Mutharika declares war against criminals, orders police to use ‘any force’

President Peter Mutharika has declared war on crime and has since ordered the country’s police service to use any force   within the law and good judgement to deal with criminals.

President Mutharika: Time to deal with criminals

President Mutharika: Time to deal with criminals

Mutharika’s order comes at the time the country is experiencing security lapse  with thugs invading residences of top government officials including that of the vice President.

The President appeared to have taken a similar stance his late brother President Bingu wa Mutharika once took when he had ordered the law enforcers to ‘shoot and kill’ criminals as one way of ending crime.

Speaking during a news conference at Sanjika Palace during which the Inspector General of Police Lot Dzonzi announced his resignation, Mutharika warned that it won’t be business as usual for criminals.

“This is now war because I have instructed police officers to use any force within the law to combat and stop crime. We cannot go on like this,” said Mutharika.

Mutharika stresssed his stern warning  he issued on Tuesday during an interface with the media, saying honeymoon for criminals is over.

“Let me also warn criminals that their days are now numbered. The honeymoon is now over because it is not going to be business as usual.”

Mutharika reiterated his pledge to buy 100 vehicles for the police to ensure that the law enforcers have enough vehicles.

He has since ordered the revival of a fund that police uses to pay whistleblowers of crime and donated K3 million to the fund.

Police IG Lot Dzonzi resigned from his position on Saturday and has since been redeployed to the United Nations (UN) as deputy ambassador.

Dzonzi said he resigned from his position to serve the country better.

He  has since been replaced by Paul Kanyama who was deputy IG (administration)..

Mutharika described Dzonzi as a man of integrity and God-fearing.

“I’m very confident that he will represent us well at this world forum. I’m wishing both Messers Dzonzi and Kanyama all the best as they take up their new roles. I assure the new leadership at the Malawi Police Service of my total support,” Mutharika added.

The President pointed out that  Kanyama is inheriting a daunting task of ensuring Malawi is secure.

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60 thoughts on “Mutharika declares war against criminals, orders police to use ‘any force’”

  1. Tozer Tsono says:

    Mr. President had a honeymoon with criminals? What does that mean?
    He has been sleeping at the switch, till he discovered that no one including political leaders, i safe. Under PP, you huffed and puffed that criminal activities would be non-existent. Now, you have no excuse but to admit you did not know what you were yapping about.
    In trying to appear tough, which won’t solve any crime as we noticed during his late brothers crime clad reign, the president has given a stamp of approval to police to crime.
    The Police will collide with the Malawi Defense Force because of Mr. President’s careless instructions.
    This is what you need to understand sir, you do not need any force from police. Why haven’t they stopped crime as part of their regular duties? You need a unit that carries out smart investigative work. Seek help from the Scotland Yard to train Malawi Police on discipline and tactics to infiltrate criminals. Unless you can catch criminals in their comfort zone, you will never catch them while committing organized crime. They probably get assisted by the same police. Where is the criminal’s safe haven? The police barracks or some other safe organization that never gets scrutinized. It is easy to catch them if you know what to do. Using any force is reckless and dangerous. It is high time, security organizations like police, were staffed by college educated Malawians instead of individuals who are easily bribed by a ‘handsome’ 5 MK.

  2. Bina Karonga says:

    Shoot to kill all criminals including Peter Mtharika [K50000.00 journal hand-outs]

  3. chigawenga says:

    Shoot to kill should be the order including thieves like cash gate corrupt thieves. Once you do that we will return to peace and sanity in this country. Lets establish firing squad!!!!!

  4. Golden mlakalaka says:

    apolice ndichani mukuchita mukapha mwini wofera dzikolo inu mungafere malawi mwalakwa waphayo akuyenera chirango chokwanira

  5. Nyamilandu says:

    Apa ndiye yakola mwala

  6. Whistle blower fund_yo ikanakhala yandiiiiii ndiye Dilu ,dzigawengadzi anthu amadzidziwa
    Just that they don’t care
    For instance 100-000MWK per tip off—MiTA for a hardcore criminal(criminals) tip off
    am telling you in no time mbava zonse zikhoza kutha kuti pswiti!
    Nthawi ya Bingu dzigawenga dzambiri mu (Cashgate City LL) dzinathera mndende chifukwa chama tip offs

  7. Zoona mr. President.
    Wafa ku zomba kunoyi zake.
    Ena amat apolis amayenda ndi mfut yopanda zipolopolo choncho atengelapo phunzilo.

  8. Ganda says:

    Shoot to kill, but where is intelligency here, to kill innocent people?

  9. jajada says:

    shoot to kill is the best way.eliminate all criminals pliz

  10. DAYS ARE NOW NUMBERED, SAID THE PRESIDENT ON 22/11/2014, BUT NOW LOOK THE POLICE HAS KILLED MDF MEMBER IN ZOMBA CITY , THIS IS FOLLOWING THE WORDS OF THE PRESIDENT ———— NANGA AKUBAWO MWACHITA BWANJI —– OH KUNGO WASIYA GONE.

    WHERE IS MALAWI GOING POLICE KILLING MDF MEMBER —— SOUR RELATIONSHIP.

    MWAIYAMBO NDI MILANDU.

  11. Peter Mathanyula Wakuba says:

    Dzonzi is the worst IG of police that Malawi has every had

  12. ausbla says:

    zofunika shoot to kill basi nanenso ndavomeleza

  13. Quota system says:

    The vision of the police may be a good one. However, the conduct of dome of their members will be a perpetuating factor for crime and anarchy. For example, in Karonga it is the Police who trade in the trafficking of illegal immigrants. When a few of them arrest the immigrants, the majority hate such upright cops. Am not talking of juniors alone here. And this information is from an insider, just imagine. It has to start from within.

  14. Amuna says:

    Tsonotu apa yalakwa mpaka kaombera msirikali

  15. wawaruh says:

    wisely spoken mr president just provide us with guns chifukwa mbava zina ndi apolisi omwewa .zikavuta tiziwathyola tokha miyendo within the law because we are the victims too!!

  16. nsanje port says:

    Any force ndipo aphedweee…..akuzolowera agaluwa

  17. apolice ndi ali ndi magalimoto ambili owonongeka mmastation,bwanji osakonzela zimenezi?

  18. naminda says:

    amene ali nd nkhawa nde mbava ameyo chomcho am +vely support Mr President, so asafuna azilume kunkhongo!!!!!!!

    1. Amos Salamba says:

      As long as they do it proffessionally.Why am l saying this?Just yesternight,they have already shot-dead an MDF soldier here in Zomba mistaking him from a thug.

  19. Y.M.M says:

    i love police officers kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  20. me says:

    And when they start killing inocent the police?
    You people think police are judges?
    Most the police not even have education to be police.
    this is a very serious issue malawian people.
    And if one police want to make revenge to someone?first shoot and after say (he was steeling)
    people keep calm otherwise will start war.
    dont forget unity and freedom.stay in peace

  21. kyroc says:

    im afraid if really the police shall ever use whatever means within the confines of the law. some of these deadly thieves are the police officers and even their seniors know better.then iam just peturbed if a brother in police services will order the killing of a brother in the same field.ife tikagwira mbava tizingopha basi.apolisi ake opanda mphamvu ngati akudwala cholera nkugwira mbava? chithe kaye chinyengo ku polisi nde mwina zinthu zisintha.inu amalawi osamakhala anthu a tulo mukuwona ngati mbava zikuvutitsazi ndi apolisi sakudziwana? chenjezo langa ndi lakuti,mbava za polisi ndi mbava zina amalawi akwiya ndipo athana nanu.when your city justice fails,don’t worry jungle justice will take over.mungoyerekeza kutipatsako mbava imodzi ya cashgate,siingadzabenso chifukwa tingakhale titayiotcha kale. mudziwe kuti comment imeneyi ndalamba ndili okwiya kwambiri ndi apolisi olephera ntchitowa. ntchito kumangolembana pachibale lero abale anuwo akukanika kugwira mbava apusi inu.

  22. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

    APM is slowly, but surely bringing credibility to MPS. There should soon be an uptick in morale among the dedicated MPS men and women: they now know the have support from Kanyama. His actions and tactics will be based on police science rather than bible science, as was often expounded by Dzonzi.
    Kanyama, woyenda ndi m’didi! Kupulani zigawenga’zo: ife tonse tili kukufunilani kuti mupambane mayeso a APM.

  23. M'Malawi weniweni says:

    They should start with you the chief criminal of NAC Gate and your stupid so called wife Gertrude

  24. LACKSON LIKAMA says:

    Apolice apange zomwezo kuti chitetezo chibwerere mchimake.Tingoti akapezeka wakuba aphedwe basi.

  25. Myself says:

    Use any force within the law! thats what the polica aresupposed to do anyway…. they dont have to wait for a directive… thats there job to work within the confines of the law…force or no force!

  26. Abwana has taken a good stance.The best way is to crush their heads with baton sticks until their brains oozes out.This should be done at Civo stadium every Saturday.Shoot to kill ya achimwene osaiwala.Kumangophopola ngati mbalame.Wina ayithawa Malawi chakachino.Osaiwalanso a cashgate.They r all criminals.Abweze misonkho yathu first and them too their rotten thieving heads should have a good beating with baton sticks until their heads turns into minced meat.No mercy with them.Akudelera akuona ngati u r just coiling Ku sanjika.Mpakana kumamwa mowa wa vp ndikulowanso Ku Chipinda kwa Atupele?

  27. Capone says:

    You are a fool maurice report as said,dont create a storm in a cup.That headline is unnecessary and stupid.It could have been if it was finished like the President said “use any force within the law”…U know Malawians are lazy readers,so i urge u to report objectively…

  28. kukhala says:

    THUS APM FIRE FIGHTING BE IT SALARIES & WAGES FOR GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES PLUS FIRING & HIRING. THIS MDALA WAN DEPART THIS EARTH LIKE HIS SENIOR BROTHER BINGU THE CASHGATE NMBER 1 (RIP) .

  29. John Phiri says:

    You mean criminals were on “honey moon”??
    Who else is on honey moon?
    I thought criminals deserve no honey moon at all.
    This is serious!!

  30. Maumau says:

    chabwino pot zatero bt am not happy with kanyama.

  31. Ntolilo says:

    Long over due, Dzozi should start a Church somewhere. He wasted time while a lot of innocent lives have been lost or maimed in the country. If any idiot cries human rights abuse – when criminals are killed-shoot him too. We can not sit by while families are getting chopped in their own houses.

  32. mona says:

    Mr president just resign before it is too late mwakanika

  33. mona says:

    Another criminal ndiwe ndi mkazi wako uja kudya ndalama za nac. Fools timatcha muone

  34. Mbolo Sidwala! says:

    “…time for honeymoon is over…” Oh! My God, zigawenda mpaka kuzipatsa honeymoon! Koma ulamuliro wa pa Malawi! It’s really thrown to the dogs. Koma 2019 tikafika? Kapena ka cardiac arrest kaja kabwerenso

  35. CY says:

    Very good Mr president

  36. Nadeel says:

    When will u explain the poverty anhen will youd the crying times we are going through? When will you bring justice to the poor people suffering because of minority greedy people? When will you re-possess the wealth accumulated by evil minds of cashgate? When will you command judiciary to act at once with punitive measures against those that have plundered our economy including those continuing to do so?
    Take it this way: that Malawians are very angry with poverty inflicted by evil people masquarading as public servants. They are just as usual crying inside. However, MOB JUSTICE WILL SURELY BE INFLICTED ON CASHGATERS if the games continue…

  37. KING SOLOMONS WISDOM says:

    AS FOR ME .I DECLARE WAR ON IMPUDENT CASH GATERS.MY WEAPONS OF WARFARE ARE NOT OF THIS WORLD BUT MIGHTY THRU GOD ALMIGHTY-FATHER OF JESUS THE RISEN LORD. MALAWIANS LET US JOIN HANDS AND PRAY! LET US CRY OUT TO GOD OUR FATHER .U WILL SEE THE RESULTS DO NOT BE AFRAID.THESE EGYPTIANS ARE STILL FOLLOWIN US. MALAWIANS NOT ALL WHO SAY THEY ARE CHRISTIANS ARE CHILDREN OR SONS OF GOD;SO IAM CALLING UPON SONS OF GOD SUCH PEOPLE WITHI-N MALAWI AND THE DIASPORA.THIS IS A PETITION : (1) PRAY THAT SPIRIT OF PLUNDER BE CAST OUT IN JESUS NAME-LET THEM BE EXPOSED AND BROUGHT TO THEIR KNEES (2)PRAY FOR PEACE AND GOOD LEDERSHIP.PLS SPEND SOME MINUTE EVRY DAY THIS IS A WAKE UP CALL-GOD ALMIGHTY IS ON OUR SIDE DO NOT FEAR-PSALM 23

  38. Ma says:

    Zakuvutani basi Madala Boma lakukanikani…….pitani kwanu ku Mozambique..
    Ndi shoot to kill imeneyi mumunamize ndani..

  39. MANDEVU says:

    Mlakho dominance continues by removing a Chewa member and replacing him with a member of the Lomwe belt.

    Up to the extent of forcing and enticing a Chewa to resign.
    Mission accomplished.

