By Vincent Bwinga
The Justice and Peace Desk of Karonga Diocese from 7th July 2017 started taking steps to respond to the poor reporting system of cases from the community to the police. The poor reporting has been noted to increase a culture of silence among community members. The Desk has now embarked on an exercise to revamp available community police structures in order to enhance community security more especially to protect the rights of women and girls who are victimized in difference forms. CCJP will facilitate training in the reporting system of cases from different communities to police stations and at the same time strengthening community security.
The process will also establish active and equal partnership between the police and the community through which cases and community safety issues will jointly be determined and solution proposed and implemented. This will also recognize the interdependence and shared responsibility of police at Chisenga, Nthalire and Wenya in making every community a more peaceful.
Chiefs and officers In charge of all police stations applauded CCJP for coming up with the idea of revamping the structure because many of people who were chosen has been dormant for a long time and as such, insecurity was high in many communities.
This initiative has been done through the project know as Community Managed Women Rights Advocacy Project (CMWRA) being implemented in T/A Nthalire and Mwenewenya in Chitipa with funding from Catholic Agency for Oversea Development (CAFOD) .