Malawi Police Service has deployed to foreign mission four officers, including Inspector Harriet Khwengwele Mtungama whose video clip campaigning for the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the May 21 Tripartite Elections went viral on social media.
In a letter to Quarterpol (office responsible for issuance of uniforms in the police) dated May 24 2019, director of operations Griffin Mpumulo instructs: “Kindly supply uniforms to the following officers who soon will be deployed to foreign mission; Dorothy Kawale, Dickens Mwambazi, Harriet Mtungama and Amina Danwood. Treat this matter with importance.”
When the video clip went viral, showing Mtungama campaigning for DPP by urging people in rural areas to retain the party in power, police said they were investigating her case.
National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera yesterday refused to comment on the development.
However, Human Rights Defenders Coalition vice-chairperson Gift Trapence, in an interview yesterday, called for cancellation of Mtungama’s posting, saying there is need to finalise her investigations first.
He said: “This is impunity of the highest order. We demand the police to cancel her posting rather conclude her investigations and discipline her accordingly.”
Trapence added that disciplinary issues should not see political party colours.
He was apparently referring to a case where four police officers based at Kanengo in Lilongwe were removed from a security check-point for allegedly receiving UTM Party branded T-shirts and other campaign material in the run-up to the May 21 Tripartite Elections.
Mtungama is based at National Police Headquarters at Area 30 in Lilongwe.
Mid last week, police transferred mostly to establishments in the Northern Region 46 of its mobile service officers previously attached to immediate past vice-president Saulos Chilima who fell out with DPP and challenged President Peter Mutharika in the presidential race.
Further, 14 police officers attached to State Residences have also been transferred in a move allegedly linked to politics.