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Anti-Corruption Bureau cleared new Police Inspector General —Pac

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Joyce Chitsulo

Chairperson of the Public Appointments Committee (Pac) of Parliament, Joyce Chitsulo, Wednesday said the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) had cleared newly appointed Inspector General (IG) of Police Merlyne Yolamu ahead of her appearance before the committee.

Yolamu’s name had appeared in a document detailing how some public officers had reportedly dealt with businessperson Zuneth Sattar who was arrested in the United Kingdom on corruption charges.

But Chitsulo said, after her committee had approved the new IG’s appointment, which is subject to being adopted by the whole House, that ACB indicated it has no issues with her.

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Pac will on Friday present a report of its interview of Yolamu to the whole House for adoption.

“According to the [ACB], she is cleared. So, for us as a committee, that is why we proceeded to interact with her,” Chitsulo said.

She added that the committee also looked at the professionalism aspect in its interaction with the yet-to-be-confirmed police chief.

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“I would not really say what the final decision that the committee has made is because that will be pre-empting what will be presented in Parliament on Friday,” Chitsulo said.

She added that the interaction with Yolamu was to find out if she was fit for the police’s topmost job and to assess her skills and qualifications and what her vision is.

A Member of Parliament who participated in the exercise confided in us that Yolamu was successful in the Pac interview and that she had scored “awesomely”.

President Lazarus Chakwera appointed Yolamu last month, replacing George Kainja who was fired after being implicated in corruption deals involving Sattar.

Yolamu is the second female police IG after Mary Nangwale whose appointment was but not confirmed by Parliament.

Before her appointment, Yolamu was Deputy IG responsible for administration since January 15, 2021.

Deputy national police spokesperson Harry Namwaza had earlier said at the point of her appointment, Yolamu was the most senior officer in the service.

She at some point worked as Commissioner for the Central Region, Officer-in-Charge (OC) for Blantyre Urban Police, OC for Lilongwe Urban Police, Service Administration Officer and OC for Chikwawa Police Station.

Yolamu also worked as Director of Human Resource Management, OC for Chiradzulu Police Station and trainer and Deputy Commandant at Police College in Zomba.

She holds a Master of Science Degree in Public Policy and Management obtained from the University of London.

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