Despite an increase in suicide cases, Malawi's southern most district Nsanje, did not record any, according to the district's 2022 annual Police report.
According to the report in 2021 the district recorded one suicide case.
In an interview Nsanje public relations officer, Inspector Agness Zalakoma said the report was an indication of intensified interaction between police and community through sensitisation meetings with psychological experts at Traditional Authority (T/A) level and Group village level (G/V) in anti-suicide awareness campaigns.
“During the campaigns we encourage communities to share their grievances to religious leaders, police, social welfare, chiefs and among others who can assist them solve their problems that could lead to suicide," she said.
However Zalakoma said despite the zero suicide case last year, the station has in the second week of January 2023 already registered two cases of murder.
She said in 2022 from January to December the police recorded 21 cases of murder compared to 15 in 2021.
“There are many reasons triggering the rise of murder cases, for instance the use of drugs and substance abuse among the youths, which makes them not to fear committing the crime, family disputes, poverty as well as lack of job opportunities in the district,” she said.
Zalakoma added that, the station has put in place initiatives to curb the trend like; speedy prosecution of offenders, systematic investigations of cases for speedy prosecution, visibility of uniformed police officers in crime spot areas and raising awareness on security matters in the district.