Parliamentarian and vice president of the opposition People’s Party (PP), Harry Mkandawire has lashed at President Peter Mutharika for ordering Inspector General of Malawi Police, Loti Dzonzi, to promote two police officers who recovered millions of money stolen from the Standard Bank in the northern city of Mzuzu earlier in the week, saying such calls at a political podium are unnecessary.
About K500 million was stolen by robbers who are currently at large after two police officers working for Malawi Revenue Authority foiled their attempt to run away with the money at Jenda roadblock.
Mkandawire said on Monday that the conduct of Mutharika must be resisted.
“The Police is a national service run by tax payers’ money and should not be politicised by the President,” said Mkandawire, a vocal critic of government.
He said Mutharika’s political podium orders will give credence to claims that police is being politicised.
Mkandawire said the President should desist from politicising the police service and “allow the police officers to perform their duties.”
He said there were many deserving officers who need promotion and that as the government they should swiftly look at the welfare of the cops in terms of their accommodation and salary increment.
Mkandawire also cautioned Mutharika on his claims that he has information of the underworld criminal gang which he threatened to crackdown.
He said crackdown on crime should be used as a scapegoat to persecute political opponents.
Malawi has seen the rise in criminal activities after the DPP government took power three months ago.