Malawi army commander Supuni fires warning shot: National security critical including protecting Lake Malawi

Malawi Defence Force (MDF)  commander. General Griffin Supuni says his force will not tolerate any threats on the country’s territorial peace and integrity.

General Supuni Phiri with a sword of command

The General told officers of the MDF, invites guests that included foreign defence attaches and advisors, that he and the MDF is  committed to defending Malawi at all cost.

Timba samachepa ndi mazira ake,” he emphasized in vernacular, meaning, “no matter how small a humming bird, it will fight tooth and nail for the safety and ownership of its eggs”.

The top soldier was also quick to warn his officers and all soldiets that he shall deal with all manner of indiscipline.

“When traffic police stop and ask you about driving licence, just produce the relevant document for inspection. I also dont want to hear that any soldier is harrassing anyone, be it a police officer, a civilian, anybody. You will go!”

General Supuni, who was brief in his speech during the 2016 Year End Ball that took place on the night of 30th December at the Officers Mess, Kamuzu Barracks, added that he will also not hesitate to fire anyone who is caught dating a fellow officer or soldiers spouse.

“I have already fired some. I will fire you as well. Your careet will be short lived. I liken this to witchcraft which can never be tolerated,” he said.

He also warned service staff to avoid expressing their grievances to wrong quarters

“There will always be differences and disagreements. Relaying these through politicians, social media, and other places will not help us. We have the rightful channels for complaints and grievances.”

Supuni then shared his ambitions for the defence force.

He highlighted that his vision includes construction of a weapons manufacturing plant, opening of a second engineers’ battalion in Zomba City, the construction of a military reference hospital, and upgrading of the farm department.

“We have engineers to out source. We have so many other plans that can help the defence force to lessen overburdening the national coffers,” he said.

The General then wished all soldiers in the country a prosperous New Year 2017, and said that those who just sit, drink and eat and are not physically fit, and are obese, will see an early exist from the force.

“I have always emphasized physical fitness. If you are not, am sorry to say you joined the wrong profession and I will help you go out as quick as possible.

“If I can jump 6 metres, ask yourself have high or far you should jump. I am telling this to everyone here. Go back and tell your troops about this,” he said.

The genral also advised that promotion will never come on a silver platter and challenged the soldiers to earn their promotion.

“No homeboy syndrome here under my watch,” he advised.

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30 thoughts on “Malawi army commander Supuni fires warning shot: National security critical including protecting Lake Malawi”

  1. Kasolota says:

    Walk the talk General. I salute you

  2. Rude boy says:

    How about constructing new barracks in Nsanje and Mulanje. We’re are surrounded by enemy neighbors minus Zambia. Don’t buy fake military equipment from India. Buy from our old friend Israel. I hate the committee who agreed to buy those Tatas for army transport. How far can they go in time of great need. That was suicide and unnecessary selfishness! And this deal of Ashok Leyland, are those trucks for the army?! My foot. They can’t work, let’s love our country, the whole world is militalising and not in a far time there will be combats all over!

  3. Wapolice says:

    Good speech Sir

  4. juma says:

    Come Malawians…. I think now you want to be one of Tz districts…. Magufuli “The Bull Dozer” will straighten you small buddies

  5. bimbi says:

    We salute you sir General Supuni , a true solgier of very high integrity, courageous and with patriotic principles, where were you bwana? May the Almighty God continue blessing you; guiding you and give you more and more surprising powers and knowledge

  6. Achiomba says:

    Well spoken general..i like the part where soldiers must comply with traffic officers..some soliders take advantage and abuse their powers for the fact that they in military.ena do not bother puttin registration plates instead they display military..this is truly indiscipline…bravo Supuni

  7. John Thelele says:

    General Supuni, did you deal with the Police Constables who arrested and put you in Area 3 cell after you assaulted neighbors security guards a year ago?

    Through reading your statement, I think you are a coward. Malawi defence force is a the poorest and weakest in the world. MDF is under equipped three folds; first poorly trained human capital; second obsolete light & heavy fire, no tanks, no jet fighters, no bombers, trailer artillery; third, no funds to stock adequate guns, rockets and bullets.

    Malawi can just close the MDF and remain with the Police – Yes, unless the idea of establishing a Engineering Battalion in collaboration with University of Malawi, The Protechnics is a welcome idea

  8. Well,articulated boss.

  9. Steven says:

    Defend Lake Malawi? Is another country invading Malawi to steal USIPA?…
    Malawi better stop interfering with Tanzania. This whole lake matter is about greed on
    the part of Malawi and lack of common sense and consideration for its people. The lake
    is a big source of good for the people . After it is destroyed what happens?…

    Furthermore Malawi don’t have a Military… those few inexperienced old men carrying old guns is not
    a Military. Be warned that the USA ???????? have a new President that won’t help Africa because he
    knows of all our foolishness and laziness!….

