Big Issues, Malawi



The Malawi Parliament on Wednesday deliberated on the appointment of new Inspector General of Malawi Police Service and passed a motion that confirms the appointment of Dr George Kainja who was appointed by Malawi leader Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera in July this year.

Kainja’s confirmation by Parliament went smoothly following a large number of members from both government side and the backbenchers who answered with a big Yes to the question of whether Kainja should be confirmed as new IG or not posed by the first deputy speaker of Parliament Honorable Madalitso Fred Kamatcheni Kazombo who presided over Wednesday afternoon Parliamentary sitting.

Leader of the house who is also the Minister of Homeland Security Honorable Richard William Chimwendo Band, Dowa East legislator, brought to the house a motion of IG’s confirmation and his motion was seconded by Lilongwe South member of Parliament Peter Dimba.

When the time for general debate came, members from different political parties represented in the house contributed to the motion with Democratic Progressive Party spokesperson in the Parliament raised some reservations saying the new IG seems is practicing selective justice in the way he is executing his duties.

Yeremiah Chihana of AFORD reserved his comments as he worries with what he calls tribalism traits in the new IG citing the transferring of some northern region police officers working at police headquarters at Area 30 in Lilongwe which he thinks is not good.

Lilian Partel of United Democratic Front, UDF, supported the motion saying Dr Kainja has all the required qualifications and experience that an IG is supposed to have but she was quick to advise the new IG to take up necessary reforms that will see MPS breing independent and pro Malawian.

Chair for Public Appointments Committee (PAC) of Parliament presented a report on the findings of its research in tandem to the qualifications, integrity and experience of Kainja in regards to his appointment and the committee report highlighted that Kainja is well experienced having risen to this rank from a mere constable to Commissioner in his 27 year service in MPS.
Parly waved its standing order of voting for the passing of this motion through a secret ballot and allowed the house to vote through voice and this really happened as many members said a big Yes that saw Dr George Kainja being confirmed as the new IG for Malawi police service.

Dr George Kainja has replaced Duncan Mwapasa who served on this post on acting capacity as the Parliament failed to confirm his appointment by the former president of Malawi Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika.

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