The other side of the story on Kanyama’s resignation as Malawi Police IG

Paul Kanyama’s resignation as Inspector General (IG) of Police had all the theatrical elements attached to it. Even if it were not for his summoning a press briefing to announce his bowing out at a time Parliament was in the midst of debating his confirmation, Kanyama’s move was all the same going to qualify as dramatic considering that he had been on the much coveted rank in the Malawi Police Service (MPS) for only about three months.

Paul Kanyama 'pulled a fast one'

Paul Kanyama ‘pulled a fast one’

Those working in the MPS will testify that apart from being a mark of recognition bestowed on a deserving officer, any promotion — including that from the basic rank of constable to sergeant — triggers immeasurable personal prestige. A sense of pride that, at least, one is going up the lengthy police service ladder.

But Kanyama chose to step down from the highest office in MPS, citing health reasons while the media speculated that the professional cop sensed danger, nay embarrassment, coming from Parliament as most opposition legislators were bent on rejecting his confirmation to continue lording over the men and women in uniform. In police parlance this could as well be some sort of “tactical withdrawal” on the part of Kanyama.

The danger, nay the embarrassment, for not approving Kanyama’s appointment, so we have been told, was that he does not have, among other several requirements, the academic credentials befitting one to occupy the office of IG. But whether the chief cop resigned on health grounds or sensed danger and pulled a fast one (to borrow the expression used by Nyasa Times) is a story that has already been fully debated. What, rather, should belabour us now is the debate on what, really, are the requisite “academic” credentials for one to competently hold the position of IG and where can one acquire them from.

As a starting point, it is imperative to understand what the MPS exists for. The core existence for the MPS as envisioned in the institution’s vision and mission statements is all about ensuring that Malawi is safe and secure. Of course, the mission statement goes into the specifics but, in summary, they all reflect two concepts: Safety and security.

Now, you do not just wake up one day and become a police officer. Currently, the Malawi Government, under the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security, has police training schools at Limbe in Blantyre, Mtakataka in Dedza and Mlangeni in Ntcheu where recruits are groomed to become professionals in “creating a safe and secure Malawi”. Then there is the Police College in Zomba where officers undergo training for higher and more challenging positions in the service.

Unlike is the case elsewhere, the police training schools in Malawi do not offer any professional certificates. And, save for some ‘valueless’ Certificate of Attendance, the Police College in Zomba might be the only college in Malawi that does not offer diplomas let alone bachelors or masters degree certificates. Something is, surely, wrong here.

Look, as far as professional police training is concerned in Malawi, for one to reach the level of being promoted to any commanding position in the service (as was the case with Kanyama before he was appointed IG), they must at some point or the other be a student at the Police College in Zomba, the highest police institution in the country. In view of this scenario, one wonders what should really be the requisite “academic” credentials for Parliament to consider when confirming an appointee to the position of IG in a country where the only highest institution for training police officers does not offer strong and valuable papers.

It is true that currently there is a horde of graduates in the police service with bachelors or masters degrees tucked under their armpits but it is also true that these are not graduates who specialised in the profession of “creating a safe and secure Malawi”. They are graduates who, unfortunately, specialised in fields that have nothing to do with police science. And most of them, sad to say, are a bunch of frustrated souls who joined MPS after failing to secure employment in their respective fields of study.

Therefore, in as far as the situation stands now, almost everyone who works for MPS, Kanyama inclusive, is “educated” and a “graduate” because they all passed through the corridors of the same police training institutions that the country boasts of. The very same institutions that ensure one remains with miserable education credentials if they have chosen to be career cops.

There have been both formal and informal suggestions that for the MPS to reform, its departments should be headed by graduates. But this still begs the question: Which graduates? Those who graduated in education, accountancy, journalism or medicine but ended up finding their way into the MPS? Really? What has a paper in these fields got to do with security and safety matters?

It is an uncontestable fact that we must value academic credentials but it is also an uncontestable reality that such academic credentials should be those befitting the field one aspires to work in. If you ask those in the know, they will tell you that one of the highly regarded IGs to have ever headed MPS is the late Mac William Lunguzi but he, too, was a graduate of the very same police training institutions we have in the country.

Actually, so it is testified, it was Lunguzi (a ‘non-graduate’) who introduced the idea of recruiting graduates from other fields into the police service. But, maybe, where he failed was to moot the project for MPS to embark on the mission of producing bonafide police graduates.

And, maybe, it is high time that the Police College which is based in the country’s old capital city graduated into a full-fledged institution offering courses at bachelors and masters degree level so that those officers appointed to the office of IG should be saved from the danger, nay the embarrassment, of being rejected by Parliament on the grounds of education credentials.

