The Malawi Police Service says its newly launched Anti-Corruption Policy will assist the institution refrain from any form of corruption and ensure officers perform their duties with the highest level of integrity and professionalism.
The policy was officially launched at the institution’s headquarters in Lilongwe on Wednesday.
Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Uladi Mussa, who presided over the launching ceremony, noted that the policy will also to promote good governance in the Police Service in order to maintain public confidence and trust.
“I am very glad as a minister responsible that we have launched the Anti-Corruption Policy in the Malawi Police Service. This policy contains a lot of guidelines as to how acts of corruption can be reported to police, the minister, the inspector general, the commissioner of the region and the officers in charge.
“It also contains guidelines as to how the police can react to acts of bribery from the general public. These must be reported and these people must be arrested to ensure that corruption is fought by the Malawi Police Service. So am very glad because all procedures and guidelines are in this policy,” said Mussa.
The responsible minister also said If there is any department that is suffering the most in terms of accommodation, transport and mobility, it is the Malawi Police Service.
“However, as a government we need to come up with strategies of improving the working conditions and terms of reference for the police.
“We must improve because in order to avoid corruption at least a police officer must receive a reasonable salary, he must work well and he should have better conditions of living in terms of accommodation and other things,” he said.
Mussa then assured police officers that government will into such issues in order to improve their working conditions so that they can ably fight corruption in the country.