Inspector General (IG) of Malawi Police Service (MPS), I would go beyond the probe into last week’s use of excessive force by some of my officers on defenceless female students at Chancellor College (Chanco) because there have been several cases of my officers taking the law into their own hands.
The trampling of a young boy at a football match between Be Forward Wanderers and Blue Eagles at Kamuzu Stadium last Saturday for merely trying to invade the perimeter fence was one example of ‘police brutality’.
Therefore, I would realise—if I were the top cop—that despite claims of being a reformed police, what is happening on the ground is a sharp contrast; hence, the need to address the issue holistically.
Yes IG, I would realise that if my officers applied the same energies to clamp down on criminals that terrorise people in their communities, crime rate would reduce considerably and Malawi would once again be a better place to live in.
I would also feel ashamed, if I were bwana IG, of the brutal acts by some of my officers who behave like thugs and expect to be treated like gods.
Unfortunately, I am not the big shot that is Lexten Kachama.