Njauju murder suspect fails to take plea

Criminal Investigations Department (CID) cop Christopher Naphiyo on Friday failed to take plea in the court for the murder of Anti Corruption Bureau official (ACB) Issa Njauju although 48 hours had elapsed since his arrest.

Gondwa:  Suspsect is on remand

Gondwa: Suspsect is on remand

Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) executive director Timothy Mtambo faulted the state for its failure to adhere to the Constitutional requirement to bring Naphiyo to court for plea.

“Our laws are very clear that he be brought to court within 48 hours of his arrest,” said Mtambo whilst pleading with the state to speed up the case because it has generated a lot of public interest.

In Malawi, murder suspects can be on remand for years, up to 10 years or more as such cases await donor funding.

Mtambo also told the state to be open, saying there are some facts which can be made public without jeopardising investigations.

Njauju went missing on July 2 after making a phone call to a friend to accompany him for afternoon prayers and his body was fond half buried near the presidential villas on the way to Kamuzu Palace whilst his vehicle was set ablaze by his assailants.

The arrest of Naphiyo is the second after another person was arrested after he was found with a mobile phone and has since been charged with murder.

The police are reluctant to give details of the connection of Naphiyo to the murder.

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9 thoughts on “Njauju murder suspect fails to take plea”

  1. Mashamase says:

    Anyamata aboma awa

  2. GRM says:

    Mtambo? You do not have security background to comment on security issues

  3. Bob says:

    I can smell a rat in this whole saga. Someone will manipulate things here. There is lot of hidden issues to the killing of Njauju.

  4. utitiri says:

    Comment number 3 Lackison. Kondowe and the late Njaunju never changed cars and they were using completely different vehicles! The vehicle the late was using was similar to Matemba’s vehicle(Toyota Hilux Raider. Double Cab). They wanted Matemba and not Kondowe. Give facts on ur allegations. By the way most of the people at State House have table cuts including HE bwinotu bwino mumangidwa ndi zinthu za eni!

  5. These issues are too political, thouth what am seeing is that it will take time for us to get the truth.

    If we look back, there are alot of cases till today are pending. Cases like of Robart Chasowa, Matafale and many more..

    I sometimes feel we dont have justice in malawi. Only the poor will b charged and probably without funds they are rocked in prisons and are called killers while some are not.

    There is such a big gap between the poor and the rich in Malawi..and this gap iz keeping on widening unless something z bn done..

    believe me, this case will go political, and it will fade…..

    If I ask, how did it end with the case of Matafare? Chasowa? Nachipanti? You will find out that Malawians are not aware of anything..

    How did it end with corruption cases during Muluzi? Jb? Bingu? And the current Government? You will find that cases are left to grow old and will never be ciounted..

    Malawi do we a solution?

  6. lackison says:

    Wat about this table cut guy at statehouse? U mean u don’t know who killed him? Blindfolding us, the guys wanted to kill khondowe but they changed cars in few days time so it confuses the sent guys,mistaken identity

  7. Patriot says:

    Tiyeni nako bodza lanulo.
    Paja mumati “Still investigating”.

  8. jailos says:

    Mtambo,tiye nawoni tiwone apazithele tikuwona

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