Central Region Deputy Commissioner of Malawi Police Service (MPS), Benson Tawakali, has said five percent of police officers who are corrupt dent the image of the men in uniform.
Tawakali said to build back the relationship with the general public, the police have to be professional.
He made the remarks on Saturday at the opening of Mvama Police Unit in Lilongwe’s Area 49 which was torched by members of the community surrounding the area.
“About five percent of police officers who are corrupt dent our image. As the saying goes ‘ikaipa imodzi zaipa zose’. So we are encouraging people who know corrupt officers to report them so that we should have a cordial relationship with the people,” he said.
Tawakali said the bad blood between the police and the general public arises because of the tendency of some officers of begging money from the people and also charging them services that are maint to be free-of-charge such as bail and police report.
One of the people that were overseeing the re-construction of the police unit, Edward Mdechi urged the people to avoid demolishing the facility again saying without the police unit, cases of robbery increased in the area.
“Having noted the rising cases of theft after the police unit was demolished, we thought of lobbing community members to contribute money so we reconstruct the facility,” he said.
The unit was torched following disagreements between people surrounding the area and the police when the people were demanding the release of a man who was alleged to have killed a two-year-old boy in the area.
The people wanted to take the law into their own hands.