Malawi Police has replaced former spokesman Willie Mwaluka with Davie Chingwalu who was police public relations officer for the south.
Mwaluka is now head of training according to senior police sources who spoke to Nyasa Times.
Many journalists in the country have welcomed Chingwalu, saying he deserves the post as he is accessible.
“I am very excited that Davie is a national police publicist. He is humble and cooperative,” said one journalist from Blantyre Newspapers Limited.
The journalist further said since he knew Chingwalu he never disappointed him.
“When Davie has no information that a journalist wants, he would tell you to give him time and he calls back. That is the way to work with journalists unlike Willie Mwaluka who was too defensive and protective to the damage of the Malawi Police Service,” the journalist said.
Another journalist from the State MBC TV expressed happiness when he heard about the news saying: “Mwaluka believed in hiding information. He would promise to call back and he never did. If you called him, he would talk about a different issue thus buying time.
“I did not like him especially during presidential functions. He used to push us away with our cameras. I wondered why he was doing that. He thought he was doing a commendable job when he was in fact sabotaging the president.”
Other reporters from Joy Radio, MBC Radio, Zodiak Broadcasting Station and Nation Publications Limited including Nyasa Times also expressed happiness at the exit of Mwaluka.
A senior police officer also said the management of police is impressed with Chingwalu’s work. The officer said Chingwalu and some police public relations officers have enhanced the relationship between the police and the media in the country.
“That is why he is promoted to be the national police publicist. We hope you guys in the media will welcome this development because many of you complained about Mwaluka,” the officer said.
The officer said even President Bingu wa Mutharika was impressed with Chingwalu’s work to the extent that the president invited him to Sanjika Palace for a chat.
“The president was simply expressing satisfaction over the work he does. He encouraged him to continue doing so,” the officer said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :