Mutharika buys ammunition at K200m for Malawi security organs

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government of President Peter Mutharika, which came to power after the May 20 2014 disputed elections, has secretly bought one million rounds of ammunition for its security organs from South Africa worthy roughly R5 million (MK200 million).

Malawi is currently facing no external or internal military threats, according to a country threat report by Defence web.

“Poverty, crime and HIV/AIDS are considered to be the country’s most serious threats to security,” it said.

President Mutharika: Buys ammunition without any security threat, yet there  are no drugs in hospital

President Mutharika: Buys ammunition without any security threat, yet there are no drugs in hospital

South Africa’s National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCAC) recent report to the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa contains Malawi’s ammos purchase of R4,836,770 among other exports to more than 25 countries worldwide.

The report, which covers the period April1st to 30th June 2014, does not specify whether the ammos were for the ill-equipped Malawi Defence Force (MDF), Malawi Police Service or the Malawi Prison Service.

The South Africa’s opposition, Democratic Alliance has since asked NCAC to “avoid transfers of conventional arms to governments that systematically violate or suppress human rights and fundamental freedoms”.

The 2013 Malawi Human Right Commission report states that although authorities maintained control over security force, however, they committed some human rights abuses.

MHRC noted that in some cases, the government took steps to prosecute officials who committed abuses, but impunity remained a problem.

“Police arbitrarily shot and killed suspects. Police occasionally called on the military for support in operating roadblocks and assistance in manhunts,” it said.

Mutharika in his inaugural address to Parliament in July this year, despite finger counting Malawi’s security challenges hinted the need to equip the country’s security institutions.

“Government will establish a National Security Council which will provide oversight on matters of national security. We will also allow the Malawi Police Service and the Malawi Defence Force execute their mandates without political interference,” he said.

Mutharika said his government will enhance the capacity and professional competences of its security institutions to enable them respond adequately to the security needs of the country.

 

“Sometimes they are incapacitated to perform their duties effectively and efficiently due to resource constraints,” he noted.

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48 thoughts on “Mutharika buys ammunition at K200m for Malawi security organs”

  1. Dan says:

    Security organs are emergency institutions. So, it’s very much in order to equip them before occurrences which call for urgent response. In fact, it’s improper for one to bring in an issue of contrast between drugs and ammunition. Surely security and health are equally vital…
    And in a bid to fight robberies which are often accompanied by deadly violence there’s a need to equip the police formations with atleast “five” vehicles for easy mobility of police officers…
    Oh yes – we don’t want another cashgate so that modern security equipment can also be procured.
    Keep it up, Mr President.

  2. M'BAYA says:

    kkkkk akulu akulu mufuna chani kwenikweni?now let me tell u mukakhala ndi black mind ndi asilikali apolis nde muvutika.

  3. kholowa mkabudula says:

    Koma munthu ndi munthu basi! Zilizonse ayi asagule? Anagula benz MK60m ayi mukadagula ichi. Kodi kupanda zida zogwilila ntchito mchimodzimodzi kungopemphatu kuti asilikali onse achotsedwe ntchito nanga adzitani?

  4. ernest Phiri says:

    APM, mmalo moonjezera ndalamazo ku Fertilizer subsidy inu mukugula zida? mukumuopa ndani, Kikwete? Nyanjatu idapita Kale musabvutikenso ndikukonzekera za zimenezo ayi. Kodi a Petulo, sipaja in munkati nkhani ya Nyanja ya nyasa ndiyapafupi, nanga lero mukuti chani? mwangoti ndwii basi? Prezidenti wabodza ngati uyu sindinamuonenso ayi ndiyekhayu basi Pitala. Nkhopeyo ndiyetu eeeee’

  5. Lovemore says:

    Mutharika has done it well since we need stiff security in our country.Those who are criticising are savegies.

  6. Kenneth w. Banda says:

    Some people they were born just to oppose.

  7. Fwetseke says:

    Well done APM thats a good gesture

  8. Mwembe says:

    Is this the face of the president of a country?

    1. Disappointed says:

      How does your face look as a citizen of a country?

  9. Disappointed says:

    Kodi A Mtika wa ndi Malawian? When shall Malawians be patriotic? You insinuate that buying ammunition is wrong for Malawi. You have very strange thinking. You demonstrate superficiality in your thinking and partisanship has obsured your reasoning. You think of negative reporting all the time. This is necessary if malawi police are to confront internal insecurity from rampant roberies. Do you see how police in these so called developed countries handle armed roberies. Dont you see how armed robbers have capitalized on the attitudes of people like you. If government declares shoot to kill you will complain and yet you denounce government to fight armed roberies with sticks. The attitude of some Malawians is quite frightening. Why do you think police called on military? If one of these days some robbers come to your home and terrorize you, then you will appreciate the necessity of forcefulness in appropriate situations. What if you have no ammunition when you need it? Be balanced in your writing/reporting. What you article does is cast Malawi government in bad light where there is no need to do so.

    1. ujeni says:

      You forgot you and your DPP thugs party condemned JB for buying the same equipment.

  10. COCACOLA says:

    ZINA kumabisako mpaka TANZANIA idziwe? lol nyanja ija alandadi…inu tamangokambani za tobako zomwezi..etc.kukwiyaku bwanji? ntola nkhani iwe ndiwe wa ku Nyika rep. kapena?…kkkkk…udikire ikagwira uzikalembera kwanu konko zimenezo.

  11. What is so sensitive about purchasing ammunition that journalist should be afraid of?? All of you blaming Nyasatimes are living in the stone age. Countries openly boast of their modern and latest weaponry in their arsenal, even parading them in the streets for people to watch as a show of force. Tanks, missile launchers, all heavy armoury are showcased by modern armies in the streets. What is small fire ammunition to hide!!?? IDIOTS!!!

    1. Disappointed says:

      You have missed the point Sir! This reporter is suggesting that Malawi should not have bought the ammunition because it is not a priority and that it may use it to violate human rights. He is not even suggesting as you do that Malawi should showcase the WRETCHED rounds of ammunition. Strange, how biased thinking perverts objectivity on issues of national importance!

  12. Kholo says:

    Bambo Dzonzi ndi Bambo Maulana, chode, zipolopolozo zisachitidwe test pa ana ku Karonga tsiku la chiwonesero cha Federalism

  13. THIS IS BETTER, BUT IT HAS TO BE IN FAITHFULL MANNERS AND IT IS TRUE THAT SUCH ISSUES ARE FOR THE COUNTRY ONLY.

  14. Ex boyfriend wa Joyce says:

    Nyasatimes muli ndi Vuto lopanda mankhwala…always reporting negative about our president. ..Still confused. . Njenjenje mukunjenjemeraaaaa

  15. Jokujoku says:

    True to the words of Chongoima ,security matters shouldn’t be discussed on the air. Do u want our enemies to know what sort of ammunition we have? No we have to respect the intelligency of the government

  16. Mwataninso says:

    Sometimes I fail to understand Nyasatimes!! So you think DPP is establishing an armed wing. The government has a spokesperson and you should have gotten full information from him and so is MDF and MPS. This article leaves a lot to be desired as the author clearly shows lack of understanding of security matters. The country is facing a lot of challenges,but that doesn’t mean we need to have ” ill equipped security institutions” (look at this reporter telling the whole world this!!) You talk of shortage of drugs or whatever because muli ndi chitetezo…

    1. Disappointed says:

      Substandard cadre of reporters with no ability to self-critic, narrow world-view of issues before writing articles. Depicts zero patriotic spirit. Malawi government buys ammunition and you say its for human rights abuse. Buy spy machine, you raise an alarm but then go silent during JB regime only to resurface as an issue now. Where is our objectivity.

  17. Kayakaya says:

    Sometimes it is good just to laeve other matters to those who can ably handle and know , we cant hide our dissatisfaction the way you have reported this issue. Know wat to report

  18. Bigdwag says:

    Noka, the DPP admin should add the radar evading F-22 Raptor Stealth fighter jets, Apache Attack Helicopters, B52 Bombers, Chinook transport helicopters, Hellfire missiles, SeaHawk Helicopters, Bradley Tanks not forgetting drones!!! KKKKKKK! All to fight thieves??? What an over-kill! KKKKKK!

  19. okhuzidwa says:

    malawian journalists i feel sory for you hope one day u will even tell neibouring countries about our secrets of security of this nation

  20. abdul says:

    look at what nigerian soldiers complain when fighting boko halam,they lack equipment to face heavily armed boko halam who brandishes state of the art RPGs,machine guns,body armour and so forth.what will happen when people of the north start an armed rebellion for secession.

  21. Noka says:

    May the president add the following on the shopping list: akasinja(tanks), f16 fighter jets, RPGs, anti-tank mines, night googles, and if some of the money in the cashgate is recovered, buy a submarine as well.

