By PASSY HAACHIZO –
AUTHORITIES in Kabwe have deployed 76 neighbourhood watch residents to Muwowo East area in Kabwe to help curb the increased livestock theft in the area.
Muwowo East Ward Councillor Moses Mumba said it was sad that unknown people were stealing domesticated birds and cattle.
Mr Mumba said it was more shocking that the thieves had reached to levels of walking to any household and break in the houses with intent to steal and steal without being traced.
He said after realising the police alone could not handle the problem, the local authority through the ward had been forced to deploy members of the public and put them on strategic points.
“I can confirm that we deployed the neighborhood watch last month after the ongoing theft went to the extreme and we only hope these unscrupulous people will be apprehended by our watchful men,” Mr Mumba said.
Mr Mumba also warned those behind the missing livestock and property to also prepare to face the law when arrested.
Meanwhile, Bwacha Member of Parliament Sydney Mushanga said there was need for the residents to monitor the movement of everyone who walked in and out of the village.
Mr Mushanga, who is also Central Province Minister, said residents had the role to ensure they knew their neighbours as a short-term to measure to stop criminal activities.
He said residents had to ensure all those suspected to have long fingers be watched and expelled from the villages in an instance they were caught stealing as a deterrent to others.
“Those days when I was growing up while escorting my grandmother to sell at Bwacha Market, we used to know everyone in our area and where they stayed and would monitor strangers as they walked and left our area, let us apply the same concept now,” Mr Mushanga said.
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