Parliament on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Loti Dzonzi as new Inspector General (IG) of Malawi Police Service.
President Joyce Banda sacked former police chief Peter Mukhito immediately after assuming the presidency on April 8 2012 and appointed Dzonzi. She and presented his name to Parliament for vetting as per legal requirement.
With the confirmation by Parliament, Dzonzi can now “exercise the full powers of an Inspector General”, according to Chancellor College associate professor of law Edge Kanyongolo.
Dzonzi is long-serving senior police officer and enjoys widespread public support and confidence.
It was evident in Parliament as his confirmation did not brew any trouble unlike that of Malawi’s first female IG-designate Mary Nangwale, who was rejected by the House and was send by late president Bingu wa Mutharika for a diplomatic post in UK.
She remains there and doubles as political advisor of the now opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) UK wing.
Dzonzi has worked for the police from 1987 and has risen through the ranks and at the time of his current appointment, he was serving as commissioner of police responsible for headquarters administration.
He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration besides a Bachelor of Arts Humanities obtained from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College, among other qualifications.