Former Inspector General (IG) of Malawi Police Service (MPS), Paul Kanyama, who died at Daeyang Hospital in Lilongwe Tuesday, has been mourned as a dedicated servant and top -notch police trainer.
The cause of his death was yet to be established as we went to press but he earlier admitted that he suffered from diabetes and hypertension.
Acting IG, Duncan Mwapasa, Tuesday said he would remember Kanyama for training a generation of police officers who rose through the ranks.
“He was a very good police officer, self-motivated and dedicated to duty. I will miss him a lot. He has trained most of us,” Mwapasa said.
Kanyama, who hailed from James Village, Traditional Authority Nsamala, Balaka District, died at the age of 63. Burial is scheduled for Area 9 in Lilongwe.
Kanyama, who replaced Loti Dzonzi in 2014, served as deputy IG before he became IG.
He resigned from his post in 2015 a year before his mandatory retirement, citing health grounds, soon after Parliament refused to endorse his appointment as IG.
Kanyama, who joined MPS in 1978, had after resigning admitted that serving as IG was the toughest jobs in MPS.
“I have decided to retire because my sugar levels were rising almost every day. I was diagnosed with BP [high blood pressure] in 2008 and I was managing the disease very well.
“But since I assumed this office, this disease has been giving me problems. In fact, Tuesday, I could have collapsed and my wife and other family members advised me that it is in my best interest just to quit,” he told the press on February 6 2015.
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