By ANDREW MUKOMA
THE Zambia Police Service should consider upgrading the Dambwa North Police Post into a full Police Station, Livingstone Member of Parliament Mathews Jere has suggested.
Mr Jere said that this was because the area was growing rapidly and crime was likely to rise.
He said that Dambwa North population had gone up and needed sufficient numbers of police officers to fight crime.
He was speaking during the handover ceremony of the newly constructed K 296, 745.00 Dambwa North Police Post built under the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
“I wish to mention from onset that Dambwa North is expanding in terms of population because of the housing development taking place, hence the need to increase the presence of the police in order to prevent crime. “It is because of this need of police presence that this beautiful structure has been constructed so that it accommodates more police officers to provide security in the residential area,” he said.
Mr Jere said therefore that the people of Dambwa North and Livingstone in general needed to have a police station and not a police post.
“What we need in this area is not a police post but a police station and this building we are handing over is spacious enough to meet the requirement of it being a police station. “I therefore appeal to the police command to turn this police post into a police station so that we have more police officers deployed here to meet the demand of the township,” he said.
And Mr Jere said that last year, Government released K 1.6 million CDF for Livingstone and the money has since been allocated for various projects. Livingstone police officer ommanding Timothy Kashinakazhi called on the community to work the police in combatting crime.
He also warned the people in the area to avoid harbouring criminals popularly known as “junkies.”