Njaunju murder investigations stalls: ‘Police still searching for clues’

Investigations  into the murder of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director of corporate services Issa Njauju is said to be stalling with Police still searching for clues as police admit they are struggling to find the killers .

Luhanga: Police still searching for clues

Luhanga: Police still searching for clues

Nyasa Times understands that there is “no strong evidence”   so far gathered to establish the murder plot.

Police investigators had several problems, including that the crime scene was not sealed off and that some evidence was destroyed.

“We haven’t really made much progress at all,” said a police source.

Njauju 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.

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

Post-mortem results showed that Njauju was shot twice in the neck and chest before he was buried near Lilongwe River.

Questions were also raised with Norman Chisale’s donation to police of K1.5 million ($3 333) reward for information leading to the arrest of the assailants.

Justin Dzonzi who is Executive Director for Justice Link 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, it’s 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 Dzonzi.

Police said investigations shows cashgate – probe into systematic plunder of public resources – could be the reason to Njaunju’s savage murder.

Director of training at Police headquarters, Richard Luhanga told a news conference in Lilongwe recently that the investigators are pursuing a number of conspiracies.

“We cannot rule out that murder is connected to his work [at ACB),” said Luhanga, a senior police commissioner.

“What we are doing right now is to connect the dots,” he said.

Luhanga said police are following up “a sequence of events” that took place a day before Njauju was murdered.

Police also hinted at what Nyasa Times reported that the murder of Njauju could have been a case of mistaken identity.

“We are doing our interrogations with various people and also analysing information that we are currently getting from the public. At the moment, all options are welcome,” he said.

Envoys from the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, the European Union, Norway and Ireland called for speedy investigations and warned that intimidation and bribery should not been used to deter ACB from pursuing those denying the country its much-needed resources through corruption.

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50 thoughts on “Njaunju murder investigations stalls: ‘Police still searching for clues’”

  1. chatonda says:

    DOESN’T OUR POLICE HAVE EQUIPMENT THAT CAN BE USED TO CATCH THE SCENE USING EYES OF THE DEAD EVEN AFTER SOME DAYS OR WEEKS. PEOPLE CAN USE MOBILE PHNES TO TRACE KILLERS OF NJAUJU EASILY USING MOBILE PHONES LIKE HUWAWEI. USE THE PHONE’S GOOGLE SEARCH BY PUNCHING THE NAME OF THE DEAD PERSON, IT CAN EVEN LOCATE THE PERSON WHETHER DEAD OR BURRIED. WAKE UP GUYS IN THE POLICE SERVICE

  2. KAMUZU BANDA JR says:

    whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!!!!!!!!!! still looking for clues, what clues are you looking for? zakumpheto basi……..akazachoka pa mpando ndiye muzayamba kumanga anthu mwati anapha Njauju pano muli ma clue zinthu zachitika kumpanda kwa a President komweko what clue do you want

  3. fwago says:

    KkkkkkkkkkkkkkkK soriwoooo

  4. Che Ngana says:

    Nthawi Zina Ndimadabwa Anthu Akamati Eeeee Chipani Chakupha Anthu Ichi Eeeee Boma Lokupha Ili Za Ziiii.The Very Same Sin That Ur Fore Father Did On Liston,gadama,matenje,chiwanga,sangala,sheikh Bukudadi,chief Solobala And The Like R Still Flowing In The Vains Of The Country.Meetings R Being Heard In The Very Same Buildings Where The Evil Were Discussing About Blood Shed And Thirst.They R Sleeping There What Else Do You Xpect Aaa???Why Cant You Find The Way Out????That Is If U R Wise Enough.Ngati Choona Cha Amatenje Ndi Anzao Chimapanilidwa Chili Pa Mbalambanda Kulibwanji Cha Chasowa Ndi Anzake.Magazi Ali Psuu Mmanja Mkumalalika Ndikuzuzula Za Kupha Ndiye Kuti Chani??Apolisi Si Agelo Kuti Alote And Kupolice Kulibeko Prophet Oti Alosere.If U Have Evidence Pa Zomwe Zinachitika Come Out Mukatenga Ma Million A Pledge Aja Ku Policeko.Dont Critisize The Police For Nothing.Iyaaa.

  5. Mlauzi says:

    If our men in uniform do not have the competence or independence to investigate this matter, let`s engage the likes of FBI, Interpol etc. The same should also be the case with other unexplained murders in his country.

  6. Zuzuma. says:

    Student wa ku Chanco has invented a telephone booth machine.

  7. Zanga Phee! says:

    What? seriously, the whole entity in platform telling the world you are failing to speed up the process,Men! then consult foreign institutions,to partake this issue,Shame with Malawi Police the world is watching you.See my name.

  8. aunt says:

    Clue? Did he have girlfriends? Could it be he was bedding someone’s wife? Did he make enemies? Could he have stepped on someone else’s toes wen discharging his duties like dismissing some people. How many people did he fire.? Was he liked at his work or mosque. Start there.

  9. amake sikino says:

    Chisale from State House did this cruel act. Interview his domestic workers and wife, the night he came home restless. Prior to the incident m he had been planning and paid some boys to study the movements of matemba and njaunju was killed due to mistake identity. The police know this but they are protecting their jobs.

  10. Real Patriot says:

    We have the police who lack the expertise in investigation.We have the police which is not motivated most of the time.We hv the police that lack equipment to aid them in investigation.Everything is done at a slow pace in Malawi because the police doesn’t hv cars,stationery and other bits yet we have a former president Muluzi having 100 of cars like he has car hire firm and Joyce Banda also having countless cars but they cannot contribute some cars to the police as the first patriots of the country.As longer as Njaunju’s death is state sponsored,It will lead nowhere like Chasowas.Some are having fat bank cheques out of this evil deed.Its time the whole country stoop up these mafias running our country.Malawi will be ever a failed state with these Dpp murderers.They are not wealthy to lead us.What they know is to kill and plunder.

  11. Biz J says:

    This issue its more than the police themselves, I don’t think the police will come up with anything that can lead to arrest of murderers , where is central intelligence bureau ? This is their case. Or maybe they are connected to the killers

  12. Prophet Wabodza says:

    I see that by 2019, this country will be in the hands of a youthful leader, less well known and from a not so well known party. It will be dark and gloom for all the big parties and all the big people of today’s politics. The evil being done on Malawians is becoming too much by each passing day and the Creator and Sustainer of human life will allow a big shift to happen. I’m not a dreamer, but mark my words.

  13. Complex says:

    It is a shame to hear our police is failing to gather details of the murder case of a prominent and innocent man of this nation. There must be a ‘hands off’ this case order from above. Shame and too much of shame on our police. We are though not very much surprised with this outcome as it is typical of other cases where the state has been caught on the wrong side of the law. Evison Matafale, Chasowa, July 20 killings, arson of the electoral commission warehouse………., Issa Njauju.
    The most painful thing is that all these incidences are being read by the donor community to mean that the country’s leadership is not serious in rooting out corruption and aid taps will remain dry until ………. God knows.

  14. Malawian Q says:

    THE NATION IS TIRED OF HEARING ALL THESE ISSUES,AND WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR APM TO COME OUT AND ADDRESS THE NATION ABOUT ALL THE ISSUES. APM ARE YOU NOT AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING:

    (1) we lost a member in the ACB.
    (2) NOW THE FILES ARE MISSING.

    AS THE HEAD OF THE STATE, WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THIS? YOU ARE SO QUITE, AS EVERYTHING IS GREAT IN OUR NATION. TIME IS RUNNING OUT.

    SHOULD THE NATION ASUME, YOU ARE PART OF THIS

    HOT DEBATE:

  15. nyau dancer says:

    Its dausi and his boys full stop.

  16. Patriot says:

    1. Yankho ya Apolisi nthawi zonse amati “still investigating”
    Police ya ku Malawi is very pathetic koma kuwabera ma driver ama minibus pa nsewu izo nde amatha.
    Useless stinking police.
    2. Kodi zotere zingatheke NIB osadziwapo kanthu?

  17. chilungamo says:

    This is difficult to investigate because it sounds like those investigating know the truth because it looks its state sponsored. how did chasowa disappear,what of the mec ware house burning don’t you see someone doing it, police investigate yourselves, for sure no matter how you may conceal it but know this God was watching over you and He will put you to shame. we need an independent investigator possibly scotland yard they can help us.

  18. Mau says says:

    Souja iwe ndiwe nyani weni-weni.Usandilakwise.

  19. What is the alibi of dausi on that fateful day? The police? ya right, who would say anything to the police to incriminate the dpp cadres? Thus suicide, we need to raise some funds to hire some good private investigator. He must start with the first police man who was at the crime scene, and work it backwards to even 6 months prior to his murder,turn tables upside down,check his phone, I tell you dausi might have slipped up somewhere,he is not that genius as you let him to be. Honourable Njaunji was a decent man than the lot of them. Who ever did it had too much time in their hands,man power, and lots of money, the question amongst us is who is all of these things in Malawi?

