Police officers getting military training: Malawi army not happy with DPP, fears another MYP

There is resentment in the barracks  of the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) following government decision to have the army take on board police officers into exclusive military courses that form part of the professional development of officers.

General Ignasio Maulana and Foreign Affairs Minister George Chaponda and Deputy Minister of Defence Malisoni Ndau (C) is met by Commander of Malawi Defence Force C) Stanley Makuti

General Ignasio Maulana,  DPP strongman  the Foreign Affairs Minister George Chaponda and Deputy Minister of Defence Malisoni Ndau (C)

Nyasa Times is in possession a memo signed by Captain Malata, a staff officer at directorate of military training, to Malawi Armed Forces College informing them of the development which has been intercepted by disillusioned officers.

The police officers joing the military training are Supritendant Usamani Imedi from PMF  and Supt P.Phiri. Others are Inspector Chatuluka and Inspector Vuto.

The soldiers fear the plans are  set to  create a new paramilitary youth group that will be operating like the notorious Malawi Young Pioneers (MYP) under Kamuzu Banda which was disbanded and the army disarmed them.

Soldiers are irked that police officers should be drilled in pure military programs.

“These courses are platoon commanders and company commanders which are crucial courses in the military that prepare officers to lead  a platoon or company of soldiers into battle,” Nyasa Times sources in the army said.

It is not clear why authorities want the police to participate in these purely combat courses and the development has made many officers furious who feel MDF will be severely undermined with the development.

The soldiers and officers are helpless as they know that the MDF commander, General Ignasio Maulana cannot do anything with the aim of saving his job.combat letter

Police and MDF officers do carry out joint exercises for internal security operations. They have even done joint training on some general issues like leadership or  logistics with the support of the British or American advisers but they have never crossed this line.

Some are seeing this as an attempt by the DPP Government to infiltrate the military and weaken it.

Soldiers told Nyasa Times that there are many issues that have rocked MDF during like the reduction of soldiers allowances in peacekeeping missions from $1028 to $900 (when govt already gets millions from equipment reimbursements) at a time when soldiers are involved in combat operations in DRC where several have died.

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TheTruthShallPrevail
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TheTruthShallPrevail
7 months 21 days ago
@Team Tactics, we know you are an army officer and The intention of your comment is to purely provoke the army to be harsh with Lt Nyanya and I trust the army officers are intelligent and wise to know your move and intention , and will not be that naive and childish to act based on your hate comments. General Maulana act soberly, with fairness and after exhausting all investigations knowing that within the Army there are people who would be happy to see others in trouble. Everyone knows Lt Nyanya is innocent and has been put in trouble by… Read more »
Yesaya
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Yesaya
7 months 21 days ago
My take on comment number 56. I don’t think what you are saying is the right approach to solve this issue. You cant make Senior Army Officers change their mind through mere threats like these. You cant threaten General Maulana. The Army will handle it professionally by gathering all the necessary information it deems helpful to identify the actual culprit. After all what you have said are mere allegations. What you posted is a destructive comment aimed at irritating Senior Army Officers to punish innocent persons. Please note that the Army cant bow down to what you have said. By… Read more »
Team Tactics
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Team Tactics
7 months 22 days ago
Maulana if you dare fire Lt Nyanya, we will expose zonse wakhala ukukhalira za kunyengana kwa Major Njete and Mrs Kasuzumila, mpaka mwini mamuna anamwalira ndingozi , kunyengana kwa major Kaliati ndi mrs milomo after all evidence is there that they were involved in relationships and you are very well aware that Captaion Peli MManga was sucked due the same behaviour, kunyengana kwa major Chinangwa ndi mrs Alinafe Njete, explain to us how you report directly to Lt Col Nyamali, kunyengana kwa lt Col Nyamali ndi lt amaenda ndi mkazi wako uja. you are well aware of these proplems and… Read more »
HERMAN DAUNCY SHABA
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HERMAN DAUNCY SHABA
7 months 22 days ago

THE COUNTRY IS GROWING WE DID NOT HAVE ARMED ROBBERY BEFORE BUT NOW WELL TO DO PEOPLE THEIR CHILDREN USE GUNS TO STEAL WAKEUP THE WORLD IS CHANGING EVERY SECOND YESTERDAY IS NO TOMORROW

Temaco
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Temaco
7 months 22 days ago

With advances in Technology and science’s and also crime has gone extra mile we can not expect our Police to receive the very same training they did during Dr Bandas era when we were buying Box of matches at 2 tambala and 500g Surf at 37 tambala or Muluzi era.Change the training of our officers in more of modern way otherwise criminals will be always ahead of them.

Kingman
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7 months 22 days ago

This is commando course of which it is commonly done in America.Police is there to deal with notorious criminals of which most of them are ex-soldiers from different countries as well as Malawi . so this will be for the betterment of Malawians I salute the gvt of Malawi for this development

Kan bruce
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Kan bruce
7 months 23 days ago

This is the opportunity, where are the lieutenant colonels, captains, do the Job, take this shit out. Do the Sankara,way.

JUSTICE GWABA
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JUSTICE GWABA
7 months 23 days ago

IT IS NOT GOOD TO WHAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS DONE,IT IS A THREAT TO DEFENCE WE WILL SEE (MYP B)

mwana wa mu line ine
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mwana wa mu line ine
7 months 23 days ago
zandsangalatsa kwambiri ndipo panalinzeru ndipo ndakupatsai 100% pankhani ya chitetezo ine kwana wa mu line ndakulira pa zomba lilongwe mvera mu barracks kusalima kunali melisha yomwe amaphunitsa zankhondo anthu ocokera mu ma office omweo kom inu simuiza now tinalindi a MYP, PMF, POLICE, MELLISHA, A YOUTH, MALAWI ARMY, NOW adani athu amaziwa bwino za magulu asilikali omwe timali nowo amatiopa zedi tz inali yantopola koma imakhala chetete panopa cikufunika ndichoti boma lizitenga anyamata pa form 2 kupita ku meisha kwa 5months marisher training kubwerako pa form 6 akakhoza azipita ku university ndipo army izimu lipilia college yake akalephera azisankha kupita… Read more »
Advisor
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Advisor
7 months 23 days ago
This a bad policy, recently we have been hearing of police officers abusing their skills and equipment as police officers to aid crime. Giving them military skill will only aggravate the situation. Giving police officers more training is not the answer, a review in resource allocation is. Such maneuvers annoy the military because you are now placing the military at an equal field with the police. Such situations are what leads to a Coup D’Etat. military training is meant for a select few and those individuals in will work hard to preserve the training procedure. Giving police military training erodes… Read more »
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