But, for the time being, let any officer who has the experience, stamina and aptitude to inspire and motivate our men and women in uniform qualify to be crowned as IG. It is not safe for the nation to be changing IGs within a period of three months.

  • The author once worked for the Malawi Police Service but has written this article in his personal capacity
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77 thoughts on “The other side of the story on Kanyama’s resignation as Malawi Police IG”

  1. Zangazanga Ncqube says:

    The author is right.

  2. makito says:

    This is retrogressive thinking. Are the graduates not subjected to the same training? Things need to change, evolve to be more precise. Anthu a std 8, form 2 ndi form four should be phasing out in the system, actually form 2 should not be a required qualification anymore.

    There is no point in hating graduates, whether frustrated or not, just make the conditions good for highly educated people to choose policing as a profession. Academic qualification is just a foundation.

    Anthu obwenzera kumbuyo dziko are those with such retrogressive thinking.

  3. Police graduates are leftovers of these shabby univesiities like the Mzuni, khondowe, and the Advebtist @ Mlangeni in Ntcheu who eben when promoted to those senior ranks they wil stil be looking 4 a Form 4 graduate guidance! Police is Police and Chanco is Chanco. The 2 dont mix. We in Malawi Police need our own college and profuve our own graduates. In that sense we wil be selecting graduate IG who are wel trained in Police work. NOt these foest, graduates we hav in police. Ñö

  4. mwama says:

    This is a very good observation on the part of the author. I come to understand now that we have security lapse because we entrusted our security into wrong people, the people who joined MPS out of job frustrations. MPS IS NOT THEIR PASSIONATE JOB.

  5. I second without ANY equivocation

  6. General Aididi says:

    I find it funny that the issue of somebody being a graduate in order to be confirmed as IG should be put on the floor by MPs. In the first place, the majority of the MPs are not graduates themselves and I find it hard to believe that they can attach the importance of education selectively. The Public Appointments Commitee of Parliament is Chaired by a former Fire Officer and from his group some are musicians, postal officers, business people etc. In fact one of them wrote his MSCE when he was Deputy Minister during the Bingu era. These are the people that have to confirm highly educated people like ambassadors, commissioners etc.

    Whilst the level of education is important it is important that we are objective in our duties, especially the MPs. The entry level for an MP is Proficiency in English. What would the MPs say if the public demanded that the entry level should be a Degree?

  7. Kanyimbi says:

    Six months training deserve a certificate of attendance. But now the National assembly should discuss the possibility of sending police officers to Mzuzu University if I am not making a mistake. It seems Mzuni offers degrees in security services.

  8. MMALAWI says:

    The author surely has little or no university education, nor does he know about management of institutions. It’s obvious that a graduate is better equipped for a management job than an MSCE holder. And in this age and era, you can’t have someone without a college degree heading a whole department of government, let alone a crucial security arm like the Police Service with so many people under him! One, he may not command respect from his better educated juniors and two, he would lack the skills to adapt to a continually changing operating environment.

  9. From what has happened with IG Kanyama, it is obvious that the MPS training program has shortfalls, in that it does not appear to give potentially very capable police officers, with exceptional leadership and management capabilities, the ability to achieve their Bachelors and Masters in criminal justice or police science from the Police Training School.

    This needs to be looked into as the nation is appearing to miss out on some high caliber officers who were not afforded the opportunity of perusing their Bachelor and Masters.

    Probably the Police training school should partner with Mzuzu University, to ensure that the many deserving officers within the police force are given access to tertiary level education.

  10. Luka Sitima says:

    when a person is leaning at any educational institution the end out come is a valid Certificate; being Diploma, Degree etc. but its so sad that our Highest Police Collage offers only cetificate of attendance as some one is attending a seminar, they need to see what to do like joining with MANEB to help them in this issue, its not good at all, its so shameful for one to be at a collage to come out with only a certificate of attendance.

  11. Kingsley Jika says:

    It’s interesting the magnitude of debate this has sparked. One can see people have brilliant ideas to see an an even stronger Malawi Police Service. But let me, as a son of a former police officer, tell you one story and you will tell these things have been happening but politics has always reared its ugly head on all issues productive.

