Malawi Police rejects corruption allegations, recruitment of DPP cadres

Owen Khamula – Nyasa Times

Malawi Police at its National Headquarters in Lilongwe are fiercely fighting damaging allegations that the law  enforcers this year’s intake recruitment exercise has been marred by high level of corruption from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials to senior police officers.

President Mutharika at the police pass out parade

President Mutharika at the police pass out parade

Tomeck Nyaude, deputy police spokesperson at the Police National Headquarters said the corruption allegations are false.

“The police is a public institution and we recruit police officers according to laid down procedures. We advertise for the posts and the qualifications. We do interviews and screen all aspiring police officers. No bribes and corruption is involved,” said Nyaude.

This follows serious flaws in the way the police are recruiting current police officers who are supposed to start training on June 1, 2016.

Most of them, according to evidence we have in our possession, did not even apply for the job but managed to buy the appointment letters with money ranging from K50, 000 to K200, 000 per person.

Senior officers at the Human Resources and other departments took advantage that the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) top officials gave them a list of DPP cadres to be enlisted for the training.

The toothless graft busting body, the Anti-Corruption Bureau, according to our sources, has stood aside as usual as the mess at the recruitment process continues.

Over aged young men, married men and women who had given birth turned up for the training at Kanjedza in Blantyre forcing officials to turn back close to 300 of them and immediately replaced them with others without doing interviews.

But Nyaude said the police believes in transparency and accountability.

“If you come to the police headquarters, or any police station, you will be greeted with a message which says we do not condone bribery and corruption. We look at academic qualifications, the appearance especially the height and others laid down in our employment procedures,” said Nyaude.

Civil activists however fear the government decision to employ DPP cadres is more than giving them a steady job after the election but rather to steal the 2019 general election following low political ratings of the ruling party because of the bad economy and persistent food shortages.

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marko kalebe

Mr Nyaude is backing the recruiting process because is under the armpit of the same DPP officials so as not to be sucked from his position, but he knows very well the truth of the matter. The toothless ACB has now become a helpless political DPP pappet, why not launching intense investigations into the malpractice? The whole process is corrupt and must be reversed at once so that right procedures shud be taken.

Winston Msowoya

The recruitment procedure smells rotten rat.My question is,were these posts or vacancies advertised through national outlets or media?If not,how did the aspirants come to know about the postings.Iam of the opinion that the recruitments of these young men,were totally illegal and tribalistically endorsed by the higher authorities including Peter himself.Right now,we must not cross the lines on accountability,but judging on Peter’s course of leadership,Malawians are not convinced that everything went transparently because the overwhelming majority of our people have no trust and respect for Mathanyula’s regime,let’s wait and see because where there is smoke,there is fire.Afterall,DPP is Lomwe oriented party.


DPP thinks Malawi is Bingu’s Ndata Farm. Don’t cry political persecution when being prosecuted in 2019 when things change.


This government is not about helping the common man but creating an impression and creating good optics.


Muzafa imfa yowawa a Nyaude


This government refutes everything!


DPP is a real-fucking bunch of idiots who think they own Malawi but will be surprised when things change soon. The Police Headquarters should come into the open to tell us what procedures were followed and who passed and publish in the press if we will not see only 5 districts represented there

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