Lazarus Chakwera confident in Malawi Defence Force

FOLLOW THE LEADER—Chakwera in Luwawa Forest

President Lazarus Chakwera, who is Commander-in-Chief of the Malawi Defence Force (MDF), has said Malawians should be assured of their security as he has confidence in the armed forces.

Chakwera made the assurance Thursday when he visited Luwawa Forest in the Northern Region, where recruits are undergoing intensive military training.

Chakwera, dressed in military attire with the rank of private soldier, said Malawian soldiers are professionally trained and strong enough to protect the country and support other nations in peacekeeping missions.


The MDF Commander-in-Chief was welcomed by MDF Commander General Vincent Nundwe and Deputy Minister of Defence Jean Sendeza, among others.

Before the inspection Chakwera conducted an in-camera meeting in the camp’s operation room, spending about 25 minutes with MDF officers.

After the meeting, Chakwera— led by Malawi Armed Forces College battalion commander— inspected MDF artillery and firing trenches.


Chakwera, who looked steady and energetic throughout the inspection, which took over an hour, became Malawi’s first president to inspect soldiers right in the jungle.

The President also toured platoons to appreciate the actual training the recruits undergo, especially in the firing trenches.

In an interview, he encouraged the recruits and pledged total support to MDF soldiers.

“We are well secured and Malawians should have confidence in soldiers’ discipline in different courses they are doing. I will render my support in a big way so that they are encouraged. As you know, we also support peacekeeping efforts in other nations,” Chakwera said.

At least 1,390 recruits are undergoing military training in the forest.

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