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MDF Soldiers Advised to be Apolitical

Dec 18, 2021

By Grace Kapatuka – Mana

President, Dr Lazarus Chakwera has advised Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers to be apolitical when discharging their duties so that they continue to be accorded the respect they deserve.

Chakwera who is also Commander- in -Chief of the MDF, made the remarks on Saturday, at the Malawi Armed Forces College (MAFCO) in Salima during the commissioning of 151 officer cadets and passing out parade of 1,055 recruits who have completed a one year training and four months basic training respectively at the college.

He said the MDF was an institution that enjoys international acclaim as one of the most disciplined and professional forces in the world hence the need to be respected.

“It should go without saying, yet still must be said, that the success of the MDF stems, in large part, from the resolve of those in its ranks to remain apolitical. Your clear demonstration of ideological neutrality and non-interference in domestic politics have been key components of our effective system of Democratic Control of the Armed Forces,” the President said.

Chakwera added that “in practice, this means that neither the MDF as an institution, nor its leaders attempt to influence domestic politics, no more than they abide any attempts by politicians themselves to interfere in the discharge of their duties. It is this that has given the MDF its well-deserved accolade as the People’s Army.”

He advised the new officer cadets and recruits to uphold the legacy of the profession they have joined by not serving as soldiers only but to be leaders as well.

“As things stand, what each of you has joined today is more than a noble profession. This is a legacy you must now do your part to uphold, not only as soldiers, but as leaders of other men and women in uniform sworn to do the same. This is a huge responsibility, for it means putting duty to country above all things,” Chakwera added.

He promised government’s support towards improving the living standards of the soldiers and all other security agencies in the country so that they effectively discharge their constitutional mandate.

Chakwera added that “in practice, this means that neither the MDF as an institution, nor its leaders attempt to influence domestic politics, no more than they abide any attempts by politicians themselves to interfere in the discharge of their duties. It is this that has given the MDF its well-deserved accolade as the People’s Army.”

He advised the new officer cadets and recruits to uphold the legacy of the profession they have joined by not serving as soldiers only but to be leaders as well.

“As things stand, what each of you has joined today is more than a noble profession. This is a legacy you must now do your part to uphold, not only as soldiers, but as leaders of other men and women in uniform sworn to do the same. This is a huge responsibility, for it means putting duty to country above all things,” Chakwera added.

He promised government’s support towards improving the living standards of the soldiers and all other security agencies in the country so that they effectively discharge their constitutional mandate.

“My administration is committed to improving your living conditions so that they are commensurate with the services you render to country and citizen alike,” Chakwera said.

Commander of the MDF, General Vincent Nundwe said the force would remain committed and working hard in its strive to fulfill its constitutional mandate.

He congratulated the new officer cadets and the recruits for completing a one year training saying what they have achieved during the training would be remembered forever as per MDF’s motto which says Chaphunzilidwa Sichinatayike.

During the function, Dr Chakwera presented a sword of honour and a trophy to David Shumba who emerged to be best overall cadet and Francis Kanyada Salim jnr who emerged as best overall recruit.

The 151 officer cadets commissioned included 118 males and 33 females who are Doctors, teachers and engineers.

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