Police officers who recently recovered over K120 million from a civil servant have been saluted by Malawi Police Inspector General Loti Dzonzi, claiming they displayed integrity and professionalism.
The police arrested an accounts assistant Patrick Sithole for allegedly being found with cash amount to K120 million which was in different currencies.
Dzonzi saluted the officers during the launch of the institution’s Anti-Corruption Policy in Lilongwe.
He described the conditions that his charges work in as very “tempting” adding that there was need for law enforcers to exercise integrity in the course of their work.
“Our officers are exposed to a lot of things including illicit drugs, large sum of money, high value property. What the officers did by declaring fully the K120 million is a sign that we do have some officers who have integrity.
“This is what Malawians expect to see from all police officers, not just a few. Of course there are some officers who want to swallow both the bait, line, hook and the fish and with the launch of this policy we expect to see some improvements,” said Dzonzi.
On his part, Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Uladi Mussa acknowledged that some of factors that are contributing to the malpractice is the “social and economic” hardships that the law enforcers are faced with.
Mussa further said poor funding to the Immigration Department and Malawi Prison Service is also contributing to corruption.
“These officers are suffering. There is need for an overhaul of salary structure in the police service. Accommodation is another challenge facing the law enforcers,” said Mussa, attracting cheering from the law enforcers.