  22. peter chimangeni says:

    THERE IS NOTHING WRONH WITH GOVETNMENT BIYING LIVE AMMUNITION. AFTET ALL THE ARMY AND, THE POLICR AND GAME RANGERS PRACTICE WITH LIVE AMMUMITION. 2. EHEN SECURITY BREAKS DOWN YOU WILL BE THE SAME ONES COMPLAINING THAT GOVERNMENT IS UNABLE TO BUY LIVE AMMUNITION TO ADDRESS INSECURITY. WHAT I HAVE NOTED HERE IS A CASE OF STUPID REPORTING. A 3RD OF THAT AMMUNITION WILL BE USED ON THE TARGET PRACTICE RANGE. UNLESS YOU ARE A CRIMINAL THUG OR MURDER THEN YOU CAN COMPLAIN

  23. Kulinda Mtere says:

    No issues with reporting to inform us about the usage of our taxes. We have an absolute right to know how each and every tambala of our hard earned money is being expended. But reporters need to be careful when putting together words particularly when addressing sensitive issues of security such as this one. Publicly characterising our security apparatus as ‘ill-equipped’ is not only an act of unpatriotism but a security risk in itself.

  24. Phiri phiri says:

    Gud development 4 security

  25. njokoto says:

    there is nothing wrong with this procurement its necessary security should be the highest priority whether threat or not they have 2 B equipped its too risk 2 overlook on that there is vulnerablity, & uncertainty in security matters thats RISK MANAGEMENT

  26. Bolero says:

    Koma atimaliza m’nguru emeneyu………

  27. Abusa says:

    The amount you quote is the total that was sold by South Africa. kkkkkk. Koma umbuli winawu

  28. Failing To Prepare Is Prepairing To Fail.We Dont Want To See Our Security Agents Overwhelmed By Armed Criminal Elements.Nanunso A Nyasatimes Mbala Zikavuta Mumati Palibe Chimene Boma Likuchita.Boma Likagula Zida Mmati Laguliranji.Timvere Ziti.

  29. Much as we appreciate the access to information and freedom of speach,but technicality of national security,is a serious issue which requires maturity and sobriety.

  30. lufina says:

    No Comment! Ayambapo kuba

  31. Bob Phiri says:

    Palibe nkhani apa. Mukufuna asilikali athu akhale opanda zida? Fotseki

  32. Don Chigwe says:

    Kodi Peter ukufuna kupanganazo chiani zipolopolo zonsezo.?

  33. Mdala says:

    So Malawi as a Country should base its sercurity preferences based on what some website has in its fondings.Get a fucken grip.Or would you suggest buying the Ammo when the treat is on our door step.

  34. onele says:

    Koma abale zili ku malawi a collins mtika pliz mwalemba nokha kuti report covers a period of 1 april to 30 june petala ali munthu wamba phiri

  35. chongoima says:

    Security matters should not be discuss on open networks. Pliz this is for betterment of our country .

  36. Mwene Wa Mwamwene says:

    Ohoooooooooo….?????

  37. Master Chitabwino says:

    This article has been published by little minded people. Why using the word “secretly” while you know that these ammunitions are for security purposes. Go back to your drawing board. You cannot play with national security issues like you are playing with your children.

  38. crispen kandido says:

    APM is preparing for a secession war against the north. tough luck mlakho

  39. Mtumbuka says:

    The period covered in April 2014 to June 2014. How can this be Mutharika’s issue. The contracts must have been signed and negotiated by JB. Let us be serious in our reporting. This lhomwe president (who I do not like) only came into power on 1 June 2014. This is not his contract. I am a Tumbuka and I hate Peter but please Nyasatimes try to be objective.

  40. Kalamuka kola says:

    Well done Mr President, ndalama zikapezekanso tigule zina ku Raussia, tikufuna ma f-16 anayi ndi ma stealth fighters atatu kaye

  41. DR. SAN- ABACHA . WAKUMALOWA -KWAMAGODI says:

    Yea mwachita bwino, chitetezo ndichofunikadi komaso atolankhani muziona zolemba, nkhani zachitetezo sizachibwana musalowese ndale ,

  42. Wakwithu says:

    Bola izi zagulidwa koma kaboma ka amanu kaja kamanama kuti kagula mabomba ndi maboti ankhondo koma ndalama atagulira nsalu kokwapatira paphewa. chamba basi!

  43. pearson sadala says:

    So the president is,procurement specialist?

    1. TSAKHO LIMENELO says:

      Malaians have no infrastructure. POVERTY and HUNGER is escalating in Malawi whereas Malawi government is buying ammunition without any security threat at the same time we have no logistic, drugs in our respective hospitals and yet doctors, nurses and so on are underpay.

      I don’t understand here PROFESSOR Mutharika think about this before you purchase these ammunition. KHONDO ilikuti bwana, malawi lija ndikale munayamba kugula ammunition.

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