The two months long training for the Malawi Police Service’s (MPS) prosecutors under the European Union (EU) funded Chilungamo (Justice and Accountability) programme ended Saturday with the acting Inspector General (IG) of Police Rodney Jose pledging MPSs commitment to upholding human rights for all Malawians.
The Chilungamo programme seeks to enhance access to justice among all Malawians by among other things building the capacity of players in the local justice system to effectively investigate and prosecute cases.
The 67 newly recruited prosecution officers took part in the training at the Police Training School (PTS) in Kanjedza, Blantyre.
Speaking when he officially closed the training dubbed course number 1/2018, Jose said the training will enhance professionalism in the MPSs prosecutions branch.
“This training is important because it has brought to light the human rights aspect of both the suspects and the victims of crime, so the general expectation is that our officers will now conduct their duties with that in mind,” Jose said in his first official duty as IG in Blantyre.
He then asked the EU for more such trainings for officers saying the trainings are critical for the promotion of justice among vulnerable groups of people such as women, children and people with disabilities.
“While we appreciate [your support] for this training, it is important to point out that, we have about 675 prosecution officers who are yet to receive this kind of training, so you can see how far we are in so far as capacity building is concerned,” Jose said.
Team leader for the Chilungamo programme Sophie Racine later told The Sunday Times that the training has built the capacity of the participating officers to ensure all citizens have access to justice.
“This training and other interventions under the programme will go a long way in reforming the country’s justice system, suffice to say that the Malawi Police Service has proved to be the best performer so far,” Racine said.
Officers from the Criminal Investigations Department of police, ministry of justice officials and judges have also benefitted from such trainings under the Chilungamo Programme.