By Tiyese Monjeza:
Malawi Police Service has demoted eight of its officers to general duties over solicitation of bribes.
In a wireless message which Malawi News has seen, the affected include six traffic officers and two Criminal Investigations Department (CID) officers from Zomba and Mangochi police stations.
“The following officers have been reverted from traffic and CID branches respectively to general duties with immediate effect for soliciting bribes,” reads part of the message, dated May 27.
National Police spokesperson, James Kadadzera, has since confirmed the development.
The affected officers are Traffic Inspector Patrick Kakundikana, Traffic Sub Inspectors Evelesi Chikanga Gundampanda, Shakira Kalinda Chifisi and Willard Nangwale from Zomba Police Station.
The others are Traffic Sub Inspectors Kamfoloma, Chrissy Tengula, Detective Inspector Billy Chibwe and Detective Sub Inspector Njolomole from Mangochi Police Station.
Kadadzera said the move was part of ensuring that they uproote corruption in the service.
“We discourage soliciting bribes. Police officers have to serve Malawians as our mandate requires. This will send a warning to other officers in the same boat,” Kadadzera said.
The development is coming a week after Commissioner of Police responsible for the Eastern Region, Happy Mkandawire, warned his charges against corrupt practices, arguing the service will not tolerate unethical law enforcers.
In a separate interview, a Zomba based taxi driver, Owen Banda alleged that traffic officers stationed at Old Naisi turn-off along the Zomba City – Chinamwali Matawale route demand a sum of K2,000 a day so that the drivers can use vehicles not registered for business purposes and even exceed recommended carrying capacity.