-The community in Liombe area in Lukanga Swamps in Kapiri Mposhi district have appealed to government to open up a police post in the area to curb the increased crime rate.
The community have stated that lack of police presence in the predominant fish trading area in the district has resulted in augmented criminal activities which are scaring away investors to the area.
Speaking to ZANIS on behalf of other community members, Liombe Businessman, Wickin Kaumba, said the community in the area have difficulties travelling to report cases to the nearest police station in Kapiri Mposhi because of long distance.
The nearest police post is situated over 60 Kilometres away from Liombe.
The police post in the area was abandoned in 2006 due to lack of decent accommodation for police officers.
The Department of Fisheries (DoF) has since surrendered two houses to Zambia Police (ZP) for their staff occupancy.
And Mr Kaumba has said the community in the area is ready to construct more houses for the police officers who will be deployed to the area.
“We want to appeal to the police to re-open the police station to fight the rampant crime which is scaring away investors in the area. We are ready to build houses for the officers who will come to work here,” Mr Kaumba said.
Currently, the community relies on the Neighbourhood Watch to provide security in the area.