Malawi Police in War Against Cybercrime

The Inspector General of Police Merlyn Yolamu says most people continue to trade carelessly online by writing and commenting on issues relating to personalities or state affairs without evidence which is against the law.

Speaking as Police Public Relations Officers in the North graduated during a digital era training by Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority in Mzuzu Inspector General of Police Merlyn Yolamu said the training was vital especially now when people are abusing the social media space.

Yolamu said as police they will not hesitate to arrest all those that commit cybercrimes.

‘There is a regulation that regulates the posting of issues of social media; what we have observed as law enforcers is that every Malawian is excited to post what they have received from their friends. We should know that there are offences related to that and we should refrain from them. If you are caught by our cybercrime officers you will be prosecuted,” warned Yolamu.

Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority Board Member Isaac Songea said considering that the digital space is growing at a fast rate it is important to equip people with knowledge on laws that are in line with the cyber space.

Said Songea, “In a digital world, this is a new phenomenon, but a phenomenon that is growing at a very fast late. It is not easy for anybody to brace themselves with the emerging issues, in this case we concentrated on the Communications Act the Cyber Security Law.”

One of those trainees, who is also Mzuzu Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector Paul Tembo, said the training was important as now they know how to write and disseminate information to the masses critically.

Ninety-eight police officers in the Police Public Relations Department have attended the digital era training.

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Last modified on Monday, 23/01/2023

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