New Police IG Promises Better Services
The newly appointed Inspector General of Police Dr George Kainja has revealed deficiencies at the law enforcement agency which are hampering efforts to curb rising corruption among officers and effectively respond to crime in the country.
Speaking exclusively in our "Tiuzeni Zoona" Program on Zodiak Radio Dr Kainja disclosed that apart from lacking motivation, they have very few boots on the ground.
Kainja said, " given the 18 Million population in this country there is need to have at least 32 000 police officers, but as at now we only have 14 000 officers.”
The new Inspector General added, " we have 240 Police cruisers but ideally we need at least 1200 to respond efficiently and timely to crime in different parts of the country, as it is now, we are failing"
Reacting to the context Minister of Homeland Security Richard Chimwendo Banda acknowledged the challenges facing the Malawi Police Service pledging the new administration will build a police training college and increase intake of officers in training schools.
" I am aware of the challenges and I recently had a meeting with them. Our intention is to have a police academy and increase the intake of cadets passing out," said Chimwendo Banda.
The Homeland Minister also said they will implement plans by the previous administration to construct 10, 000 houses for the men and women in uniform.