By Phaless Nthambo, MZUZU
Inspector General of Police, Merlyne Yolamu has made a repeated call for police officers in the country to remain corrupt free and exemplary when discharging their duties.
She made the fresh appeal during her meeting with police officers in Rumphi District on Tuesday; stressing on the need for the law enforcers to always display professional conduct.
In 2022, Transparency International ranked the Malawi Police Service as the second most corrupt among six countries surveyed in Southern Africa.
“In all Southern African countries surveyed, bribes were reportedly most often paid to the police. Reported bribery levels to the police are consistently high across all countries, ranging from 64 percent in the DRC to 38 percent in Zambia,” it said.
Yolamu further disclosed that the new Livingstonia Police Unit, vandalized in April 2020 following misunderstandings between police and communities, will be re-opened by October 1 this year.
The district council constructed the unit with financial support from the World Bank funded Governance to Enable Service Delivery project .
The IG added government would also construct 92 houses to accommodate police officers in all police posts and units in Rumphi.
Meanwhile, Chairperson for Rumphi Police Executive Committee Aaron Nyirenda hopes the re-opening of the police unit and construction of officers’ houses will enhance security in the district.