Mwapasa confirmation as Malawi police IG delayed: Speaker snubs extension of time

Parliament on Friday failed deliberate and vote on the motion for the  confirmation of Duncan Mwapasa as Inspector General of Malawi Police Services  following a ruling by Speaker Catherine Gotani Hara disallowing government request for extension of time.

Speaker Gotani Hara: Time out, no motion

Government had priotised other business for the day including a loan authorisation bill before tabling motion on Mwapasa.

When Parliament was about to adjourn, leader of the House Kondwani Nankhumwa,  asked for the House to extend time to discuss Mwapasa’s motion.

However,  opposition lawmakers, who had few numbers on the day,  rejected the move.

Madam Speaker ruled that Nankhumwa ought to have made the request before 12:30pm as per standing orders of parliament.

Gotani Hara adjourned the House to next week when the motion will be discussed to confirm or reject Mwapasa.

As a way of showing disapproval with the ruling, government legislators and front bench comprising of Cabinet  ministers didn’t stand when the Speaker was walking out of the chamber .

However, opposition MPs showed their respect and  kept cheeringan shouting “Alilatu, alilatu.”

President Peter Mutharika named the interim Inspector General of Malawi Police Service to replace Rodney Jose, who has gone on holiday ahead of his retirement in October.

Civil society organisations have been  lobbying Parliament to reject  Mwapasa, saying  his  appointment would compromise the independence of the security agency because he  is a ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) sympathiser.

Commenting on the matter, governance expert Makhumbo Munthali told Nyasa Times that it doesn’t require one to be a political, legal or security analyst to appreciate how the Malawi Police Service has in recent times been deeply captured by the DPP under the watch of both Jose and Mwapasa.

“It  would be a typical case of betrayal to public interest and indeed a reward for impunity if Malawi Parliament proceed to confirm Mwapatsa as IG,” Munthali said.

He said beyond the call for rejection of Mwapats,   it is important that Parliament prioritised reforms in the appointment of Inspector General of Police for posterity sake.

“The problem is two folds.  On one hand is our continued failure to fully reform the appointing powers of the Inspector General of Police. While some have argued that there is nothing wrong with the current arrangement where the President appoints subject to Parliament approval, in practice it is the President who has much powers to limit the scope from which Parliament can approve from.

“ At the end of the day, we have seen the President and the ruling party bringing their own people and often using their numerical advantage in Parliament and in some cases bribing some  independent MPs and opposition to approve their stooge,” said Munthali.

He pointed out that the  President has “absolute powers” to determine the people to be presented before Parliament for approval.

“And the criteria for such appointments has often not been based on merit or public interest  but rather vested political interests,” he noted.

Munthali said as long as the appointing authority is retained in the Presidency, the country shouldn’t expect any serious reforms to work.

He said Police should be professional by serving all Malawians by refraining from being seen as an arm of the ruling party.

Munthali said the Police in recent demonstrations has been acting more like a ruling party military arm.

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National CEO
National CEO
2 years ago

Some people do not differientiate a tribe and a party. All parties have members from all regions. Do not associate DPP with Lhomwe tribe. We have DPP MPs in the central and northern regions, but they are not Lhomwes. MCP and UTM got votes from the South. If all the southerners decides to belong to one party, then Even MCP will never be in power again because southerners are more in number. So let’s avoid the tribe hatred and denounce the tribalistic behaviour happening in Malawi.

The Patriot
The Patriot
2 years ago
Reply to  National CEO

Latest census (2018), South 45%, Central 43%, North 12%. Southerners are more in number?North added to Central is more than South! So dont rule out a non Southerner ruling this country…just a matter of time!

M'Malawi
M'Malawi
2 years ago
Reply to  The Patriot

This is poor analysis. Not everyone is South votes for DPP and same is true for the other regions and parties. The same census you quoted shows populations in centre and north are increasing at faster rate than South- south is nearing saturation point with land diminishing and people elsewhere. If we want to talk tribal rather than regional, Chewas are the largest tribe than Lhomwes and they can vote for their own if all Chewas wanted to back a Chews and no Lhomwe can get into presidency BUT that’s not the way things work out. Chofunika: tithetse kubera mavoti… Read more »

Nyasa jè Malawi
2 years ago
Reply to  The Patriot

Koma ambiri ndinu mbuli za town

Muntu
Muntu
2 years ago

Trying to sneak in thinking the speaker would be a pushover…now it will be more difficult to do things in an underhanded fashion.
Keep up the professionalism you have demonstrated here madam Speaker!

Charie
Charie
2 years ago

Osalola kut opposition ikhale gawo lalikulu mu nyumbayi. Akhoza kukulandani boma.

Chiombankhanga
2 years ago

The issue of Mwapatsa is not because he iside with DPP. DPP is the government that Mwapatsa is serving. Mtambo want someone from his region and I believe the Deputy inspector general of Administration is doing a hide and seek game with HRDC. When Mtambo says Malawians don’t want Mwapatsa, he should just say hi is bosses are behind it. Mwapatsa is a good person. Those who know him will agree, he is humble and easy to interact with. What will qualify Mwapatsa to the position is his academic achievements, experience and being a loyal servant. Mtambo should stop hurting… Read more »

Nalingula
Nalingula
2 years ago
Reply to  Chiombankhanga

First assignment let Mwapasa arrest Cadets who beat up Billy Mayaya…Ngati Ntchitoyo amatoyithadi….

