In the guise of welcoming the new Commissioner of Police for the northern region, the Malawi Police Service in Mzuzu organized a reception for journalists and other senior Police officers last Friday.
Commissioner Wilson Matinga replaced Nelson Bophani following a shake up of Police regional bosses.
The relationship between the Police and the private media in Malawi has not been rosy. The Police are always accusing the private media for denting their image and unfair reporting.
But the media contend that the Police always hide information when they know it will put them in bad light.
Representative of all media organizations in Malawi including Nyasa Times were invited for the binge party which started at 4pm and ended around 8 pm.
The reception was perhaps the first official gathering where journalists and the law enforcers freely mingled and engaged in one-to-one discussions since the July 20th anti-government demonstration in 2011.
A few days after the July 20th anti-government demonstration in 2011, Police blamed the media for the mayhem and death that occurred.
The cops have also kept their line even during hearings of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on anti-government demonstration.
“Since the media works hand in hand with the Police we would like to invite you to a special meeting where the new Commissioner for the north will introduce himself to you in a spirit of fostering good working relationships that exists between us,” Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Isaac Maluwa said.
Commissioner Matinga noted that suicide and drowning were topping the list of cases Police were handling in the region.