ACB speaks on Njauju murder: ‘Bureau doesn’t investigate homicide cases’

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), the country’s graft busting body, said on Friday that they are equally concerned with the delay in its former  corporate affairs director Issa Njauju murder case which has not yet seen the light of justice.

Matemba speaking during the presser

Njauju was killed on July 4 2015 and his body was found half-buried behind the presidential villas in Lilongwe while his official vehicle was burnt to ashes at Mtsiriza, a peri-urban township west of Area 47 in the capital city.

Following the murder, several donor countries, including the UK, immediately condemned what was deemed a politically motivated killing and rallied behind embattled staff at the ACB.

Motives of the murder remain unknown just as the identities of those behind the heinous crime.

Government has over the years come under intense public pressure to bring to justice those responsible.

Speaking at a news conference in Lilongwe  where the Bureau clarified issues surrounding a leaked document that named President Peter Mutharika of dubiously benefiting K145 million from a Malawi police food rations deal, ACB director general, Reyneck Matemba, said it was unfortunate that the public was confusing the two issues.

“The current issue and the murder of Njauju are different. We are still concerned with Issa’s death, and we would want justice to prevail,” said Matemba.

According to Matemba, who pointedly mentioned economist and social commentator Henry Kachaje as someone who misled people with his Facebook post, the “Bureau doesn’t investigate murder.”

He also discouraged the spirit of distorting information saying people should not mix the investigation about the sudden death of Njauju and the leak document investigations because these are too different cases.

“The bureau does not investigate murder cases but the police are the ones who are doing that investigation,” said Matemba.

During the presser, Matemba pledged they would make the findings of the document leakage investigations at the right time according to the law.

While admitting that they were serious cases in the police food ration syndicate, Matemba was mum to name any suspects thus far.

He said, for example, “Mutharika was not yet a suspect” until the end of the investigation.

But human rights activist, Timothy Mtambo, has insisted that the evidence in the leaked document is too overwhelming to commence prosecution of those involved.

“I authorized an investigation on the matter in November last year. But we are concerned that the report was leaked before completing the investigations which exposed names of people that came forward with information which is giving us fear that these people might not come to testify,” Matemba said.

According to Matemba the bureau has received calls from those people giving their concerns after seeing their names exposed which is also giving them a threat if an immediate action is not done.

“These people might decide to sue us if an immediate remedy is not taken according to section 51A of the Corrupt Practices Acts enacted by parliament in 2004.  Hence our obligation to protect sources of information,” he said.

Matemba further said the leakage has potentially compromised the likelihood of success in the protection of the case though people are glorifying it reaching to the extent of calling it heroic act or patriotic act which he said is sad.

“It is too premature now to say the people mentioned in the report are suspects or not because that is a function of Legal and prosecution department  to weigh the evidence and take action whether one is to be charged or not to be charged,” Matemba said.

 

 

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Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

Njaunji’s demise (MHRIP) & the leaked dossier are in fact NOT mutually exclusive. Njaunju likely died for respecting ‘ACB ethnics’ while investigating a sensitive corruption case involving another DPP guru “munthu wamkulu”. The manner he was killed was to eliminate evidence, ‘ leave no any trail behind’. That’s the ruthlessness and brutality of DPP for you.
We have seen high profile arson being REPEATED, ‘MEC warehouse, minister’s office burnt to ashes’. What would have STOPPED the same THUGS to eliminate people who were investigating this Policegate, then cover up everything?
Wachita bwino kuulura akanamuphanso MWAKACHETECHETE ngati Njaunji.
SHAME on THUGS

Munyasiwa
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Munyasiwa

Let me differ with the ACB boss that the leakage has compromised the likelihood of prosecuting corrupt activities in this scandal. In fact Mr ACB Boss let me tell you and you should register that the leakage has done more good than harm to the most hard working Malawians. The leakage is a milestone in the fight against corruption. Stop pretending Mr ACB Boss.You are in Malawi and you are a Malawian. The leakage is for all those suffering in our hospital beds but not getting medications because of our corrupt leaders.

Kyala
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Kyala

He is already making excuses because the govt is twisting him behind the scene. Shame on you on the pioneer deal.

Patriot...
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Mukamatikumbutsa za imfa ya munthu komanso ali mwana wathu, mumakhala ngati mukuonjezera sabola pamodzi ndi nchere pa chilonda chomwe wangovulala kumene… Imfa ya Issa ife abale ake amene timamudziwa misozi imakhala ikutulukabe poganizira ntchito yomwe amatumukira kudziko la malawi komanso ku kubanja lake, we feel so painful the way the goverment playing with this heinous terrible planned assassination. We only put this case in the hands of The Almighty that be it joy and calamity all are from HIM However, to all who thinks that he took part on the death of Njauju, that they pretend to be safe can… Read more »

Angoni apaphata
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Angoni apaphata

Achitsiru awa olo utawakwelera mkazi wawo adiila kuti apolisi afufuze. Iweyo ndiwe Head wa ACB. Akuphera mwana pakhoma. Ukudikira apollisi. Koma kupepela kwinaku pilizi

Gubudu
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Gubudu

Chitsiru kwambiri ndi munthu ameneme amapanga comments based on emotions. Are u happy that the names of people willing to give sensitive information on crime are outed? Dont you see sense in what he is saying? Learn to channel your anger to the right people. POLICE IS SUPPOSED TO SHOULDER THE BLAME.

Angoni apaphata
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Angoni apaphata

Mr Boss sir…. Thak you you are right. The bereau does not investigate murder cases. Go to bed. If i was the head of the bereau all activitiy would be focused on who killed my employee. If you get into my house and stab my child it is not a police matter in my eyes. It is a personal matter. If I am head of ACB and my top investigator is murdered it is personal. If it was me. To you it is just another murder. Nkumati dziko lingatukuke chonchi. Put me head of ACB and kill one of mine.… Read more »

Gubudu
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Gubudu

Silly, every one reports crime to police including families, churches, businesses etc.

Mchape
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Galu iwe but the ACB could push for Scotland yard after seeing that nothing is coming out of the police

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