A drunk Police Mobile Service for Delta division in Mzuzu has been suspended from work and is facing criminal charges at the Mzuzu Magistrate Court after he abandoned a government issued gun loaded with 20 live of ammunition at a party at Wade.
Police sources told Nyasa Times that Sergeant Vincent Kachikunda had a K2C, one of the latest fire arms Malawi government has issued to the cops.
Court records show that Kachikunda, who spent three days in the cooler before Senior Resident Magistrate Kondwani Banda gave him bail, was on sentry duty at Lusangazi roadblock on the M1 road to Lilongwe from Mzuzu.
In caution statement during his initial Court appearance, Kachikunda pleaded guilty.
The Court is expected to pass its sentence on March 17 basing on the suspect’s own plea.
“When he knocked off he just went straight to some pubs at Wade and got stoned and left the gun there. Fellow customers later brought the gun to Police,” the source said.
Paradoxically, Prosecutors charged Kachikunda with the offence of ‘neglect of official duty’ which according to the section 121 Penal code is a misdemeanour deliberately avoiding section 183 which takes excessive beer drinking as an offence.
Mzuzu Police Station Publicist Sergeant Maurice Chapola said binge drinking by Cops on duty is denting the Service’s image.
“The public cannot trust us if we are irresponsible. We need to behave and act professionally if we are to rebuild our dented image,” Chapola said.