Malawi Police recruitment system is at fault -Opposition

Malawi Police recruitment system is at fault and contributing to security lapses, leader of opposition Lazarous Chakwera and the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee for Defence and Internal Security, Enock Chihana have observed.

President Mutharika at the police pass out parade

President Mutharika at the police pass out parade

Chakwera, who is also president of Malawi Congress Party (MCP), has 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 again on what they can do to change things for the better but they have a prerogative to disregard what I have been saying.

“In recruitment you do not take party zealots and say these should be police men and women, its not even just now, these things that we are seeing now is as result of systematic way of not being professional in what the recruitment has been done,” said Chakwera during the interview with Times TV.

Malawians are witnessing continued spate of robbery and killings.

Chakwera also spoke against the police and citizens taking the law into own hands and that law enforcers should not be own jury and judges over security and court matters.

The Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee for Defence and Internal Security, Enock Chihana, also criticised the recruitment of cops.

Chihana said the recruitment process for police officers is “so lacking that the service has even recruited thieves and thugs.”

He said: “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. You cannot churn out a fully baked police officer in such a short period.

“ Imagine somebody today is a civilian but by December they are in a police uniform. It is very pathetic and self-destructive; how can one grasp all the courses a police recruit has to undergo such as psychology, discipline and many others that relate to their type of job within such a short time?

“We have even discovered that despite it being short, the recruitment process is highly nepotistic such that a senior officer can just pick up a drunkard who is loafing at his village and enrol him at the police training school.”

Chihana said a police job is a calling and “one should not be a police officer simply because there is nothing he could do, but one has to have the intention and will to join the service.”

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42 thoughts on “Malawi Police recruitment system is at fault -Opposition”

  1. When you hear the leader of the opposition is talking nonsense just know that the government is doing fine cos they don’t have anything to oppose? Police must move with time & be ready to respond when need arise.

  2. Jang'ala says:

    Kkkk. Kodi a MCP mwaziwa liti zimenez? When did MCP born? Zachamba eti? Ingonenani zoti musinthe recruitment system.

  3. Austin Kayendah says:

    They do it as it is family service. Ofunako tilikalembera olo ndikutiitana komwe ku ma interview, timangomva kuti anthu apita kuma training. Anthu odzikonda amenewa

  4. baggio says:

    Ur saying the trulful,amagotenga adzibale awo if things will not charge a Malawi tidzakhala mabvuto adzachitetezo pamka kale kale

  5. magawagawa says:

    MCP komanso PP inalowapo mboma, bwanji osasintha period ya trainning, ndi unifom ndinu vitsiru eti.

  6. jimbo says:

    I have noticed on the photograph that the new recruits have rifles. Are guns part of the standard equipment for police officers in Malawi?

  7. Abiti Joyce Hilda Ntila Kachale Banda says:

    Che Chakwera ndi che Chihana, mwadzidziwa liti zimenezi? Is it from MCP, UDF, DPP, PP and now DPP times? Zimenezi zidayambikatu ngakhale a Kamwana asanakhale Inspector General. Tapitani ku Mponela mukaone.

  8. Jelbin mk says:

    DPP cadets now will have nothing to say because the president in waiting has not only criticized but has also given suggestions on what the government should do in order to bring about sanity in our Malawi police service. If the question on security was put to Peter you would have heard what he could say,he could start with accusing Joyce Banda that she didn’t hand over power thus why there was security lapse.

  9. Bornface c Mwale says:

    Zoona
    akungolembana
    pa
    chibale
    banja
    a
    police
    shame
    on
    you Bones

  10. Mlauzi says:

    Too much nepotism in recruitment

  11. true now dayz we see people from the same fammily or tribe being a police officers which is not good at all we aiso need to increase training period not only six mouth it could maybe a year.plus 6 m

  12. makawa says:

    Ma uniform asamundawo sihthani colour ndiyakale, sankhani colour yabwino yachimalawi osati zakalezo even traffic police sakuwoneka ngati mutraffic colour yikumangofana ndi yapolice. Tichosenkoni manyazi pls posintha tizobvalati amalawi.