    Some years ago, a suggestion was made for the police service to collaborate with some institutions in the country to offer tertiary level education on issues purely police and security. First, someone was sent to Japan for a training in that field. Then the service sent a few people for a master degree in the field, one of which a Ndovi. When Ndovi returned, he was deployed elsewhere where he had nothing to do with the course to be offered. Came change of government, the people who were advancing these brilliant ideas found themselves forcibly retired or posted elsewhere. Why don’t the police continue from where they stopped off and pursue the idea? The files could be there; check. Some of the people who were in that group are still alive; why not approach them and learn one or two things on this to make the Police College a more feared institution in the Region.

  12. ayu says:

    you Malawians, don’t be hypocritical. you allowed Bakili muluzi to be your president for ten years, did Bakili have any education credentials let alone a degree?? What about Joyce Banda?? Remember these two people did head, not only one department of government, but were heads of states as well. where should we demand a degree most, from presidency or IG?? While I’m not saying education is useless and should not be rewarded, but I think rejecting Kanyama because he isn’t a graduate is not fair. he could have been given a chance to pursue that degree while he was an IG. I strongly believe that kanyama was well trained and tried in his profession, yes not as an academician, but as a police officer. his experience and training were just enough. honestly, he convinced me even within these three months he has been the IG

  13. Tawonga says:

    It is not papers that matter. Paul Kanyama had the education in his field of work. It is not the general first degrees or postgraduate [Masters] degrees that matter but the education and experience in ones chosen field. It is time Malawians should stop venerating degrees. You cant do police work just because you have an MBA or MSc. Leave police, tax, customs and immigration work to the professionals in those fields and not to paper holders.

    In this country, we had the late Aleke Kadonaphani Banda, a very effective and result oriented leader who served this country with distinction without the so called papers. In the history of the USA, there was Abraham Lincoln, one of their best Presidents, who did not have a lot of their formal education.
    Countries like Japan value experience in promoting people. Let us borrow a leaf from these countries. Therefore, Mr Paul Kanyama should have been given a chance by you opposing MPs.

    1. special advisor says:

      Don’t mix up issues. To be like Lincoln and Aleke, even to be like Commissioner Kanyama, you need to be a lot lucky and to be in the right place at the right time. Therefore, you cannot set a standard for the entire police service based on the exception rule. Sound education is a “gold standard” that no one should be arguing against in this day and age. Having a “gold standard” does not mean that you don’t have “silver” and “bronze” options.

  14. DR .HABYA LIMANA says:

    NO ,coment chifukwa tsikulina azakhala ali mwanawanga ,mike , parlament ikumukana ndiye zizandi pweteka heavy , indeed no coment .

  15. Nenah says:

    There is a sense in this article. Believe me you can not just be a professor or whatever least degree at University one gets and think that you can run Police. Go to Chancellor College and hire a PHD one to head Police if you believe he can succeed. Be sensible Malawians. This is Security institution and one to be elevated to the highest level it is not all about what one learn in other academic institutions only. Late Mr Mc J Kamwana too is very highly considered IG but was not a Graduate. This is Security operations !!!!!!One has to be a learned person in that line. Even a JC one as long as one has gone through all the necessary training and rose to the ranks of Senior Commanding levels can qualify. However other academic qualifications are a plus to in this Modern world.Its understood. Its high time the govt or you vocal politicians should push for a well accredited Police University or Military University or College where we can produce degreed graduates specialized in security Sciences. Then only can we judge those made into these appointments. Plz hands off and leave Security institutions alone !!!!!They are not sleeping to keep us safe……..

  16. Boko Good says:

    A Nkosi Nkhalo mulije. You want to tell me that people like Gustave Kaliwo, Duncane Mwapasa, Doreen Chavula, Tumaliske Ndovi(late), Elvis Thodi etc were frustrated individuals? I beg to differ with you. I do not think the above concerned people would be happy to hear this. Please dont just generalize things. With due respect, kindly retract your statement.


  18. Tengupenya says:

    why does the PTS not offer professional certificates?

  19. Apa zaonekeratu kuti mbuli zokhazokha zikubakilana pamene amene ali ndi ma pepala akuona si zili bho kukhala ndi sajeni Fwipi opanda pepala.

  20. shame says:

    Education is a key to success…..ananenawo sananame ayi…but if experience is a good teacher where is the justice now….the thing is those trainings institutions should be valued both police and army….its high time we took these guys as osaphunzila yet they undergo losts of steps both within and abroad….let them being given papers..certificates…diplomas…and degrees….and let me clear mr. genuinengoni that not only loti dzonzi was a graduate holding that post fusain anzanu about Oliver Kumbambe the one whom late Bingu appointed before Munkhitho then you will know kuti police had cream of officers osati zapanozi ai….Once again Education is a Key to Success…

  21. Tigre says:

    Ine pano ndili ndi mapepala Anga abwino but am not impressed with the performance of some of the so called graduates

  22. m'Malawi says:

    One of the most thought-through articles I’ve ever read on Nyasatimes. I agree 100% with the author. We have elevated degree certificates to coupons for claiming high positions and higher pay without looking much at actual performance and delivery. Elevate the police training institutions to issue the credible papers fitting the jobs policemen are supposed to do.

