DPP Recruits 300 cadets into Police; Commissioner Implicated
New investigations by The Malawi Star have established that the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has recruited 300 of its own members into the current the police force recruitment.
Exclusive information provided to this publication reveals that the Malawi Police recruitment process is turning into an exclusive club that caters to members of the ruling political party.
The newly released police recruit list comprises 300 cadets who are being inducted into the force without mandatory written and oral interviews.
Information that this publication has gathered reveals that the DPP has hand-selected these cadets from the Southern, Central and Northern regions of Malawi with the intention of using them in the coming elections.
Meanwhile, The Malawi Star has seen a copy of an offer letter addressed to one of the recruits which does not have his physical or postal address. Inside sources have described this as an anomaly because all official letters are expected to have all the required contact information which includes a postal address.
Although the Malawi Police Service is offering the official letters to the recruits formally, evidently the recruitment was done by human resource officers at the Police Training School. The shortlisted names were sent to police head office in Lilongwe to be entered into the government system and sent back to three regions.
An inside source within the police said, “Surprisingly, the new recruits were supposed to be given their offer letters through the regional head offices where they attended oral interviews. But some police top officials and those from the DPP have replaced some names with their relatives and cadets who did not attend both written and oral interviews. After short listing, names of those qualified have been replaced by the DPP cadets. It’s a planned move by the party.”
According to information at hand, each region has selected approximately 100 cadets to be trained in the force and these will be used as a mechanism to provide security during the 2019 elections.
Although the publication could not independently get hold of those facilitating the move, it has established that Senior Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr Mangani has recruited some of his relatives that did not attend any interviews.
Whereas, Senior Commissioner of Police Mpulula has recruited eight relatives from his home village in Zomba. The eight recruits are believed to have avoided any interviews.
The Malawi Police Service conducted written and oral interviews on the 12th and 17th of April. The new recruits are expected to report for training in all Police Training Schools on May 16, 2016 with only a grace period of two days.
As we went to the press, The Malawi Star could not get hold of the National Police spokesperson Nicholas Gondwa for comment on the matter.