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President Peter Mutharika has set up plans to create his own paramilitary youth group that will be operating like the Malawi Young Pioneers (MYP) under Kamuzu Banda, according to reports reaching Malawi24.
A well-placed source with detailed information has told Malawi24 that Mutharika could defend himself should Malawians decide to hold public protests as the president’s popularity continue to drop-off. The source says Peter Mukhito is an overseer of the plan likely to send shivers down the spine among members of the public.
According to the source, several police officers carefully handpicked by State House are currently undergoing drilling at the Malawi Armed Forces College (Mafco) in Salima.
“These programmes are platoon Commanders and Company Commanders Courses which are for military officers who need to be equipped in tactical infantry skills for effective command of platoons and companies,” said the source.
Malawi24 understands that the move met strong resistance from MDF senior officers who questioned the legitimacy of having police officers drilled in pure military programs.