Muluzi talks tough on crime: Malawi Police IG says ‘we shall be tough’

Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Atupele Muluzi has signalled government’s action on gun crime, saying they are putting strong measures at every single level to tackle crime and providing security for people to enable them to get on with their lives.

Muluzi (right) and Inspector General of Police Leckson Kachama very sad  with the incident and he promises to capture the suspects in few days -Pic. by Abel Ikiloni

Muluzi (right) and Inspector General of Police Leckson Kachama talk tough on crime-Pic. by Abel Ikiloni

Muluzi was speaking a news conference he held together with Inspector General of Police Lexten Kachama in awake of the armed robbery that resulted to theft of millions of Malawi kwacha, death of one policeman and injury of three people on Monday in Lilongwe.

“We are taking these crimes very seriously and perpetrators will be caught and will be put behind bars,” said Muluzi.

He revealed clear sense of purpose in the fight against crime and appealed to the general public to come forward with any information that may lead to the arrest of the criminals.

“People do have a responsibility to report crimes and to help the police and other agencies in their work to tackle crime,” he said.

Muluzi said safeguarding lives and property of Malawians and investors is one of government’s highest priorities.

The Internal Security Minister, himself once a victim of a robbery attack at his Lilongwe residence, disclosed that he has been holding talks with the IG on how to effectively deal with the increasing crime rate in the country.

Police chief Kachama assured members of the general public not to panic or live in fear, saying the police are working tirelessly, day and night and will leave no stone unturned to fight crime and barbaric acts in the country.

“Roadblocks have been mounted across the country, vehicle police patrols with uniform police are being conducted national wide with the view to providing safety and security to lives and properties, also civilian groomed police are on the ground collecting intelligence which will lead to the arrest of those involved in crime,” he said.

Kachama maintained that they will not reintroduce the shoot-to-kill strategy in fighting armed criminals but said they will“work very hard. We shall be tough. We shall fight, but using necessary force as prescribed by our laws.”

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60 thoughts on “Muluzi talks tough on crime: Malawi Police IG says ‘we shall be tough’”

  1. Mfwethu says:

    Atupele Muluzi is a clueless minister. He reminds me of APM when he was minister. Frankly speaking this young man has disappointed me. He is all talk and nothing tangible on the ground. He was at Mining ministry and nothing was moving there. Now at home affairs things also seem to be grinding to a halt.
    I think DPP should drop this guy from the cabinet as he is a liability. Please identify someone who can tick and help you to run the affairs of this nation and not this fake guy.

  2. Totolitotoli says:

    The recruitment of these officers leaves alot to be desired.Why do you sideline HR professionals at your ministry of Home Affairs headqurters at Capital hill instead police officers turned HR officers, doing it alone at departmental level,you just want to employ your kinsmen who are not eligible to be police officers.SHAME!!!

  3. PA MALAWI says:

    Deal with them, if they hv several cases don’t withdraw them from the thorny custody leave them there until biggiest punishment await for….. Or charge them 4 life imprisonment coz they hv lack of humanity.

  4. Nganya says:

    I have a question to all of you politicians, do you not find it shameful and tiring when you talk and talk but you dont walk the talk? i hear all these things that you say you will do, but none of it ever gets to be done. I have a real and live example of crime in Malawi where we reported an armed robbery to the police, different police stations, my MCP MP Mr Lowe and even the MCP president Chakwera and none of them did anything – absolutely nothing. So Atupele, when you say we are taking action, what does this mean? is this to the selected few people that you consider citizens? what abut the rest of us, are we not citizens enough to deserve protection? who does this government serve exactly? This crime will not be stopped until visible and tangible action happens. Work with community and village leaders. Introduce lock downs or curfews, whistle blowing channels to local leaders and impose action. We can all get involved in fighting this crime but we need support from the officials so that we have proper channels of law and justice. We have a thief walking around in my village and the police wont touch him despite mounting evidence against him.

  5. MARTIN MUBISA says:

    WAKUBA SAONA NKHOPE MAWA ADZABELA INU

  6. Titus German says:

    consider safety of police officers first, how can one protect the citizenary while not protect. Bullet proof gear is a must to this men and women in uniform

  7. Chidongo j says:

    A Tupere pephani ndalama ku China zoti amange nyumba za apolice monga amachitira Kamuzu muja kapena azamange monga achirira ndi tsediyamu ndi paliyamenti. osamango bwetuka ngati oduka mutu. Police khala ndi mphamvu ndi khalidwe paokha. Anthu akubawo amawaziwa bwino bwino ndi mwa wa a land load awo. Apolice aziphuphu ngati awa sindinaoneso. A Tupere tayendetsani dziko monga amapangira Bingu muja zoti a human right tazitayeni uko ndi zomwe zikupangitsa kuti mukulemphere kuyendetsa boma ,tetezani anthu . Perekani manumbera opwekeka ndi anthu aziyimba mwaulele ngati 999. kuti tizipanga report osati tizichita kupita ku police ayi. ndipo chifukwa chamaphunziro operewera apolicewo a zingokufunsa mafunso koma munthu waliporter. Inu a bambo aKacha apolice phunzitseni gromming ngati akamuzu aja wapoli kuona uniform ya light blueyo kuda. step ya chipolicenso palibe. azimayi kuona akuti chiweevu ngati chilombo chakuti akupangadi qualifies pa opephetsa tumiza mwina 10 okha ku Zimbabwe kapa ku RSA akaone m’mene anzao amaonekera proffessional or pa Mozambique pomwepa. Thawi ya kamuzu kunali malamulo abwino wa police asamwe mowa pa public place kupatula wa CID kapena Special Branch for purpose koma ena wonse ku mess kapena ku police cantinee ngongolenso amakatenga kumeneko. no mitala, ma house wife be involve with the social welfare of their family osati kumagulitsa thobwa ndimakala. Ananso asamakhale ndi ana 6 masiku ano. chifukwa chake nyumba zao zili ndi chipinda chimozi for butchers and spinister ndipo ziwiri ko okwatira. they were doing monthly inspection to make sure those house are well looked after and praise them with some gift. koma kuona pona nyumba yamauzu ingaonekenso bwino ana ndiye kungobereke muchimbulimbuli ali bwee bii koma chonsecho abombo awo akungomwa fanta daily nkumangonenepa mimba zokha. Mu maoface kuda ndifumbi kuona matebulo alambalemba ngati ana osapita ku school kumati bonanso kumochale kumaoneka smart kwambiri. ngati ndikunama inu a Kachama kayendereni ku area 3 ndipo mupite ku mochere ku kamuzu central kapena ku bottom. mukufuna kundiuza kuti munthu wa manja angkanike kupukuta pa table pake. Mukaonenso pa Police ya pa Zobwe. Akamayinde ali yoti yoti. Kale they were our role models. Ndipo kungona galimoto umachita mantha panonso kumamwa nao mowa kuba nao kumanyenga naomahule. zonsezi zinaonongeka chifukwa cha a bambo anu inu a Tupere ndichifuka chake Bingu chitsuro chanjanji ndikuganiza kwake kwa nzeru anagoti shoot to kill osamvanso za wina bola anthu ali pa mtendere ndipo akati osokoneza mumugwire mumutsekere makiyi aka mundipatse ndi kataye pa nyanja aliyense ndi kumvetsa. Konzani pamene anaononga a bambo anu paja ndi hule gulu wa mai JB. Anthu akalipota asamafusa zambiri ingopita mukazionera komweko.

  8. piaschivana says:

    kikikikik

  9. chakhalira says:

    Ine ndikanati zolankhula lankhula chonsecho a police amene akufa powomberedwa ndi akuba zithe. If you are serious and you are tough, just work. The public / citizens are the best judges. The public / citizens will enjoy peace. I believe if you keep on saying your position you simply just disclose your weakness to Mbavazi. After all these Mbava zikuwonetsa kuti zili ndi nzeru and very fast in handling our police. Kupha mu police?????

    Some time in September in 2006 in South Africa, a police officer was shot by thieves and he died on the same spot. It was interesting to hear that the Police sat down and examined how a police officer can be shot by a thief and die. They got an answer that the group of thieves had highly trained army officers from other countries. I remember very well at that time they went to Park Station, Johannesburg and beat every one who did not have any valid travel documentation. I remember them shouting ” We will finish you all who kill our police officers”. This was being tough indeed!!!!!

    Mr. I G and Atupele, stop talking to the public including thieves. Examine the weapons they are using and handle them in silence, but effective. Finish them!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You talk thieves act. This will NOT help Malawi. In those days there were big shops along the Roads as you go to Blantyre or to the North. These days people closed those shops for fear of being shot.

    Finish them in silence for Malawians to enjoy their peace!!!!!!

  10. Samala says:

    Simple…have a disciplined and well trained police force and everything else will fall into place. Don’t address the symptoms but the cause.

  11. cjp. says:

    I am a victim myself Sunday was robbed daylight when they broke into my house and went away with goods over a million kwacha, you have failed already, you best is not good enough your police iw just mare talk without teeth.
    Why is it that more police more crime?

  12. Cashgate1 says:

    The problem with these politicians is that they talk too much. Talking tough isn’t but action

  13. Mphatso says:

    Maybe this is third or fourth time, I am hearing this speech. Believe me, Atupele got that speech from shelf or from OPC.

    All the previous IGz and their ministers have been singing this chorus.

    The reason why you fail is that your own trained policemen are the masterminders of orgainesd crimes.

    DO you need proof???

  14. Hussein Max says:

    The problem is we treat armed robbery like petty crime. In other countries armed thugs are short to be killed and those arrested should he hanged. Then armed robbery will not be lucrative anymore.

  15. MASO A GULU says:

    TALKING TALKING TALKING NO ACTION

    WHEN WILL OUR LEADERS BOW TO RESIGNATIONS WHEN THEIR PERFOMANCES ARE NOT UP TO PEOPLES EXPECTATIONS ???

    WHAT WE HEAR IS STORY AFTER STORY NO NO
    ACTIONS

    PEOPLE ARE BEING SHOT IN BROAD DAY LIGHT AND ROBBED

    WHATS THIS AND WHERE IS THE COUNTRY HEADING TO??

    AND YET WE SAY WE HAVE LEADERS ??

    SHAME SHAME SHAME !!!

  16. Lickie says:

    Shame to our land!!

  17. nYAU SITHOBWA says:

    Andale kulowelera too much akagwira wa ziwalo onga Anduna , Apresident ali musiyeni ameneyo ndi wanga

  18. Kwatha says:

    Clueless

  19. Issa Kabudula says:

    Criminals are people like you and me, and coming from the same villages and surbabs as any other individual, in suit or ordinary clothing and are brothers and our own sisters who are just greedy and lazy to work akufuna zaulele.

    To deal with these people, we need to work hand in hand with our communities, headmen and women, our chiefs, Indunas, our councillors, members of parliament, the ministers, the leaders of the ruling party, the opposition party and those retired policemen and women, the army generals and the present police and the army, the media be it print or electronic, not only in arresting but also in educating the masses (public) the disadvantages of crime and the effect of the criminality activities.

    Many who are bad side of the law are there with a number of reasons, but many are just there to terrorise, bringing fear to the people, destroying and bring the bad name of Malawi to the open – when Malawi and her people have been the darling of the world then, and we are admired by many in many countries. Today even in South Africa many employers don’t wont to employ a Malawi due to links of robbery and kidnapping, many are in South African jails due to killings and kidnaping cases let alone robbery, its bad.

    But there is hope – how Kamuzu and Bingu managed it? APM and its ministers can manage it, bring tough strategies – fire to fire, you can not say, the police man must not shot to kill when the robber (mbava) is ready to kill and are killing the police man – this is not talking tough – minister think again on this one.

  20. Omex70 says:

    If you are not going to reintroduce Shoot to kill policy, people will take law in their hands by burning these heartless animals.

  21. Angozo says:

    Shoot to kill must be introduced our innocent police officers are being killed like chickens we can not accept that our brothers and sisters in uniform should lose their lives like that. Any armed robbery criminal must be killed. Full stop.

  22. Jackson Bwanali says:

    We are TIRED of this “tough”talk. What we want is security. The police know these thugs. What are we paying the NIB for? Inteligence for what – for spying on Joyce Banda? If all the security forces put their efforts to crush these armed thugs we would get rid of this problem once for all/ Do not blame the general public. The general public always reports criminals to the police, but nothing happens to them. The courts are the worse – they release hard core criminals on bail. How are we then going to combat crime.

    My suggest has always been MOB JUSTICE. Burn these thugs to death. If the police cannot do the job, mob justice will. THIS TOUGH TALK SHOULD JUST STOP.

  23. Nyambitoni says:

    High levels of unemployment among the youth make them resort to armed robberies. And ofcourse some have said unnecessary firing of police and army officers is leading to increased crime. Because one wonders how these people are able to kill or injure the targets. These are experienced shooters. There is no way an amateur can pump 3 bullets into the head of an officer. Please anthu amene mukuwachotsa ntchito ku police and army mudziwatsata. they are becoming a menace of the society. They also know how the police carry out their investigations so that’s why it takes long to trace them. nde ndi budget imeneyi umbanda nde ufika pena pake, I can foresee that. we are no longer safe!

  24. chilikumpani chauma says:

    Shoot to kill is the best way to deal with them

  25. George Lihoma. says:

    Angopita pa RSA pompa akaone+kuphunzira anzawo amapanga bwanji? Each and every member of South African Police (just over 150,000) is equipped with a Vektor Z88 9mm pistol,pepper spray,bulletproof vest,and also an R5 rifle when doing patrols and sometimes an BXP sub machine guns when responding to cash heists (ngati yaku Petroda’yi). Our Security equipment is far near to this, aboma muchitepo kanthu aPolice asanathe or asanayambe kusiyako ntchito.

  26. ine says:

    My view is ‘ Malawi presidents (Muluzi, Bingu, Joyce, Peter) were/are too excited with their positions to the extent that they discuss security issues/strategies at political podium. Criminals hear this and restrategize; tisayiwale kuti nawonso ndi anthu. Plan/discuss security issues kumipanda kwanuko

  27. piaschivana says:

    tikauzani mapeto ake anthu aja amatuluka ndiye ife timakhala pamavuto tikakuuzani.
    Mumanena kuti anali suspect koma ife yet tikuwadziwa

  28. savimbi says:

    zaka zikutha mungobwebweta we shall b tough, we shal b serious, we shal b that & this…mukagwira mun2 ot umbon ulipo kut ali guilty mukumutulusa…u wil b tough in u’r drims wen asleep…ife tkagwira tidziotchabe muuzane ku polisko

  29. Jemba Jemba says:

    Atupele ministry yamukulira iyi .

  30. judging from your past performance when you were a Minister of Energy & mining without a shadow of a doubt these criminals are in for a surprise,their honeymoon is over
    Atupele Woyeeeeee!

  31. Malawi courts will give the bail and share the stolen money. To end crime you have civic educate lawyers and judges first they run a syndicate. I have never been told planners are arrested and you only go for executors

  32. arkmm says:

    just one Firing Squad to any ten of these criminals and most will cower. not just backing backing uselessly. titangopha mbava ten ndi firing Squad pa kumuzu stadium paja I tell u, others will learn. human rights organizationd azatokota zao zopusa zija koma tizakhala titawaphunzitsa ena phunziro

  33. Ndalema nanu says:

    THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE POLICE IG IS SCARED OF TELLING THE PRESIDENT THE TRUE THAT HIS JUNIOR STAFF WHO ARE ON GROUND ALWAYS ARE NOT HAPPY COZ THEY’RE NT MOTIVATED IN ANY WAY. LIKE THE ISSUE OF RISK ALLOWANCE, POOR LIVING CONDITIONS, SALARIES ARE LOW. THEY USE OLD FASHIONED RIFLES USED IN FIRST WORLD WAR, FORGETTING THAT THE WORLD IS CHANGING WITH TECHNOLOGY……….COME ON MR IG AND TELL THE NATION THAT THINGS ARE NOT OK ON THE GROUND.

  34. mphini za mutchafu says:

    We need action shot to kill these ctiminals give the police good weapons like machine guns semi auto guns and good cars not these riffles that were left by the British colonialists

  35. kunta says:

    Don’t always rely on information from the public to arrest criminals. There are other advanced methods like forensic investigations, cctv cameras in our steets etc. that our police can apply since these criminals leave behind a number of traces but are easily overlooked due to over reliance on crude methods. We are sick and tired of your so called ‘tough talks’ because criminals are tougher than your talk!

  36. Black and white says:

    Ntchito koma kuba ndalama pa road block where you find more than ten cops why? And by the way why are the police still using the old General Receipt books? Are the traffic fines paid using these receipt books really going into Government coffers?

  37. SADICK IMRAAN says:

    KEEP IT UP BAMBO ATUPELE , IN YOU WE HAVE TRUST

  38. SOOTH SAYER! says:

    OUR OFFICERS R NOT WELL EQUIPED 2 DEAL WIT ARMED ROBBERS. GIVE DEM ENOUGH RESOURCES WEN ESCORTIN CASH! ZIDA ZIZINGOTULUKA PA CONVOY YA PRESIDENT BASI?

  39. Vakabu ya amphawi. says:

    A IG apita aja anali siliyasi ndi kuthetsa umbava. Iwo anachotsa atrafic angoti mphwii mmisewumu kumawabera ma min bus driver ndalama ndikuwapititsa kogwira mbava. Koma inu mutatenga udindo pokhala kuti munalinso bwana wa traffic, mumapatsidwa ndi anyamata akatola mmisewumu munabwezeretsa atraffic onse omwe a IG anzanu anawatumiza kogwira mbava. Lero ndi izi umbava ukunkerankerabe patsogolo. Pamene atraffic ali mphwii mmisewumu.

  40. Odala says:

    if we seriously want to fight crime I blve now is the time to
    1) install CCTV cameras at all strategic points in our cities .

    2) Have serious police visibility on our streets.
    3) Have a good communication system and a command centre to monitor what is happening on our streets.
    4) Modern equipments for our police service and
    5) Finally have the DNA data bank of all Malawians.

    We need to be sophisticated because that’s what these criminals have become.

  41. Is he Lexten Kachama or Leckson Kachama? U hav mentioned 2different names but u say all are IGs .kumakhala siliyasi ndnu anthu ophunzira bwino timakudalirani.

  42. Chemwali chimwene says:

    Heard this before, we are not kids, just shot and kill even if he/she is your colleague. The police are heavily involved in crimes. The public will only do mob justice, take a thief to police, before you reach home, he is out of jail. The hungry and merciless lawyers will defend the thieves so that they lead a luxuries life. The victims loose out, therefore victims will punish thieves in the way they know best, period.

  43. Jammy says:

    Malawi police is not robust enough hence criminals are thriving ..it shows inside information about this robbery .Petroda as a company should have hired a courier and large presence of police regarding the money at stake .Minister and inspector general your talk is cheap what will road blocks n patrols do when your major problem is within the police conniving with robbers and giving them intelligence .How can some one know about this huge amount which was going to be banked ..Bring back flying squad and do patrols where by intelligence officers should be in civilian and armed ..set up quick reaction force so that once and armed robbery happens q.r.f should respond in a robust and professional manner ..

  44. Changoima boy S⁴ says:

    shootto kill can be better than to lose police officers mmene zililimu

  45. Mweneeee says:

    They will be dying one by one whilst the minister and IG are mapping on the way forward. JUST ACT, stupid administration

  46. Tukombo says:

    Talk is cheap.

  47. captain says:

    Apolice agulireni tima rifle atleast Ena akungoyenda opanda kalikonse

  48. Lutundu Wa Lutundu says:

    Please police use book register for all cars passing at Road block. The police must record each and every car passing at that roadblock and number of passengers. Secondly, any public transport must have a copy of passengers to be dropped at each main road block eg Bt Mzuzu bus via Lilongwe copies at Zalewa, Dedza, Bunda, Bua, Kasungu, Jenda and finally Lusangazi. These copies very vital to police in case of thieves migration and accidents

  49. Yaulanda says:

    Inuyo mukamada mdzina la ma allowances,mafuta aulere,maunits aulere,galimoto yaboma,chisalare ngati akukapatsa Mzimba yense pamwezi wapolice akuona amene ali body guard wanu. Iye akaweluka wapansi kumapita kunyumba kwa chinsapo asaganize zaupandu.Ife taonela kutizunza m’makukamu pogwiritsa mphavu za boma/police molakwika ngati izi zipitirira expect more and more attacks like war zone.

  50. Sapitwa says:

    Borrow a leaf from Kamuzu. During his time, every criminal thought twice before engaging in criminal activities. We had these Red clothed Youth League, and the whole country was networked watching around any strange activities by our neighbours. The Police had a good time then because we reported to them, caught thieves for them. Those were the good days we could not lock our doors when sleeping. I welcome the process if grooming the civilian Police on the ground but this alone can not solve the problem. You see Hon Minister, everything is for money these days. If you introduce paying to those who report to successful arrest of criminals and also for Tips that would lead to discovering people with illegal guns, you will get results just within a month. It does not need rocket science to change people’s mind set to become partisans to their Nation. It needs strategizing on “what is in for me if I report ; will I get protected for whistle blowing?” Try this, all this rubbish will vanish !

  51. Judah says:

    Check from Kagame. There is zero crime. See how it goes on here. Learn from Rwanda. The model is flawless. Unleash your county’s potential on the road to recovery. See how RDF and the Police work as a unit to fight crime.

  52. Mbolo Sidwala says:

    what is the meaning of talk tough? Ddnt the immediate former ig talk the sane? Zamkutu basi! Dazilo.

  53. Tengupenya says:

    Within the law, a cop can shoot at an armed criminal. The shooting is aimed at both defense of the cop and disabling of the armed criminal. So clear targets are determined by the purpose. The hand holding the weapon, or anybody part that will dislodge the weapon from the holder, or that will confuse his coordination to aim and fire. The rest is at the discretion of the officer in the line of fire. Mind you, these are split second decisions to be made by the officer in the line of fire. If they delay or underestimate the proficiency of the enemy at swift coordination, they officer will be shot to death by the criminal within seconds.

  54. Mapuyamurupare says:

    Mbola Atupele and Kachama. Akuba mpaka kuthawa ndithu?

  55. Road block…Mr. Police Officer….I ain’t gat na birth certificate! Listen to Bob Marley. The bullshit road blocks.

  56. puludzu says:

    You cannot talk of combating internal insecurity when all our borders remain porous. We are paying dearly for the love of money by our officers and authorities entrusted to secure our borders. Our judiciary again is setting a bad precedence as far as dealing with cashgate cases is concerned. It’s sad a life has been lost. Koma the millions stolen here are far less than the lives and billions lost through cashgate. Yet we relax and still give freedom or lenient sentences to these cashgaters. Pano ena tikumwelabe mowa limodzi. Let’s deal with any theft decisively and things will change. The fact that the robbers are still at large also questions the capacity of our police and intelligence agencies. Something is seriously wrong in our mother Malawi

  57. Atupele deal with them.

  58. Nkhedu says:

    Blah blah blah blah! Just act.INTRODUCE SHOOT TO KILL PERIOD.aaaaaah

  59. ujeni says:

    Visibility of the police armed and wearing bullet vests or body armour is a signal of seriousness alas you see our crime fighting cops in flared trousers, skinny, sometimes drunk and you think criminals dont see that.
    Go to US, UK, German etc and see how cops prevent or fight crime what they wear.

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