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Inspector General transfers head of drugs section

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Barely hours after reports emerged that a 26-year-old Lilongwe-based Malawian man, Riad Randeri, died in Brazil on a suspected drug mission, Acting Inspector General (IG) of Police, Rodney Jose, has transferred Deputy Head of Drugs Section, Assistant Superintendent S. Raphael from the Police Headquarters to Nathenje Police Station.

In a telephone interview yesterday, Jose referred the issue to his Public Relations Officer (PRO), James Kadadzera.

When told that Kadadzera’s phone could not be reached, Jose committed to telling the PRO to return our call. But as we went to press, Kadadzera had not called us.

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“Madam, I cannot give you information right now. I have a spokesperson and he will be calling you as soon as I talk to him,” Jose said.

A transfer notification that we have seen reads: “A/sup S. Raphael from 2I/C drug to Nathenje.”

Residents who we talked at the Randeri’s house said that Area 47 has been infested with foreigners, especially Nigerians, who are peddling drugs.

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The residents vowed to deal with the drug syndicate in order to protect Malawian youths.

Meanwhile, Centre for Peace and Security Executive Director, Marcel Chirwa, has said lack of strict border controls, corruption and unemployment for young people contribute to readily available drug markets in the country.

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