Malawians say poor welfare of police officers is the drving force behind corrupti practices that the cops get involved in.
According to a report by the Pan-African research network, Malawian law enforcers have been named to be the most corrupt in Africa.
The report named ‘People and Corruption: Africa Survey 2016’ states that Malawi is one of the countries in which police officers receive bribes to “ignore crime”.
Reacting to the development through our Facebook page, Malawians have blamed authorities over salaries described as pittance given to the law enforcers.
“The reason behind all this is, we don’t consider their welfare, imagine they sleep in poor houses, they receive very little as salaries, if you want corruption to stop take these issues into consideration,” said Maggie Sundu.
Another Facebook user Chip Cayanzer said: “How can the police stop corruption if they getting chicken change as salaries.”
While Lawrence Kings Benjamin Tsamba said: “Their money is not enough how they can make a living?”
The commentators further urged authorities to consider some challenges that have rocked the security sector as a way of fighting corruption.
Apart from receiving bribes, Malawi police officers are on record to have had a hand in some robberies that have terrorised the country.
Notable cases include the mysterious robbery of over K500 million at Mzuzu Standard Bank branch in which one police officer has been implicated, the theft of K6 million at Colony Casino where three cops were arrested, and the stealing of K1.7 million in Kasungu.