Illovo Sugar Malawi (Plc) has donated assorted items valued at 6 million Kwacha to the Dwangwa community to assist them enhance security in the area. The Community policing items were donated to Khunga Police Station.
Illovo decided to donate to the community policing items after noting that crime has been a problem for Illovo Dwangwa Estate, it is known the perpetrators were largely from the same community and sounding areas. Furthermore, most of the stolen materials are sold within Dwangwa.
In his remarks after making the donation the General Manager for Illovo Sugar Malawi Dwangwa Estate Mr. Jerry Ndlovu he said “for all of us including businesses to thrive, there is need for no fear of crime. Increased Intelligence sharing between Illovo Security and Community Police forums surrounding to the estate has led to proactive crime management leading to reduction in theft incidents.
“He added “From 2016 – 2021, we have registered a significant reduction in crime especially opportunistic crimes involving theft of cement, paint and diesel. By partnering with surrounding community policing forums, we have zeroed in on the criminals further reducing opportunity to steal not only from Illovo but also the whole Dwangwa Community.
The donated items included 16 bicycles, 162 gum boots, 162 reflective vests, 16 rechargeable torches , 162 whistles for different community police forums in the area
Receiving the items on behalf of the Dwangwa community, Khunga Police Station Officer – in Charge SACP Charles Nsitu thanked Illovo for ensuring security in the area.
In his speech he said “Khunga Police Station does not have the financial muscle to support the security forums in the area but Illovo’s intervention will go a long way to ease the problems faced by the security forums. He said the items will motivate the volunteer community security forums.
He pleaded with the security forum leaders who were present at the hand-over ceremony to use the items for the intended purpose.
Taking her turn, Chief Education Officer for Nkhotakota District Gertrude Chipeta who represented the District Commissioner, said that without peace and security development cannot take place, but with Illovo Sugar Malawi’s continued support in different sectors in the district they are assured of developments.
Also present at the handover ceremony was Senior Chief Kanyenda said Illovo Sugar is like a son to the Khunga community, he appreciated Illovo’s gesture and pleaded with the community to help protecting Illovo assets and materials from thieves and vandals, just as Illovo Sugar is helping to protect their communities.
The Chief also assured Khunga Police Station of continues support in security matters through different Community Police forums. “The police only cannot be able to reach out to all of us, it is our responsibility to help securing each other because as the community, we are everywhere”