The Malawi Police Service [MPS] says it has taken note of accusations made by the Centre for Democracy and Development Initiatives [CDEDI] that the current Inspector General, Dr. George Kainja is practicing nepotism in the promotion of officers in senior positions, the details of the accusation says Inspector General is sidelining officers from the Southern Region by excluding them from the High Command.
In its response the Malawi Police Service [MPS] says promotions in the Police Services are governed by the Constitution and the Police Act saying the legal mandate to promote officers is vested in the Police Service Commission [PSC] under section 155 of the Constitution, the MPS is required to follow principles that promote uniformity in promoting officers.
In the statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, Assistant Commissioner of Police [ACP] James Kadadzera, the MPS says it is evident that region and district of origin is not a criterion for promotion of police officers saying the presence or absence of police officers from any region, at any level, is not an indication of nepotism on the part of the Police Service Commission.
…’’Making such accusation can only be in bad faith and is a futile attempt to divide the Malawi Police Service [MPS] on political, tribal and regional lines,’’…reads the statement from Police.
But, in a statement signed by Centre for Democracy and Development Initiatives [CDEDI] Executive Director, Sylvester Namiwa, says CDEDI investigations show that there is no police officer from the Southern Region in the current Police High Command which comprises 3 officers from the North, and 10-including the Inspector General and his 2 Deputies from the Central Region.
CDEDI says during the recent meeting the organization had with the Inspector General of Police, Dr. Kainja, vehemently denied that Southern Region was not represented in the current Police High Command but instead, he claimed that the police top brass was designed in such a way that it took into consideration, traditional, cultural as well as geographical aspects of the country, hence his claim that 3 out of 13 officers in the Police High Command were from the South.
The organization says while denying the tendencies of nepotism, Dr. Kainja blamed the Police Service Commission [PSC] for the imbalance in the current composition of the Police High Command arguing that Police Service Commission [PSC] was solely responsible for the hiring of the senior officers.
…’’We are reminding Dr. Kainja that the Tonse Alliance administration was ushered into government with a promise to correct the wrongs of the immediate-past administration and by comparison of the list of the police High Command, shows moving in reverse, police is not a political institution to practice retribution,’’…..reads part of CDEDI statement.
CDEDI has asked the Inspector General of Police, Dr. Kainja to apologize to Malawians for lying about the composition of the Police High Command, and move to rectify the anomaly as his commitment to ensure national unity.
Meanwhile, some social media commentators have suggested that for the Malawi Police Service [MPS] to clear such allegations of nepotism in the Police’s High Command, there is need to release the current composition from top and if this fails, Malawians will make a conclusion that what CDEDI alleged, was true.
By Vincent Gunde