  20. Benson Chirwa says:

    Koma korona pakhosi. Time time time. I think we should employ expatriates in our criminal investigation department. Koma azawapha. Wazama mwakuya mkatolika uja. Latsala lache la 40

  21. UNECA says:

    Kodi kumwalira kwa bingu wamuthalika simudaphunzire china chake iye adabisa ndalama zambiri kodi atamwalira adatenga? ali pansi popanda chilichonse, ife timakhulupirira kuti munthu yemwe adapha m’zake osalakwa chilichonse ndiwa ku gahena monga amene adapha njauju issa asangalale padziko pano kumwamba kulibe chake.

  22. It’s like we have Nazi Gestapo or SS which was the state killing machinery. Don’t forget Dausi was an MYP operative. Why should you kill a person just because you stole public money? Is this the democracy that we wanted? It’s not Njaunju suffering but his family now.

  23. Mungete says:

    Malawi police: Aaron Gadama, Mkwapatira Mhango, Kalonga Stambuli, Makhumula, Chasowa, Njaunju, Ena apitilize….

  24. kadyankena says:

    No matter how fast a lie can travel, surely the truth will get hold of it. God knows.

  25. f says:

    The real ujeni # 4, Malawians will start 21st thinking dimensions in the 25th century. That is the reason the whole CHANCO allows a baby seater to claim having invented poultry incubator yet our friends in developed stopped long time ago thinking that poultry incubation is is problem. Here you can see that we are using 15th century thinking capacity.

    1. ma hope a stella gwengweya says:

      sizikumveka man. mwina mulembenso mu chichewa

  26. Yahudah says:

    The police and politician themselves need to be investigated. You not fighting against flesh and blood it is demons. Do not trust no one.

  27. Musayiwale kuti ena ali mu DPP ndiomweso anali mu MCP yakale,ma style onse au mafia ndi omwe aja nthawi yomwe anali mafana a Youth league, Lero akula akugwilisa ntchito a police womwewo, Really sorry to the family of MR NJAUNJU.

  28. jimbo says:

    Nothing will come of this investigation because the government has covered its tracks thoroughly by torching the scene of the crime and moving the body. The police do not have the resources to investigate such a crime and Malawi doesn’t have the technology to assist them. The police have probably been instructed by the powers that be not to delve into the crime too deeply – just make a show of investigating it and then let it fade away.

  29. Souja says:

    Mr.police sir,here is the clue’ umm Njaunju was murdered’ start from there..thank you

  30. Che Nkope says:

    The whole police in Malawi failing to trace the murders?. Sounds strange indeed and why relying on public information? It is your duty to investigate period! Can’t you use modern technology? You can use google images to track the culprits even the phone call logs from the service provider before. his abduction. Surely the police is deliberately shielding the thugs! They hv been silenced.

  31. Sherlock Holmes says:

    Look for Motive and Ways and Means !
    He was a very big man but surprisingly very gentle and soft spoken ,I met once and liked him
    After a few minutes conversation . He must have come across information that some one wanted kept under wraps at all costs. In this case it cost his life !
    The Ways and means: if the hulk of the vehicle that was put to the media was indeed the deceased’ s vehicle, then that someone had the ways and means to remove all the untraceable parts of the vehicle within 24hours ! And the means and personnel to carry and dump the vehicle where it was found and enough means to keep the prying eyes of the law enforcers looking the other way. Guys with enough leverage to burgle a diplomatic house and leave no trace
    Have you ever followed the activities of the dausi boys , therein you may find your answers

  32. Phwado says:

    Police mngmt and nib f#**ck ya O!

  33. i jabu says:

    kupha mchawa haaaa! malawi our poor country

  34. mamaaa says:

    had it been that Njaunju was killed by these akuba or chiwembu chokonza anthu wokuphawo anthuwa akanakhala atapezeka kalekare mwinanso the day after koma chifukwa choti chiwembuchi chinachokela patali,anthuwa sangapezeke ndipo sadzapezeka,akadzapezeka,apolice mudzandidule khosi,ndichimodzimodzi kuti ineyo ndaba ndiyeno mundiuze kuti tafunafuna amene waba apa kodi ndimupeza?kapena ndizingoti ndikadafunafuna.apolice adzayakha mlandu wa imfayi chifukwa anachita izi akumudziwa.musamawone ngati tikadali ana osazindikila chifukwa tinafika pozindikila zikamachitika mdzikoli, ndiye muzichita zithuzanu koma mosamalitsa kwambili,where is chasowa?police may be you can answer me, are you still searching for the killes?and you havent find them since that time,so which training did you go if you can not find them.you must be very carefull.

