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I am a true Malawian working within the Malawi government civil service, based at a certain Police Unit in the Capital City Lilongwe. I am writing this to you so that my voice can at least heard by the whole nation and also with the hope that government officials may read this since your page is becoming popular on the land.

As you know that ‘we’ in Malawi Police Service do not conduct demonstration protesting against government on the hardships we are going through, government has taken this as an advantage to not consider addressing the plight of Police Officers.

For example, as I am writing to you this morning, we, as a family, are not eating because I cannot afford a monthly budget. It is not easy for me to budget now since the cost of living is beyond my monthly salary. Furthermore, I have been trying to search for a house to rent for less than K20,000 to no avail. My monthly salary is K52,000. When I remove K20,000 for rent, I remain with only K32,000. Am failing to plan for the money with my 4 members family.

I wish you would publish my story as one of the realities of this modern police service. Perhaps, in turn this may change the mindsets of these cruel leaders who live in comfort paid by taxpayers for their person gain and not common Malawians.

I have now stayed for 6 months in a row without sending any assistance to my ailing and aging mother in Phalombe. I am always left with no choice but to borrow from loan sharks (katangale) or else we resort to bribery and corruption. How can then we be motivated to serve Malawians? How do you then justify that some of us cannot resit to connive with albino killers, armed robbers or car hijackers. I know that our economy is not in good shape but why is it that it is only juniors in civil service, like some of us who are suffering? Why should it be that only politicians afford to buy latest cars, buying houses without even obtaining any loans?


Is this much touted public service reform only extending working hours for junior civil servants? Is this reform a form of punishment to junior civil servants? We are still being used to persecute political opponents to the regime. Why are we made to stand in the sun and cold the whole day whenever the president is traveling? We all thought we would be treated with honor and dignity when Chilima and his cohorts spoke highly of the reforms agenda. Now it seems he is showing that he is no better than the rest of them in DPP. Rhetorical! We have lost confidence in the entire leadership of this DPP administration.

And to make matters worse, why should a Minister send a multitude of party zealots and cadets to enter the MPS through the back door? Is that not diluting the integrity of this once outstanding public service on the continent? You will recall that the Malawi Police Service used to be the best in the world scooping accolades for the most intelligent, well behaved and disciplined in the world. We used to be among the top. But no wonder that we are now among the worst behaved, corrupt and incompetent force in the world.

Ndikudziwa kuti mukachita post Kalata yangayi, andale andisaka, ma bwana anga a zipewa za phala andisakanso. But I don’t care. I am fed up with this cruelty and ready to Die for the Truth. Nothing but the truth shall leave Malawi Police Constables and Sargeants free and in PEACE.

Long Live MPS.
(Name withheld)
from a Police Unit in Lilongwe.

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