By Nation Reporter
There is need for concerted efforts to address the rising cases of crime in Lusaka, says Mwembeshi Ward 27 councillor Crispin Kabole.
Mr. Kabole noted that city dwellers were now living in fear due to the continuous cases of robbery and murder.
He suggested that both the community, civic leaders and law enforcer’s should work together if the issue was to be addressed.
“Our city has been infested with criminals who are robbing and killing people, as the community, civic leaders and law enforcers we need to find ways on how we can deal with the situation,” he said.
Mr. Kabole reiterated the importance of having a crime free city where every person would live and do business peacefully.
He said it was the duty of every citizen to ensure that crime was fought.
Mr. Kabole feared that if the issue was left unaddressed, it would scare away potential investors.
“Zambia is known to be peaceful and there is no way we can let some few individuals take away that respect from us.
“At the moment President Edgar Lungu and Government are working hard to attract foreign investment into the country, therefore it is our duty as citizens to stop crime,
“Any place with high crime rate tends to scare away potential investors and we don’t want that to be the case with Zambia,” Mr. Kabole said.
He implored the community to report criminals and suspects to police, saying that was one of the ways they could help in fighting crime.
He said there was need for people to be cooperative and work with the police in apprehending thugs.
“Some of these thugs live among us, we chat with them and some are even renting our houses; please let us make this city habitable,” he said.
Mr. Kabole also called on civic leaders to strengthen neighborhood police.
“The fight against crime is in our hands as councillors since we are the ones looking after the areas where these criminal acts are taking place.
“We have to promote the ‘know your neighbor’ initiative to help minimize crime because in doing so, everyone will be able to know who his or her neighbor is , what they do for a living and if they look suspicious , they will be reported to police immediately,” he said.