By: Lackson Kanyoza
At least seven serious crime cases were recorded during this year’s Easter holiday celebrations across the country, police have confirmed.
According to National police spokesperson Nicolas Gondwa, this year’s records have decreased by 50% compared to last year when there were 14 registered cases.
The cases are two murders, three robberies, one burglary and theft and breaking and entry to commit a felony.
“This year we registered a decrease in number of cases just because there were more uniformed police officers in the crime prone areas. There was also a good relationship between police and members of the general public and good intelligence collection by detectives leading to a timely response to calls,” said Gondwa.
As for road accidents 13 cases were recorded, unlike last year when 15 road accidents were recorded representing 13% decrease.
Out of the 13 accidents, six were fatal while last year 9 was fatal. This represents 33% decrease in fatalities.
The Central region recorded the highest number of road accidents with 6, southern had 3 while North and Eastern regions had 2 cases respectively.
“This has happened because we had intensive traffic checks and patrols with all the stakeholders at the Department of Road Traffic and safety services. We also had a vigorous sensitization campaign by different officers within the police such as traffic branch, public relations and community policing services branch as well as co-operation from the public in response to road safety messages,” he said.