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By Amina Tepani Daudi

The Station Officer for Mangochi Police Station Mr. Phillip Dinala, Assistant Commissioner of Police has called on communities around St. John DMI University to collaborate with the police on security matters as a way of enhancing security in the area.

He made the call during a meeting he presided over on the morning of December 18, 2023 at the University’s Conference Hall.

For the past three months, students who reside in hostels off campus have been targeted and attacked by unknown robbers who went away with assorted items including laptops, cellphones and other valuables.

For instance, last month one of the student, Sphiwe Ngwata, 22, was attacked around 2100hrs while she was coming from escorting a friend, the robbers went away with iPhone 11 worthy K880,000 after she was cut on the left palm with a Panga knife.

Dinala applauded the University’s management for presenting security challenges to police. He also assured the gathering of continued engagements to ensure improved security in the area.

“Security is paramount to the development of communities, and Malawi as a country, since investors prefer secured areas for their investments. Security matters should not be left in the hands of Police, but members of the community should play their part too”. Dinala alluded.

However Dinala warned the management not to interfere with investigations when the offender is identified to be student. He urged hostel owners to employ energetic security guards after being vetted.

He also warned them against mob justice citing that recently one of the security guards outside hostels was assaulted to death within the area by an angry mob due to mistaken identity while chasing a thief.

Speaking to the same gathering, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr. Benedicto Okoma Atani Malunga agreed that both levels have roles to play including students taking care of their property, leaving their hostels well-secured, avoid unnecessary movements at night and bar owners within the area to observe time according to their licence.

He also requested police to establish a Police Unit at the campus to enhance security in the area.

On his part GVH Steven applauded police for their commitment to halt the malpractice in the area. He also highlighted that lack of communication between students and hostel owners have contributed to the increase of malpractice.

After hearing the grievances from all parties, Dinala has assured to revamp community policing forums, intensive joint patrols between police and members of community, apprehension of Bar owners who violate their licence and establishment of Police Listening Unit in order to prevent criminal activities.

The meeting brought together University’s management, various chiefs, students and outside hostel owners.

Mr. Phillip Dinala, Assistant Commissioner of Police has called on communities around St. John DMI University to collaborate with the police on security matters as a way of enhancing security in the area.

He made the call during a meeting he presided over on the morning of December 18, 2023 at the University’s Conference Hall.

For the past three months, students who reside in hostels off campus have been targeted and attacked by unknown robbers who went away with assorted items including laptops, cellphones and other valuables.

For instance, last month one of the student, Sphiwe Ngwata, 22, was attacked around 2100hrs while she was coming from escorting a friend, the robbers went away with iPhone 11 worthy K880,000 after she was cut on the left palm with a Panga knife.

Dinala applauded the University’s management for presenting security challenges to police. He also assured the gathering of continued engagements to ensure improved security in the area.

“Security is paramount to the development of communities, and Malawi as a country, since investors prefer secured areas for their investments. Security matters should not be left in the hands of Police, but members of the community should play their part too”. Dinala alluded.

However Dinala warned the management not to interfere with investigations when the offender is identified to be student. He urged hostel owners to employ energetic security guards after being vetted.

He also warned them against mob justice citing that recently one of the security guards outside hostels was assaulted to death within the area by an angry mob due to mistaken identity while chasing a thief.

Speaking to the same gathering, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr. Benedicto Okoma Atani Malunga agreed that both levels have roles to play including students taking care of their property, leaving their hostels well-secured, avoid unnecessary movements at night and bar owners within the area to observe time according to their licence.

He also requested police to establish a Police Unit at the campus to enhance security in the area.

On his part GVH Steven applauded police for their commitment to halt the malpractice in the area. He also highlighted that lack of communication between students and hostel owners have contributed to the increase of malpractice.

After hearing the grievances from all parties, Dinala has assured to revamp community policing forums, intensive joint patrols between police and members of community, apprehension of Bar owners who violate their licence and establishment of Police Listening Unit in order to prevent criminal activities.

The meeting brought together University’s management, various chiefs, students and outside hostel owners.

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