LILONGWE—Some police Ooficers aren’t happy with promotions announced July 6 by new Inspector General Lot Dzonzi.
Sources tell MaraPost some officers lobbied for their promotions and they got them.
The problem with that, officers argue, is that those who deserve promotions but had nobody speaking for them didn’t get promoted.
Dave Chingwalu is the National Police Spokesperson. He says the promotions were based on merit.
He however concedes as claimed by officers that there wasn’t input from Officers-in-Charge as the promotions were from a review process that’s already in place.
“They might be complaining out of ignorance that this time around we didn’t ask for fresh recommendations,” he said. “They should have patience and their turn might be next.”
He said for the time, promotions were made across the country.
The new chief of police who rose through the ranks and sailed through his confirmation process is trying to rehabilitate the battered image of police which during the erstwhile administration of the late Bingu wa Mutharika started behaving like the police force under dictator Kamuzu Banda, Malawi’s first president who was in power for 30 years.
Dzodzi, who is stern, has been blunt with officers trying to resist his new way of doing things, including having them to do doing manual work, to quit.
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