Inspector General pleads for service property


The Inspector General of Police Lexten Kachama has appealed to Malawians to refrain from destroying Malawi Police Service (MPS) property in times of misunderstandings.

The appeal comes a week after some residents of Kaphiri in Lilongwe burnt an anti-riot vehicle belonging to MPS.

Kachama said the anti-riot vehicle cost the government a lot of money and it is a pity that people who destroyed it would need its service.


“Lately, we have seen people damaging our vehicles; this is not acceptable. The property does not belong to the police; it is your own property, so my message is that we should be democratically solving problems as opposed to damaging property,” Kachama said.

He also warned police officers that their duty is to enhance security and not to perpetrate violence.

Speaking during a sensitisation meeting in Salima on Saturday, the IG said it is incumbent upon every police officer to perform their duties in accordance with the police ethical framework.


Some quarters, particularly civil society organisations, have faulted the police for their careless handling of the Kaphiri fracas, but Kachama defended the service’s performance.

“It could be their observation, but according to us, the security in this country is very good. If they have a problem with the way we operate, they should come to us other than just talking. This country is very peaceful. I don’t see any breakdown of security,” he said.

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