Mutharika tells Malawi police officers he has their welfare at heart: To build houses for cops, Immig officers, soldiers

President Peter Mutharika has  assured police officers that he has their welfare at heart so that they can execute their duties with utmost comfort.

President Mutharika inspects a guard of honour at Malawi Police headquarters, Area 30 in Lilongwe-Photo by Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Official Handover Ceremony of Police Vehicles from the Chinese GovernmenT.-Photo by Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Speaking at police headquarters in Lilongwe when he officially received 100 police vehicles from the People’s Republic of China, Mutharika said his concern of how police officers execute their duties is what prompted him to ask for vehicles from the Chinese Government so that mobility should be made easy for them.

“I was asked by the Chinese Ambassador to give him a request of anything I wished the Chinese Government to do for the Malawian people. I did not hesitate, I quickly responded and asked for police vehicles, because police officers protect us, therefore, transport is very important,” he said.

He said the police could not function without an efficient transport system, adding that the vehicles would help in crime management and also help in quick response to crime calls.

Mutharika called for care and fair distribution of the vehicles to police stations in the country.

The Malawi leader thanked the Chinese government for the donation adding that the vehicles will help boost security in the country by reducing transport challenges within the Malawi Police Service.

Mutharika hailed China for the support it has rendered to Malawi in the ten years of diplomatic relationship.

“The relationship between China and Malawi dates back to December 2007, I was among delegates that travelled to China to negotiate the commencement of the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

“Since then, the relationship has been fruitful evidenced by developmental projects like Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) and the new Parliamentary building,” he explained.

According to the president, government is planning to engage in road rehabilitation projects, construction of 10 000 staff houses for police, prison, army and immigration officers as well as improving transportation challenges in the other three remaining security departments.

“These vehicles will make our police more efficient and highly responsive. We have had transport challenges in the police service, we appreciate the timely support from Chinese government,” he said.

Chinese deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chen Xiaodong, said the handing over of the 100 vehicles signifies the good relationship between the two countries.

He said: “More and more Chinese are coming to Malawi for investment and as tourists, we are committed to boosting security in this country for the benefit of people from both nations.”

He added:“The vehicles have been specifically crafted for security purposes because they have built-in communication radios and other technical machineries that aid police transportation while they are exercising their duties.”

Chinese deputy minister assured the Malawi Government that the cordial relationship that has existed between the two countries for the past decade will continue with other important developmental projects.

The police vehicles which have accessories such as ambers and two-way radio systems have come with spare parts estimated to last up to two years.

They include 10 minibuses, 60 pickups, 15 saloon and 10 wagons.

For his part Inspector General of Police Lexten Chamama promised to take good care of the vehicles.

 

 

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gogodasi
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It is also important to consider improving prisons because I can see some of you in government languishing there any time soon. Don’t blame anybody for poor conditions, this is the time to correct things.

CIVIL SERVANT
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even if the vehicles are there but if there is no change in the allocation of funds mobility will still be a problem. how can the government allocate the same funding to police stations that they were disbursing 6 years ago when the price has doubled in the same period?

Chiswa B
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Alekeni apolice nyumba zopanda chipinda zimawakwana. Zikanakhala zimawachepera sibwezi akubereka ana 5, 6, 7 mpaka 10 iyaaaaaa. Koma kaya game imayenda bwanji kaya ndi ana 10 no chipinda

ade
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it is the Chinese government that has people welfare at heart.

Nganiza Muthulika
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He has said that when he was campaigning. And he repeats every year. Where is houses? He thinks Malawians are stupid. These old brain cells u pur on mot important position to steal. Corrupted swines

Fake Petros
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Another Mutharikas’ /ddp trademark. Use other people like toilet tissue then throw it or flash it away!!! Forget peter’s desperate insinuations that he has the welfare of police at heart. The truth is that ddp uses government apparatuses resources for self-aggrandizement. And as if to take Malawians like embiciles peter then goes onto the podium contradicting his very self that he is TIRED of corruption. Forsake!!! Who is he FOOLING? Otherwise if it was about priorities and equity in distribution of meager (China) resources, then sectors like health are equally crippled in terms of ambulances. But peter knows there is… Read more »

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