Malawi Police Chief suspends private duties for officers

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Authorities in the Malawi Police Service are suspending the deployment of officers for private duties starting Monday ahead of the constitutional court’s verdict in the presidential elections case. 

According to an internal memo seen by Capital FM, any deployment of police officers for private duties from Monday  onward will need to be sanctioned by the Inspector General Duncan Mwapasa.

The directive issued last evening comes hours after Malawi Congress Party President Lazarus Chakwera, urged his party followers to remain calm and peaceful ahead of and in the aftermath of the court ruling.

Chakwera and his UTM counterpart, Saulos Chilima, moved the constitutional court to annul the May 21 presidential election on the basis of massive irregularities.

Meanwhile, the court is expected to deliver its ruling in the next seven days between Monday 27 January and 3 February.


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