Dear judge Mbadwa,
I don’t know whether this is the right time to write to your esteemed office as you are proceeding on your retirement.
My lord, the fact that you are retiring in the year the Nyasaland Police Service is celebrating its 100 years of existence cannot go without comment.
My lord, I was just intrigued that while you are leaving the tribunal with your integrity preserved having presided over a judicial service system that has won the confidence of people far and wide; the opposite has been true with the people entrusted to enforce the law.
Actually my face lights up with glee every time I remember how Mapuya and his praise singers failed to topple you at the tribunal.
My lord, you went about your business with calm as you were unruffled by his conduct. He still carries bitterness with him even in his present status though over that matter.
Meanwhile, my lord, the Nyasaland Police Service has been oscillating in a pendulum of mediocrity for a century for good reasons, too.
In fact, 100 years since the imperialists formed a police force to lord over native Nyasas, the service looks more rundown.
Was there anything worth celebrating about for a police service that officially underwent reforms sponsored by the country’s colonial masters, yet they remain more of a force than a service decades later?
A police service that used to boast of planes and speed boats can hardly afford to fuel its aging fleet of patrol vehicles. I wouldn’t call that progress, my lord.
I hear one plane mysteriously disappeared during the reign of chairman, something I am trying to verify otherwise those responsible should not be left scot-free.
My lord in between, the police have been in the news for wrong reasons with such stories as carpet promotions, frustrating deserving hardworking officers without connections.
Morale of officers and men is somehow at its lowest on the account of these perceived injustices.
My lord, I don’t want to mention how in the century being talked about some officers have helped impoverish the Nyasaland government by conniving with unscrupulous suppliers of goods and services.
I will leave that matter to those handling it, but the bottom line is that the Nyasaland Police Service is in dire need of reforms and there was practically nothing to celebrate in the past 100 years.
The remaining days of your office, my lord, should be dedicated to clearing the files that have given the Nyasaland Police Service a bad name.
Wishing you all the best as you retire my lord,
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