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Richard Chimwendo Banda

President Lazarus Chakwera has said he would like to see a Malawi Police Service (MPS) that can effectively meet the security needs of Malawi residents.

Chakwera was speaking in Lilongwe Tuesday when MPS celebrated 100 years of operations in Malawi.

The Malawi leader said one way of strengthening the service was by bringing in modern equipment and tools for effective policing.

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“We need to retrain the entire police service in modern ways of enforcing the law without violating the rights of citizens. We need to have specialised units within the Malawi Police [Service] to ensure that there is special focus given to specific kinds of crimes that have proven too difficult to solve in recent times.

“We need to improve the collaboration and partnership between the Malawi Police Service and other security agencies so that we cut out the waste in resources that is caused by duplication and redundancy,” Chakwera said.

According to the President, MPS is one of the most important institutions in the country, adding that, without it, there would be chaos as criminals and bandits would overrun the streets.

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He said the responsibility of strengthening MPS rests on all Malawians, ranging from police officers themselves, government officials, lawmakers and even citizens.

“We must work together to restore public confidence in the police service. We must work together to make corruption and abuse of office something that has no place anywhere within this great institution,” Chakwera said.

He has since directed Homeland Security Minister Richard Chimwendo Banda to analyse things that need to be done to restore glory.

Chimwendo Banda said the performance of MPS over the last 100 years had been a mixed bag.

He said while the MPS had sparked by, among other things, providing quality and professional services within and outside the country, there had been instances that had dented the image of the police.

Chimwendo Banda cited corruption and law enforcers’ entanglement in criminal activities as some of the examples of unprofessionalism.

He said the ministry was committed to transforming the police by ensuring that discipline and professionalism prevailed in the service.

Inspector General of Police George Kainja lamented the poor state of equipment they have in some crucial departments such as Aviation and Marine.

According to Kainja, MPS used to have a fully-fledged Aviation Department with helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft but that, currently, it does not have a functional plane.

He added that MPS used to have good boats for patrolling on Lake Malawi but that the equipment is now obsolete.

The police chief said, with criminals becoming sophisticated and using advanced equipment, there was a need to equip law enforcers so that they could effectively fight crime in the country.

MPS was established on October 4 1921 as Nyasaland Police Force and had its headquarters in Zomba.

President Lazarus Chakwera has said he would like to see a Malawi Police Service (MPS) that can effectively meet the security needs of Malawi residents.

Chakwera was speaking in Lilongwe Tuesday when MPS celebrated 100 years of operations in Malawi.

The Malawi leader said one way of strengthening the service was by bringing in modern equipment and tools for effective policing.

“We need to retrain the entire police service in modern ways of enforcing the law without violating the rights of citizens. We need to have specialised units within the Malawi Police [Service] to ensure that there is special focus given to specific kinds of crimes that have proven too difficult to solve in recent times.

“We need to improve the collaboration and partnership between the Malawi Police Service and other security agencies so that we cut out the waste in resources that is caused by duplication and redundancy,” Chakwera said.

According to the President, MPS is one of the most important institutions in the country, adding that, without it, there would be chaos as criminals and bandits would overrun the streets.

He said the responsibility of strengthening MPS rests on all Malawians, ranging from police officers themselves, government officials, lawmakers and even citizens.

“We must work together to restore public confidence in the police service. We must work together to make corruption and abuse of office something that has no place anywhere within this great institution,” Chakwera said.

He has since directed Homeland Security Minister Richard Chimwendo Banda to analyse things that need to be done to restore glory.

Chimwendo Banda said the performance of MPS over the last 100 years had been a mixed bag.

He said while the MPS had sparked by, among other things, providing quality and professional services within and outside the country, there had been instances that had dented the image of the police.

Chimwendo Banda cited corruption and law enforcers’ entanglement in criminal activities as some of the examples of unprofessionalism.

He said the ministry was committed to transforming the police by ensuring that discipline and professionalism prevailed in the service.

Inspector General of Police George Kainja lamented the poor state of equipment they have in some crucial departments such as Aviation and Marine.

According to Kainja, MPS used to have a fully-fledged Aviation Department with helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft but that, currently, it does not have a functional plane.

He added that MPS used to have good boats for patrolling on Lake Malawi but that the equipment is now obsolete.

The police chief said, with criminals becoming sophisticated and using advanced equipment, there was a need to equip law enforcers so that they could effectively fight crime in the country.

MPS was established on October 4 1921 as Nyasaland Police Force and had its headquarters in Zomba.

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