Malawi’s newly appointed police Inspector General (IG) Lexten Kachama, has spoken of several new developments to be undertaken as part of his vision to improve professionalism among police officers which will result in improving security in the country.
Kachama, who has just been appointed to the position of IG, pending Parliamentary approval after Paul Kanyama resigned, was speaking Thursday in an exclusive interview with Lilongwe News Agency (LINA) at police headquarters in Lilongwe.
As part of his vision, he said he would like to see police officers improve in their training thereby improving security of the nation as well.
But before he talked about his vision, Kachama paid tribute to all former police chiefs before him and appreciated the contribution they made to the nation.
“I would like to see Police Training School in Zomba become affiliated to the University of Malawi so that police officers learn police science at advanced level, being awarded certificates, diplomas and degrees after successful course completion.
“That is not all, there are some officers who got employed with low educational qualifications, possibly for one problem or the other, they too must be considered, and that is why I will be discussing with management to see if our police secondary schools can factor in afternoon classes for mature entry so that these officers can upgrade,” Kachama disclosed.
He also emphasized the need for refresher courses to be conducted more often for officers to update them on new developments in security matters as criminals get more sophisticated each passing day.
On the issue of security, the new IG assured the nation of high security.
“I would like to assure the nation of Malawi that peace and security of the people is my number one priority, working together, myself as IG, my fellow officers, with the support of the general public, we can achieve total security without doubt. Security is not a one man issue, that is why all of us must be involved and join hands so that we make Malawi secure.
“Police must work within the law as they carry out their duties without fear or favour, not even thinking of one’s skin colour, tribe or religion, or indeed anything that separates us including whether a policeman or a civilian, in short, I insist working professionally,” warned Kachama.
He went on saying: “The law will take its course on anyone who finds themselves on the wrong side of the law, no matter who it is, as long as one breaks the law, the police will act swiftly and decisively and they will feel the pinch, but law abiding citizens who love their nation, will find us their friends.”
On the same issue of securing the nation, he said he believes the police that work with the people, the police that is friendly to people, as in so doing a lot of information is collected and law breakers are quickly brought to book.
He therefore said he will enhance the community involvement in security matters.
Lexten Kachama is a career police officer who humbly began his career as a constable on April 2, 1979 after a course at Police Training School in Limbe. He rose through numerous ranks to the position of Deputy IG administration before being appointed IG this week.
He was born on June 30, 1958 at Chidzenje Village, Traditional Authority (TA) Kalolo in Lilongwe, and he is the first born in their family.
Kachama went to Mitundu Secondary School. He holds a diploma and an advanced diploma in human resources management and administration from the United Kingdom (UK), a degree in human resources management from Shareworld Open University, two masters degrees, one in business administration from Shareworld, and another in leadership and change from Leeds Metropolitan University, UK.
He is currently studying for his doctorate degree in strategic management with Colombia Commonwealth University.
On top of the above credentials, Kachama has gone through other short international courses in Sweden, South Africa and Zimbabwe in relation to his work.
He is married with six children, and this year they are celebrating 35 years in fruitful marriage.
During his leisure time, the IG said he likes reading books, listening to gospel music, watching TV and above all chatting with his family. – LINA
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