Malawi police shake-up at KIA: CID officers demoted over human trafficking

Malawi police headquarters has demoted Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) officers working under the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for engaging in human trafficking deals, Nyasa Times has established.

Police chief Lexon Kachama: Shake-up of bad apples in the service

Police chief Lexon Kachama: Shake-up of bad apples in the service

Impeccable sources at police’s Area 30 say the officers have since been reverted to general duties.

“They let three Bangladesh nationals enter the country without their passports being stamped by KIA immigration officials,” said our source.

Apparently, our source added, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Somali and Ethiopian national are not allowed to enter the country without proper documents of security clearance.

“Police and National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) officers connived to allow free pass of these Bangladesh nationals after getting a bribe from a certain Pakistan human trafficker,” revealed our source.

 Nyasa Times has established that the Pakistan national palm oiled each of the security departments with US$1 500 (about K661 500).

Malawi police was not immediately available for comment Sunday but the syndicate was reportedly busted by some disgruntled junior officers who didn’t get a share of the bribes.

KIA police’s Mr. Kasongo, supt. Dinala, assistant supt. Meyasi, Inspector Malula and immigration in charge a Mr. Yesaya and supt. Malata  plus junior officers were implicated and have since been demoted.

Also implicated were NIB’s Francis Kaseka and a Mr. Yambani.

Our sources further explained that upon getting wind that they were being reported to the police, Kasongo ordered the deportation of the Bangladesh nationals but to his surprise CID officers under instructions from acting superintendent Olipa Nyalugwe released the foreign nationals after allegedly receiving money from host of the three who claimed to be working with PIPCO Ltd. in Blantyre.

The development, nevertheless, got to the Inspector General of Police ears who immediately ordered the demotion and transfer of all CID personnel who were on duty during the period in question.

A spate of negatives continue to overshadow the Malawi Police Service, with most of its staff being involved in a number of ugly syndicates including criminal acts such as robbery.

National Police Spokesperson Rhoda Manjolo recently told Nyasa Times that the service will not spare an officer who breaks the law.

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52 thoughts on “Malawi police shake-up at KIA: CID officers demoted over human trafficking”

  1. Hoitty says:

    lmmigration chief should also deal with a syndicate of Bangladesh and Pakistanis who always claim to have lost passport and put up notices in newspaper just to stay free in the country and be working in shops putting things on shelves. investigate them and send them back to their over populous countries

  2. Joe says:

    OLIPA NYALUNGWE, maso ngati Chambo

  3. KIA POLICE says:

    IVORY !IVORY! IVORY! AT KIA.What about this Ivory issue ya pa KIA being caught in AUSTRALIA . The issue is straight forward aircargo involved ,MRA is involved OMAR from KIA his stamp is there ,Manica Rex is involved ,Horace from ocean air Kaphesi from EKAS.Straight forward issue CID ikungoti zungulizunguli adyapo

  4. Vavlov says:

    This behaviour shouldn’t be tolerated. We have very rude Asians/Indians in Malawi; who jump queues in banks, and malls. They have no respect for Malawians. These people get into the country illegally. Depot all these assholes, and fire all corrupt police officers

  5. worried Malawian says:

    Are we serious Malawians?transfering them??why cant they be prosecuted and fired? my Malawi please lets revisit this case. tikupanga chibwana.zoona human trafficking will be dealt like this?i would rather then have Chakwera for president coz he wont tolerate this nonsense.

  6. Chenaisi says:

    Amaba, amalowetsa anthu osakhala bwino, amachita katangale pamseu chifukwa amadziwa kuti palibe chimene chingachitike chifukwa anawalemba ntchito ndi abale awo, achimwene, achemwali, abambo awo, amayi awo ndipo ali ndimipando yonona ku policeko, ndiye amakhala opanda mantha, kukakhala kuti kulibe achibale akakhala mzimayi ndiye kuti chibwezi cha a bwana ena kumeneko, akakhala mzibambo ndiye kuti kudisha ndalama kapena katangale wina wake. Choncho mumasiya anthu oyenera kukhala apolice nkumatenga madobadoba.

  7. Dobadoba says:

    Akanakhala munthu kuti siwapolice bwenzi mutamutsekela ndikumuyimba mlandu ndikukakhala kundende zaka zaka. Kodi I.G. mukufuna kutiuza kuti wapolice samaba,samachita zachinyengo (corruption)? Wapolice ndiye wofunika kuti amangidwe kuwonetsa chitsanzo chabwino kwa a Malawi. Kodi transfer imene mukuwapatsayo ndiye kuti akasintha? Imeneyo ndiye judgement yake? Apa palibe chomwe chachitika, apolice amayenera kuti achite face the law, nawonso amangidwe. Anthu ataya chikhulupiriro kwa apolice.

