Thugs and bandits are praising the new Inspector General Loti Dzonzi for turning the Malawi Police Service into “a human rights organisation” where they can rush to seek protection if apprehended.
The increase of crime in the country and the public outcry forced Dzonzi to call for a news conference at Kanjedza Police Training College in Limbe on Wednesday.
Dzonzi has been in meetings with Police top brass to find solutions to the crime but many other officers have faulted him for ordering officers to treat suspects with kids gloves.
Several police officers have confessed to Nyasa Times that many thugs are rejoicing at the direction the new IG has taken thus being soft on them by among others stopping the police from shooting to tame robbers.
“Thugs have nicknamed the JB administration as ‘munda wa amayi’ meaning that they can do anything especially with the direction the IG has taken where he says we should accord suspects with human rights,” one CID officer said.
The officer said police does not need to be soft on suspects because they are mostly armed when attacking.
“We know he is a church elder but that should not have effect on our work, please,” one officer said in annoyance.
There is upsurge of crime in the country and Dzonzi admitted but said it was a few police officers resisting change who do not want to work as expected.
He told a news conference that cops would not be allowed to ‘”hoot-to-kill” suspects but use “reasonable force” to apprehend them, saying every person has a right to life including suspects.
“The Police do not make laws nor interpret but it enforces them meaning that as a law enforcer we should respect the people’s rights,” said Dzonzi.
The IG said police officers are governed by law on the use of fire arms adding that the service uses professionalism in all undertakings.
Blame it on DPP
Meanwhile, Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Uladi Mussa told journalists that there are individuals from the former ruling DPP who are working towards discrediting the new administration and the new IG.
“We have information that some DPP cadets are being issued with guns to compromise security to discredit the new administration,” claimed the Minister.
“We know who is behind these criminal acts,” said Mussa without revealing them.
But DPP spokesman Nicholous Dausi trashed Mussa in an interview , saying his claims were “unacceptable.”
“These mere political tantrums are unacceptable,” said Dausi.
Mussa said government is aware of the low levels of security personnel saying government is working on modalities to reverse the trend.
The Minister has since urged communities to construct Police Units so that security is guaranteed.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :