The Malawi Police Service (MPS) has graduated over 1,800 new recruits to strengthen security in different stations across the country.
This year’s batch is the biggest number in the history of the Police recruitment drive which looks to beef up the strength of the police force and rein in crime.
Speaking during the passing out parade of the new officers in the commercial city of Blantyre on Thursday, President Peter Mutharika said his government is committed to provide safety and security to all persons, property and investments for the enhancement of national sustainable development.
“These officers will contribute to safety and security in the country.
“No country can prosper if people fear for their lives and property because of lack of security” he said.
He added that the country is planning to train 10,000 officers in line with the United Nations Guidelines for policing encapsulated under “one police officer to 500 civilians”.
According to the Malawian leader, he said, the ratio for Malawi is at one officer to 1.300 civilian which he said is unacceptable.
“I am very concerned by the state of security in this country,” said Mutharika.
“The country has been experiencing serious crimes, “ he noted and continued, “the killing and abduction of albinos remain a problem in our country.
Earlier, Minister of Home Affairs and Home security, Atupele Muluzi said the last 100 of the 150 vehicles which the government has procured for the police will be handed over soon.
In his remarks, Inspector General Lexton Kachama urged newly recruited constables to cling to their main objective of protecting lives and property of Malawians. He also urged them to be tough to criminals.
Just like Mutharika, Kachama cautioned the recruits against corruption and criminal activities, warning that the long arm of the law will not spare them.
Apart from the recruits, veteran police officers including Deputy Inspectors Generals Rodney Jose and Duncan Mwapasa received medals for their dedicated service.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :