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Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has said the government’s failure to confirm Acting Inspector General (IG) of Police, Duncan Mwapasa, during the just-ended meeting of Parliament is an indication that Capital Hill wants to impose Mwapasa on Malawians.

HRDC Chairperson, Timothy Mtambo, was reacting to the failure by Parliament to deliberate on the appointment of Mwapasa, despite the item appearing on the Order Paper several times.

“It is clear that the government is trying to impose Acting Inspector General of Police on Malawians. This is exactly what the government has been doing, imposing Malawi Electoral Commission on us.

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“Let us be honest, our police has underperformed. There is a huge rift between the people and the police and this has been happening under the watch of Mwapasa,” Mtambo said

According to Mtambo, as Malawi heads for fresh presidential election, the country cannot afford to have an Acting IG.

He said the office is supposed to have a person with sober mind, with full mandate and someone who can be trusted by all stakeholders.

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Leader of the House, Kondwani Nankhumwa, said the IG will come for confirmation during the June meeting of Parliament.

“There were a lot of things this meeting of Parliament had to tackle; hence, the government did not manage to exhaust all the business that was outlined. But we still have time in our subsequent meetings to bring the remaining issues to Parliament,” Nankhumwa said.

On Friday, Members of Parliament expressed dissatisfaction over the House’s failure to deliberate the confirmation of Mwapasa.

Kasungu South East lawmaker, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, said Malawi cannot be operating with the authority of an acting IG which is not provided for in the laws of the country.

Mzimba South East legislator, Ackson Kalaile Banda, also expressed a similar concern.

But Speaker of the National Assembly, Catherine Gotani Hara, said it was the government that brings such agenda in the House.

Mwapasa’s planned confirmation together with the name of Auditor General, Joseph Nangantani, have been appearing on the parliamentary order paper for the past three weeks but was not tabled in the House. Last time, Parliament also failed to confirm the two officers.

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