The Malawi Police Service has moved national spokesperson Davie Chingwalu and replaced him with Chikhwawa officer-in-charge Rhoda Manjolo who once served in the public relations office.
Both Chingwalu and Manjolo on Wednesday confirmed the changes, saying they are normal transfers.
Chingwalu said he was moved to Zomba Police Station where he will be station officer.
â€œI am leaving the public relations office a very happy man and I am going to Zomba a very happy man, too.Â I very much enjoyed working with the media. I tried to improve the relationship between the media and the police,â€ said Chingwalu, who joined the public relations office in 2000 and was made police spokesperson for the South in 2007. In November 2011, he was posted to headquarters as national police spokesperson.
He urged the media to give Manjolo the same support they accorded him.
Manjolo said she will continue from where her predecessor has left.Â
â€œI ask God to guide me. I also ask the media to work together with me,â€ she said.
Meanwhile, Misa-Malawi expressed surprise at the exit of Chingwalu, saying frequent changes at such positions disturb the working relationship with the media.
â€œIt would be our wish that one person be maintained on that position because trust is built over a period of time. But with frequent changes, it is like we are starting all over again. We wish Mr. Chingwalu well and we welcome Madam Manjolo in this new and challenging position,â€ said Misa-Malawi chairperson Anthony Kasunda.