Inspector General of Police Peter Mukhito’s job hangs in balance following President Bingu wa Mutharika’s decision to replace him, Nyasa Times has leant.
According to information sourced by Nyasa Times, Mukhito is expected to lose his job once Mutharika lands in the country any time soon from China where he went two weeks ago.
Information reveals that Mukhito lost favour from his boss due to among other factors, implication of death of a University of Malawi student, Robert Chasowa and the killing of people during the July 20 demonstrations.
He is expected to be replaced by one of his juniors.
Currently, there are three names being considered for the top police rank as Mukhito is expected to be posted to undisclosed embassy.
According to our source within Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) there are three names of police commissioners who have been proposed to replace Mukhito.
There is former police commissioner Milward Chikwamba, who lost his job during Muluzi administration, current serving senior commissioner (administration), Loti T.P Dzodzi who is also second in charge at Police Head Quarters in Lilongwe and Commissioner W.R. Matinga who was senior human resource officer but was recently moved to eastern region.
“About his posting to the embassy it’s the prerogative of the president to do so. As you are aware Mukhito is under contract therefore he cannot be fired just like that, he will definitely be posted one of the embassies in Europe,” our source disclosed.
The source said the main issue that necessitates his removal as is the Chasowa’s issue.
Chasowa’s close friend Duncan Nawoza Phiri claimed in Malawi press that Chasowa was, after threatening to spill the beans after agreeing with Mukhito to stop another civil society organised demonstration against bad governance, murdered because they were promised money which was never paid.
Chasowa, a fourth year engineering student was found dead on the university’s Polytechnic Campus in Blantyre on 24 September 2011.
Mukhito and southern region police commissioner Rodney Jose, who were both implicated in the Chasowa death, were also named to be death threatening journalist Phillip Pemba of The Nation newspaper who wrote the story.
Five activists recently were arrested when they held a demonstration in Lilongwe demanding Mukhito’s resignation to pave way for the inquiry of Chasowa’s death.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :