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Lazarus Chakwera still hunting for Inspector General

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The State House has said President Lazarus Chakwera will appoint a new Inspector General (IG) of Malawi Police Service (MPS) before the Parliament budget review session starts next week.

Last month, the President fired IG George Kainja after he was implicated in alleged corrupt practices as the Anti-Corruption Bureau continues its investigations into activities of the United Kingdom-based businessman Zuneth Sattar.

In a written response, State House Press Officer Antony Kasunda said the vetting process of appointing the new IG is almost done.

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Kasunda further said the nominee would be subjected to ratification by the National Assembly as required by the law.

“The process of appointing a new Inspector General of the Malawi Police has three parts, namely vetting, nomination and ratification. The vetting aspect is almost done, following which His Excellency will nominate a suitably qualified candidate in time for the next meeting of Parliament where the nominee will be subject to ratification by the National Assembly as required by the Constitution,” Kasunda said.

Security expert Sheriff Kaisi said the office of the IG is crucial and it is a cause for worry that it has been vacant for some time.

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Without an IG, police officers’ promotions cannot be executed as the office holder forms part of the Police Service Commission quorum which affects promotions, among other decisions.

Similarly, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services has no director-general following the retirement of Hannings Mlotha.

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