The Malawi Police Services has transferred most of its officers—including Evalista Chisale—who is expected to appear in court tomorrow over her role in Buleya Lule’s death.
Lule, 44, a suspect who allegedly offered to ‘buy’ a 14-year-old Dedza boy with albinism for K800 000, died in police custody in police custody after he appeared in court over the matter.
A new list of transfers in Malawi Police Service, which we have seen, indicate that Chisale, who was acting commissioner for the Central Region has been moved to be commandant at Central Region Training Centre.She has since been replaced by Merlyine Yolamu, who was director of community policing.
The former Central Region acting police commissioner was arrested on Friday, along with 11 other police officers, in relation to Lule’s death.
Yolamu will be deputised by Casper Chalera, who was officer-in-charge at Ntchisi Police Station.
Other notable transfers include Stain Chaima, who has been moved as director of criminal investigations (CID) to Salima Police Station as officer-in-charge while Stambuli Mtekama, who was Limbe Police Station officer-in-charge is now director of CID.
The new transfers have also seen a shake-up in the Inspector General’s office where two escorts for the outgoing acting IG Duncan Mwapasa, have been replaced with new officers from the Police Mobile Service (PMS) A Division to serve newly-appointed IG George Kainja.
In total, MPS has moved 38 officers from their duty stations.
Confirming the transfers in a telephone interview yesterday, National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said the transfers are administrative.
“This is an administrative arrangement and officers take up different positions along their career paths. These help them to grow, personally, professionally and mentally and they become real officers in the process,” said Kadadzera.
On Wednesday, President Lazarus Chakwera appointed Kainja as IG of the service, replacing Mwapasa who was in acting capacity under Mutharika’s regime.