Replaced deputy inspector general (IG) of police (operations) Finley Binali says he is in the dark regarding his duties after President Joyce Banda hired Nelson Bophani for the same post effective Wednesday.
In an interview on Thursday, Binali said he has not received communication from Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) regarding his next posting or whether he is fired.
“I am waiting for this communication,” said Binali who would not comment further on the development.
In a statement signed by Chief Secretary to Government Hawa Ndilowe, the OPC said the President has also appointed Chrissie Ngauma, who headed the Eastern Region, as deputy IG responsible for administration.
Ngauma replaces Doreen Kapanga who has been posted to Ethiopia as deputy ambassador.
The appointments are effective with Wednesday.
Before his appointment as deputy IG in April 2012, Binali was regional commissioner for the North, the epicentre of the July 20 2011 anti-government demonstrations that culminated into violence and subsequent death of civilians after police used execessive force.
Binali was on forced leave pending finalisation of investigations into events of July 20 2011 in which 20 people died.
Immediately after a commission of inquiry report was released in July last year, several police officers were arrested in connection with the death of 20 unarmed demonstrators. The officers were charged with murder and later interdicted from service.
Bophani was serving as commissioner of police for the Central Region.
Binali and Kapanga were appointed to their positions in April last year, two weeks after Banda ascended to power in line with constitutional order after the death of Bingu wa Mutharika.
National police spokesperson Rhoda Manjolo and OPC spokesperson Arthur Chipenda could not immediately comment on why Binali has been replaced or his next posting.