Malawi Police commissioner concedes over 400 gate crashed for cop recruitment

Commissioner of police for the north Martha Suwedi has conceded over 400 young men and women gatecrashed the police recruitment exercise recently but said the situation was now under control.

Suwedi: There were gatecrashers
Suwedi: There were gatecrashers

Suwedi parried away fears that criminals might have been some of the bogus recruits.

“Our officers have managed to take out all those with fake invitation letters and only those with genuine letters remain,” she said.

Police training schools of Kanjedza, Mtakataka and Mlangeni were overwhelmed with youngmen all with invitation letters to start police training school.

This has been blamed on some senior police officers who invited their relatives and friends children for the training, corrupt police officials at Area 30 who received money ranging from k100000 to K150000 and ruling Democratic Progressive Party officials who sent their part cadres.

Suwedi said the police have now put strict measures so that this should never happen again.

This comes at a time when the image of the police is at stake because of increased cases of police officers involved in theft and criminal activities.

Recently, presidential guards in Mzuzu were arrested for giving their official firearms to robbers.

Suwedi assured Malawians that the police will continue to protect people and their property.

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