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Malawi Parliament confirms Mwapasa as Police chief

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi Parliament has confirmed the appointment of Duncan Mwapasa as the country’s Inspector General (IG) of Police amid a dressing down and vote of no confidence from the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

Mwapasa confirmed as police chief

Mwapasa, who was Deputy Inspector General of Police responsible for operations, was appointed acting IG last year in August, to replace Rodney Jose who  served in the service for 36 years.

The Public Appointments Committee (PAC) of Parliament chairperson Collins Kajawa  presented a report in the National Assembly during the confirmation following the interview  for his competences.

Previously, IGs had their confirmation deliberated in the National Assembly without prior interview by PAC, even when this is provided for in the law.

“The Inspector General of Police shall be appointed by the President and confirmed by the National Assembly by a majority of the members present and voting, but the Public Appointments Committee may at any time inquire as to the competence of the person so appointed to carry out the duties of that office and as to such otherbearing on the performance of the duties of that office” reads Section 54 (2) of the Constitution. questions as may have direct

Standing Order 157 also mandates PAC to scrutinise, consider and inquire into the competence of public appointees.

MCP laid the blame at Mwapasa’s feet for police’s unprofessionalism and failure to bring to book perpetrators of political violence,  accusing him of letting Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) DPP cadets go scot-free even in the face of evidence of their involvement.

Mwapasa once worked as guard commander for the late Bingu wa Mutharika, before he was deployed to Rumphi Police Station as officer in-charge during Joyce Banda’s time.

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  1. From more reliable news sources on the internet, we read that Mwapasa was NOT confirmed as IG. Nyasa Trash has withdrawn an article similar to this one.

    Sourced from Times:

    “Some Members of Parliament have expressed dissatisfaction for the house to be adjourning without tackling the issue regarding confirmation of acting Inspector General (IG) of Police Duncan Mwapasa.

    Kasungu South East legislator Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda said Malawi cannot be operating with the authority of an acting IG which is not provided for in the laws of the country.

    Mzimba South East legislator Ackson Kalaile Banda also expressed the same concern.

    But Speaker Catherine Gotani Hara says it is government that brings such agendas in the House.

    Mwapasa’s planned confirmation has been appearing on the order paper but was not tabled in the House. Last time, Parliament also failed to confirm the IG.

    Parliament has been meeting for the past three weeks and adjourns sine die today Friday, 28 February 2020.”

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