  23. Kapolo wa Mulungu says:

    I agree with the writer of this article. I have worked in a professional field in the West and East and I can tell you honestly that what is required on a job is your basic qualification. Anything beyond that is irrelevant and what matters most is your performance. Back then I had my Malawian undergraduate degree but I had a higher post than some people with their PhDs and masters. I clearly did a better job than most. So Malawians you need to work up and not let the educated but unwise mess up your country.

  24. Peter says:

    Iwe COP umafunaba traffic azidyabokhabkanyama asadye nawo? A traffic amaba daily.

  25. pngdo says:

    The authr of the article luck addition information on who agraduate is..ithink he is one of the small boys in town..go to mulunguzi’s grav and ask why he thought of recruiting graduates in the police service..or just To university..and get your degree that you should not face what kanyama has faced…

  26. John Nyirenda says:

    The problem with Malawi is we are very accadamic, The police has its own qualifications! I really find it stupid when someone with a PHD in English thinks they know better than a police officer who has had 30 years service from constable to IG
    Experience is better than qualifications you fools
    What qualification has bill gates again
    Steve jobs

  27. zoona. says:

    For those toking abt the army,,u shud understand thre r to groups in th MDF, commissioned officers and non commissioned officers, it requires one to be a holder of @least a bachelors degree to train as a commissioned officer and the other side needs an MSCE…the army commander owes comes from the commissioned officers,,,and threz no way he kan b an under grad…

  28. Yetson Nkhoma says:

    The College must start offering deplomas and degrees to avoid such ashame.APM pliz declare it now!!

  29. Just want to clear you mr. genuinengoni……Only Loti Dzonzi was a graduate remember the IG appointed by late Bingu…..the one who was succeeded by Munkhito he was a graduate from chanco….I will not mention the name….kumalemba zinthu zoti mukuzidziwa otherwise ndinu angoni ochititsa manyazi kuiwala mngoni mzanu zoona…..

  30. Fact says:

    Problem of Malawians is that we recognize certificate titles instead than competency based training, shame!! No wander we achieve nothing!

  31. lilian says:

    Usually people that are not graduates try to find excuses.apa he was not a graduate and Police training school cannot qualify one to be a graduate.zamkutu

  32. Mweeee says:

    The article doesnt make sense at all or the writer doesnt know the difference between academic and professional qualifications. Secondary and universities offer more of academics while the college in question ( Zomba Police) offers sorely proffessional dats why canditates selected for MPS need to have minimum academic qualification of MSCE therefore Univ graduates who join MPS are best suited for the top post coz they have both higher academic and professional qualifications.

  33. Nzika says:

    So the author of this article is a “he”

  34. nuji says:

    POlice training instutions zathu offers six months training, which means they are capable of doing the job. Kodi simmayesa is just safety and security basi? Nde kanyama has stayed in the police for more than 30 years akudziwa zonse bwinobwino, amulakwila. komanso to be honest momwe anayambila ntchito, anatipatsa picture ya bwino and were assured kuti chitetezo chibweklela mchimake.

    pa zoti amayankhula kaya kuzunza ana olowa kumene, ayi tamva koma chitetezo first. Nde kubwera ndanino?


    While we agree to recruit graduates the Police service, we should also note that Police is aproffessional career. You cant just appoint some from Bunda who has a degree in animal science to be IG Just because he is agraduate, things should go with internal traing and experience.We have seen graduates failing at the post of IG, C.I.O AND WHAT MORE DO WANT?

  36. Jayilosi Ntedza says:

    Police or Military schools don’t produce the equivalent qualifications to universities and colleges. This is due to the nature of the job itself and their requirements so event the foreign prestigious military schools don’t offer degree but certificates, its only the power of the level of the training that matters. Therefore whether we like it or not men and women in uniform must be respected becouse they know things we ordinary citizens don’t know even if we have a PHD.

  37. Zondiwe says:

    Malawi Army started a long time ago to train its officers, and they now have Bachelors and Masters Degrees, some are even training for Doctorate Degrees.
    Malawi Police Service has been reluctant to have many highly trained officers, and has relied on people with Primary School Leaving Certificates, Junior Certificate and MSCE.
    Education is a plus, and it is not about Kabwila’s Doctorate. It is about Police Officers being well educated in order to offer high level professional service to the Nation, full stop.
    Hon Dr Kabwila and other enlightened MPs in Parliament, continue to insist on proper qualifications and do not be discouraged bu illiterate Malawians who wish to belittle your achievements. Fight for the common good, and the Nation will improve. Reject cronyism, tribalism, regionalism and all the bad isms, and focus on professionalism, basi! Ensure that Kanyama’s replacement has a Masters Degree, and nothing less. Loti Dzonzi set the tone, and we cannot be seen to be retrogressing. The next IG should have a Masters Degree as a minimum qualification.

  38. Thumba la Mbatata says:

    It is very disheartening to see the Kanyama issue has now become a war against graduates in the Malawi Police Service. I believe the author was not a police officer because there are many issues missing in the article that are giving a bad impression. For one to become a police officer he is supposed to go through the corridors of the police training schools and police college during his career. From those with Standard 8 certificates to those with Phds they all have to go through the same process. That means same training, same tactics, same skills and knowledge as fars as policing is concerned are provided to these people. However those with better credentials always poses a threat to those with poor credentials and usually work to frustrate those with better credentials. From the comments a few individuals seem to understand the importance of education and to that extent the author thinks that most of the graduates in the police are abunch of frustrated souls who failed to secure employment in their respective fields of study. This is the statement that usually come from police officers and individuals who believe that police work is only for those individuals with limited academic background. There are kids who aspire to become police officers in future and that does not mean they should not go further with education because they will be seen as frustrated souls. Kanyama had an opportunity to continue his education, but because he had the same mind set of under estimating the power of education only to realise that he was handcapped in that area when parliament was about to confirm him which was really bad for him and his other collegues like the author of this article. Like any other competent law enforcement agency the Malawi Police Service has got Lawyers, Sociologists, IT Experts, Educationists, Scientists Engineers, Theologists, Adminstrators, Economists etc working in different departments. This is a normal standard for any law enforcement agency. Police Training is an additional professional condition to make these people police officers. The only problem with the MPS is that it doesnt have a proper human resource development system that gives equal opportunities to officers to enhance their education and in most cases individual develep themseselves using their own resource. Considering that in Malawi there is no school or institution that offer police science/adminstration etc, they are forced to pursue generic programs being offered by existing instituition. Police College doesnt provide recognized certificates hence it is not taken seriously. Those who have advantages like Kanyama can have an opportunity to rise through the ranks using dubious means and attain ranks of the IG without academic consideration. Most of officer believe that PTS or Police College is the final determinant to rise through the ranks ignoring academic qualification which later bites them. It is high time that Malawians need to realise that education + experience can produce better results than experience only. So Kanyama issues should not be a war against graduates.

  39. johnM says:

    Due to the headline, I was expecting the author to state the reasons Mr. Kanyama was rejected by parliament other than the reasons that are flying around however the author did not do that. He instead talked about the reasons police officers do not have academic credentials. In my opinion, his article is contrary to his headlines.

    However, having said this, the author may have a point. In Malawi we take academic credentials too seriously. All that an academic qualification indicates is that the person is able to read and write at a certain level. Academic qualification is no substitute for work experience. That is why, training is vital.

    Having said that, an individual with high academic qualification is most likely to respond to new challenges better than one without. The Malawi Police Service is stuck in the past that is why they are unable to respond to challenges currently facing them as they are stuck in the past. The top management is not flexible and it could be due to the low academic credentials most of their bosses have.

  40. sunderstar says:

    This is one of the best articles on Nyasatimes. Ordinary graduates without specialisation in
    Security studies can not be effective in Police. Its unfortunate that people have picked on Kanyama as it was again on Nangwale, our Parliament instead of supporting a Police force without corrupt officers choose to remove Police heads who wants to bring sanity in the police force. I knew it from the time he spoke against reduction and transferring Traffic Police Officers into other Department that the IG has touched a raw nerve in the Police Force. Traffic Police is the most corrupt and unfaithful Dept in the Police Force, the heads of Traffic in the Regions and Districts are very rich Police men, they own minibuses, fleet of vehicles and businesses which can not be compared to their sources of Income, they are also very connected to the corrupt elite in Government and Opposition because they help each other on many issues. Its the Police Traffic Department that has lobbied the removal of the current IG through opposition MP’S. I wish Malawi can develop a different method of appointing these guys than the present one, Police and Army are very sensitive Institutions who look after the security and safety of the country and putting the fate of our security organs to Parliamentary appointments which at times is composed of people with questionable characters is not good.

