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He  has since been replaced by Paul Kanyama who was deputy IG (administration)..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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Tozer Tsono
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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… Read more »
Bina Karonga
Guest

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

chigawenga
Guest

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!!!!!

Golden mlakalaka
Guest

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

Nyamilandu
Guest

Apa ndiye yakola mwala

Imraan Sadick عمران صادق
Guest

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

Mj chole bway Precious malunga.
Guest

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

Ganda
Guest

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

jajada
Guest

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

Arthur G.M. Mtambo
Guest

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.

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