By Tiyese Monjeza:
Minister of Homeland Security, Richard Chimwendo Banda, has challenged the police to stick to their work ethics and refrain from being entangled in politics.
Chimwendo Banda said Malawians expect the law enforcers to be executing their duties with utmost professionalism which he said has been demonstrated since the ushering in of the new government after the fresh presidential election.
He said the commitment shown by the police over the past days will help the law enforcers to regain public trust and create a good working environment with communities.
The minister made the remarks on Friday during a familiarisation tour of the Eastern Region Police Headquarters in Zomba.
“Over the past years, the relationship between the Malawi Police Service and the citizens soured. This led to lawlessness in the country. The law enforcers were at times being used by some influential politicians thereby compromising how they work,” Chimwendo Banda said.
In his remarks, Commissioner of Police Responsible for the Eastern Region, Arlene Baluwa, said the police is committed to serving the interests of the people and not individuals.
She urged the government to consider recruiting additional officers to fill the high vacancy rate in the service.
“In the Eastern Region, we have a total of 1,517 police officers against a population of over three million people and from the figures you can notice that it is not an easy task to enforce peace and order with a limited workforce.
“We also face transport challenges as the region does not have enough vehicles for our smooth operations,” Baluwa said.