Njauju assailants have K1.5m bounty placed in their heads by Malawi Police amidst criticism

Malawi Police Service (MPS) has placed K1.5 million ($3 333) reward for information leading to the arrest of the  assailants who brutally murdered Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director of corporate services Issa Njauju a week ago.

Dzonzi: Faults police investigations

Dzonzi: Faults police investigations

Under criminal investigations reward fund of Police, the law enforcers announced the reward as a week has gone without any arrests and also received criticism for poor investigative skills

National Police spokesperson Rhoda Manjolo said the ‘reward fund’ was established last year to encourage the public to provide law enforcers with crucial information that would lead to successful arrests and prosecution of criminals.

“We want to motivate the public to provide us with pertinent information that will lead to successful arrest and conviction of perpetrators. These criminals live with us in the communities and, as police, we cannot be everywhere that is why we have these rewards,” she said.

Njauju who was brutally murdered and his body thrown aside presidential villas along presidential drive in the capital city’s Area 44 on July 2 2015.

His body was found with two gunshot wounds according to an autopsy report and his official car a Toyota Hilux D4D double cabin was burnt down to ashes at Mtsiriza near Area 49 in Lilongwe.

However since the murder was discovered police did not cordone the crime scene as it is done in other countries for thorough investigation and to prevent intruders from tampering with the possible available evidence.

Justin Dzonzi who is Executive Director for Justice Link has sisnce faulted the police for failure to show professional handling of the crime scene involving the high profile ACB official.

“When a gun is fired you would find shell casings where the shots were fired and if you assume that the person who shot might have been in the car it is then possible that you can find evidence in the car so on and so forth.

“Now if that car has been disturbed before the investigating team has had time to investigate then they may lose all certain clues that may lead them to certain conclusions’, said Dzonzi.

He explained that If at the investigation level the police have not been able to establish what exactly happened even if some individuals were to be arrested it becomes extremely difficult for prosecutors to prove in court that indeed those individuals are connected to the crime that took place.

Dzonzi said this is because investigators will have failed to gather sufficient evidence with which to convict suspects.

“Remember that in court its evidence that speaks volume, its not just mere allegation so you will need to arm yourself with sufficient factual information that would then show what actually happened.

“So the disturbance of the crime scene would affect both investigations and subsequent prosecution if it were to take place”, said Dozni.

Government through Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu has since said it is considering a comprehensive review of security of ACB officers and public prosecutors.

Some sections of the society are speculating that ACB boss was killed by a “state-sponsored” mafia-style attack.

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32 thoughts on “Njauju assailants have K1.5m bounty placed in their heads by Malawi Police amidst criticism”

  1. Ndife says:

    Good move MPS

  2. DIPHIPHIUDEFU says:

    That money being offered by the police atenga ku state house kungofuna kutiphimba mmaso. Ndi angati aphedwa apolisi nkumati apeleka ndalama? Even when their fellow police officers were gunned down, why ddn’t they offer something leading to the capture of perpetrators? Verily verily I say unto you, Njaunju was murdered by government agents!!!

  3. Ayobe says:

    This is crazy, annoying at the same time. Those are just tactics, it’s obvious tht the murders wll just go away with it. F***k the police

  4. IJABU says:

    lets be serious

  5. Naphiri says:

    Ndauzidwa kuti Njaunju anayitanidwa ku siteti hausi nthawi yowereka ku ntchito. Kumene kuja amamuuza kuti akasowetse ma failo a 92 billion kwacha kashigeti. Ndiyeno Njaunju anawauza kuti iyeyo sizimukhudza chifukwa amapanga za adimisitashoni ndi akautsi. Pachifukwa chimenechi siteti hausi inaganiza kungomusowetsa chifukwa akanakaulura. Ndichifukwa chake thupi lake linapezeka chakomweko. Patseni ndalamayotu ine ndaulura

  6. lucianoh says:

    akakhala pamukhate sapheka. its not that they know nothing but ayamba bwanji but there is no secret under the sun, zizabwera poyera.

  7. hisbolla says:

    Dausi n Mukhito. Asilamu tiyeni tiyambe Suicide Bombing

  8. Mbuya says:

    Za ziii! Patsanani cash yo a police chifukwa mukudziwapo kanthu. Ife umboni tili nawo kuti munapha nokha chifukwa chosateteza umboni pa crime scene.