  10. Joe chibweya says:

    He said dating officer’s spouses. Chingerezi kuvuta

  11. Kanonono says:

    One thing interesting about Nyasa Times is that they are fond of coining some sensitive issues and forcing them into some of their articles. The Lake Malawi issue appears only in the headline and not in the story and this suggests that it was coined by the sub editor. I was wondering whether the whole army commander could be so insensitive to sensitive issues to extent of discussing such a controversial clause in public. Such a way of reporting is bad for the nation. It is also bad for Malawi’s relations with neighbours and other powers within the SADC region.

  12. Northener says:

    Any Country that intends to destroy a fresh water lake does not deserve the lake.Being a Malawian,I am in full support of Tanzania’s interfering in this matter,Our leaders are making wrong decisions cos of there old age.Muntharika and Gondwe have a few years left that’s why they want to damage the lake and not consider the future generations.Akufuna kudyelatu popeza masiku awo ayandikira

    1. Phazi says:

      Good point. Lake Malawi is very beautiful. Oil will destroy it’s beauty. However Malawi government can still earn a lot from the lake by simply developing good tarmac roads for access access to its beautiful beaches from North to south.

      If despite lack of proper public road transport Lake of Stars event is still attracting international audience what would happen if Monkey Bay or Salima aerodromes were able to handle passenger flights?

      Please think like 21st century cabinet ministers, not the crazy 19th century Chaponda!

  13. Aubrey Sumbuleta says:

    Nanga Wright Khumalo bwanji akuchita ZA chisembwere ndi mkazi wa msilikali Mzake Frank waku Airwing? Why not discipline them Mr. General Supuni Sir? Zabodza basi!

  14. zondwayo says:

    Bravo!this statement is way back overdue

  15. Bravo boss this is great. Nobody in his right mind can condemn this powerful message to our men and women in uniform unless that person is mad or lunatic.
    We need a well disciplined army force. If the army and the police work together we shall have powerful security in our country. The sent is protected by the police because they are the first people facing tough security before the army comes in
    Yes no politician should influence the army
    Opposition will have no powers to top out the Government of the day.
    Chakwera way until the polling day 2019.
    Supuni supuni supuni you think deep you have impressed me keep it up
    You are the first defence force in my life who has impressed me since I was born before our independence
    Happy Happy New year supuni and the army also the police

  16. soldier on says:

    Well said General. However it is easily said than done. We will wait for your action, Sir. The issue of homeboy syndrome can not be overemphasized for it is said to be rampant in the military. I can not agree more on the territorial integrity. We need to defend our territory. No one should intimidate us.

  17. Ponderani says:

    Koma nanga makobiri a ana aja a UN mubwenza liti inu pamodzi ndi corrupt Chaponda who was then min of foreign affairs and brian Bowler who was at UN?

  18. Gerald mapanga phiri says:

    Malawi should start manufacturing there own weapons. We have enough skill at home and abroad. Weapons manufacturing bring technology at home because its a challenging task

  19. Muona says:

    Tanzania be careful ( timba sachepa ndi mazila ake!!) Strong words ,true words.

    1. juma says:

      Who needs to be careful? Tanzania or Malawi?? I think now I have you Malawians want to test our new president Kahului after failing to Nyerere, Mwinyi, Mkapa and Kikwete…. He’s another giant president who never fail he will turn your minute like Country into one of district in Tz..

  20. Eduardo says:

    But some people. Is this an empty talk? osayamikira anzanu bwanji? The Commander spoke very well. Keep it up General Supuni and may God guide you till you fulfill the plans you have laid down. God is able, just believe.

  21. koma abale inu eeh says:

    Where were you, General, twenty – thirty years ago, when the Army could have benefited from such leadership? Rhetorical question.
    Spot on, as discipline is key to the public supporting and respecting the Army, and even the paramilitaries, like the Police.
    The Police leadership, in particular, should take a page from Supuni, to be sure; as much of the lack of discipline in the Police has to do with substandard leadership, no less. Exhibit one: the open bribes at Police road blocks.
    A warning shot indeed: take what the General has said as an indication of his doctrine of leadership. His stamp. This man has seen the enviable discipline overseas, and he envies it.
    Well polished boots, and showing off clean medals and other ornaments will not cut it with this General. Forewarned, forearmed.

  22. George says:

    You guys, take his warnings seriously. Army chiefs don’t kid out like children! He stands to his words!!

  23. andrew says:

    Why not dating fellow officer? What crime is that for? I guess there is no love in the military.

    1. jffllf says:

      It says fellow officers/soldiers wife…. in short adultery is not permitted.

  24. mbuyache flex says:

    A word of a true Soldier…. Timakunyadirani Boss

  25. Namanyaru says:

    What an empty talk!

    1. EPIGLOTIS says:

      Choka Mlaiya iwe….. Ntchito ya fumbi kobo! umaidziwa iwe

      1. Kadzidzi says:

        Tayiyambeni muone.

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