Dowa Police Station Officer-In-Charge, Deputy Commissioner of Police Rhoda Manjolo says Police is geared to end gender-based violence cases and among other crime related issues in Dowa District.
Manjolo was speaking on Friday, July 30 2021 at Kalewa Primary School Ground in the area of Traditional Authority Chiwere during the launch of Lowi Nthetsankhaza Community Victim Support Unit.
In her speech, Manjolo emphasized the need to end gender-based violence on the girl-child and women including vulnerable people in the area through the newly opened Community Victim Support Unit.
“Police has been receiving cases of gender-based violence in this area and some people have been killed by angry villagers after being accused of practicing witchcraft. This is worrisome and must be checked out,” said Manjolo.
The Officer-In-Charge further explained that the Lowi Nthetsankhaza Community Victim Support Unit (CVSU) has been launched as one way of reducing cases of gender-based violence.
However, Deputy Commissioner Manjolo urged communities to use the community victim support unit for its intended purpose for the benefit of the community and avoid taking laws into their own hands in handling issues related to crime.
Manjolo also talked tough on defilement, rape, farm-gate and Covid-19 rules and regulations.
Speaking during the same event, Traditional Authority Chiwere hailed Police for the launch of Lowi Commuity Victim Support Unit (CVSU), which he said will help in reducing cases of gender-based violence in the area.
“As Inkosi Chiwere, I would like to appreciate what Police has done today by launching the community victim support unit. This is helpful and will ease distance to victims of gender-based violence who travel to Mvera Police Post to report their cases,” said Chiwere.
Traditional Authority Chiwere promised to work hand in hand with Police in ensuring that victims of gender-based violence are protected and that perpetrators are brought to book in time for them to face the law.
The event was spiced by Maso Drama Group which emphasized the need for girl-child to be protected from gender-based violence.