  35. snakes says:

    Can someone gather courage and invite Dausi for questioning please. The Police should be independent, implement that reform. They know who is behind all this but all are scared because of the possible connections. God is full of mercy and is a God of many chances. Do not provoke His wrath. You are in those positions for a reason but if you continue with disobedience God will definitely expose it all in a painful way. God knows what’s happening and expects people to act and bring to a stop if all these evil acts.

  36. getu maseko says:

    ACB yake yopanda mano ngati APM

  37. Mbonga Matoga says:

    Rest we forget, there is no secret under the sun, no matter how long it takes the truth shall come out at some point and someone will have to pay the price for what happened to Mr Njauju.

    To the DPP party, APM, Dausi & company……….all I can say to you is that, enjoy the party while the sun shines but remember the sun shall never always shine upon you for eternity, the time is coming when the sun shall set down upon you and that will be the pay back time for all the mischief you are causing. You can fool people sometimes but you can not fool people all the time.

    Just as the truth came out in broad day light about how Mr Gadama, Dick Matenje and the other victims in the Mwanza murder, be rest assured that one day Malawians shall know exactly who gave the order and the exact name of the person or people who carried it out to have Mr Jauju, Robert Chasowa and others who have lost their lives under the DPP regime, murdered.

  38. Muphwisa says:

    It looks like we now have a lot of clueless people running the affairs of the nation at large.

  39. dzina langa says:

    we have a problem… a big problem with our police. I dont know what is in their curriculum at PTS. at least I know one topic…..kupempha. on NJAUNJU I suspect that police is involved nanga why this silence???

  40. Palikanthu says:

    Shedding innocent blood will lead to cardiac arrest while the hand is in the cookie jar. Someone should start digging Mpumulo wa Bata 2 for I see a blue writing on the wall

  41. Munthuwamba says:

    you have been given the name of mukhitho by simbadzako that njauju was picked by him start from there and also trace simbadzakos phone he seems to know what happened. what you have to know is that this government can kill and burry evidence and it ends there but they must know that they will leave office oneday. remember robert chasowas death? we malawians made a big mistake to bring this regime back to power may god forgive us

  42. chinchin says:

    NIB work… Dausi is becoming dangerous.

  43. Jelbin mk says:

    Nicholas Dausi’s handcraft

  44. mwana mulopwana says:

    Those people who killed Njauju can choose to hide their identities but the Almighty God knows them and they will answer to God the creater for their action,

    I know that greed is forcing us to do certain evils but we need to think about the other side of life, our life on earth is very short so we better invest more on the other life, so let us learn to live a life which is holy, Even if we acquire a lot of things through dubious ways and kill someone in order get what does not belong to us but we should know that when we die we shall leave everything behind

  45. kunena mosapyatila says:

    I told you that the so called Malawi Police anadyesedwa kale chibanzi from the current cash gate taking place in this useless govt. They have already imported cars pa Songwe using this cash. This case will die without even entering in courts. They know who carried out the murder and who sent them koma akuopa kuti ntchito zingawume. I feel sorry for bereaved family.

    BUT GOD IS WATCHING & WILL NEVER LET THE WICKED GO FREE!!!

  46. The real ujeni says:

    This is a joke, a big joke which can only be entertained in a country like Malawi very backward. When are our people and institutions going to have 21 Century thinking?

  47. Nyamakumutu says:

    Kuzolowera zowuzidwa and not investigation. These days if IT you can check through the phone calls of the phone numbers spotted at that area of accident. You can also use satellite footage to establish the truth. But because you depend on tips you expect to get it from the attackers themselves kani.

  48. There’s really sumthing wrong here…can’t this Govt find out as to wat happened to this case? I’m sure our Almighty Lord will let the justice prevail on the brutal murder of my brother ” Issa ” watch the space.

  49. SIMBADZAKO says:

    JUST OFFER ME K1 BILLION, THEN I WILL LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG AND WILL TELL YOU THAT IT WAS ‘ MUKHITO AND HIS GANG’ WHO PICKED UP NJAUNJU AT THE GATE OF ACB AND LATER BRUTALITY KILLED HIM…
    MUNDISAMALE CHIFUKWA DZAYAMBIKA !!!

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