Malawi Police chief Dzonzi tenders resignation

Malawi Police Inspector General  Loti Thauzeni Pansipadana Dzonzi has offered his resignation to President Joyce Banda, Nyasa Times understands.

According to inside sources, Dzonzi tendered his resignation on Friday, January 24.

However, reasons for his resignation are not yet known but speculations have been rife on his intentions following the President’s repositioning of his deputy Nelson Bophani, who is also chairing the Investigation Committee on the Cash-gate.

Officials say that Dzonzi will be replaced by Bophani.

Loti Dzonzi: Resigns
Loti Dzonzi: Resigns

Dzonzi is an experienced police officer who has served in the Malawi Police Service for 27 years, rising through the ranks

A graduate of Univerity of Malawi with Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) , Dzonzi is also a born-again Christian who earned a Certificate in Evangelism and Discipleship at Great Commission Training Centre, Plateau State in Nigeria in 1984.

He  also has a Master’s degree in Business Administration obtained from the Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute (Esami)/ Maasthrict School of Business in January 2005.

Dzonzi  joined the Malawi Police Service in 1987 and in 1992 was a teacher, boarding master and deputy head teacher at Police Secondary School in Zomba.

Between July 1992 and January 1994, he worked as station officer at Ndirande Police Station in Blantyre.

From January to November 1994, he was Second in-Charge Force Security Liaison Office (SIS desk officer).

He became head of Research and Planning Unit in Malawi Police Service in 1994 up to 1996 when he was promoted to head of Human Resource Management and Development in Malawi Police Service in 1997 to 1998.

Between 1999 and 2000, he was head of organisational development, a task force responsible for the coordination of the Police Reform Programme.

In 2001, he rose to become deputy commissioner of police (Headquarters Administration). In February 2002, he became Deputy Regional Commissioner of Police for Central Region mainly responsible for the financial and resource management of the region up to 2004. He then became Commandant at Police College in Zomba from February to August 2004.

In September to October 2004, he was made Regional Commissioner of Police for the Eastern Region overseeing Police operations in Balaka, Machinga, Mangochi and Zomba districts.

In November 2004 to March 2009, he became commissioner of police for research and planning before being promoted to commissioner of police responsible for Headquarters Administration in March 2009 until his appointment.

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