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Lexten Kachama wants female officers to be competitive

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Inspector General of Police, Lexten Kachama, has called on female police officers to improve their skills for them to be able to compete with their male counterparts.

Kachama further urged female police officers to develop interest in learning things that can add value to their profession.

The sentiments were made on Monday during the opening of the 2018 United Nations Peace-keeping pre-deployment training in gender-related laws for police officers who will be posted to Sudan and other war-torn countries in Africa.

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The 10-day training has been sponsored by United Nations Development Programme, Malawi Revenue Authority and Premium Tama.

Out of the 144 officers that are undergoing the training, only 30 are female, a situation Kachama described as worrisome, considering that countries are making efforts to promote gender balance.

“We tried our best to make sure that more female participants are included. But a lot of them failed the examinations. Even if it were Malawi Police Service officers conducting the assessment, a lot of female participants would have failed. So, it is up to the women to prove that they can do whatever men can do. We already have good examples of women in the Malawi Police Service,” Kachama said.

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Director of Administration in the Ministry of Gender, McCallum Sibande, said the government would be happy to see police officers getting interested in laws which they are supposed to enforce.

“As law enforcers, they should be aware of the country’s laws that protect women and children. We will continue working with the police to ensure that its officers are aware of the laws they are supposed to enforce,” Sibande said.

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