  40. Cosmas Mvula says:

    PLZ Mr. President tell the MBC guys to stop doing the cashgate programme it will not develop this country and do not be against the former president JB, leave her alone, it is only courts that can say something on her. PLZ stop another makiyolobasi Phillip Business. It seems you DPP is fearing her-JB. PLZ do chitukuko and leave hitting back. Leave them and you work so that Malawians appreciate your work, otherwise you loose this place in 2019

  41. Mimi says:

    Komwe zinthu zikupitaku its likely anthu adumphadumpha mmisewu so uku ndi kukonzekera kuti apolisi azachite nawo anhthu Bingu style.

  42. Wado says:

    Shoot to kill basi who cares about criminals,they dont have rights to steal

  43. Taelos says:

    I was waiting for this instruction from commanda inchief,thugs bottom up

  44. Malawi says:

    Chonde amalawi pomwe zinthu zafika pothinapa akuluwa is positioning apolisi strategically. Tionanso apolisi akupha anthu. This is not to do with umbava ayi. This is not solving the issue. There are no jobs, zinthu zikungokwera. Ma 92 billion and 20 billion ali mma suitcase kunsi kwa bed. Lutepo is on the loose talking trush ,mockery to tje nation. Am not saying uchigawengawu uli bwino. We need to deal with the root cause. Mapeto ake atatsalendi alomwe tonse titha psyiti.

  45. chilungamo? says:

    I don’t know how Loti Dzonzi survived all this time but to tell u the truth Loti Dzonzi was a mere secondary school teacher and not a tested street patrol policeman! He was not material for Inspector General! Kanyama zitheka, its just like at MDF if the President appoints a lawyer or a Medical Doctor as Defence Commander it means he has killed the MDF! Its exactly what Joyce Banda did on Loti Dzonzi, she left out professionals and settled for Dzonzi, it was a disaster no wonder he was not supported by senior police officers!

  46. JCInLA says:

    You mean the police now can just shoot? What a stupid thing to say and order as a president. This means you do not know how to govern. What will happen when the Police start shooting innocent people? APM – be careful – the same force will be used on you!

  47. Zion says:

    Well done APM 4 de new IG.

  48. chilungamo? says:

    Joze? Can you please rewind and tell me who was the Commissioner South when a student was murdered at Poly? Was it not Joze? Now he is Deputy Inspector General Operations, za Chasowa ziyenda? I rest my case!

  49. Apa nde zilibwino tigoneso kukhomo kosaseka ngati thawi ya bingu osati mmene anaonongera chitetezo jb:

  50. Apa nde zilibwino tigoneso kukhomo kosaseka ngati thawi ya bingu osati mmene anaonongera chitetezo jb:p

  51. Angozo says:

    Yes I agree with the state president, there must be total war against criminals and that the police must use any force within the law against criminals, chifukwa akuba wa afika penapake, alekerela kwambiri they must be delt with once caught, the police should not wait for courts. Ndiye tiona ziwanthu zina zimene zimakhala ngati za nzeru zikunena kuti a APM alakwa akuti iwowo ndi odziwa za ufulu wa anthu za ziiii.

  52. snaiper says:

    Its indeed very busy week for my best jornalist Wisi Boy phrael tethani, wht r u going to give us tomorrow? Two heading are not enough this week but three even four!with your muckracker.Am wainting with my mouth water mr Wisi boy tenthani

  53. Wanex banda says:

    Mwina nkugonako tulo

  54. Mbanangwa says:

    Okay, shoot and kill, we will catch and burn them, thieves!

  55. Fathi Alshab says:

    am not convinced with the resignation of dzonzi snd being posted to un ss deputy chief of mission.
    congratulations bwana kanyama but thsts fast a speed hope ur God leads u well whuch uk police acadamey did u go to? very impressiv on ze ….

  56. Kaphuka says:

    Thats True Mr Man, Am On Your Side Now For This, Gud Madala. Mumaitha

  57. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    It should not be in proverbs , be straight foward by saying ” SHOT TO KILL “

  58. Cosmas Mvula says:

    Kanyama is also a hard worker, we will support him, shoot and kill must be in place, I recalled watching Malawi Police service TV programme called Tikhale Tcheru when a malawian citizen said it is very dissapointed that you have worked for ten years you have bought your goods and someone just comes at take it-seal. Two to three days you see him in streets-free walking, that is not fair-Shoot and kill robbers Mr. Kanyama in that way a Policenso aziopedwa.

  59. kukukuki says:

    On this Peter I give u a credit

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