United Democratic Front (UDF) acting president Friday Jumbe has blamed Minister of Home Affairs, Uladi Mussa and Inspector General (IG) of Police, Loti Dzonzi, for handling the country’s security issues with kid gloves.
Jumbe speaking in an exclusive interview with Luntha Television on Monday blamed the Minister and IG for failing to wear brave faces in dealing with weakened security in the country.
The former finance minister said despite the change of government being one of the contributing factors to the weakened security, Mussa and Dzonzi were on the forefront tearing apart the security fabric in public.
“Despite the fact that our President wants to champion issues of human rights when it comes to how Police officers should handle criminals, I feel it’s the Minister of Home Affairs and the Inspector General of Police and those officers talking security matters in public who are largely responsible for the current situation,” Jumbe said.
He added: “How can the whole Minister and the IG go in public and start discussing security issues that are otherwise supposed to be handled privately and within the professional system. You can’t give an officer an order or discuss how you will handle security matters in public, what do you expect in return?”
Jumbe said thieves and thugs were currently taking advantage of the proclamation of human rights President Joyce Banda and Dzonzi made a couple of months ago.
“There was no such a thing during Kamuzu time; even during Bakili Muluzi era security was not as bad as this time. Bingu was ruthless. He could order shoot-to-kill but that never necessarily meant officers were to kill criminals, it only helped to scare them off. Now we are talking of human rights and the criminals are taking advantage of that,” he added.
He said currently people were living in fear and that there was a need for government to tighten up its grip on national security.
On the current UDF status, Jumbe said the party was undergoing a transition process and blamed its former chairperson Bakili Muluzi for the failing part of the once mighty party.
“I should say Bakili Muluzi failed to create channel that would allow smooth transition of the party in terms of leadership. He controlled everything and that created problems. This is the moment as a party we need to come together and rebuild otherwise we will have problems come 2014,” Jumbe said.
He also said the current government was not of national unity but rather a government formed by members from several political parties.
“This is not government of national unity; to me it’s a government whereby members from other political parties have been accommodated in.
“I believe that those from other political parties will pull their strings to help the President in running the government because currently I don’t see anything tangible being done,” he said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :