Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Cecilia Chazama has said the 100 police vehicles from the People’s Republic of China were donated without any conditions.
She made the remarks in Parliament when she was responding to a question from Nkhotakota South East legislator Makowa Mwale (Malawi Congress Party-MCP) on what strings were attached to the donation and expressed concern over repairs.
In response, Chazama said there were no conditions attached to the donations.
She again 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.
Chazama also brushed aside fears of spares, saying the police vehicles which have accessories such as ambers and two-way radio systems came with spare parts estimated to last up to two years.
In his question under Standing Order 69, Mwale also wanted to know how the 100 new-fleet of have been allocated.
Chazama gave a statement on how the vehicles were distributed within the police.
They include 10 minibuses, 60 pickups, 15 saloon and 10 wagons.
But Chazana said the Malawi Police) needs additional 600 vehicles to operate smoothly.