Malawi Defence Force (MDF) commander. General Griffin Supuni says his force will not tolerate any threats on the country’s territorial peace and integrity.
The General told officers of the MDF, invites guests that included foreign defence attaches and advisors, that he and the MDF is committed to defending Malawi at all cost.
“Timba samachepa ndi mazira ake,” he emphasized in vernacular, meaning, “no matter how small a humming bird, it will fight tooth and nail for the safety and ownership of its eggs”.
The top soldier was also quick to warn his officers and all soldiets that he shall deal with all manner of indiscipline.
“When traffic police stop and ask you about driving licence, just produce the relevant document for inspection. I also dont want to hear that any soldier is harrassing anyone, be it a police officer, a civilian, anybody. You will go!”
General Supuni, who was brief in his speech during the 2016 Year End Ball that took place on the night of 30th December at the Officers Mess, Kamuzu Barracks, added that he will also not hesitate to fire anyone who is caught dating a fellow officer or soldiers spouse.
“I have already fired some. I will fire you as well. Your careet will be short lived. I liken this to witchcraft which can never be tolerated,” he said.
He also warned service staff to avoid expressing their grievances to wrong quarters
“There will always be differences and disagreements. Relaying these through politicians, social media, and other places will not help us. We have the rightful channels for complaints and grievances.”
Supuni then shared his ambitions for the defence force.
He highlighted that his vision includes construction of a weapons manufacturing plant, opening of a second engineers’ battalion in Zomba City, the construction of a military reference hospital, and upgrading of the farm department.
“We have engineers to out source. We have so many other plans that can help the defence force to lessen overburdening the national coffers,” he said.
The General then wished all soldiers in the country a prosperous New Year 2017, and said that those who just sit, drink and eat and are not physically fit, and are obese, will see an early exist from the force.
“I have always emphasized physical fitness. If you are not, am sorry to say you joined the wrong profession and I will help you go out as quick as possible.
“If I can jump 6 metres, ask yourself have high or far you should jump. I am telling this to everyone here. Go back and tell your troops about this,” he said.
The genral also advised that promotion will never come on a silver platter and challenged the soldiers to earn their promotion.
“No homeboy syndrome here under my watch,” he advised.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :