Police chief replaced in Malawi

Published April 9, 2012 8:27AM (EDT)

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — State media in Malawi reports the national police chief has been replaced, following the death of the president.

A day after former Vice President Joyce Banda took over as president, Lottie Dzonzi was named on Sunday as the police chief, replacing Peter Mukhito. No reason was given.

Mukhito has been closely linked to crackdowns on anti-government protesters under the late Bingu wa Mutharika. Mutharika died Thursday after a heart attack.

Though she was his vice president, Banda had been estranged from Mutharika, who was accused of trampling on human rights and mismanaging the economy in one of the world's poorest nations. Rights activists in Malawi have welcomed Banda as president.

By Salon Staff

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