Mwapasa not yet confirmed as Malawi police IG

Parliament on Monday could not confirm or reject a presidential appointee for the office of Inspector General of Police over arguments on legal technicalities as opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) opposed the name of Acting Inspector General of Police Duncan Mwapasa.

Mwapasa:  To be confirmed or rejected

At first Leader of the House Kondwani Nankhumwa moved a motion to vary relevant standing orders to allow confirmation of public officers starting with Inspector General of Police Duncan Mwapasa then Auditor General Joseph Nangantani.

There was a voice vote on the motion which was defeated with a deafening ‘No’ from the opposition benches.

There was a roll call was made where 88 votes were for the motion and 67 votes against it, 35 absent and 1 abstained.

After the vote, Minister of Homeland security Nicholas Dausi moved for the confirmation of Duncan Mwapasa as IG.

MCP legislator Eisenhower Mkaka said Mwapasa is under qualified as he only has a diploma in engineering whilst there are able officers with expected qualifications.

Mkaka told the National Assembly that since Mwapasa is also mentioned in a report of a murder if Polytechnic student Robert Chasowa, there is no need to confirm him.

Leader of United Democratic Front (UDF) Lilian Patel said people should remove emotions when deciding national issues.

She said UDF believes in professionalism and merit to appointing public officers [and of course not nepotism].

People’s Party (PP) leader in the House, John Chikalimba urged legislators to vote with their consciousness on the position of Police chief while UTM’s Chrispin Mphande said Mwapasa was not fit for the position of police head because he has shown to be unprofessional.

Mwapasa was interviewed by Public Appointments Committee (PAC) of Parliament and its report says his qualifications are not agreeing with the position, but because of his experience he can be considered.

Then another issue cropped up when leader of opposition Lobin Lowe argued that the country has already a police IG in the name of Rodney Jose as the House had not yet been updated on his fate.

Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani Hara curtailed debate on the matter following misunderstandings on the interpretation of section 154 of the constitution.

The Speaker is expected to give her ruling on the matter Tuesday afternoon.

Mwapasa, who was Deputy Inspector General of Police responsible for operations, was appointed acting IG  in August , to replace Rodney Jose who has proceeded on holiday ahead of his retirement in November this year. Jose has served in the service for 36 years.

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Maunits
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Maunits

Muthalika is tippex president ask AJAZEERA they know him very. You should know that time of rigging and get to power fraudulently is gone. Muthalika wont rule this country any more akhalila kumatchidwa mpaka rerun wooooooo!!!! anthu oipa inu. Lilan Patel the way you responded in the August House UDF is finished. Atupele wapiti kwasala iwe and udf is the same party that introduced nepotism in Malawi you are finished.

SAUNDERS
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SAUNDERS

Which qualifications are you talking about a PAC? Mwapasa never killed anybody, the known killers of Chasowa is a guy who is in UTM, people know him and he knows it himself a very cruel man. The last but one IG has briefcase qualifications, he claimed to have AMasters Degree from Cyprus and even his articulation of English was questionable, simply because he was from the Central he carried the day. Some of you in PAC and Parliament dont even have Diplomas, you are simply form 4 people yet you are there representing all of us. A Diploma in Engineering… Read more »

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza

His litmus test is how partisan he is when he allowed the police to be used by DPP cadets. He is not competent.

jogoda
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jogoda

what is competent.

MBONI YA BOMA
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WITH DIPLOMA AS HIGHEST QUALIFICATION TODAY!!!!!! NTCHITO YAKULA KWAMBIRI

Nyankhoma
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Nyankhoma

I plead with the 30+ opposition MP s who absented themselves yesterday to PLEASE be available today for the vote on mwapasa. If they have eaten banzi, they should be assured Malawians will solidly protect them from murderous “cadets”

Mtete
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According to PAC (Parliamentary Appointment Committee), “…his qualifications are not agreeing with the job, but because of experience he can be considered”.
I wonder what experience PAC, which is supposed to give parliament professional advice, is talking about? If we are talking about how Chasowa was murdered, or how innocent people have been teargassed, or how the police looked on while Billy Mayaya was being hacked, then, indeed, Mwapasa is experienced.
And for Hon. Patel, there is no professionalism to look for in Mwapasa.
And I wonder whether a Geologist would be considered for leadership of the Prison Services?

phiriwaphiri
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hi, a mwapasa adutsa, ZBS CHITANI MANTAZI, KU KHOTI DZULO ZIGAMULO ZA A LOYA ZOTI KAUNDULA WA KATUNDU WA ZA MAVOTI FROM DUBAI KUTI AZILOLE OSANENA BWANJI KOMA ZA TAMALA WA KUDA NDIYE KUZINENA SHAME ON UUUUUUUU APM ASACHITITSE MSONKHANO AYI AKUKHALILANJI CHETE LERO AKUCHITITSA MSONKHANO, ZBS AND ITS FAKE SO CALLED POLITICAL A SAYANSI ARE ACCUSING APM SAYING THAT LL IS TOO HOT FOR HIM ZOONA:? THE WHOLE PRESIDENT KUMPATSA MALIRE? WHAT A JOKE A SAYANSI A NDALE AWA ALIPO AMBILI KOMA ZBS IMAKONDA AWO BASI A GEORGE PHIRI, A EMILY MKAMANGA, ATHINDWA ASOWA, SHAME ON YOU TAMBALA WAKUDA… Read more »

Extra Point
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Extra Point

Just listen to MBC. You will enjoy.
Leave ZBS to others

Mbwiyache
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Mbwiyache

Ohiriwaphiri Kkkkkk kkk chichewa chako sichikumveka. No punctuation ukufuna kunena chan kodi

Namondwe
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Namondwe

Headless chicken

tung'ande
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tung'ande

Mtambo and their headless followers do not want |Mwapasa because they know he is a serious cop who will end their impunity. These bastards have managed to terrorise Malawi. If APM continues to resepect them they will surely destroy this country. You can imagine Mtambo has reached the extennt of commanding the army to guard him because he knows there is a fellow Tumbuka heading the army. Malawi will indeed go to the dogs and just look at what Gotani is doing at parliament. WE once had a level headed speaker from the north but this gotani is a complete… Read more »

chimanga
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Serious because he took part in the killing of chasowa?

Namondwe
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Namondwe

Nyondo is not Tumbuka. Can we call Sena a Lhomwe simply because they come from neighboring districts?

Central
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Central

Please don’t let us down by putting a cadet as IG!! MPs please its time to say no to all evils hands………………………..!

Muhaviwa
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The way MBC Radio 2 bahaved on the matter!! Eeee…I have come to believe that MBC doesn’t work for the good of this nation but serving interests of a certain political party. PAC Chair atangoyamba kumutapa kanganyayu, the station stopped live broadcasting of the Parliament deliberations pompopompo without any explanation!!! Hahahahahaaaa

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