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Vincent Nundwe justifies Malawi Defence Force appointments

I remain overseer, he says

Commander of the Malawi Defence Force (MDF), General Vincent Nundwe, has justified the appointment of tri-services commanders and deputy commanders in the service.

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Times, Nundwe said all countries have tri-service commanders in specialties.

Mid July 2019, President Peter Mutharika appointed tri-services commanders and deputy commanders of MDF.

According to Nundwe, considering that MDF has soldiers operating on land, air and marine, there was need for special commanders for easy progress of work.

“Malawi has been following the old system but the issue in all countries is that they have commanders for specific roles. We have land forces—people operating on land— others operating in the air and I, as a professional, know that there is no difference in terms of command or, indeed, that someone is going to develop power,’’ he said.

Nundwe said, under the circumstances, he remained the overseer of the defence force.

“I remain the same and our hierarchy remains the same, only that people are being put in various specialties instead of me dealing with all the three. In terms of funding, it will be going to those commanders so that they should not be coming to my headquarters asking for support,’’ he said.

Mutharika appointed Major General Alick Bentry Mhone as Army Commander of Landed Forces with Brigadier General Davis Sesatino as his deputy.

The President also appointed Major General Andrew Lapken Namathanga as Airforce Commander and Brigadier General Ian MacLeod Chirwa as his deputy.

Mutharika also appointed Maritime Force Commander Brigadier General Francis Blessings Kakhuta Banda with Colonel Richard Chagonapanja as his deputy.

Nundwe was appointed as MDF Commander in June this year to succeed General Griffin Spoon-Phiri.

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