Atupele says gangs now ‘sophisticated’, vows Malawi govt crackdown on criminals

Malawi Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Atupele Muluzi, has said gangs have reached levels of criminal sophistication but has moved to reassure that government is doing all in their power to tackle the criminals.

Atupele Muluzi: Vows to crackdown on crime

Atupele Muluzi: Vows to crackdown on crime

He said they will equip law enforcers to crackdown on crime.

Muluzi said there is political will in the Professor Peter Mutharika administration to assign more resources to the law enforcement agencies to ensure public safety.

“What we are witnessing are highly sophisticated criminals,” said Muluzi in an interview which Nyasa Times monitored on Tuesday on Capital FM’s ‘Daybreak Malawi’ programme.

Muluzi said acts of cashgate; human trafficking, albino killings, and human body parts were all sophisticated crimes and emerging threats that government will crackdown .

The Minister declared war on crime, promising no mercy for criminals and help for the police service, which is overstretched and apparently unable to cope.

“We are working tirelesly in pursuit of these criminals and the emerging threats,” said Muluzi sounding more boldly.

He stressed that criminals have become “more organised and sophisticated”, saying government will be “enhancing capacity” for Malawi Police to prevent crime.

“We are committed to ensure that the public enjoys improved security,” said Muluzi.

Muluzi assured that Police will be properly trained, equipped and motivated to fight crime.

Malawi is planning to train 10,000 officers in line with the United Nations Guidelines for policing encapsulated under “one police officer to 500 civilians”.

The Minister stated that Police Service was facing “enormous challenges” in the wake of security lapses. But he commended the cops for doing “excellent job in working tirelessly” fighting crime.

“We are seeing action on the ground,” he said.

Muluzi said crime surge is a global phenomenon.

“Globally we have been seeing emerging threats of organised murders,” Minister of Internal Security said.

Muluzi said organised crime would be targeted especially, as would anyone who murdered a police officer and Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) director of corporate affairs Issa Njauju.

He added that law enforcing agencies will from now on take every necessary measure to stop and arrest the criminals.

“We are going to make sure that any criminal in this country will be caught and will be prosecuted,” said Muluzi.

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Kaziulika Chimugonda

Gangs now Sophisticated, Atupele this is a lie. Malawi has several cases of fraud and murder by DPP affiliates. Say, the problem is with the current govt. due selective justice. Nobody in Malawi can buy that cheap propaganda. Hon come up with another excuse not this one. There is no gang sophistication in Malawi beyond reach of your ministry. Atupele, mwakhalira milandu dziko likuona.


son of a rat


Atupele if u ll try to dump DPP company that will be ur end. Its a calculated move to put u there to fail so that when u leave the alliance u LL be decampaigned. Saulos is neck to neck coz u want to unseat him. Peter is trying to groom u but u cant perfom as our leader wachepa mphwanga. Mkazi wako mwano wake umene uja angakhale first lady?

Sayimoni Bayisikolo

Just a waste of time.Malawi will never develop with the calibre of politicians of the Pitala and the baby Muluzi.They are competing as to who is stealing more.Fellow Malawian do you see any hope in this country?Bible linanena kale kuti “Where there is no Vision,People Perish.Malawi is full tribalism and hates to employ competent people.NO wonder alot of competent people opted to leave this country and are contributing their knowledge in other people’s countries.Azingokhalira kukunamizani a baby Muluzi ndi a Pitala.


MALAWI A very small poor country but without peace only corruption


which government will fight crime chimeke wooo


My aim of going to school was to become a true policeman and save my nation but my dreams never came true as I passed all the police interviews with 65/100 written, 88/100 oral but never got the job,insteady they recruited their sons who are now stealing too much. So dont cry this is just the beginning.Ntchito ya ulondayo mumachita kunyada nayo.


police have cars with no petrol or diesel. Many time people have asked police assistance the are told, they have cars but no petrol so they can not come.

There is nothing like sophistication of criminals in Malawi. It is an issue to do with underdevelopment. Every Jim and jack wants to live in the city even with nothing for a living. For example Lilongwe as wide as it is, it is full of squatters. From Phwetekere on the southern part, to Mchesi right at the heart of the city, to Kawale down east, to Chinsapo on the western side, to Mtandire on the north west, to Kauma on the north east, to Mgona northwise. Just to mention but a few. How do you expect to deal with crime… Read more »

Atupele is understanding it wrongly.It is not about how many cops we have, it is about how skilful these cops are,how passionate they are with their profession. most of them are recruited coz they have nothing to do, coz they are Cousins,girl friends.They do not love their job so they end up being criminals themselves.The other point is that 3 months training period is too short. There is a crisis of social morality even within the police.The govt needs to be serious with actions. Police is ranked no.1 in corruption.

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