Malawi President Peter Mutharika has accepted the resignation of Police Inspector General (IG) Lot Dzonzi, who has since been redeployed to the United Nations (UN) as deputy ambassador.
Mutharika has since elevated deputy IG responsible for operations Paul Kanyama to replace Dzonzi.
Mutharika made the announcements at Sanjika Palace in Blantye yesterday where he also announced the appointment of Rodney Jose to replace Kanyama.
Jose was police commissioner at Mtakataka.
The President showered Dzonzi with praise for his dedication to the Malawi Police Service (MPS) and asked him to continue working hard in his new appointment.
“I am told you are prayerful; you will need a lot of prayers in your new role as the deputy ambassador at the UN,” said the President.
He then welcomed Kanyama, saying he is inheriting a daunting task of ensuring Malawi is secure.
Mutharika reiterated his pledge to buy 100 vehicles for the police to ensure that the law enforcers have enough vehicles.
He has since ordered the revival of a fund that police uses to pay whistleblowers of crime and donated K3 million to the fund.
The President described the security situation in Malawi as challenging and asked the new IG to apply any force within the law and good judgement to deal with criminals.
In his remarks, Dzonzi said he resigned from his position to serve the country better.
“I believe other people will come in and serve the country even better,” he said.
Kanyama said he was excited at the position and warned criminals that the honeymoon was over.
“To criminals, your days are numbered. We are going to come after you,” said the new police chief.”
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