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Police bosses transferred over Shepherd Bushiri security

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The coming of ‘Major Prophet’ Shepherd Bushiri for a three-day crusade in Mzuzu has ended on a sad note with Inspector General (IG) of Police Lexten Kachama transferring the top three regional bosses of the Northern Regional Police because they accorded ‘the prophet’ high security as if he was president.

The three are Commissioner of Police for the North Stach Maundala, Deputy Commissioner Foster Mangani, who was just two weeks old at the Northern Region Police, and Regional Police Operations Officer Alex Masina.

Communication from the IG, yesterday, to all police stations stated that the transfers were with immediate effect. According to the communication, Maundala is posted to Police Headquarters to head the Audit and Inspection Department while Mangani is heading for Zomba Police Training College as Commandant and Masina is going to Mzimba Police Station as Officer-in-Charge.

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Maundala will be replaced by Commissioner Martha Suwedi, who was heading the Audit and Inspection Department, while Peter Chasweka who was Commandant at the Police Training College, will replace Mangani. Mzimba Police Officer-in-Charge Davies Mulepa will now be the third in command at the Northern Region Police.

“Their sin is that they accorded Bushiri with high ovation as if he was president and politicians were querying the police authorities for that. There were lots of police officers offering security, Police Brass Band from Zomba was there marching in the street on Bushiri’s convoy in Mzuzu and that did not go down well with politicians,” said a well placed police-source.

But the source said the police band was authorised by the IG.

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National Police spokesperson Rhoda Manjolo confirmed the transfers, yesterday, but downplayed the reason.

Said Manjolo: “My brother, police transfers are normal. Their services are needed where they have been posted to. Thank you. Stay blessed.”

When asked about the transfer and the reason that he accorded Bushiri with high ovation, Commissioner Maundala said: “I do not have a police band. The North has no police band. I do not know that [reason]. If management has decided to do that, what can I say? It is normal in the police service. I am in Lilongwe and hearing about the transfer here. I am going to the headquarters now.”

A source at the Northern Region Police Station said all departments of the police were deployed to handle Bushiri’s crusade just like “we do when the President has come”. The officers, said the source, started guarding Bushiri’s podium a day before his crusade.

The source said police officers were hired on daily basis and received allowances as per their rank. Over 100 officers, the source said, were deployed for the entire three day period.

The crusade ran from Friday to Sunday. On Friday as he went to Mzuzu Stadium, he was on a very long convoy with the police brass band marching and heavy security around his vehicle.

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