Buleya’s police ‘cell death’ still under investigation

Malawi police has said  the controversial death in cell of late Buleya Lule, a key suspect in the abduction of a 14-year old albino boy Goodson Makanjira in Dedza, remains an “active investigation.”

Buleya Lule died in police cell
Death in custody: Luke Buleya

The Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) claimed preliminary findings of an autopsy for Buleya revealed that he was electrocuted, then hit with metal bars.

Apam blamed the police as responsible for Lule’s death.

But National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera has said the law enforcers are still waiting for  the findings of an autoposy report which  Malawi Human Rights Commission [MHRC] commissioned on the matter.

Kadadzera said the outcome of the report will determine the course of action  the police will take.

But Apam president Overstone Kondowe, quoting an oral report of preliminary results from pathologists who include Dr. Charles Dzamalala, Lule was electrocuted and hit on the head with some metal bars.

Kondowe said they had MHRC, family members and the police when the preliminary findings were shared.

“It was concluded that the late Lule was killed. They singled out the main cause as electrocution and there was also bleeding inside the brain because of pressure from a cylindrical bar which was used on his head,” he said.

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) chairperson Timothy Mtambo described the incident as an indication of how the State has become a suspect in the syndicate.

“Firstly, we strongly believe that these deaths are mafia-like planned and executed just to frustrate investigations that would lead us to alleged markets and lords behind these heinous crimes.

“Secondly, we at HRDC and indeed all well-meaning Malawians are tempted to think that those that we have entrusted with the responsibility of bringing the perpetrators of these inhumane acts are deliberately failing to do their job,” Mtambo said in  a statement made available to Nyasa Times.

The late suspect was alleged to have offered K800 000 to buy Goodson, who went  missing in Dedza.

Lule is  a third suspect to die while on trial related to abduction of persons with albinism since 2015. All the three cases have the police involved. In 2015, another suspect charged in connection with abduction of a two–year girl with albinism in Machinga died in the hands of the police after he allegedly jumped from a cruising police vehicle.

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Mulopwana
3 years ago

Government syndicate in albino killings indeed.

Rotten Police
Rotten Police
3 years ago

Public servants murdering and terminating someone*s life under the watchful eye of DPP and APM. May the soul of Buleya be source of real curse for his murders.

NELSON NGWIRA
NELSON NGWIRA
3 years ago

ASK THE POLICE CAUSE THEY DO WORK ACCORDING TO CHAIN COMMAND THERE FORE THE INSPECTOR IN CHARGE OF POLICE KNOWS

George Malemu
George Malemu
3 years ago

Inu angamange wa polisi ndani pano that`s why either Chakwera or Chilima says adzasova zimenezi after entering into the gvt, their time is piling up. Remember there was Oliver Soko, Willie Mwaluka, etc so called police spokespersons, who says things contrary to what is on the ground and today we have Kadadzera tikukuonanitu. Zikakhala zopanda mitu you go viral tikuwafufuza even interpol koma zikakhala zenizeni then you want Malawians to be asking you why you are not investigating such issues, the reply palibe wabwera kudzadandaula. even if we come, you say tatumidwa ndi a opposition which means always the opposition… Read more »

UHURU
UHURU
3 years ago

We wont make headway on this issue as long as DPP is still on the throne, there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. I pray for regime change!

joe
joe
3 years ago

The State is main suspect indeed, simukuona kwati zii akuopa kuti akagwira wina campaign iwavuta. Inu aoposition kumisokhani muzingotokosola balali mpaka tivote. Tatopa nawo yawa.

bullets
bullets
3 years ago

The policespokes person said he was ill. He knows the whole game. They lied about Chasowa. Here they lie again. Heaven is seeing . One day

Amgwagwa
3 years ago

We need to find who else was in the cell, or other cells nearby and ask them what they heard when in the police cell. They will provide the best evidence as well. This is a straight forward that even a child can solve. Who were the police officers on duty that day and all of them needs to be investigated and anyone that was present at the police during or around that time needs to be investigated.!! Zachibwana izi ife ayi. Mutiuze basi! its sad that without finding who killed Mr. Buleya , we will not know the truth… Read more »

NYABINGHE WARRIOUR
NYABINGHE WARRIOUR
3 years ago

THE QUESTION IS WHO WAS ON DUTY WHEN WHEN THE PERSON WAS BRUTALISED AND MURDERD

Drake
Drake
3 years ago

The Station Officer must be arrested while investigations are taking place. This crime took place with his blessings and he knows the Police Officers who carried out the interviews of the suspect, No Police officer has a right to take away some ones life and the whole station must be a crime scence and those working there must be treated as suspects

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