Malawi Police replaces spokesman over Facebook slurs

The Malawi Police Service has replaced its spokesperson for Mzuzu Police Station, Edward Longwe, following his unpalatable comments on the popular social networking site, Facebook, over the Station’s management style including condoning of corrupt practices and general maladministration, Nyasa Times has gathered.

Longwe, who is currently on a month long holiday, confirmed the development on Thursday.

He has been replaced by Sergeant Chapola.

On July 5th 2012, the station’s matriarch and Officer-in-Charge Gertrude Kachinga ordered the arrest of Longwe accusing him of the “deeply offensive” comments on Facebook.

Longwe, who spent two days in the cooler with his police uniform, angered the Police top brass with his attacks on the social media. He was only released after his blood pressure shoot.

Ironically, Longwe learnt his fate on the same Facebook group of the law enforcers.

“I asked Davie Chingwalu (Malawi Police Service National Spokesperson) he just confirmed my demotion but said he does not know the reason,” said Longwe in an SMS response to Nyasa Times.

Longwe’s comments seen by Nyasa Times queried the management for allowing duty or assignment Officers for demanding MK6, 000 from each Cop whom they assign at either Dunduzu or Lusangazi road block per shift. Normally a road block is manned by five of six Cops.

Similarly, he bashed the tendency of these officers of demanding MK2,000 from Cops they assign for private security work.

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