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Court smiles at graduate cops

Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda

High Court Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda has ordered the Malawi Police Service (MPS) to promote 53 graduate police officers who dragged the Inspector General and Attorney General (AG) to court over salary and promotion disparities.

In a 10-page judgement made Thursday, Nyirenda faulted MPS for not considering the 53 police graduates when it was implementing structural reforms in 2017.

Nyirenda has ordered MPS to promote the aggrieved officers from grades I and H to grades G and F, respectively, within 30 days from February 8 2022.

In addition, the court has also ordered the two offices to pay the claimants salary arrears from July 1 2017.

“I order that the salary arrears payable by the defendant to the claimants have to be assessed by the Assistant Registrar within 21 days of the date the judgement has been pronounced,” the judgement reads.

Speaking on behalf of the 53 officers, Detective Inspector Kondwani Cheyo Nyondo said the officers were committed to serving residents of Malawi.

“We, the 53, are professional and committed police officers ready to serve the people of Malawi anywhere and in any capacity” he said.

Meanwhile, AG Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda has said he has seen a copy of the judgement.

“I have just seen a copy of the judgement. It shows that my office did not defend the case. Mind you, the case commenced in 2018,” he said.

The 53 officers dragged their bosses to court in 2018 following their failure to recognise their new qualifications after upgrading.

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