By Beaton Chimenya, Contributor:
International Police (Interpol) trainers are in the country to drill local law enforcers in how to trace illicit firearms and offer advanced services.
The team, comprising firearms experts from France, Germany and South Africa, arrived in the country for the seven-day training this week. Their target are officials responsible for caring for and handling firearms.
Zomba Police College Commandant and Commissioner of Police, Demster Chigwenembe, said the team would build the capacity of local personnel in combating cases of crime such as car theft, robbery with violence and poaching.
“Countries worldwide are facing huge challenges, especially in connection with crimes connected with unauthorised use of arms resulting in cases of car theft, loss of lives and extinction of wild animals due to poaching,” Chigwenembe said.
One of the participants, Police Assistant Superintendent Kate Msowoya, who is Interpol Environmental Wildlife and Firearms Desk Officer, said the training has come at the right time when the world is facing a increased of cases of unauthorised use of arms.
“The challenges that the world is facing have not spared Malawi and these experts will help us deal with the situation we are in,” Msowoya said.