Peter Mutharika urges police against corruption


President Peter Mutharika has urged the newly-graduated police officers to fight and desist from corrupt malpractices in their capacity “as custodians of equity and fairness in the country”.

Mutharika made the remarks during a pass-out parade of Malawi Police Service recruits in Blantyre yesterday where he also officially launched the Interpol Turn Back Crime Global Campaign Malawi Chapter.

Speaking to the recruits, Mutharika said issues of security and safety in the country are important and was quick to say development goes well with sufficient security in the country.


“As government we are going to ensure that there is safety in the country. We will make sure more officers are trained in this field. Soon we will recruit and train more police officers. The police reforms will help improve police services and develop a modern police,” Mutharika said.

Mutharika further revealed plans of a police housing project which he said will help ease housing problems that most police officers are currently facing.

“The review process of the police reforms will also see to it that we build houses for police officers. About 100 motor vehicles will soon be delivered to various police stations to help ease mobility problems. We are going to ensure that we promote inclusion of women to advance equity and fairness in promotion of various promotions,” Mutharika said.


He lauded police officers as “men and women who work day and night for us to be safe and secure.

“You are patriots who work in discomfort for our comfort. You are the pride of the nation,” he said.

Mutharika said Malawi is doing well on the international frontline in fighting against transnational organised crime.

“We are working well with the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol). Now, we are joining the Interpol Turn-Back-Crime Campaign. Our aspiration is to participate in making our region safer and more secure. The safety and security of our region is also our safety and security as a country,” he said.

He commended the police force for “a great job at home and beyond our boundaries, adding that recruits were joining a noble cause.

At the parade, Mutharika also launched the Interpol Turn Back Crime Global Campaign –Malawi Chapter.

Inspector General of the Police Lexten Kachama advised the new police officers to serve Malawians with a sense of responsibility and he called on them to be on the forefront of fighting corruption.

“As you go out there to serve assure the people about the police with the manner you do your duties. Go and serve people; don’t be masters. Go and fight crime head on, avoid corruption because if you indulge yourself in such practices the long arm of the law will catch up with you,” he said.

The officers started their training in June this year and another class was in a parade at Ntakataka Police Station in Dedza on the same day.

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