MP Yeremiah says president should be stripped of powers to appoint Malawi police chief

Lone Alliance for Democracy (Aford) legislator Yeremiah Chihana has proposed radical changes in the police Act to strip the State President of powers of appointing Malawi Police Services (MPS) Inspector Generals.

Yeremiah Chihana: Police IG should be answerable to the people of Malawi

Chihana says the current set up puts the police chief directly answerable to the executive powers rather than the people of Malawi.

“Elsewhere in Africa, things are changing. People are changing their laws so that the police is directly answerable to the people not the executive arm of government,” said Chihana.

He said the current police Act is not in tandem with the current political dispensation and the new Republican Constitution.

However, lawyer Justice Dzonzi said people are already participating in the appointment of the police IG as parliament approves or rejects his nomination.

In August 2019, President Peter Mutharika named Duncan Mwapasa the interim Inspector General of Malawi Police Service to replace Rodney Jose, whose retirement was due in October.

Parliament is yet to confirm the appointment.

Mwapasa 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.

Mwapasa, 49, joined the police service in 1997.

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If parliament did its job instead of just looking for bribes, most of these things wouldn’t be problems

Kuswa Kuswa
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Ntumbuka uyu is a waste of everyone’s time. He should get lost

Tizanka
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Tizanka

Doesn’t parliament where he belongs scrutinize the appointment? Doesn’t parliament interview appointees If they don’t find them fit they reject the appointment? This Chihana akuwononga dzina la Chakufwa

masoambeta
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masoambeta

Malawian constitution is a crossbreed between English and American laws. Founded on British principles, funded and drafted by American effects. There’s too much power for the president.

William Chirwa
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In my last post on this MP I said your reporter is either naive or corrupt because of his story on one Yeremiya Chihana who from my point of view is an opportunist or sheer attention seeker because his utterance highlights gaffes in his knowledge of both the constitution and laws thereby. It is therefore folly for your reporter to post two silly articles by the same person in a space of seven days. So please stop these neusiating crap of news for some other cheap online publications

Bob Finye
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Bob Finye

Very stupid MP, wasting people’s time proposing something that is already operational.

Khaya
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Khaya

THIS FOOL DOESNT HAVE A CLUE ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION AND THE ROLE OF PARLIAMENT OF WHICH HE IS A DISHONOURABLE MEMBER

Atokwene
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Atokwene

Kodi a chihana ndi ndaninso pa MALAWI panopa! Munthu kungokhala yekha MP was aford? He is headless. Palibe chabwino chomwe ananenapo mkulu uyu. Kodi nephew wako Enock Ali kuti anapha chipani Chanu cha ku moots cha Atumbuka okha okha.

phiriwaphiri
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1 hI A CHIHANA, PEOPLE ARE ALREADY DOING THAT, THROUGH PARLIAMENT, THE PERSIDET JUST PROPOSES, AND MOS WILL SAY YES OR NO, THERE THIK SOMETHING ALSE, BRAIN BANDA I TOLD U THAT HOW HIGH A BIRD CAN FLY, IT WILL ONE DAY LAND, U WERE GOOD AT CAPITAL , BUT WHEN A MAYI TOUGHT U NDALAE AT STATE HOW UR ADDICTED, SO HERE U ARE CORRUPT BRIAN UYU BRIAN UYU LER ZAMVUTA, TIMES U TOO BIG FOR HIM, LEAVE HIM HAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa 2 PRO MUTHARIKA U ARE THE PERSIDEN OF MALAWI, BE ON TOP OF THINGS,AVOID SOME OF THESE MALAIAN CONTRACTORS… Read more »

Nematodes
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I like the appointments i make. I do not care what you think.

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