Appointment of Phiri as Malawi army deputy general draw soldiers fire

There is discontentment in the barracks as soldiers are  not pleased with the  recent appointment by President Lazarus Chakwera of  Major General Paul Phiri as Deputy Commander of the Malawi Defence Forces (MDF), Nyasa Times has established.

Paul Phiri appointed deputy MDF commander

According to a leaked WhatsApp conversation that Nyasa Times has seen, Phiri’s appointment is ‘very’ irregular and does not reflect the principals of change that the men in uniform were expecting in the new Tonse government.

Phiri does not have the requisite qualifications including MSCE for the post and he was not the most senior officer to assume the Deputy Commander title according to the hierarchy at the military.

Soldiers who spoke to  Nyasa Times said they were not happy with Phiri’s appointment because of what he described as bad leadership principals.

According to military officials,  the President was supposed to consult with the defense council but was influenced by tribal consideration before making the appointment.

“Many soldiers are disappointed that the President has been driven to appoint Phiri by a tribal cabal. There is a group that want to advance their political agenda and they are misleading the President,” one MDF source from Kamuzu Barracks said.

Phiri was  previously linked to conconting rumours that General Vincent  Nundwe was planning to topple the previous Peter mutharika administration that led into Nundwe’s dismissal.

Many soldiers are also not happy with Phiri because Oof “oppressive attitudes” where it is alleged he has been delaying the professional development of fellow officers.

According to other sources, Phiri at one point organised and administered examinations for senior army officers called PROMEX, but out of all the 56 officers that participated, no one passed.

“He set the examinations, typeset the papers, adiministered the examinations himself, marked the papers alone and all the 56 officers that took the examinations failed, what type of person is this? ,” said the source.

The soldiers have since written President Chakwera expressing their disappointment with the appointment of Phiri as the deputy army commander.

A letter that has been circulating on the social media purportedly authored by some soldiers among other things says that the recent appointment of Phiri as deputy commander of the defense forces is a ‘grave breach’ of the trust that the soldiers had with the current administration.

According to the concerned soldiers, Phiri is a ‘beast heartless, cruel, anti-social, selfish, barbaric and a nuisance to soldiers.”

The letter goes to allege that Phiri is an opportunist and was part of a larger conspiracy by some lieutenants who are trying to advance their hidden agendas.

“His appointment will only bring unnecessary fear panic confusion and division among soldiers,” reads part of the letter.

The letter goes to warn Chakwera that the people that recommended the appointment of Phiri are slowly creating the President’s downfall in the 2025 presidential elections.

“If we were Chakwera and his lieutenants we could have recalled how soldiers rallied you and HRDC when in opposition from 2019 to 2020in the streets of the country just to see things change while performing our constitutional mandate,” reads the letter.

On December 23,2020, President Chakwera appointed Phiri as deputy MDF commander in accordance with the powers conferred on him under section 191 (2) of the Malawi Defence Act and Section 161 of the Constitution.

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Clara
Clara
4 months ago

Atumbuka ndinu agalu otheratu,,, mulira nafe simunati. Bwanji mumafuna zabwino zonse zikhale zanu??? Mpake kamuzu anakuthamangisani

Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
4 months ago

Idi Amin lookalike! Must be a no nonsense guy this one ; why should all junior soldiers getting worried?

INDE INDE
INDE INDE
4 months ago
Reply to  Mwini muzi

People should focus on their job descriptions, not on who got which post. It will surely be your turn in a few years time.

In any capacity just be grateful that you are SERVING!! Do more and exceed expectations!!!

Pachalo
Pachalo
4 months ago

If this letter was written by soldiers from Malawi army then we have a problem …a big problem! However my instinct tells me….its the work of disgruntled Cadets! My advice to the Cadets is simple and straightforward…your days are long gone! Wake up and smell the coffee! Mumafuna asankhe wakuti? Tatsekani ma gate mmemene mukufunilamo mupite ku court martial muyaluke! Dr Laz was chosen by more than 58% of the vote and we will not allow a clique of disgruntled people to topple him..the revolution started after the stolen vote in 2019 is alive and kicking…so do not be deceived… Read more »

Anzanufe
Anzanufe
4 months ago
Reply to  Pachalo

Nanunso mungoti cadet zirizonse. Ndi mmene muthere. I thought mwawachotsa ma cadet wo. Mantha awa

Pewani
Pewani
4 months ago

This guy is just a big joke of all time in presidency

Amzeru aku mmawa
4 months ago

Want to ask the president kuti . End of 2021 tikufuna tizaone report ya anthu amene mwawaioa pa udindo ,chiwelengero chawo ndi ma boma omwe akuchokera . Tikazaona kuti pakati ndi 60 percent kapena 50 ,tizadziwa kuti bwana mukukokera a kuchigawo chomwe mukuchokera.
Inenso ndinakuvoterani koma when things goes wrong tiziyankhula sitimanyengelera

Jah
Jah
4 months ago

You thought chewa people can be trusted?????

Mpakateni
4 months ago
Reply to  Jah

You can say that again my friend. I have never trusted any and will never do it over my dead body.

INDE INDE
INDE INDE
4 months ago
Reply to  Jah

Don’t be very tribal oriented please, the problem will start with you. Every person has his own personality and preferences.

Patrick Phiri
Patrick Phiri
4 months ago

Chakwera wants to fill all key positions with chewas. The move is already exposed and backfiring.

Mofolo
Mofolo
4 months ago

The Army under Nundwe has detereorated in terms of discipline and professionalism. Not long ago the Army was marching shoulder to shoulder with opposition suppoerters to the gates of their Commander in Chief then Mutharika. Now Chakwera is your Commander in Chief the march has started on social media. Discipline is gone no longer a professional Army. Shameful conduct. Phiri has been promoted by the person whom you were marching for. Live with it and salute him.

John chidongo
4 months ago

Yemweyo Phiri yo ali heartless yoo kuti wawa. You’re the undisciplined and weakest soldiers in the world check on fobers list. Mumangodziwa kuteteza ma demo basi. Ngati zikukuwawani Tengani dziko ngati ku Zimbabwe osamangotokota ma social media. Soldering act akaona zawawa. You’re are not smart and professional chi uniform mumangovala pali ponse. Ku South timaona asilikali pokhapokha boma lanena kuti achite zacorona koma sachita behave ngati inu chi uniform zi ma boots yambakata ntauni kuchititsa manyazi. Chitata kumangoti pali ponse. Timaziona ku ma Air show kokha. Akhale phiri yomweyo ndi zimene mumafuna popanga ma demo ngati mwakwiya tengani dziko likhale… Read more »

rossie
rossie
4 months ago
Reply to  John chidongo

opanda mzeru iwe caddet owononga iwe
komanso odzikonda ,osafunira dziko lako dzabwinoi kuteroku ukulakalaka utawona nkhondo ku malawi kuno kuiwala kuti tili ndi abale okalamba

Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
4 months ago

news concocted by obviously cadets…….how was someone without qualifications promoted to be a major general by the army and also entrusted with preparing exams for fellow well educated military officers? Please do not bring our professional army into your dirty politics, was it Chakwera who promoted Phiri to be a major general? And if he was not well qualified how was he promoted to be a major general in the first place? Does Chakwera know all chewas working at the army? Or the leadership at the army did recommend Phiri’s name to Chakwera……please days of regionalism are over we buried… Read more »

Yakunowa
Yakunowa
4 months ago
Reply to  Mbonga Matoga

I had exactly the same question! How can someone without MSCE prepare, administer and mark exams for highly educated officers? Hahaha.

Gar
Gar
4 months ago
Reply to  Yakunowa

I concur.

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