Amid reports of armed robbery in the country, the Malawi Police has been shot in the arm apparently awakening them to take a tough stance on the rise in criminal activities.
The European Union (EU) has donated equipment to the Malawi Police to assist them in fighting illegal possession of weapons in the country.
The equipment has come at a time when armed robbers have terrorised the people of Malawi. The gun making machines and computers are now to help in tracing illegal firearms.
Speaking at the official handover of the equipment, Deputy Inspector General of Police responsible for operations Rodney Jose said the equipment will help to reduce cases of armed robbery.
“We really needed these equipment, to help us in handling firearms in the country, now we will be able to know that this is our gun and will be able to have every gun in our records,” said Jose.
He added that the gun making machines will help to have serial number and name of manufacturing company for each firearm while the computers have been given specifically for recording number of firearms in Malawi.
Due to wars in some countries in Africa and refugees flocking into Malawi, different types of guns have found their way into the country and some are used for robbery. The robbers sometimes target financial institutions like banks.