President Lazarus Chakwera appoints MDF officers as Deputy Commander and  Chief of Staff

By Burnett Munthali

President Lazarus Chakwera in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) has appointed Major General George Alexander Jaffu as Deputy Commander of MDF.

In a statement signed by Secretary to the President and Cabinet Colleen Zamba, the President has also promoted Jaffu to the rank of Lieutenant General.

President Chakwera

The position of Deputy Commander has been vacant for about 10 months after General Paul Valentino Phiri who was holding the position, got promoted to Commander in July last year.

Again, Zamba says the President has also made Major General Saiford Kalisha, the Chief of Staff of the MDF.

The highest rank in the Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps is General (four star), followed by Lieutenant General (three star), Major General (two star) and Brigadier General (one star).

Major general is a commissioned officer in the army, air force, or marine corps who ranks above a brigadier general and whose insignia is two stars.

Lieutenant general is a three-star general officer rank in the Indian Army. It is the second-highest active rank in the Indian Army. Lieutenant generals rank above the two-star rank of Major General and below the four-star rank of General, which is held by the Chief of the Army Staff.

A lieutenant general ranks above a major general and below a general.

The mission of the Chief of Staff (CoS) to serve as the Commandant’s principal assistant for directing, coordinating, supervising and training the staff. The Chief of Staff exercises executive management authority as delegated by the Commandant.