  13. wez says:

    Kamuzu ankawasitha mapolisi kuchoka kumpoto kuipita kumwela wakumchinji kumangochi, kuopesa kuzolowela ku kamp. Panopa mwaononga apolisiwa wakulilongwe akukana kupita kubalaka akuti kulibe zamafuta, kenaka amadisha bwanayo kuti asasithidwe. Izi zalowesa kwambili umbava kwathu kuno apolisi mwano,

  14. jimbo says:

    Quality not numbers is what matters most when recruiting police officers. Police cadets need to be fully trained in how to deal with the public in all kinds of situations. This takes time and money. Those doing the training must be fully qualified and experienced in all aspects of police work. The police force itself must be properly funded and given the equipment it needs to do its job efficiently and professionally. There is no place for nepotism and favouritism when recruiting police officers as they are the front line of the justice system. It seems the Government has a long way to go to satisfy all these requirements.

  15. Thyolo Thava says:

    Police by DPP cadets

  16. vendort says:

    Mdf kuli nkhanza koopsya no wonder ma suicide are rapant. And kuchotsa ntchito asilikali chisawawa as long as kulibe s bale awo amene ali ma bwana. The danger u fire people who have been trained how to shoot and he be comes jobless, what next? Ur guess is as good as mine. The Army seniors shoukd look into this seriously

  17. Achimidzimidzi says:

    To some extent i agree that recruitment is not a good one.
    I have observed that most recruits have a relation in the police service.

    For Sure there is need to a background and mental assessment for every recruit.

  18. ya mr chakwera mukunena zoona a police amasiku ano akumafufuza msanga nkhani ngati akufufuzidwayo ndiwotsutsa koma akamafufuza wolamula makamaka chipani chake chikhale chabanja la DPP kufufuza nkhani imatha zaka zambiri mr president ee tikunena inuyo apeter mwakalamba kale mwakhala ndi masiku wochepa musatiwonongere dziko anafe

  19. chakhalira says:

    I think some of these people who make their comments do not follow the issues or they are the Thieves and Thugs in question.

    In our days their was heavy Screening Processes so much so that they could even trace your back ground right from your village.This process applied to every Government Organ. What President Chakwera is saying is that this process is NOT followed these days. Instead the ruling parties employ their young democrats (Zealots) train them for very short time and release them for operations. Some of these are honestly Thieves and Thugs out of the same police.

    Please tamayankhani zinthu za nzeru. Bring back the screening process. Policemen should be fully traced from their home Village before they are recruited!

  20. Mtemangombe says:

    Yaa pa zonse mwakhala mukukamba a chakwera izi zokha nde za nzeru

  21. Rob wa Tsopano says:

    Of course that’s true, koma mukumbukile kuti msilikali ndi obvuta kwambiri. Kubvuta anayamba kale Yesu asanatifele. Ndipo Yohane anawalangiza kuti adzikhutila ndi malipiro awo, chifukwa iye Yohane anawona kuti msilikali ndi osakhutila olo mutamupatsa ma million

  22. Benford says:

    Zoona, anandimanga ku mzuzu chifukwa ndi manjambula galimoto yapolice ndi apolice akulanda njinga, koma pamali wapolice wina amene amatukwana chikunja, ndinazindikira kuti he passed standard 8 not jc.

  23. Kamzuza says:

    Mr Chikadya when are you putting Times TV on DSTV?

  24. Chibanja tv says:

    This is nonsense and should not be coming from a presidential hopeful like chakwera, aren’t these Malawians? whom do chakwera want to pour his lies? kagwere uko ndi zopusazo.

  25. Omex70 says:

    Zaya,#4 and Mtumbuka weniweni #3, you r brains are not working properly. If they are working then you support your DDP blindly. What Chakwera is saying is the truth of the matter on the ground.

