Malawi Police to launch anti-corruption policy to save its face

As if disturbed by the Transparency International’s (TI) recent findings that they are the most corrupt institution in the country, the Malawi Police will on Tuesday launch a policy on anti-corruption.

The Transparency International 2012 report that was released a few months ago was based on interviews with citizens who, among others, were asked if they had been in contact with a police officer for the past year and whether they paid any bribes.

The police values are independency and professionalism, impartiality, openness and accountability, responsiveness and dependability, quality in service provision, and efficient and effective use of available resources but many social and economic commentators argue the Malawi law enforcement agency falls short of what it is mandated to do.

And the argument seems to be in line with the TI report that portrayed the police as being the most corrupt out of 12 public Malawian institutions, scoring 4.7 out of 5, with a score card of 1-5, where 5 stood for ‘being extremely corrupt’.

Home Affaies Minister Uladi Mussa and Police Chief Dzonzi: To launch policy
Home Affaies Minister Uladi Mussa and Police Chief Dzonzi: To launch policy

In a press release, the police say the Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Uladi Mussa, who is responsible for the police service, will be the guest of honour at the function which will take place at the Police Headquarters (Area 30) in Lilongwe.

When the TI report was released, the police disputed that they were the most corrupt institution in this country.

Police deputy national spokesperson, Kelvin Maigwa, argued: “The officers who were corrupt are the ones who were arrested and the courts did their job. So the cream of officers which we have right now is not corrupt.”

The mission of the Malawi Police is working in partnership with the community and all stakeholders are committed to provide professional service of quality and professional service of quality and professional in protection of public safety and rights of all persons in Malawi.

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