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Police officer arrested at minister’s residence

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Malawi Police Service (MPS) operatives on Saturday arrested a colleague who was guarding the residence of Minister of Civic Education and Culture, Grace Chiumia, in Lilongwe after it was discovered that he was drunk.
Constable Ronnex Njema, of Police Mobile Service (PMS) C-Division, was on duty during the day but was replaced in the afternoon when it was discovered that he was drunk.
National Police spokesperson, James Kadadzera, said Njema would be summoned to a disciplinary hearing.
“Constable Njema was assigned to provide guard services during day time at the minister’s residence. He was arrested for being found drunk and incapable [of performing duties]. It is believed that he was consuming the liquor whilst on duty. He was immediately replaced and disciplinary proceedings will follow,” Kadadzera said.
He has since appealed to the general public to report to relevant authorities once they see police officers getting involved in misconduct while on duty.
“Police officers are supposed to work with alertness, with vigilance and are not supposed to be drunk while on duty,” Kadadzera said.
He has since dismissed social media reports that Njema was arrested because he went out to answer the call of nature while on duty, describing the reports as “unfounded”

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