Mutharika appoints new Malawi police chief Jose to replace Kachama: CSOs say new IG has ‘no moral mandate’

President Peter Mutharika has appointed Rodney Jose as acting Inspector General (IG) of the Malawi Police Service following the retirement of Lexten Kachama, it was announced on Monday.

Rodney Jose, former deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police responsible for operations is the new IG of the Malawi Police Service

Kachama: Retires

Kachama has retired after he served in several positions in the police service, the latest being that of a commissioner responsible for inspections, audit and performance for the Southern Region.

According to the Office of the President and Cabinet (Office), former State House Guard Commander Duncan Mwapasa and John Nyondo are Deputy Inspector General –Operations and Administration, respectively.

Jose was deputy IG responsible for operations before being elevated to head the police.

The new police boss was Police Commissioner for South during the murder of Polytechnic student Robert Chasowa which a judge-led death inquiry reported several irregularities by police, including possible cover-up attempts in the murder.

The inquiry revealed that Jose facilitated a meeting where the police attempted to recruit Chasowa, then a Polytechnic student and a critic of former president Bingu wa Mutharika alongside his college activist students, to foil planned civil society demonstrations but later fell out with the group.

Centre for Human Rights Rehabilitation (CHRR) executive director Timothy Mtambo is on record saying, Jose has no moral mandate to occupy the senior post at the police service.

OPC said the appointment is subject to confirmation by the Public Appointments of Committee of Parliament.

According to findings of the Commission of Inquiry which was instituted by the late Mutharika and was headed by Supreme Court Judge Andrew Chotcha Nyirenda, police officers who first responded to the Chasowa murder scene clearly suspected the deceased to be a murder victim. However, police changed positions later and referred to the death as suicide.

Several people, including the ruling DPP Member of Parliament Noel Masangwi, DPP’s Councillor Lewis Ngalande, were arrested in connection to the murder.

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Congratulations to Mr Jose. This is the kind of man we need to head the Police. Appointing Kachama as IG was a mistake. The man was very incompetent and completely out of depth. Jose didnt not kill Chasowa those who are accussing him of murder musr bring irrefutable evidence to back their silly claims. Rodney Jose is a professiinal policeman who is very competent and measured. I work for the police and i wholly support this appointment. Kachama has not been fired but retired as he will reach the mandatory retirement age of 60 years in june but he has… Read more »

I see Jose uses you. Anthu ayipa inu Mulungu akukuwonani and is ready to judge. Then tell us who killed Chasowa.


The Public Appointments Committee please don’t make the mistake of confirming Rodney Jose as next IG. Don’t say I did not warn you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mwana mulomwe

whatever you can do cant change Malawians attitude we tired with the way you govern this county we want a change .MCP is our only hope come 2019

kwangu J

Osamanamizira Amalawi iwe wamva? how many dd u ask or consult?, learn to xpress ur best interests by not infringing th rights of others, r u urself malawians?”

Roll out ATI now

Jose no for me . Let us find the phone numbers of PAC MPs so we can lobby them to vote no for this guy. He used to head the MURDER SQUAD Unit at Police.


This is part of DPP’s GRAND SCHEME to win next year’s elections at ALL COST.
The cadet thug himself has been strategically put at the helm of the police service to engineer and coordinate total brutality and kill DPP opponents late Njaunju style. And his face looks COLD & BRUTAL!!!
That’s DPP into full gear now prepared to kill for POWER & LOOTING!
MBAVA will stop at nothing!


Abale anga nonse olikonda dziko lathu la Malawi musadandaulenawo kwambiri a DPP,imvani zimene ndinene apazi.Tiyeni tidzingowapenya kaye chifukwa president wawoyo,uyu amati peter ndani kaya uyu,amene akumangosankha anthu a kwawo mmipandoyu,ameneyutu sadzaima mu 2019,pavute, pasavute.Ndikulumbira ine pano,akadzaima adzandifunse.Sikutitu amalawi tonse tagona ayi.


Zoonadi, 2019 sakufikako gogo ameneyu. Winnie Mandela ndiuyo, naye watsala madzi amodzi. Matenda ali tho, khansa yapha gogoyu osadandaula


To our sensible parliamentarians who still deserve to be called Honorable, #NoToJose.
He failed us and was party to a scheme attempting to thwart democratic participation.


The guy is just useless.


From which district is Jose. And has Kachama really retired?

kwangu J

he’s frm Ntcheu, it’s real and mandatory.

Kathakwe pa Ndale
Congratulation to Mr. John Nyondo. I hope you will bring total sanity to police headquarters. We have been hearing alot that there was gross recklessness and omission in the way the monthly funding were being managed at your police headquarters. Panalowa chisawawa nzedi. Since Mr. Mwapasa became the Deputy Inspector General responsible for administration we have been hearing a lot that there has never been a time when the finance committee met to discuss the monthly funding as required by the laws of Malawi. Only the officers in the finance department and himself were responsible for making decisions in terms… Read more »

‘Project’ iyi paja anapangira limodzi ndi amene amusankha! Not surprising he would have a hell-lot-of confidence in him to carry out similar sinister ‘projects’ and many other nefarious ‘projects’! Its a dark day in Malawi!


paja adaphera limodzi Robert Chasowa. You think you will kill again 2019??? Ukunya sufikako ku 2019 God is not Pitala

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