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Lexten Kachama makes own reshuffle

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Less than a year after a major shake-up in the Malawi Police Service (MPS), the security institution’s management has once again moved about 20 senior officers, with some being given positions of higher influence in the process.

For instance, James Kadadzera, who was Southern Region Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), has been transferred to Area 30 where he has replaced Nicholas Gondwa as National Police PRO.

Kadadzera has been replaced by Ramsey Mushani who until the shake-up was Central Region Police PRO.

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Gondwa has been moved to Mponela Police Station where he will be Station Officer (SO), a position that essentially means he will be deputising the station’s Officer-in-Charge (OC). It was held by a Mrs D. Kawale who has since been promoted to be OC for Machinga Police Station.

Gondwa was promoted from the position of deputy police spokesperson to full PRO in December last year in the shake-up that saw Rhoda Manjolo being moved from the position to head the police system in Ntcheu.

His former position was taken over by Thomeck Nyaude who until last year’s shake-up, had been police PRO for the Eastern Region. Nyaude remains second in command of the police Media and Public Relations Office.

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Eastern Region Senior Deputy Commissioner of Police, Willy Mwaluka, has returned to Area 30 where he will be in charge of the inspectorate unit this time while John Nyondo has been moved from Limbe as OC to Central Region headquarters as Deputy Commissioner.

Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police, McPhein Gumbo, who was in charge of Nkhunga Police Station in Nkhotakota, will be second in command at Karonga Police Station.

Another officer who has been promoted is a Mr G. Mangazi from Deputy Commandant of Mtakataka Police Training School to full commandant.

Police Inspector General (IG), Lexten Kachama, referred us to the police public relations office for information on the transfers.

In an interview Tuesday, Gondwa confirmed the transfers albeit referring us to his successor, Kadadzera, for more details.

“I can confirm that the transfers have indeed taken place and I am included. I will be Station Officer for Mponela Police Station,” said Gondwa.

In a separate interview, Nyaude dismissed assertions by some quarters, particularly on social media, that the transfers might have been effected to reward some loyal officers while punishing others in the process.

“Transfers in police, just like in any other establishment, are normal. By the end of the day, it is an issue of fighting crime that we should be concerned about. There is nothing beyond that,” said Nyaude.

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