Malawi Police Service MPS has instructed traffic police officers to carry a riffle when conducting traffic checks.

In a statement signed by officer-in-charge of service traffic and transport Mrs D Kawale this follows recent incidences of Violence against traffic police officers.

The statement further said no traffic team should be found without a firearm.

However in an interview with radio Islam, National police headquarters deputy spokesperson Harry Namwanza while confirming the development could not give further details saying the information was meant for MPS officials only