Amid a cacophony of “Yes Sirs” Malawi’s top Cop Lexten Kachama has ordered his charges to wage a vicious battle against criminals until the last Cop in the service is dead.
The Inspector General said this during an interface meeting the Malawi Police Service had with the Business Community in Mzuzu at Mphatso Motel on Wednesday.
“Don’t be afraid to die and don’t be discouraged because we get unnecessary criticism. Just work within the confines of the law and focus on protecting people’s lives and property,” Kachama said.
However, while he acknowledged that people are suspects until found guilty or not by a Court of law, Kachama emphasised that criminals do not deserve respect because they were a disservice to development of the country.
“We will not look and stay idle while criminals terrorise citizens of this country. It means we would have failed to perform our constitutionally mandated job,” he said.
A few weeks ago, the Centre for Human rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Malawi Law Society berated the Police for shooting to death some suspects alleged to have been involved in the robbery of Petroda Malawi cash and the subsequent killing of a Cop.
Kachama’s directive is seen as an explicit revival of the dreaded ‘shoot to kill policy’ but in later interviews he denied it was.
Paradoxically, the IG admitted that the Malawi Police Service had been infiltrated by a few Cops who engage in criminal activities.
“It’s an individual problem and not the whole service. This problem is found in many organisations and the Malawi Police Service is not spared,” he claimed.
When pressed whether the Malawi Police Service had laxed its recruitment procedures and that there was inadequate or no vetting of potential recruits, Kachama defended the Service.
But Inkhosana Kamkhoti Mkandawire said Cops were lured into criminal activities because the Service takes long to motivate them.
“How do you expect a Cop who is a Constable, has six children and earns less than MK40,000 to be motivated? ,” queried Mkandawire.
Veteran activist LilianDindi disagreed with Mkandawire saying the Malawi Police Service is devoid of career Cops.
“Many of them who join the Police would be better as street cleaners or Field Assistants. But despite this short fall we are ready to work with the Police in reducing crime but the Malawi Police Service must improve in the way it handles people especially those in Victim support unit,” Dindi said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :