Malawi Police Service spokesperson Davie Chingwalu has been fired from his position and has been replaced by Rhoda Manjolo who was working as Officer-in-charge for Chikhwawa police station.
Confirming the development, deputy national police publicist, Kelvin Maigwa said in an interview with Nyasa Times that Chingwalu has been transferred to Zomba Police station where he will be working as a station officer a position which can best be described as a deputy police officer-in-charge.
“But Chingwalu’s redeployment is not demotion,” said Maigwa.
“It’s a just change of position because he still maintains his rank as assistant commission,” explained Maigwa.
Police Inspector General Loti Dzonzi also said Chingwalu’s transfer is normal and part of restructuring in the service.
Chingwalu replaces Trevor Chimimba at Zomba Police who is moving to Chikhwawa Police.
Before being transferred to Chikhwawa, Manjolo once worked as police spokesperson for the southern region and later redeployed to Ndirande police unit where she worked as a general duty police officer.
However, other insider sources says Chingwalu has been in bad books with the Joyce Banda administration as he is directly connected to the fake postmortem which the police issued on the death of a Polytechnic student Robert Chasowa.
But Chingwalu downplayed his redeployment, saying he was leaving the PRO department “a happy person after gaining a lot of exposure and experience.”
However journalists say Chingwalu will be remembered as a press friendly police spokesperson the country has ever had.