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Parliament Overwhelmingly Approves Yolamu as New Police IG

Newly appointed Police IG Merlyne Yolamu unanimously approved by parliament

BY BLAIR MHONE

The Malawi Parliament has today approved the appointment of Merlyn  Yolamu as New Inspector General of the Malawi Police Service after she overwhelmingly got unanimous support from members of the August House.

Her appointment comes after the Public Appointments Committee of Parliament, PAC had recommended her following an interview earlier this week.

Yolamu was approved in a voice vote after the House agreed not to have a secret ballot following a massive support she got through the debate stage of the process.

Born on 22 August, 1963, Merlyn Yolamu joined the Malawi Police Service in 1985 and she holds a Masters degree in Public Policy obtained in 2013 at University of London as well as Bachelors degree in Human Resources obtained at University of Malawi, Chancellor College in 2010.

Speaking earlier before the vote, PAC Chairperson Joyce Chitsulo told Parliament that the committee had comprehensively looked at the legal frame work of the appointment, clearing her on matters of corruption and hearing of the committee with the appointee on her knowledge.

Before her appointment, Yolamu was Police deputy IG responsible for administration, and replaces George Kainja.

Kainja was sacked for allegedly receiving a bribe from United Kingdom businessman Zuneth Sattar to favour him with some public contracts.

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