Malawi government has ordered police for recruitment and training of 3,000 youth in its rank and file but Nyasa Times understands those targeted for recruitment are ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cadres.
The recruitment of DPP cadres in the police service is said to be under commandeered by deputy police chief Duncan Mwapatsa.
Police sources said: “Hundreds will be fused in Police from the DPP cadets.”
The DPP cadres in police uniform will also be used to harass and intimidate people mainly in opposition strong holds during the 2019 elections.
But the police denied the allegations, saying the recruits are supposed to be community crime preventers.
Meanwhile, there was a vigil at Police Training School in Limbe, Blantyre on Thursday as trainee cops wants authorities to remove non-holders of MSCE certificate, those with fake invitation letters.
The opposition is on record questioning Malawi Police recruitment exercise, saying it is contributing to security lapse.
Leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera, who is also the president of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) s during the last sitting of parliament faulted the unprofessional recruitment of police officers whom he said most of them are party zealots who do not take the law seriously.
“I have stated over and over on what they can do to change the things for the better but they have a prerogative to disregard what I have been saying. In recruitment do not take party zealots and say these should be police men and women,” said Chakwera.
According to Chakwera, high crime rate in the country is as results of a systematic way of not being professional in what the recruitment has done.
Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee for Defence and Internal Security, Enock Chihana, also criticized the recruitment of cops.
Chihana said the recruitment process for police officers is “so lacking that the service has even recruited thieves and thugs”.
“We have noticed that when recruiting these officers, there is no background check and to make things worse the training period is too short as it ranges from three to six months,” said Chihana.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :