Police IG defies calls to resign

Inspector General of Police Rodney Jose says he will only respond to calls for his resignation only if asked by Parliament through Public Appointments Committee (PAC).

The development comes amid a letter which the IG wrote the Human Rights Defenders Coalition demanding the coalition to stop convening demonstrations citing the damage of property and police’s incapability to provide adequate security during the protests.

But addressing a news conference at Police Headquarters in Lilongwe, Jose said it is only the National Assembly through PAC that can prove his incompetence and carry on with necessary action.

“The power to inquire into the incompetence of an Inspector General is entrusted in the Public Appointment Committee of Parliament,” Jose said.

According to the police chief, he will only resign if the august House determines his incompetence.

“Malawians should ask the Public Appointment Committee of Parliament that endorsed my appointment through Parliament to say I am incompetent, and if they find me incompetent, I can assure Malawians I will resign immediately,” he said.

However, speaking to journalists at a different press conference, the HRDC says it will hold what the Coalition has described as 1 million march in the country’s major cities.

The mass protests are scheduled to take place despite an order and a request by the Police IG demanding the HRDC to stop convening demonstrations in the country.

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