Binali, Kapanga appointed deputy Malawi Police bosses

Malawi Police Service has two new deputy Inspector Generals. They are Finley Binali and Doreen Kapanga.

The two were appointed Friday with Binali taking charge of Operations at the Police Headquarters while Kapanga is now the in-charge of Administration a responsibility previously held by the new IG Loti Dzonzi until his appointment last week.

Binali was initially the head of research and planning at the headquarters before in February this year was unceremoniously moved to head the Eastern Division of the Malawi Police.

Before coming to the headquarters he also served for a long time as a commissioner in the Northern Division.

Deputy Police IG, Doreen Kapanga

On the other hand Kapanga, a holder of a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Strategic Management, was currently working as head of research and planning after he replaced Binali.

Kapanga served as Commissioner in the eastern region before she was moved to be the central region commissioner in 2011.

Binali was moved to the eastern region following a shake-up in February this year after the riots that ensued in Lilongwe where police were accused of failing to contain rampaging vendors.

The riots were a result of angry vendors who resorted to undressing women who they said were not dressing properly in the streets of the city.

Binali is one of a few police officers who have confessed that lack of rapport among police officers was one of the reasons that led to Police killing 20 innocent people during the July 20, 2011 ant-government demonstrations.

The new appointments were announced in a statement released Friday from the Office of the President and cabinet and come on the heels of President Joyce Banda firing former IG Peter Mukhitho to replace him with Dzonzi.

Mukhitho, who was Mutharika’s appointee,  by-passed the three new bosses to become the IG when the former President adopted the style of filling prominent position with his homeboys.

For a long time the Malawi Police Service has been operating without deputy IGs with Kapanga at times acting in that capacity.

One senior officer at the Police Headquarters said the appointment marks the beginning of bringing sanity in the police service.

“These are hard working and well qualified officers and we really expect to see change in the service. With Dzonzi at the helm and the two, the police will truly regain its credibility,” said the officer.

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