  41. Wailing Soul says:

    Very insightful article. It is an eye-opener indeed. I think its up to the Police Officers themselves or even some legislators to take this to concerned authorities. Work with the Malawi Institute of Education or say the Higher Education Ministry and map out some qualifications for recruits. In Zomba, you could use part-time lecturers to teach eg Pyschology, Report writing etc then you have your own staff teaching at MZUNI in security intelligence who could also teach part-time and at the end you have a solid paper. That’s how Police Academys are in Mozambique, South Africa. Not just getting a uniform at the end. But its needs a push from the officers themselves to take this matter up. Am so concerned and never knew this was the case.

  42. chapaheya says:

    Ndikuona kuti akanati asamaonetse mbali pamafunso wakhala kufunsidwa bwenzi atadutsa sizamaphunziro ayi maphunziro ake ndiku polisiko ndi okwanira koma panalowa ndale basi

  43. The Truthful One from the West says:

    What we know is that he resigned because of ill health. Let us not speculate. He also made political statements which as an officer in the public service he shouldn’t have made. He attacked the PP Govt which means he was praising the DPP Govt.

  44. kadwala says:

    When Kanyama was appointed we celebrated because we knew that he is going to sort out some problems we are facing. For us people living in Kanjedza near the shops (Ma gorosale) near Assemblies of God ku chigayo kwa Bwana Chisesele. Takhala mu mavuto a phokozo ndi zoimbira zochokera pa ma bottle stole amenewa. They play disco loud music 24 hours. Kotero kuti sidigona ndi ntendere. ana athu sangathe kuwerenga (study) with the kind of music that comes from these two bottle stores za pa Chisesele. We have gone to complain at Limbe Police victim support unit but nothing is happening. All we see are police vehicles parked at the bottle stores. We suppose the officers are part of the noise makers at these bottle stores.
    We wonder how city of Blantyre gave licences to these bottle stores to be operating disco 24 hours near the houses like this.
    Who is going to help us when the police are part of these inconsidarate and insensitive people patronizing these drinking joints. Bwana Kanyama munatipasa hope kuti ife mavuto athu atha. Pano nanga tikadandaulira kwa ndani. Please bwana ngakhale mwasiya ntchito mutithandize ndi maina a anthu amene angathe kutithandiza ku polisiko. Chifukwa apolisi akuno ndi amene ali kuchita zimenezi makamaka amene amakhala pa Kanjedza wa. Tithandizeni kuti ana athu athe kuchita study ndi kugona nthawi yabwino ndi kuzuka nthawi yabwino ndi kupita kusukulu nthawi yabwino mwantendere.
    Kodi bwana anthu amenewa a ma bottle store sindimayesa amakhala ndi lisensi ya ma recommended hours of operation?. Ndiponso kumeneku ndi kumene mbava zimabisalilako.
    Tithandizeni please.

  45. what says:

    No comment

  46. Owonelera says:

    Interesting obervation worth considering. The police training institutuions should consider offering well structred courses/programs and give certificates, diplomas or degrees as necessary. However, we cannot entiry discount a UNIMA degree. Those who have gone through the corridors of UNIMA successfully confirm that they have higher intelligence (or IQ) asanamizanapo apa. For example, an accountancy or business administration degree program also includes other courses such as management, taxation, contract law, organisation behavior, strategic management, financial management etc. Graduate yemwe wayamba yaupolisi, nkukhala ndi experience and going through the police training institutions is more suited for the highly demanding office of IG other than someone who entered the Service with just an MSCE and attended the police training programs.

  47. Namaloko says:

    I usually don’t comment on the issues published here because there is kutukanizana, hatred and tribalism. I am convinced how you have commented in a mature and nation building way. mine is just an addition to the wise comments you have expressed. Mzuzu University offers security studies. it is high time young men and women should take up a challenge and study. and may i also apeall to officers responsible in various depts of MPS to include training program in their budget. Mzuzu is one of the best accredited university in Africa and they have a workable curriculum rather than enawa. we love our men in uniform though ena amatibela but we still love them.

  48. Mfwethu says:

    MPS used to be a disciplined force before the graduates came in. If you analyse the people who have misappropriated funds in the MPS, most of them are graduates, even the Cashgaters most of them are graduates.
    So pena anthu osaphunzirawa akhonza kutithandiza chifukwa amakhala amanthako, koma ophunzira kuchuluka nzeru.

  49. Chimwemwe says:

    While this article is written in readable English, I conclude that the writer is a frustrated fella who knows nothing about graduate qualifications. In fact I doubt whether the writer is a graduate him/herself. We have graduates who did studies in different fields and went on to excel in a totally different profession which, I must add, they did not join out of desperation but out of choice. For example I don’t know why guys like Gracian Tukula joined journalism but I know that he studies economics in college and he happens to be one of the best journalists in Malawi. I however know why I joined Customs and Trade even though I studies and had a very successful initial stunt in Engineering. I chose to and I have no regrets. Sunduzwayo Madise first studies, I think, Mathematics and later on went on to be a lawyer. I am sure he is happy. If therefore I had wanted to become a police officer no one should have any reason to think I did that because I could not find market in the field of my graduate studies. The first degree is actually called “general” because you are prepared for general graduate thinking. The write should do a bit of analysis before displaying trash in the public domain.

    That said, the issue of “qualification” for IG or any other public office is as simple as checking what our constitution says about the person required for the position. Anything else brought into the discussion is unacceptable.

  50. A Graduate from any reputable college and who later gets trained as Cop is in a better position to understand things much better than a standard 8 dropout who also gets the same training.So Kanyama was not fit because as Chief Cop he has to attend lots of high level meetings which requires one to be highly educated inorder to understand things.Times have changed.We are not living in stone age.

  51. Nana Chione says:


  52. tcha says:

    Good people tisanamizane in this generation we need police officers with who are qualified both in police field and other areas for them to be relevant in this dynamic society. Chifukwa chopanga lower ma standards that why we have half baked police officers. I would encourage our dear officers to enroll to some colleges kuti they shld enrich their knowledge. Eg MZUNI has degree in security management.

  53. BONYA says:

    Though Wapita Koma Apepese Kaye Pa Nkhanza Zomwe Wachitira Ena Mwa A Police Munthawi Yake. Other Wise Minyama Yokhayokha Ku Retirement Yakeko.

  54. genuinengoni says:

    The only reason why Paul Kanyama failed was bcoz of his visible alignment to DPP and his unashamed bashing of PP. Otherwise all the other retired IGs were not “educated” except Loti Dzonzi. However in the MDF most of the senior officers appointed as Commanders r graduates of prestigeous military acadamies except for the first two commanders(Matewere and Yohane). The Police also used to send its officers to UK. Therefore just because Kabwila is a graduate of Chanco then she should demand that all institutions in Malawi should b led by graduates – no!, if there were enough colleges to absolve all those eligible for entry at the colleges I would not protest!

  55. Cop says:

    What U Should Know Also Is That His Rejection By Parl Was Also Fueed By His Felow Officers Coz Anabwera Ndi Nkhanza Ku Police Mkulu Ameneyu, ie, Atangolowa Anathamangira Kuchosa Ana Omwe Angolowa Kumene Traffic Department Zomwe Zinakwiyisa Apolisi Ambiri. Moti Even If Parlmnt Confirmed Him He Could Meet Resistance Internaly. Anthu Anakonzeka Kuti Azigwira Ntchito Moti Kanyama Aoneke Wolephera. I Wonder Kuti Atolankhaninu Simukuifufuza Nkhani Imeneyi. Kanyama Analandira Ndalama Kwa Eni Minibus Ena ( Some Are Zonobiya, Simika, Paseli Etc) Omwe Anamunyengelera Kuti Achose A Traffic Ena Ncholinga Choti Bus Zawo Zizipanga Milandu Osagwidwa. Ndalembazi Zikuoneka Simple But This Is True Story. Kudandaula Kwa Ma Officers Kunamulowa Mu Mtima & He Sensed Danger Ahead. And officers R Now Happy That He Has Gone. Koma Ma Officer Akuti Ayamba Kugwira Bwino Ntchito ngati Anzawo Atabwezeresedwa Mma Deprtment Momwe Kanyama Anawachosa.—from Reliable Source.

    1. che mbweenda says:

      @ COP

    2. inayake says:

      Good inside stuff. But it goes without saying that the traffic department is the most corrupt department. The issue is that he changed traffic officer and placed them under GD, in other words same rank but different duties. Sad that those who are traffic officers feel indifferent.

