Police officers have been urged to live one life and stick to one partner to mitigate the rising cases of HIV and Aids ravaging the Malawi Police Service (MPS).
Recent statistics show that the MPS is highly affected by HIV and Aids, second to sex workers, with female police officers being the most affected.
Newly appointed Eastern Region commissioner of police Effie Kaitano said during a New Year/Christmas party for officers in Zomba on Friday that it was high time police officers took the issue seriously and started respecting their partners.
“Everybody knows that HIV and Aids is real. We normally go out there to work for a week or two and we need to respect our wives and husbands we leave at home. Let us have one partner and live one life.
“The choice is in our hands to contract it or not, but let the year 2016 be a signal of hope for our renewed behaviour towards the fight against this pandemic and reverse the trend. Let us also refrain from immoral acts that may lead us to contracting it,” urged Kaitano.
She emphasised discipline and warned that officers caught in conflict with the law will face justice like any suspect.
MPS deputy director of research Stan Kaliza—who represented the Inspector General—urged the officers to up their game in 2016 in as far as provision of safety and security services is concerned. n