By Brian Kanyenda
People in Dowa are living in fear, due to increased crime rate registered in the district particularly at Dzaleka refugee camp.
According to Dowa Police Assistant Commissioner Charles Fraser Msitu,the district continue to register rising cases of crime comparing to last year in the same period.
Msitu said the trend is posing lives of people living around the area are living in fear as most lives are in danger.
This was said during the Station Executive Committee Meeting (SEC) held in the district.
Msitu further said, their findings have revealed that the refugees are reported to have been in forefront in committing crimes due to congestion in their camps and food shortage among other things.
He said this is being caused due to inadequate funding the camp is currently receiving.
“Currently the district has registered about 157 cases representing 48.9 % as compared to last year where about 156 cases were recorded,” he said.
He added: “We’re working tirelessly to find solutions aimed at containing refugees that are reported to have been stealing items or crops in farms owned by communities around Dzaleka Refugee Camp in the district”