said the people had been ‘crying’ for a police station for a long time as the nearest stations were in Lubuto and Masala townships.
Rodna Njekwa said residents would now feel secure and report any criminal activities to the station once the project is completed.
She said in an interview that it was difficult to report cases to far-flung areas especially during the night.
Mushili ward councillor Emelia Mumba said in a separate interview that once the police station was completed it would help reduce the crime rate in the area.
Ms Mumba also stated that a good number of police officers would be deployed to the new police station once the construction works were concluded.
“The police station will provide all essential security services needed in a modern police station. It will have four holding cells, two for juveniles and two for adults,” she said.
She said the construction of a police station was a great move because Mushili Township had a population of over 40,000 people.
And Mr Gladwell Mweeba a resident of Mushili Township said crime activities occurred on a daily basis in the area. The project is estimated to cost about K2.7 million with K1.1 million coming from the 2018 Constituency Development Fund CDF while K1.6 million was sourced from individuals and corporate bodies.
The construction was being done by community members using a labour-based model with supervision from Ndola City Council and Zambia Police Service.