Malawi army to remain professional and apolitical — Namathanga

The 14th Malawi Defence Force (MDF) commander General Peter Andrew Namathanga has said the army will maintain its high professional standards without political interference.

Nundwe (L) urges new army commander Namathanga to be professional in discharging his duties.
Commander General Peter Andrew Namathanga gets the Sword of Command

Namathanga was inaugurated as new MDF commander on Monday replacing general Vincent Nundwe who handed over the sword and medal of command at Army Headquarters in Lilongwe.

President Peter Mutharika appointed Namathanga the new commander on March 17 this year when he fired Nundwe alongside his deputy Colonel Clement Namangale.

Namathanga, who once worked under Nundwe as platoon commanders, said the military will continue to be governed by the Constitution and that he will ensure MDF performs its functions in the interest of Malawians.

“What I can tell Malawians is that the MDF mission has not changed, vision has not changed, and values have not changed,” Namathanga told reporters.

“So, we shall continue discharging our duties within the framework of the Constitution,” he said in a similar stance that Nundwe took when he was in charge and is credited for professional work

He maintained that police are responsible for the internal security but when they need the help of MDF, soldiers from the barracks will be deployed to help “within the framework of the Constitution.”

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Nasingwe
Nasingwe
5 months ago

kodi paja anafuna kukhala ubusa wa a roma munthuyu eti ! ku kachebere.
kkkk Dausi agwila nae nchito.
kamalada

Njalo
Njalo
5 months ago

Big up namathanga the great you really were trained for your job constitution and the citizens rights goes together , the great commander I salute you may you live longer big up.

Tola
Tola
5 months ago

No Lomwe has ever kept a government institution apolitical

Mtete
Mtete
5 months ago

Only time will tell.

Kent Y.G. Mphepo
Kent Y.G. Mphepo
5 months ago

As a bonafide citizen of Malawi I always feel proud of the great men and women that God raises at any given time for I know that history is, actually, God’s story. No mortal being will fully understand what God wants to do with nations of the world. It is in His sovereign power, protection and wisdom that we must rest. Nations rise and fall but his purposes in the world shall always remain firm and unshakeable. While all men are like and grass and leaves on tree-tops, God’s strength, wisdom and purposes remain firm like mountains that keep staring… Read more »

Chaziyanje
Chaziyanje
5 months ago

We’re not going to allow army to bitting Malawian never and never again ,weather you like all not am saying is over,

Phiri
Phiri
5 months ago

With Nundwe gone, the army is better. Congratulations Gen. Namathanga

Joseph Banda
Joseph Banda
5 months ago

I guess the writer foolishly forgot the definition of security agencies. Probably its better to remind his archaic brain that the security agencies are supposed to protect destructions of public and private properties of citizenry. The question is was any public and private property destroyed during demonstrations? If yes (which of course, the writer seems to have a blind) then why wasting our time reading this trash and offending us more. Who sat PHWII without protecting the citizens properties. Ma Rubbish awa. Let him rest

Munthu
Munthu
5 months ago

Mission has not changed, Vision has not changed, Values have not changed.
Only the name of the Commander has changed…

Apumbwa
Apumbwa
5 months ago

All our Generals have big bellies, they look so unfit to be in the military

Kharupa
Kharupa
5 months ago
Reply to  Apumbwa

Working a desk will do that to most military men.

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