Malawi Congress Party (MCP) executive member Moses Kunkuyu has said the party will not support the appointment of Duncan Mwapasa as police chief and that Parliament should reject him.
President Peter Mutharika in August named Mwapasa the interim Inspector General of Malawi Police Service to replace Rodney Jose, who has gone on holiday ahead of his retirement in October.
But addressing a news conference in Blantyre on Thursday, Kunkuyu said Malawi Police negligent attitude in condoning acts of violence in their full view and let alone for throwing teargas around the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, a place that should have been spared in such circumstances, fuels to their fears that Mwapasa will not be competent to handle Police for all.
“The conduct of police was unprofessional. They are not for the public but only serving the interests of ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP),” said Kunkuyu
“Mwapasa has demonstrated that he is not professional. He has not shown ability to show provide safety and security to all Malawians,” he added.
Kunkuyu pleaded with MCP legislators and other members of parliament to reject Mwapasa’s appointment.
Meanwhile, a petition by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) asking parliament to reject the appointment of Duncan Mwapasa as the top cop in the country among others, was read in the National Assembly on Thursday.
The petition was tabled in the House by MCP legislator Richard Chimwendo Banda who read what HRDC argue that under his belt as deputy police chief, Mwapasa failed to protect the abduction and killings if people with albinism and also that he failed to keep peace during protests, agitating protestors with firing live bullets in support of DPP administration.
Parliament of heard the petition claims that Mwapasa had a hand in murder of Polytechnic student activist Robert Chasowa and that he is named in the Commission of Inquiry report.
Chimwendo Banda said the HRDC petition state that Mwapasa is a “confessed DPP cadet” whose appointment is based on political patronage, nepotism and “politics of poverty of ideas” rather than on merit and professionalism.
Reads the petition: “Mwapasa’s appointment is clearly a typical President Mutharika’s ploy to maintain the Malawi policeservice under DPP capture as the expense of public interest.”
However, Mwapasa said he is not a DPP supporter.
Instead, he promised Malawians “a very professional and non-selective police service” which ensure people’s lives and property are protected.
Mwapasa comes from Thyolo, a DPP stronghold. He first served as guard commander for former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika.
Shortly after Bingu’s death April 2012, he was posted from State House to Rumphi Police as officer-in-charge.
Mwapasa was one of the 11 people detained on treason charges during Joyce Banda’s regime and was later indicted by the police. The incumbent named him his guard commander in 2014 and promoted him to deputy IG responsible for administration in 2015.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :