Malawi president Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has appointed Paul Rodrick Kanyama as the new Deputy Inspector General (DIG) responsible for operations replacing Nelson Bophani, Nyasa Times has established.
According to an appointment letter signed by Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) Hawa Olga Ndilowe, and seen by Nyasa Times, the appointment is with immediate effect.
President Mutharika has used powers conferred upon him by section 89 (1) d of the constitution of the Republic of Malawi. Police have confirmed Kanyama’s appointment.
Before his appointment as Deputy Inspector General Kanyama was serving as regional Police Commissioner for the north.
President Mutharika earlier this week appointed former Commissioner for central region Lexten Kachama as Deputy Inspector General replacing Chrissy Ngauma as DIG responsible for administration
Kachama once served as Officer in charge for Blantyre and Limbe Police stations.
Paradoxically, both Kanyama and Kachama are trained as specialized intelligence police officers and both worked in the now abolished Special branch, then, an intelligence unit of the Malawi Police Force under the iron rule of country’s self styled father and founder of the Malawi nation, Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda.
Both Kanyama and Kachama were both blue eyed boys and right hand men of former Inspector General late Mac William Lunguzi.
After Lunguzi left the police the two men were reverted to general duties but later Kachama became a vibrant and top-notch traffic cop and made himself one of the best traffic cops in the country and for a long time he was the head of Traffic department in the Malawi Police service until his appointment as commissioner of police.