Mutharika announce measures to tackle growing insecurity in Malawi

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has outlined measures to tackle the growing insecurity of business and ordinary Malawians, saying his government will adequately fund Malawi Police Service and ensure the recruitment of more cops.

Mutharika delivering a state of the nation address

Mutharika delivering a state of the nation address

In his state of the nation address on opening of the 2015/16 budget meeting at Parliament on Tuesday, Mutharika said the number of Police officers would increase by 1 874 following the passing out parade of new recruits this week.

“Mr. Speaker, Sir, Government is determined to increase the number of police officers in the country. In this regard, I am pleased to inform this august House that, later this week, I will preside over the passing out parade of 1,874 police recruits, which is the biggest number of recruits in the history of the Malawi Police Service,” said Mutharika.

Critics argue that the effectiveness of policing could not be measured by the number of officers alone, but by reductions in crime and increases in public confidence.

Police officers in Malawi have recently be connected to the criminal activities including robbery.

In his address, Mutharika said in the 2015/2016 financial year, Government plans to procure an additional 100 police vehicles and build capacity in crime investigation through acquisition of appropriate equipment, training and recruitment of criminal intelligence gatherers.

Mutharika also said government will enhance border management system by providing necessary resources and tools to prevent illegal and irregular immigrants from using unchartered routes.

He also told parliament that government will commence issuance of national identity cards to all Malawians of 16 years of age and above,.

The Malawi leader informed lawmakers that government will decentralise the passport issuance system to 6 new data and documents collection points namely; Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mangochi, Salima, Mzuzu and Mzimba using post offices.

The 4th meeting in the 45th session of parliament is expected to run for nine weeks to wind up on 3rd July.

Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe is expected to present his budget statement on Friday, May 22 and he has estimated that it will be pegged at K900 billion (about $2.1 billion).

So far, only African Development Bank plans to provide the government with about K8 billion in budgetary support.

Read Mutharika full address here: State of the Nation Address

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32 thoughts on “Mutharika announce measures to tackle growing insecurity in Malawi”

  1. chefourpence says:

    improve on recruitement screening for police officers and politicisation of the recruitment otherwise the Police service is full of criminals who are bent on stealing from Malawians whom they are meant to protect!

  2. qiktyma says:

    Tapangani mupulumuseko asalao angatipeze kuno ku xenohansburg

  3. Chiye Nang'omba says:

    Tatopanazo zimenezi azikalembana pa chibale mbuzizo! Bwanji osathandiza a G4 SECURITY akuyesesa kumbali yawo

  4. Ethurama says:

    What about starting wages bwana for these officers coz with this little pay they get we simply motivate them to become dangerous Criminals Within.APM…give them modern weapons but dont go for the National Service business coz Malawi is still poor,dont have jobs and u will instead overcome the purpose of reducing insecurity in our country by help of the same govt.in recruiting/training its own thugs & criminals.I know Zambia where right away after form 5 then,some students underwent training with Zambia National Service.Ethurama went through this,he stayed there in the 70s and 80s, but in those days it was timed to defend new nations’ security strengh which all Zambians poor or rich jealously guarded.U got the National Address Fairly Ok But IMPLIMENTATION is key.

  5. nyasa boy says:

    Boss only police department to increased what about other department don’t tell us bullshit sometimes

  6. Hamu says:

    Ndaiwelenga nation address imeneyi ili bwino, ofinika a Malawi tigwirane manja. Tiyeni timugwire dzanja Peter yo zonse ndi zotheka. Bola asapoilisidwe ndi Ben Phiri.

  7. Sapitwa says:

    Good move sir! Unfortunately there are many broken people as the election results did not go their way. They will never appreciate and will keep on breaking until cardiac arrest will will swallow them.
    Iam happy that you don’t read the comments posted on this site otherwise u could have been wasting your valuable time on this crap

  8. MPHAKA says:

    KUNENA SIKUVUTA KOMA KUCHITA.ANALIPO ANTHUANTHU ZIDAWAKANIKA.

  9. yituwa mphande says:

    No donors where to get money for budget disaster for malawians

  10. Tamanda Sauka says:

    Thanks Thom Chiumia for the article. I have read it carefully and in detail and i am encouraged that most of the things have been highlighted. Hopefully, our president will stick to his promises and deliver all that has been highlighted in his talk. I wish politics was not dirty and all of us work hard for the development of Malawians and Malawi.

  11. Kavuluvulu says:

    The usual rhetoric

  12. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Key note address for budget session. Kumatiuza za ma recruit kupolisi, national idz.

    Ulipheee! No worries!

  13. Wiseman Ubuntu says:

    Be serious Mr President!

  14. Kandapako says:

    Such has been said before but this time let us give it benefit of doubt.

  15. ujeni says:

    You buy 100 vehicles for police while you buy 150 vehicles for your party, what kind of priorities is that

  16. mlomwe2 says:

    sOME POLICE OFFICERS ARE MOST OF THE TIMES INVOLVED IN CRIMINAL ACTS I DONT KNOW HOW THE GOVERNMENT WILL ASSURE MALAWIANS THAT POLICE OFFICERS ARE THERE FOR PROTECTION NOT DESTRUCTION?????????????????????????????????????????????

  17. ujeni says:

    Buy them fast cars not Land Rovers, more armed gear, helicopters and many more. Numbers alone cannot fight crime its not boxing or tug of war

  18. ujeni says:

    Why was he sleeping on the job, it had to take the pime minister Ben Phiri to shake you to wake up.

  19. Davis says:

    Good idea after xenophobia

  20. special advisor says:

    Passport data collection points – Mzimba and Mzuzu do not reflect equitable distribution, geographically. Instead of Mzimba, put it in Karonga. Consider the geo-position of Chitipa.

  21. zanga phee says:

    You can recruit thousands of them and allocate them to Police stations all over, but this will not help,because they are the ones fueling these robberies.Check in the records , you will find hundreds of police men answering charges of Robbery , some stealing from poor citizens in Day light . even giving thieves weapons to be used .

  22. Patiently waiting for the rsults

  23. nana says:

    A police ndi amene akutibera kwambirinso mmanyumbamu especially nyambadwe and Magalasi areas residents do not sleep

  24. tttt says:

    Good more corrupt police officers. First find a way to deal with corruption that is already there and then you can increase the number of officers. Why we lose much more confidence is because we are losing millions of kwachas in theft and the police are looking the other side.

  25. Alungwana says:

    You have been saying this even before you robbed those elections but we dont see any change. We need action

  26. john says:

    Most of the vehicles are just deployed to senior officers not Police Stations or substations and the objectives may not be achieved but this is a good start

  27. nsonga ciswe says:

    Kuonjezera mbava zina. U r failing to sustain the present crew. Muzidzawapatsa can I tinyumba ngati tizibo koma mmiseumu angolemera nano. Pitala multi pa mphambano mukusowa njila yyoti mutenge. Daily mukadzuka mungonena zomwe mwalota mtatafunila usinini. Kkkkk

  28. The Binoculars says:

    That move from the President is good.Except that criminals are always there in society.In the absence of formal employment-expect other baboons to resort to crime and vices.

  29. The Binoculars says:

    That move from the President is good.Except that criminals are always there in society.In the absence of formal employment-expect other baboons to resort crime.

  30. honourable says:

    I think the government was supposed to account for the previous budget before presenting the new one . We see budget after budget but no any results from the previous one and more hidden information on the other side. Ndalama ikusowa osakhala masewela

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