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Police, Pac meet to restore public trust

THAWALE—We believe Pac can actually do a good job

Malawi Police Service (MPS) Inspector General, George Kainja, met the Public Affairs Committee (Pac) in Lilongwe Tuesday to discuss how the police can rebuild its public trust which he admitted has been significantly eroded.

Kainja said MPS is coming from a background where it has been unprofessional in a number of ways including being accused of corruption and failure to professionally execute their duties in traffic management work.

He said this is the reason they engaged Pac as a partner to help rebuild MPS’s image.

“First is to accept that we are coming from a background where we were unprofessional in quite a number of ways. Maybe our investigations were not good enough; our traffic work was not good enough; issues of corruption that people talked about; issues of brutal policing that people were talking about; these are unfortunate,” Kainja said.

The police boss gave an example of the Msundwe incident where police officers allegedly brutalised civilians including raping women and girls when one of the cops was killed in line of duty by people in that area.

“Our approach will be professional. Gone are the days when we will be brutal when treating members of the public; gone are days when we were brutal when treating suspects in police custody,” Kainja said.

Pac Chairperson, Monsignor Patrick Thawale, said the police and Pac have to work together and that faith leaders have closer access to members of the public through prayer-house meetings.

“As spiritual leaders, we feel we have better access to the people, and if we talk about rebuilding confidence and trust in the police service, we believe Pac can actually do a good job,” Thawale said.

He also said he also advised MPS to strengthen its structures in which everyone should observe the law.

Recently, there has been an outcry from the public and several sectors which have been accusing the police of being unprofessional in its conduct.

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