Malawi’s Police Chief becomes first political casualty

Police Chief - Peter Mukhito

Lilongwe – The Malawi Inspector General of Police, Peter Mukhito, has becomes the first political casualty in President Joyce Banda’ three day old government. Police Commissioner Lot Dzonzi takes over the running of the state security apparatus. According to government reports the police chief, who was touted as the most professional policeman in the southern African nation by former fallen president Bingu Wa Mutharika especially during the eight month academic freedom impasse that saw Mukhito accusing University of Malawi lecturer Blessings Chinsinga for trying to incite government take over when he gave an example equating the sub Saharan region nation’s situation to what led to the Arab uprising in a political science class.

Mukhito, who is also allegedly connected to the murder of University of Malawi constitute college, the Polytechnic, Robert Chasowa, for being outspoken against the Mutharika administration, was seen to have been slow in reacting and upholding the constitution when news came out that Mutharika had died. It had to take the Army to provide the then vice president Banda security and seal state broadcaster Malawi Broadcasting Corporation from Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) elements that where trying to bend the laws by announcing that Banda did not qualify to become the country’s president. The Office of the Chief Justice, the Attorney General and Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet were some of the country’s democratic institutions that acted fast to uphold the rule of law which stipulates that in the case of a vacancy in the office of the president due to death, the vice takes over. According to the Office of the President and Cabinet and the Police Dzonzi assumes office starting on Saturday the day Banda was sworn in as Malawi’s fourth democratic president.

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