Written by  McDonald Chiwayula
President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera  has commended the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) for professionally discharging  their duties.  
 President Chakwera  inspects a guard of honour at MAFCO President Chakwera inspects a guard of honour at MAFCO
The Malawi leader  said this on Friday  at Malawi Armed  Forces College (MAFCO) in Salima during  the  commissioning  of officer cadets.
The Vice President Dr Saulos Chilima and Leader of Opposition Kondwani Nankhumwa were also in attendance.
President Chakwera said as MDF's  Commander- In- Chief he receives reports on daily basis regarding the conduct  of the MDF when they are on peace keeping missions  as well when working locally.  
"As Commander-In- Chief of the armed forces I receive regular reports of the conduct of our soldiers during peace keeping missions worldwide and I could not be prouder. 
"Similarly here at home we have all borne witness to the critical role played by Malawi Defence Force in protecting civil liberties and Constitutional rights of hundreds of thousands of Malawi citizens who took to the streets to protest the May 2019 Presidential Election results," said Dr Chakwera.
The President also praised MDF for remaining neutral and not getting involved in domestic affairs.
"The success of neither the Malawi Defence nor its leaders stems in large part from the resolve of those in its ranks to remain apolitical. Your clear demonstration of ideological neutrality and none interference  in domestic politics  has been key components of how effective is  system of democratic control of the armed forces," said the Malawi leader.
A total of 56 officer cadets (40 males and 16 females) have been commissioned. 
Officer cadets are well trained military personnel who also specialise  in leadership, Malawi Defence website says.

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