Malawi government has been criticised on why it is taking too long to investigate and act on the murder of Anti Corruption Bureau senior official late Issa Njaunju with Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) challenging the State machienry to find the murderers of Njauju.
Many critics have accused the government of taking a casual approach to the investigation of Njaunju just like the death of Polytechnic student activist Robert Chasowa.
It is believed that Njauju was murdered by regime thugs as was Chasowa.
CCJP acting national coordinator Martin Chiphwanya described the failure by the State to bring Njauju’s murder to justice as a stain on the national quest to good governance.
“It is disappointing to see the silence over the investigation, we don’t know what is happening to the investigation and this is a blow to justice delivery in the country because those who are involved in fighting corruption in the country now know they are vulnerable, can be attacked with impunity without the impunity being checked or brought to book,” said Chiphwanya as quoted in the press.
The international community and the opposition also called for speedy investigations when Njaunju was murdered by police probe has since stalled.
Leader of the opposition and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera wondered why the opposition and members of the diplomatic corps should push for a thorough investigation when the President Peter Mutharika has the entire police service at his command.
“When the Council for Foreign Relations in New York asked the President about what is being done about Issa Njauju‟s death, the entire President said was that the murder was a professional job and was very complicated to solve! What? If you are admitting that our problems are too complicated for you to solve, then why are you clinging to the office you hold,” Chakwera said in parliament.
Chakwera said the ACB like other constitutional governance institutions need not only to operate independent from the executive, but also in a safe and secure environment.
“When officers are kidnapped, brutally murdered and burnt…that is not just a precious soul lost, but justice denied,” he said.
Chakwera blamed government saying the measures taken are still weak and no strategy exists to
deal with organized crime.