New president fires top cop

Malawi’s new President, Joyce Banda has fired police chief Peter Mukhito, replacing him with Lot Donzi, just days after she assumed office.

Malawian President Joyce Banda with former police boss Peter Mukhito.
Malawian President Joyce Banda with former police boss Peter Mukhito.

The former top cop, who rose from being a guard commander of Mutharika’s security, has been accused of mishandling anti-government riots last year, in which 19 people were killed, as well as the mysterious death of a university political activist who published a news sheet highly critical of the government.

The Malawi police service has about 8,000 officers. Prominent human rights groups, churches and professionals, welcomed Banda’s decision and called for Mukhito to be arrested.

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