MP welcomes Malawi police budget reduction, says law enforcers must cut roadblocks

Karonga Central legislator Frank Mwenifumbo on Thursday became the lone voice in parliament welcoming the reduction of Malawi police budget, saying the law enforcers should cut roadblocks in Karonga.

Mwenefumbo: Police roadblocks are harrassment to the public

Mwenefumbo: Police roadblocks are harrassment to the public

Mwenifumbo lamented that on a 50 kilometre stretch of land in his constituency, there are 12 roadblocks translating into two roadblocks per every one kilometre of the road which he described as harassment of ordinary people at the highest order.

“Interestingly, the police officers search public transport only, leaving out private vehicles. This is unfair. They should reduce the roadblocks which are now a harassment  to ordinary citizens who are delayed on the roads,” said the plain talking independent legislator.

Mwenifumbo was commenting on Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe’s decision to cut the police budget by K200m from K24.3 billion to K24.1 billion.

Gondwe also cut Home Affairs ministry budget from K2.8 billion to K2.2 billion, a move which raised concern in the 193 strong House as the ministry is responsible for all internal security matters in the country.

Minister of Gender Patricia Kaliati received rare backing from opposition benches to have budget for her ministry upped as this is the ministry that works at grass root on social issues concerning women, children, people with disability and the elderly.

Even Kaliati’s female political arch rival in the House, Jessie Kabwila lobbied Gondwe to increase the budget for the ministry.

Kaliati thanked all those that wanted her ministry budget increased but said this could not be done in the prevailing hostile climate.

She said some money will be coming from donors so most programmes will not be interrupted due to the budget cuts.

Kaliati  said for instance, money for cash transfer has been obtained from donors to give to street beggars who will next month be forced out of streets of Blantyre and Lilongwe.

She said the. Money will cater for school needs of children who will be forced out of the streets and be forced into learning institutions and their parents who will be given money for food and income generating activities.

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11 thoughts on “MP welcomes Malawi police budget reduction, says law enforcers must cut roadblocks”

  1. Mwayiwathu says:

    Very Good Goverment, apa ndiye tilemela, kuba kulipo ku Malawi, ndikubwela konko.

  2. Apawo says:

    The Malawi Police Service should really reconsider its position on roadblocks. Even foreigners complain about our numerous roadblocks. I was watching an exploration program on SABC when one of the explorers expressed his surprise at the frequency of police roadblocks on Malawi roads.

    If you are going to Amina House from the Parliament building you encounter your first roadblock soon after the Parliament Roundabout, then another one at Bisnowaty, then another before the bridge, then again another one before the KCH roundabout, then when you going up towards Paul Kagame road, you find the last roadblock before the Amina roundabout. That’s 5 roadblocks in a distance of about the same number of kilometres! Surely all these police officers could be put to better use?

    Why can’t the MPS rely more on patrols – both by vehicle and on foot? MPS needs to join the 21st Century…

  3. Bodza says:

    Izinso ndiye zochitika ku Malawidi, koma inu maiko anzanu pano budget ya chitetezo akuonjezera inu kuno mukuchotsera, Iknow simunazione. Mugwetsetsa boma lanu nokha nokha muona, ehedeeeee uluuu koma ya, mbuli zina inu! ma professor. Ngati kulamura Boma kuli chonchi inenso ndikhoza kulitha.

  4. Chilungamo Chimawawa says:

    Apa nde boma laparatu. you cant reduce budget for police service. let me tell you, in Botswana for example, police is the department that receives the biggest budgetery support, why because they know that if you have tight security in the country, you attract alot of investors who in turn bring alot of forex into the country.

  5. Jongwe says:

    [email protected], South Africa is the most violent country on the African continent. But investors still go there to invest. Do you know why?
    They do not have roadblocks on the roads.

  6. Akuzike says:

    Apa Mbavatu Zakondwa komatu aphungu apa mwalephelapo apa.think of armed robbers, albino insecurity and many more. apatu apolice azingoona ma issue apa whatsapp! Our Nation! Calling Judgement Basi

  7. Andrew Banda says:

    Apa pokha ndiye ma MP athu mwagufa. Don’t politicise Police work. Without security then 4get of de development of any kind. I regret to have, MPs from Malawi. We have issues of Albino killing, armed robberies & so forth and u can not jack up.

  8. Stop roadblock harassment says:

    Would like to agree with Mwenifumbo on roadblocks, In Lilongwe city there are every kilometer with police constables cashing on minibus drivers and what I have seen as harassment of female drivers. A police nsanje ndi akazi ndi ana akazi anzawo akamayendetsa galimoto.

  9. patrick mcfallen says:

    Amalawi kodi ndi chani? Mukudziwa kuti ku southren africa kuno home affairs ya kumalawi ndi imene imalandila ndalama zochepetsetsa kwambiri .nanga za maloadblock mesa ndi ntchito komanso malamulo amawalora kutero?apolice kusearcher mwina inu muli ndi zinthu zomwe mukulephera kudutsitsa eti?

  10. vwex says:

    why only Blantyre and Lilongwe? what about Mzuzu and zomba?

  11. mjiba says:

    Security is an investment. Time and again Malawi Government has shown that it does not care about the security of its citizens by among other things not adequately funding the Police. With the increase in armed robberies, mob justice, crimes against Albinos, Malawi Government should be talking about increasing budget support to the Police. The Police by all means is at the moment disabled due to lack of funds to support its operations for rapid deployment in ensuring that there is Police presence in major crime hots pots, security is the only way you can ensure investor confidence as no one wants to put his money where there is no security. On this reduction Parliament has failed.

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