  26. mwene says:

    This is serious, politics and nepotism should be thrashed out of police recruitment!!! This is the reason police has become very unprofessional!!! Please act now!!! Real professionals are demotivated by these political and nepotistic recruits!!!!!!!

  27. Ndatero ine says:

    Ife a diphiphi tikuti idzi sidzoona ayi kungoti anthu amene timawalembesa ku police service ndi ana okhulupulika achipani kuti athandidze chitetedzo cha dziko lino

  28. jali says:

    This is very true. They recruitment process has to be changed. Why is the army much better than police? Just to add, police officers are employing their children who copy or work just like their parents or uncles who are in the police. as a result the system is so rigid. it can not be changed because the mentors of the young officers are their own fathers and uncles etc. who are already corrupt and old-fashioned.

  29. Kadziotche says:

    True, Police Recruitment should be properly scrutinized.Thugs have infiltrated the police because of loopholes in the enrollment procedure.Job seekers pay bribes up to K40,000 per person to join the police service.How do you expect someone who ‘bought’ a job to reclaim his money-indiscipline, bribery and corruption will be the outcome.

  30. king yello says:

    Indeed, this is a great concern Mr President, to make matters worse there’s no psychology course in police training schools coz the trainers don’t even know psychology themselves.To make it right, the criteria of selecting trainers or instructors must b looked into,n should be based on merit. Vetting must be employed during recruitment process to ensure that only the best are recruited. Further, the most important point is for the Executive to address main problems facing the Malawi Police Service in particular, especially housing, imagine same ranks with same salaries but one is staying in govt house while the other is renting, that’s unfair, Transport – one is footing from likuni to LL Police, how do u expect him to perform? hence lingering, n how do u expect patrols to be conducted when no transport, Promotion – should be on merit and performance not relations based as evident in the past few years. Pliz help the organisation (MPS)to serve the nation

  31. yaki says:

    Mwaona lero nthawiypnse imene zipani zinamayendetsa momwe inu a chihana mmdyanawo simumayanhkula bwanji ? zobodza basi mwasowa zonene eti poti ndinu otsutsa (calling for sympathy ) mwagwanayo

  32. mulopwana says:

    koma nde ndizoona.

  33. Mj Boy says:

    I support DPP but what you ‘Chakwera’ has said is 100% true.You have to act then not just complaining

  34. NYAKA 1 says:

    Politicians be carefull,mind u police training is not a joke ,ask corps what z in six months ,u have never been there n I don’t know if u can make it even d first two weeks only, think twice never think w don’t want to live n don’t lecture us on issues u can’t elaborate well.

  35. William Mzunga says:

    Police officers advice the community that when u imploye house worker we should take the man or boy to police for screening yet themself dont screen the police recruits now we have huge number of thieves in police service

  36. davie john says:

    zapolicenu ndi amene mukumaba zimbava zachabechabe

  37. mtengo wagwa says:

    It is true that they recruited thieves/thugs. That’s why they are beating innocent people because they don’t know their jobs. They were recruited through corruption. They were labourers to senior Police Officers.

  38. zaya says:

    A Chakwera apa ndiye mukunama. kunama kumeneku simungawine come 2019.

  39. CHIHANA & CHAKWERA WOULD NOT HAVE SAID THAT THERE IS NEPOTISM IN THE RECRUITMENT OF POLICE OFFICERS,HAD IT BEEN THAT MORE CHEWA & TUMBUKA ARE BEING RECRUITED.THIS IS THE TIME FOR OTHER TRIBES TO ENJOY.WAIT FOR 2024(CHEWA & TUMBUKA)

  40. Edwin Mwalwen says:

    They recruit not based on merit but within your pocket capabilities.
    Sometimes having someone ahead pushing for you,then u r already taken.
    This does not consider the behavior or anything,but having one of two mentioned above is enough.

    Out of 100% of police officers, 15% is on merit, ask the senior officers how the other (85%) was recruited.Very sorry mother Malawi.

  41. mmm says:

    Wait and see ma critics of DPP Village Imbeciles in denial of this fact.

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