Parliament on Wednesday confirmed Rodney Steven Jose as Malawi Police Service Inspector General.
The confirmation is contrary to the wishes of three civil society organisations- Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation, Centre for Development of People and Youth and Society. The three waged war against Jose and led a campaign against his confirmation.
On April 1, President Professor Peter Mutharika appointed Jose as acting IG of Police.
During government business time on Wednesday, Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Cecilia Chazama moved a motion for Parliament to confirm Jose as the new IG in accordance with section 154(2) of the Constitution.
One hundred and fifty three members went into a secret vote where 96 approved of his appointment and 55 against while two opted not to vote.
Speaking to journalists after the confirmation, Chazama thanked the house for the confidence shown in Jose saying the country now has a legitimate IG of police.
“There were afew issues raised especially from the spokesperson of the Malawi Congress Party to do with the death of Robert Chasowa. Indeed Mr Jose appeared at the commission of enquiry but we all know that to appear at a commission of enquiry does not mean that that person committed the act.
“And also it is up to the prosecution that has to look into that report and take up issues. You do not appear before a commission of enquiry and also take yourself to proceed with the matter; it does not work like that,” said Chazama.
Chazama described Jose as a patriotic professional team player, a hard worker and a hands-on person who has diligently served all presidents from the one party to the multiparty system of government.
Chazama said that some of Jose’s capabilities were witnessed when the country held peaceful demonstrations in April this year which were organized by the Civil Society Organizations.
“This just demonstrates how professional he is. For the first time in the country, demonstrating members were allowed to go into the Capital Hill which has never happened.
“So I urge Malawians to give him space and let him work. He knows that as he has blessings from both sides of the house, he also has to continue doing his work professionally by serving everyone despite their political affiliations, which I believe he will do,” ….by Sylvester Kumwenda/Mana