A prominent civil rights activist has faulted the state for delayed extradition of murder suspect Misozi Chamthunya.
Chamthunya was arrested in South Africa in 2012 where he allegedly took refuge for killing his girl friend Linda Gasa over pregnancy disagreements.
Timothy Mtambo, the executive director of Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) said it was disheartening that justice is being delayed in the case and other serious cases.
“There are a number of cases that are taking forever to be concluded. The Robert Chasowa case is another example, we should keep on waiting, until when,” said Mtambo.
He said the delayed justice can encourage lawlessness in the country.
Mtambo observed that some people are swiftly locked up in jails on petty issues whilst those involved in serious criminal cases are not brought before courts to face the law.
“We have very good legal framework but our legal institutions are not funded. Another problem is political interference. Political interference is killing our justice system,” he said.
However, Justice ministry spokesperson Apoche Itimu said the government is waiting for judgment from a South African court on whether Chamthunya should be extradited or not.
“We are waiting for a judicial review from South Africa. Chamthunya has challenged every stage of his extradition,” she said.
Chamthunya allegedly poisoned his Zimbabwean girl friend who was learning at Malawi College of Accountancy after she allegedly told him that she was pregnant and wanted maintenance money. Chamthunya is married.