President Peter Mutharika hires 6 Malawi Defence Force chiefs


By Pilirani Kachinziri:

President Peter Mutharika Thursday appointed Tri-Service Commanders and Deputy Commanders of Malawi Defence Force (MDF).

A statement from the Office of the President and Cabinet says the appointments are in line with Section 4 of the Defence Force Act (2018).


Mutharika has appointed Major General Alick Bentry Mhone, Army Commander (Landed Forces) with Brigadier General Davis Sesatino as his deputy.

Airforce Commander is Major General Andrew Lapken Namathanga while Brigadier General Ian MacLeod Chirwa is his deputy.

Maritime Force Commander is Brigadier General Francis Blessings Kakhuta Banda while Colonel Richard Tobias Chagonapanja is the deputy.


“The Commander of the Malawi Defence Force remains General Vincent Nundwe with Lieutenant General Clement Namangale as Deputy Commander of the Malawi Defence Force,” the statement reads.

Last month, Mutharika appointed Nundwe as the Army Commander and subsequently promoted him to the rank of Army General to replace Griffin Spoon- Phiri.

Spoon-Phiri is the President’s National Security Adviser.

Chancellor College-based political analyst, Ernest Thindwa, Thursday said the MDF appointments reflect the chain of command in the army.

“The timing of the appointments shows that it is part of a strategy to ensure that the army remains loyal to the regime,” Thindwa said.

Presidential Press Secretary Mgeme Kalilani said the appointments are in line with the new Defence Force Act, which Parliament passed in 2018.

“The Act provides for restructuring of the Malawi Defence Force ( MDF) and ushers in a new administrative and operations organogram which creates three military service departments within the Malawi Defence Force, namely the Infantry, the Navy and the Air-force ( some call the Infantry; Lands, the Navy; Maritime),” he said.

Kalilani said the overall aim of the new structure was to allow more growth and further expansion of the MDF.

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