Some junior police officers in Malawi Police Service have decried lack of proper housing and delayed job promotions.
Sub-Inspector Mabvuto Khwiliro said this during a Christmas party junior police officers in the Southern Region hosted in Blantyre Saturday night.
Khwiliriro, who chaired the party organising committee, reminded senior police officers that it was junior police officers who are the implementing agents of police work.
“Some officers have been on the same rank for over 10 years and that is painful. Again, we cannot talk about welfare of police officers without talking about the problem of housing. We are being forced to live side-by-side with [member of the community] and this is not safe taking into consideration the political times we are going through,” Khwiliro told.
Southern Region Police Commissioner, Sledge Yoosuf, who was the guest of honour at the party, concurred with Khwiliro that junior police officers are very important in police work and need motivation.
“Police patrols, manning strategic positions and public order management are all done by these junior police officers.
“The high command of police is taking the issue of welfare of the junior officers at heart. Last year, some of the officers were promoted but promotion comes in phases and soon they [others] will also be prompted. I am also happy to report that the government has embarked on police houses construction project,” he said.
Yoosuf then urged the junior police officers in the region to remain professional, saying misconduct of few rotten apples in the systems brings into disrepute the entire service.
During the party, several police officers were awarded for the outstanding performances in their departments.