Malawi: MP Asks for Border Posts in Phalombe

Phalombe, Malawi. Source: https://kristinastories.wordpress.com/

By Tione Andsen

Phalombe, Malawi. September 12, 2018: Member of Parliament for Phalombe North East Constituency, Dennis Namachekecha has requested government to establish additional four border posts with Mozambique if the fight against trafficking in persons is to be achieved.

He made the request during the commemoration of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons which was held at Nambazo Primary School in Phalombe whose Theme was “Responding to trafficking of Children and Young people.”

Namachekecha noted that Malawi borders within Phalombe district were porous where traffickers were taking advantage to traffick both children and women into Mozambique without any problems.

“We are suggesting to government that we need to have border posts at Mandalawa, Changa, Nthamuluza and Naminkhaka in order to use them as controls and check points for traffickers,” he suggested,

Namachekecha observed that Phalombe is being used as a transit corridor for traffickers and there is need to do more in order to recollect the situation.

The Parliamentarian said border monitors, community policing members and Police officers in the district were doing a lot in the district but they were lacking financial supports for them to carry out their work effectively.

Namachekecha appealed to government to consider channeling some moneys from Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Funds to help them facilitate their activities smoothly operation

He pointed out that Nambazo Police Unit has no Victim Support Unit which could be used to keep the arrested traffickers and recused persons before being transferred to the Boma.

Namachekecha said there is need to construction one unit at Nambazo to serve the area which seem to been established that it is being exploited by the Traffickers.

Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Cecelia Chazama admitted that government was aware of the issue of establishing additional border posts in the district.

She said there is need for her Ministry to source funds in order to establish the proposed border posts in Phalombe and this would help to work in closely collaboration with heir Mozambican counter parts.

Chazama noted Mozambican side there are many border posts which were establishment to facilitate free movement of the people from the two countries.

“We believe the establishment of the additional posts will help the government to complement its effort of checking trafficking in person which is rampant in the area and surrounding districts,” she explained.

The Minister expressed concern that the District Council had agreed to have a Victim Support Unit (VSU) at the Boma instead of shifting it to Migowi where a proposed district headquarters is supposed to be shifted soon.

She said the VSU could have been appropriate at Migowi which is very close to Nambazo where a lot of trafficking activities are taking place.

A Member of Civil Society Organization (CSO) in Phalombe, James Chimpeni called for closer cooperation among all stakeholders in the district in dealing with issues of trafficking in persons.

He said the issue at hand calls for multi- sectoral collaboration and planning in order to yield better results in reducing reported cases of trafficking in the district.

The World Day Against Trafficking is commemorated globally on July 30 annually.

Source: Malawi News Agency.

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