Malawi Police IG  assures of safety during elections

Inspector General (IG) of Malawi Police Service,  Loti Dzonzi says the law enforcers  will ensure that the first-ever tripartite elections on May 20 are peaceful and credible.

Dzonzi said this in Zomba when closing tactical police commanders training in public order management at Police College Officer’s Mess.

He said the skills the participants have acquired during public management order trainings since February, are adequate to enable the participants successfully carry out their duty to make Malawi a safe place for every honest person.

Dzonzi delivering the closing speech

Dzonzi delivering the closing speech

Police officers demonstrate on how to deal with protesters during the event.

Police officers demonstrate on how to deal with protesters during the event.

The police IG (L) watch the proceedings during the event.

The police IG (L) watch the proceedings during the event.

The trained police officers walk through the fire during the symbolic event.

The trained police officers walk through the fire during the symbolic event.

“Especially this time when there are a few days to tripartite elections, we want to ensure that policing doesn’t contribute to, or exaggerate tension during protests; and that policing do not generate the very violence it seeks to control during public protests,” said Dzonzi.

The police gaffer added that it is his expectation that public safety and security will be enhanced because Malawians would like to see a police service that sets out to achieve the same using techniques that respect universal principles of democracy, human rights, rule of law, transparency and accountability.

European Union head of cooperation Lluis Navaro said they funded the trainings through the Democratic Governance Program, with the aim of building the Malawi Police Service (MPS) capacity in dealing with public disorders and enhance efficiencies ahead of the tripartite elections.

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