Chiombankhanga
2 years ago
Reply to  Nalingula

What is so important about Billy Mayaya. What about the people who looted and destroyed business for innocent people? Is Mayaya more important than those who lost their life time investment? What about those who stormed the MDF and burning of vehicles including damaging vehicles of other people. Start using your head to think not your emotions.

Mabusa
Mabusa
2 years ago
Reply to  Chiombankhanga

Arrest them too why spare them

Nalingula
Nalingula
2 years ago
Reply to  Chiombankhanga

People have been arrested for Looting and destroying property Mr Policeman…Police Image has been greatly Damaged Mr Cadet just because they Can’t arrest you DPP Cadres when you commit attrocities against any Opposed to your Government …That’s why he must Arrest You to Prove that he can Protect Every Malawian …If not Then Parliament Must not Confirm Him…

chiombo
chiombo
2 years ago
Reply to  Chiombankhanga

Mwapatsa he is not a good person its our prayer parliament to reject him

Chiombankhanga
2 years ago
Reply to  chiombo

If God is for him who can stand against him. No man. Wait and see

M'Malawi
M'Malawi
2 years ago
Reply to  Chiombankhanga

Specify which god please!!

pitala
pitala
2 years ago
Reply to  Chiombankhanga

Which god kkkkk pitala now becoming mwapasa’s statue.

Namalila
Namalila
2 years ago
Reply to  chiombo

Even if we allow that the entire parliament should be occupied by Tumbukas – how many of there?
anthuwo mulipo 10 okha the hole region ndiye mungapange chani pamalawi……..ndi dzichewa dzanu za ku Zimbabwezi kufuna kutisokoneza basi

pitala
pitala
2 years ago
Reply to  Namalila

ubwino wa akumpoto poti sionse akumpoto ndi atumbuka, inde ngochepa koma alinako kulimba mtima kunena kuti enough is enough saopa. Mitundu inayo imadza patayela kupanda mtumbuka kukuimililani ndani akanaimitsana ndi kamuzu ku mtundu wanu? Kumayamika zina lero muli ndi maufulu kamba ka chakufwa chihana weniweni mtumbuka.lero kukamwa papaku ngati kwa mbalame yapachisa

Igwe
Igwe
2 years ago
Reply to  Chiombankhanga

Well I do agree partly with you Mwapasa is a qualified man with good academic papers, He has also done well as a police officer yes, but he has also failed miserably to serve all Malawians by showing his political colour, He is a cadet full stop. Ho does not like people from other regions as well. He has and is still being involved in killings molesting intimidation beating and abusing those who oppose dpp policies. He is involved in the murder of Robert Chasowa and his spirit is hunting him. Should he get the seat he will side with… Read more »

Chiombankhanga
2 years ago
Reply to  Igwe

Stop accusing people for the things you don’t know. Chasowa was not murdered by Mwapatsa. We hear of people like Ngalande, Masangwi and those in UTM but we cannot continue accusing them because we don’t drink from the same cup. Many people have lost their lives in Malawi but we cannot single out only one or two. Every life matters. Stop accusing people. If you have evidence bring it forward. How many years has passed since Chasowa was murdered. We had Cabinet ministers and mp murdered during MCP reign,anyone in prison? Don’t you think their lives mattered too.

Nalingula
Nalingula
2 years ago
Reply to  Chiombankhanga

Why should People continue to lose lives …? Didn’t we Vote for Multiparty Democracy to End such impunity …that Blood can be shed for Political Gains …That as Long as you are connected to Authority you can Commit Political Murders and Get Away with it …You can Beat up Opponents and Nothing is Wrong Because once MCP did IT…Typical DPP thinking .That’s Why We Need Change…

Lego
2 years ago
Reply to  Chiombankhanga

Mwapasa is also mentioned on the killing of Robert Chasowa

Nalingula
Nalingula
2 years ago
Reply to  Lego

True and some dunderhead does not know that People were Arrested and Tried in a Competent Court of Law for the Murder of Cabinet Ministers and an MP …Has anyone Been Tried and Found not Guilty for the Murder of Robert Chasowa?

Muntu
Muntu
2 years ago

Right on!

CULTURE
CULTURE
2 years ago

Nyasa & Zodiac any updates or reports about HRDC demos yesterday and today? What is happening? Are you bought by DPP?

Tuvitwana
Tuvitwana
2 years ago

GOTANI HARA ANAKONZA KKKKKKK.
AND SHE IS EDUCATED UNLIKE ZIALOMWE IZI. SHE’S TOOOO SMART FOR CADET MPS IN PARLIAMENT.

Mbwiyache
Mbwiyache
2 years ago

Vilila

Angoni Chisale
Angoni Chisale
2 years ago

Opposition is controlling the legislature thereby effectively checking excesses in the executive arm of government. So far the judiciary is also doing. God bless Malawi

chimbamu
chimbamu
2 years ago

Someone tell me who is chewing the current speaker? She is very beautiful

Lego
2 years ago
Reply to  chimbamu

Out not topic..Shame on you

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