  8. MAMA says:

    ATUMBUKA AMENEWO ???

    MUSOVENGE !!!!

  9. Anyamata apa Town says:

    This is why Kenya is in trouble with Al Shabab. These guys can infiltrated like thekenya and am afraid already how we allow so many foreigners like Somalis, Nigerians, Rwandees even from pakistanians doing funny businesses in Malawi or employing fellow foreigners for jobs Malawians can do. This is why I guess, our fellow Malawians are suffering in South Africa, where they are seeking employment when their jobs are being taken by the above mentioned group of foreigners. Pamenepatu paunikilidwe bwino, other wise, chisoni chinapha nkhwali! Anthu amenewa amakhala chigulu kumipanda kwa nyumba and a Immigration amadziwa koma amalandiranso more all less salaries. Simunaone abwana a Immigration aja atamwalira, maliro amalira kwambiri ndi ma foreigners!

  10. Joe says:

    PHILIP DINALA! Phuma komanso matama. Mwaona, kuneneza anzanu mumaona ngati Police ndi Bambo anu. Unaiwala kuti iwenso ukulandira nawo za ma Bangladesh. Wakundende basi

  11. Joe says:

    Zonsezi ndi CHI MBUYA DINALA! Phuma kwambiri kuneneza amnzake kwa IG using his powers 4getting kuti iyenso akulandira nawo. NSENA! Uyu is troublesome transfer him to NSANJE

  12. kyroc says:

    What a rotten Malawi! you mean human trafficking and the penalty being transfer and demotion? come on good malawians.let us always think in a sober way.

    these so called officers are an insult to malawi’s image. or are you trying to say that you have pardoned them or punished them? the IG and the minister of home affairs and internal security should think twice and address this issue once and for all

    if it were me allegedly found stealing a chicken your stupid malawi police services would say in order to set as an example to the members of malawi community I should be in jail for 36 months. I am talking about allegations but this issue has concrete facts and its only transfer and demotion they are getting

    this police service is indeed a mockery to the country`s justice and security.instead of enlisting affective officers the organisation is busy enlistind lazy, dull, foolish officers as long as they are tall and are their relatives. results: INCOMPETENCE

    Pls don’t try the patience of malawian

    GOD HELP!

  13. James says:

    Fire all those involved in the racket and fill the vacant posts with new deserving staff!

  14. NKHONDO NDI ANASI says:

    MR I.G, apa ukuyaka wa uwisi, kuli bwanji owuma?. Why you give those idiots demotions & transfers?

  15. kiko says:

    mr IG bwanji apolice aku salima aja munamanga?aku chitipa and mangochi.nanga chavuta ndichiyani awa kuti amangidwe popeza nawoso apalamula. kapena tinene kuti mlandu wawo ndiwau ng’ono kuposa enawa?pamenepa wonaponi poni bwino bwana IG

  16. wakuba says:

    Why Not Firing Dem Mr I G?

  17. adama says:

    I am sure this is a mockery of Justice these people should be arrested and charged appropriately. These are thieves, please MR. IG and Mr. President. Arrest these thugs please.
    I would also request that the IG, ACB and Mr of Home Affairs should seriously investigate traffic police from Dowa and Mvera ( including the load block ) these people collect money from minibus and lorries/pickup drivers along Salima-Lilongwe road during market days at Chankhungu and Chezi (Mostly these are Mondays and Thursdays). These people arrive on the road as early as 5:30am and between 5:30 am and 8:30am they do not provide receipts. When the motors vehicle is stopped the expectation is that the Police Officers would go and inspect the vehicle but what happens Is that the drivers rush to where the Police Office are, about over 10metres from the vehicles and bribe them off the driver leaves

  18. Malipeya says:

    EXCUSE ME MR. IG, YOU MEAN AS IG YOU DON’T KNOW THAT TRAFFICKING IS A SERIOUS OFFENCE THAT ATTRACTS SERIOUS PUNISHMENT MORE THAN A DEMOTION AND TRANSFER ????? THEY DESERVE TO BE FIRED AND IMPRISONED. JUST IMAGINE IF THE VICTIMS WERE MALAWIANS SOMEWHERE . ARREST THEM AND FIRE THEM. USE THE NEWLY ENACTED ANTI HUMAN TRAFFICKING LAW THAT IS EVEN ABLE TO DEAL WITH CASES COMMITTED BEFORE ITS EXISTENCE.

  19. shaa says:

    vuto ndi ku tchalichi kuja anathawira pawindo.zimatheka bwanji kumalemba ncthito
    mbava za JC,MSCE,mukuganiza azitani ntauni muno.kuba basi.

    agulukunyinda enawa olo atayendetsa galimoto sitimawasilira.ambiri zomwe ali nazo ndi
    za usinantole

  20. Joe wa Kalunji says:

    This make frightening reading. If indeed there was some connivance involving NIB officers then one is really bound to ask the tough question,”Are we safe ?” We seriously need to have people who are truly patriotic at our country’s ports of entry not those that would be ready to sell us off at a song. Well done IG, Sir. but you need to do more- sacking such officers would be the most appropriate medicine if we are to salvage the good image of our national security agencies. We have been too much in the news for the for the wrong things.

  21. nabanda says:

    Mr I.G. there is no need for demotion for these officers. Apa la 40 linakwana it means alowetsa too many people without documents. please we need a safe malawi!!!!!!!

  22. mnyamata wa nzeru says:

    Demotion?? IS THAT ALL?? These guys were literally compromising NATIONAL SECURITY and all you can do is JUST demoting them??? REALLY?? DISMISS THEM FORTHWITH, arrest them and place relevant charges against them. Oh YES!! This is very serious!! They will soon bring Boko Haram on our door step!! Geez!!!

  23. Apolisiwa kulemeraku amaba eti!

  24. achewa says:

    as of late ,we have had a number of cases of police killing their sons,police involved in robbery,police involved in various bribes but people they don’t want to sit down and investigate what is the root cause of all these things. honestly Malawians are facing financial challenges in our day to day survival, the money they receive is to small for them to survive the whole month and they just suffer silently .these financial problems brings in depression which triggers some of these things.

  25. Sokosi says:

    This is not news to some of us. Dausi and his boy Kambale has been doing this all the time. Bravo IG Kanyama.

  26. chatonda says:

    Why not dismiss them? These are Police thieves and killers in Malawi. They are a very dangerous crop to the Malawi nation.
    Robberies and killings are mostly linked to the Police. Where on earth does that happen?

    ,

  27. godobaman says:

    Is this fair? Anthu amenewa anayamba kale ndipo ena alipompo. why sparing them. KUBA NDI KUBA BASI and they need to be treated as theives. Mr IG dont let these dent your image SACK them

  28. shaa says:

    SACK THEM

  29. Alungwana says:

    Its only in Malawi where corruption is taken as a minor issue

  30. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    There is a big problem to how Malawi government employe police and soldiers.

    If you check properly most of these police and soldiers who have been employed during multiparty years are mostly employed because they are related to the officers within the police service and army , worse than that most of them are sponsored by the luring party members . This time they are many police and soldiers from Lhomwe belt than other districts in Malawi.

    All the interviews which are announced in the police and army are all fake .
    Whenever the children of the officers cause some problems in the families of the army officers , police officers and prison officers the only remedy is to have them employed where their parents are working , they leave the candidates who had applied for the job properly apart from that applicants with better qualifications are always left out and the criminals are employed. Is this part of CIVIL SERVICE REFORM you people are talking about ?
    We are being told that the Officer in charge for Chichili Prison had employed his son who was very stubborn as a prison officer and he left work as a prison officer . What happen after leaving work as a prison officer is that he went to stay with his same father in the same house , as a result the father got tired with bad manners at his house , what he did was to shoot them who caused problems which was a big relief to him.

    Promotion is not on merit but it is who you know and where you come from , is that what we still call CIVIL SERVICE REFORM ?

  31. SOLOMONS PALACE says:

    WHERE IS ACB PLS POUNCE ONTHIS TRAFFICOR

  32. MUZALOWESA ZIGAWENGA ZILI NDI FUTI NDI ZIDA ZINA ZOWONGA MALAWI.CHONDE TIYENI TIMUSUNGE MUTENDERE MALAWI.ZOCHITA NAO MUZIWA INU A MINISTER NDI OSATILA ANU.

  33. Detective says:

    Malawi police is more than corrupt and keeping thiefs starting from the high rank.

  34. Enidziko says:

    Mr IG get rid of all the rotten fish. ACB Boss, here is some work for you!

  35. Cashgate1 says:

    Same applies to Somalis who are using Chitipa/Karonga route. Immigration and Police knows very well how they run their business and huge cash is involved. Our country will go no where with this corruption. Kachama, use One police called Nyondo to track all these thieves with your police. He seems to be a faithful servant.

  36. Nyapapi says:

    Demotion is not a solution. These fools should be jailed and sacked!

  37. Balamanthu says:

    The policemen involved should have been fired and tendered to the ACB.As an interested citizen, I am going to file a suit against the Inspector General of Police if these individuals are not fired and their matter tendered to Police within seven days.Be Warned!

  38. Chengolopiyo says:

    Fire the bastards, why demote and reallocate them? Heee Inspector General, tikukuonanitu!!! Dont give us a picture that you are also part of the deal. Stupid Police Officers, may be Police should be dissolved in Malawi. Mufuna mutibweretsere Al Shabaab ndi Boko Haram kuno?

  39. Achimwene says:

    Demotion is not enough. Dismiss them, prosecute them and jail them. This is corruption case, period!

  40. Bertha says:

    These officers deserved to be sacked. These officers timadabwa nayo they
    were living like Dubai kings

  41. Wailing Soul says:

    Isn’t this supposed to be a corruption case? ACB needs to intervene and they have to be relieved of their duties. Mr. Lucas Khondowe, please put your foot in this! Egritta Ndala, what;s your position.
    Nyasatimes, can you please send your reporter on the ground to ask Khondowe or Ndala and the new IG as well the Immigration Chief and the Minister of Home Affairs Atupele Muluzi what they think about this

    This is a very serious offence that needs not just demotion but jail, and Nyasatimes as our leading online news source has to be on the front line of this type of expose. Don’t wait for Gregory Gondwe of Malawi News or Nation Friday exclusive team to investigate and follow up this story and then you later copy and paste. We need voices from the top hierarchy of Home Affairs, ACB, Police and Immigration.

    These are the guys who could land in terrorists into Malawi for K661,000. Nyasatimes, go invesigatove please on this story like the Amabhughane.

  42. Bigdwag says:

    This BULLSHIT will continue as the suspects are given red-carpet treatment like the case now! The best solution is instant dismissal and a jail term. And where is ACB here as it is apparent there was a case of corruption? ACB only acts at political opponents of those in power?

  43. Nanchidwe says:

    Anthu Awa Tindalama Amalandirato Amachita Ngati Wina Wake Akuwagaila Kuli Kuchepa. Ndie Mumati Mabanja Awo Awasamala Bwanji? Basitu Kuba, Ziphuphu Etc. Ngati Mufuna Kuti Achepese Nchitidwewu Boma Liwapase Malipilo Abwino, Muona Asiya. Anthuwa Amagwira Ntchito 24hrs.

  44. sunderstar says:

    CID is another rotten department in Police on top of Traffic. This issue came about simply because other officers were disgrunted, how about if all of them had a share?. Most Police officers must be retrained regulary transferred to different stations as it used to be in the 60’S,70’S AND 80’S. Most Police officers have over stayed in one place and its very easy for them to be connected to criminals. These people were supposed to be retired or dismissed and the human trafficker to be arrested.

  45. BMW kaunda says:

    My fellow Malawians don’t let our country to be infected by these terrorist,Somalians are trouble makers look what happened in Garissa Kenya 148 innocent Christian students were massacred.

  46. Chayipa says:

    A Police Mwanyanya!Ziphuphu,umbamva Ndi Kuba Kowopheza Ndimfi Kulibwino A Police Nonse Ntchito Zithe.

  47. kunene kude. says:

    Arrest them they have violets the laws of the country ,why have u just demote them this officers are thieves,criminals nd corrupted ones put them in jail for them to know that there under the laws not above the laws.

  48. galu wa galu says:

    A MRA pa airport amachita ma deal ndi amwenye. Amweny amangodutsa osalipila. Kenaka wa MRA amakatenga bribe ku manyumba kwa a Mwenyewo. Chode Chonde a NIB check this out. Also check all borders they pass their katundu monga mangalimoto ndi zina ndi zina osalipila. Boma likuluza ndalama ndi ma clerk a MRA m’maborder. Ali ndi zinyumba zikulu zikulu kuposa masalay awo. Check yourself out. Ana awo akupita ku sukulu zondula. Ndalama amazitenga kuti?

  49. Joze says:

    Why dont u fire them wats wrong with our police.but in one way of the other i understand,may be they must not work at the same place for pro-long period of time.k

  50. crimebuster says:

    Inspector General also check some previous promotions on some constables who jumped to Inspectors bcoz they apprehended ‘perceived dangerous criminals’ but after investigations they turn up to b not dangerous criminals and yet the promotion is not reversed! This is the most demoralizing in our force, some of us have chased criminals, exchanging fire in the process and managed to stop the thieves in their gate away car and apprehended them yet we have not been promoted and yet some of our colleagues arrest people on framed up charges yet they fail to give facts in court and most of the time the culprits r acquitted! Heroism promotions should b done after thorough examination and successful trial and not haphazard promotions. Zikutiwawa kuti munthu wangomaliza training ndiye kungogwira ntchito 6months kulandira u sargent akuti wagwira anthu akumwa mowa mmbali mwa nseu pafupi ndi filling station kapena shop ndiye kuti amafuna kuba! Bwana fufuzani.

  51. Juju says:

    Demotion is part of sparing them, why not sack them?

  52. Joe says:

    It was their daily business. Check them they r very rich. Dinala has just purchased his car from Japan thru that money

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