Inspector General warns officers
Inspector General (IG) of Police, Lexten Kachama, has urged law enforcers to desist from politics and protect everyone regardless of their political affiliation.
Kachama was speaking on Friday during a pass out parade of 523 police officers at Limbe Police Training School in Blantyre.
He said Malawi Police is a national service and police officers should protect life and property of everyone irrespective of their political colours.
“Malawi Police is not a political party. You are not politicians and [you must] leave politics to politicians. If you are politicians, then I will ask you to resign because Malawi Police is a national service. You must serve everyone without fear or favour. You must protect their lives and property,” he said.
The graduating recruits have been trained in criminal law, social law, criminal investigations, community policing and first aid, and Kachama said increased presence and visibility of police officers in the country is key to improving of security.
He expressed hope that the recruits would help provide security in remote areas which are considered safe havens for criminals.
He then urged Malawians to desist from taking the law in their hands regardless of how serious the allegations are against suspects.
Minister of Home Affairs, Grace Chiumia, said the government is doing all it can to improve the welfare of police officers in the country.
Chiumia conceded that a donation of 100 vehicles from China is yet to arrive but remains upbeat that they would come in the country by the end of the year.
“Some may be saying we started talking about the vehicles long time ago but they are coming by the end of this year. Again, we will soon be constructing houses for police officers to improve their welfare,” she said.
As the 523 police officers were graduating at Limbe Police Service in Blantyre, another 330 were also graduating at Mtakataka as well as 88 from Mlangeni Police Training School.
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