Albino body issues ultimatum over arrest of suspect Lule’s police killers

Malawi Police is now faced with another ultimatum on the arrest of police officers who killed in custody  Buleya Lule, a suspect in the abduction of a Dedza teenage boy with albinism.

APAM president Kondowe : There is an invisible hand in the cases of people with albinism

Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) has given the police up to 10 days to arrest the police killers of Buleya Lule or the members would take an unspecified action.

This is a third ultimatum after others from Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) and Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC).

Lule died while in police custody in February this year and Malawi Police Service (MPS) Deputy Inspector General Duncan Mwapasa is on record as having stated that an autopsy commissioned earlier showed that the suspect had died of natural causes.

But another autopsy done by independent pathologist Charles Dzamalala released last week on Tuesday indicated electrocution as the main cause of death.

National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said they cannot effect an arrest over the murder until they afofficially get a copy of the Dzamalala report.

Secretary general of APAM Ian Simbota said Lule is the third suspect in the attacks, abductions and killings of people with albinism to die whilst in police custody, saying in all the other cases, the responsible police officers were not arrested.

He said after the lapse of the 10-day ultimatum period, APAM will make a decision as to the next step.

CCJP national coordinator Boniface Chibwana said in a statement dated April 19 that Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) should investigate and treat the case as a critical human rights issue by making recommendations based on its findings.

This rights commission  is this week expected to release a comprehensive report on the murder of Lule in police custody having interviewed police officers who were on duty and those who were interrogating Lule on the night he was killed.

MHRC executive secretary David Nungu said his organisation is working on finalising its report following parallel investigations it instituted.

Kondowe said Lule’s murder confirmed their fears of the existence of an invisible hand in the cases of people with albinism (PWA).

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Eye of an eagle
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Eye of an eagle

When someone is killed in Bwengu, Chinkhwangwa or Malomo we do not push the police to arrest the culprint. When someone is killed in the hands of the police, nobody is responsible. Those who are supposed to protection us, right from the head are killing us. Time has come God will do his own way and your will know that devil is a liar

ndangodutsamo
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This is laughable, you mean the whole police services has not yet arrested those who killed Buleya, what are they waiting for? With police service behaving like this, Malawi is not safe at all. Peter Muntharika their commander is behind this reluctance – no one else, this is the president making all this. Remember APM adawoletsa maliro a Bingu chifukwa chofuna u president. He can do anything to retain this power. Malawi dzuka asanatithe psyitiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

Sibuno
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Sibuno

I agree, the deaths of Njaunju and Chasowa may have been carried out by the same people who have killed Lule. There is a logical link looking at governments reluctance to pursue the crimes to logical conclusions

Visit Mwams
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Visit Mwams

There is indeed an invisible hand behind the killings of people with albinism. This hand can be traced to State house. In other words, Peter Muthalika is responsible for this. When he formed the commission of enquiry to investigate these barbaric killings, he shamelessly told the commissioners that some people are trying to tarnish his name by dragging him into this issue, so the commissioners should not believe them they should just be ignored. If the president (APM) tells the commission which evidence to accept and which evidence to reject, then what’s the point of having an independent commission of… Read more »

DPP the killers and thieves
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DPP the killers and thieves

DPP is behind killings of people with albinism in this country. That is why it is becoming difficult for the police to act. God fearing Malawians can no way vote for killers of innocent people into power. Shame!

Bagonani
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Bagonani

You have forgotten that leaked whatsapp chat where some followers of Arafat were planning to abduct and kill an albino with the aim of tarnishing the image of government?

Moya
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Moya

As much as we need to know what happened to buleya why are we not emphasizing or giving government ultimatums on finding the missing boy or queezing the rest of the people who were involved with buleya to tellis what they know? Are we not missing the source of the story?

Chiswa B
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Chiswa B

You are right dude

Mtumbuka wa ku Thekerani.
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Mtumbuka wa ku Thekerani.

Dont you think that if we turn to other suspects for information they will be killed aswell.
First step is to arest the silencers of Buleya then extracting info from the other suspects.
That way the Silencers will think twice. And the lives of suspects will be protected.

Make Malawi Great
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Make Malawi Great

but rush to arrest people for insulting the first lady, throwing stones to the convoy, utm supporters, ambulance drivers saving lives! You didnt care to order for autopsy now you want a report delivered to you! It was delivered to the people who cared enough to order it not your natural cause BS! May 21st you will be answerable.