  9. BigMan says:

    let the police do their work, since when did dzonzi become a crime scene investigator or detective?

  10. Please says:

    Ithought the police said Ali ndi list ya anthu omwe ati aphedwe that is why they cautioned the lady jounalist. What a joke .

  11. Greencardless Malawian says:

    Musatinyase ife wina akudziwa amebe anamuphetsa munthu amene uja.. Its just that the order came from an untouchable source hence no one will be caught. But not long from now these ppl will be rounded up n they will be dealt with. God disnt create a whole human being for someone to carelessly take his life….one day very soon they will pay

  12. nya mkandawire says:

    Apolisi apano chilungamo alibe ine ndinauzako apolisi apa soche the nxt thing ndinava ndimunthu amene ndikamuulayo akundiwuza. Kuti anitulutsa Tembo ndi wakumuzi kwathu and am well connected ku police I jst gv hm 20 pin imagine the evidence z there tht this man is a hardcore criminal. Stays in ndirande

  13. Doctor says:

    @ Jose obviously the kachaso or chamba your drinking or smoking must has drained what little brains you might have thought you had.

  14. sugarc says:

    Innocent people will be implicated on this because some people will be looking for the reward with the high level of poverty in Malawi.How will you prove the suspects on just mere allegation?The police hv failed and they expect the general public to help them.

  15. wez says:

    Police when it come to the villagers ur quick to arrest and now this case is involving u and the former armys u seems knowing nothing who to arrest and therefore u do have information of who is the shooter and u decide to close the case. Stop confusing ppl here, we all know that we r living in mafia goverment

  16. ATIMESIYA says:

    Wafa wafa basi, 1.5mita yo kaguleni ma uniform ndi mifuti yabwino ya apolisi, asaaaa………

  17. analyst says:

    Even in the most developed world, police do give rewards to help in their investigations.

  18. Mamuna says:

    NIB agents are the suspects! Even some senior police officers are involved! Now, give me the money!

  19. Kachingwe says:

    Guys let`s not fault the police for failing to investigate. What they have done to put
    aside some cash for those who have information is normal in all countries. Do you remember the time Americans wanted Bin Laden? America had put aside over $500,0000.00 for any person with information which would lead to the arrest of Bin Laden.

  20. Kadakwiza says:

    Malawians are watching

  21. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    Should Malawians take it that the police has failed ? May be we have sent killers to catch a killed person that’s why it is impossible to arrest the killers ?

  22. kenkkk says:

    How can they adequately fund a forensic unit that will catch them committing these heinous crimes?

    Also as already suggested by some,the reward money should be significantly increased. 1.5 mn is not enough.

  23. Jose' says:

    @ Doctor. You are a very stupid fool. Why are you castigating my Joyce Banda for failing to equip the police? You are the buffoon you are insinuating. Gharu

  24. Andrew says:

    inuyo MWK1,500, 000.00 mwayipeza kuti?

  25. nganituwe says:

    If found and convicted the better, if not found those criminals shall have no peace not in this earth only but in the life after this as well.

  26. jekel khalani Lwazi says:

    Just work hand in hand with internet unutea from America,the same as this happened in Zanzibar when the priest was killed and after three months aman was arrested in kaliakoo dar es salaam.doing this I think it would help

  27. Nyau Isthobwa says:

    This is the govt issue

  28. Dr.prof.nyada says:

    Cry my beloved country

  29. namatikitiki says:

    There is a big hand in all this, the cash the Police r giving out is very unusual. Personnally I think this will go the Chasowa way! By the way how much did the Police offer for the Chasowa murder?

  30. soha says:

    Nyasatimes times kodi malawi police ili ndichani kuti akapange cordoned area? alibetu forensic team ku malawi to deal with mavuto ngati ameneyo!

  31. MKWAPU says:

    IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN K5M

  32. Doctor says:

    What would you expect from a country governed by a bafoon would you honestly expect the malawi police to have an affective forensic unit? When most of the government funds are being used to maintain the presidents lavish life style. Pathetic

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