    3. Toto mwano says:

      # cop !!! Kodi mu police service yonse kudya kuli mu traffic eti ? It is not adding up here because you seem to be like iwenso umadyela momo..Like wise , president akalowa amata kusintha mipando yina ndi yina koma smart people salira ngati nganya iwe.By the way , how far did you go with your education?
      Actually if there is a most corrupt department in the police service ndiya traffic yo..Ena taona amene achotsedwa Ku traffic department m’mene atera kukala ngati ndi wodwala olo ngati adwala dzaka zambiri. I smell a rat here and if you were budgeting for ndalama zaku nsewu then nganya iwe wagwa nayo , ingopita kusukulu ukapanga zina. Full stop

  56. TAWONA BEWULA says:


  57. special advisor says:

    Nkharo, I agree with you that police training schools should consider awarding diplomas and degrees in “security studies and law enforcement”. Sounds like a clever suggestion!
    However, I disagree with you when you discount degrees from other fields. To combat crime you need sociologists, psychologists, lawyers, chemists, engineers, doctors/pathologists, etc. Forget about outsourcing specialized services. The knowledge from fields such as these form a strong basis for intelligent policing.
    Police needs to jack up entry qualifications to degree or for new recruits they should do aptitude test, psychometric test and physical fitness tests together. Police recruits of these days don’t display strong intellectual or moral fitness. Most of them qualify by being sons,daughters, nephews, nieces, sisters and brothers of people already in the service – our ppolice is quickly become a huge community of extended families. That is the greatest danger to developing a competent and professional police service.

    1. Alufeyo says:

      You are the most intelligent person pse tell the. How can one fool say sociology is not relevant to police work? Thank you for your comment how i wish i met you in person. Once again Zikomo.

  58. I totally agree with the author of the article,the police college should be accredited by govt and start issuing its officers professional certificate,diplomas and degrees.

  59. jesus is lord says:

    Well the fact is too many people these days hold positions they really are not qualified for be it they got the job through “ndi m’bale wa-uje” tactics or through other dubious methods but the bottom line is most people today don’t know what they ought to be doing in their offices hence the decline in services and such. Kanyama may have been in service for many years but honestly in the past 3 months thugs have terrorized people to death and that alone for me said something about his credentials I do not know the man so I cannot judge him on his academics plus I don’t know what they teach at this police collage but maybe Kanyama would have benefited from a refresher course because surely he was not on top of the safety and security of the country and on that note I commend him for saving parliament the time they could have wasted debating the obvious that he is not suited for the IG position. I may not know you sir but you are one of the few Malawians I know to resign from a top position after realizing something is wrong many would have hang on to the sweet-chair (mpando-wonona) at the expense of the people but not Kanyama for that act of bravely I wish you all the best in the future my God give you a new path.

  60. Tiko says:

    I disagree. A bachelors graduate who has also trained at Zomba police college has a plus, not so?

    1. Jayilosi Ntedza says:

      That is debatable in practice.

  61. idi amin says:

    APA mwazwatula nee!! or tititi mwabaya! its
    true that there is a college which does not offer any thing at all in papers. hope police will reform and focus on its college issue. thus 100 percent true

  62. Steve Ng'omba says:

    Quite true Police work so unique, groom the officers within Police institutions

  63. Nganga Bulawayo says:

    Weighed against other weightier matters, Kanyama’s acadec issues were miniscule. Kanyama was talking too much. He even made some political statements in support of DPP. He forgot that he would need the opposition MPs. You see you reap what you sow. The opposition MPs were prepared to teach him a bitter lesson. Chibwana Kanyama. Waonatu.

  64. Okhrana says:

    Atiwuze iliponso another college apart from yaku Zomba amapanga offer ma degree a police? These graduates from accountancy, medicine or chanco nanga akawachita recruit into policing why are they trained at PTS? Meaning mapepalawo ali nothing in policing. Ndiye ma mp asamale asamango lalamuka chilichonse. Nanga osaphunzira ali ku parliament amalephera to express themselves in english sapanga retire?

  65. Bertha says:

    The article is not balanced. Should graduates from chancol etc not be considered for higher posts in the police even if they go through police training and have the experience ? Gone are the days when we promoted low education standards in the police.

  66. Here we go again says:

    hot debate what do you think?

  67. Pule says:

    A graduate gets promoted in the police to a superior rank after six months in service while still on probation……after six years he is commissioner of police, really? A forestry graduate of Mzuni? A theology graduate……..can these graduates become IGs?

  68. Alungwana says:

    Havent you seen a Managing Director of a motor vehicle organisation who doesnt know anything about repairing vehicles?

  69. ndaona kakhongwe says:

    That’s the truth coz those graduates they are looking for they didn’t specialise in the police field.the problem is theuy get promoted after a short period so doesn’t know anything about security.for Kanyamas case he was not a Graduate but served in the service for sometime n has the experience so he was potent for the position.

  70. Mwenecho says:

    thats right morst of the university guys in police r frustrated minds thats 100 percent true

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