Chisale, 11 other cops charged of Lule’s murder: Magistrate Viva commits suspects to High Court for trial

Commissioner of Police Evelyn Chisale, who was responsible for the Central Region, with 11 other police officers have been formally charged  with an offence of murder  in connection with the death of Buleya Lule, a suspected abductee of a person with albinism.

charge over Buleya Lule
The suspects at the court
Magistrate Viva Nyimba: Commits matter to High Court

The 12 were arrested last Friday after Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mary Kachale directed that all officers implicated in the death of Lule be prosecuted.

Lule, 44, died in police custody in Lilongwe and was a suspect in the abduction and killing of a 14-year-old boy with albinism in Dedza.

The suspects were brought to court on Monday morning where they were formally charged before Lilongwe Principal Resident Magistrate Viva Nyimba.

Magistrate Nyimba said his court has no jurisdiction for murder trials and committed the suspects to High Court for trial.

Nyimba has since thrown out an application by Enock Chibwana, lawyer for Chisale that his client and other 12 accused police officers should not be remanded in custody at Maula Prison.

The lawyer wanted the accused person to be remanded at the police station for fear that prisoners might seek retribution against them.

Chibwana applied to the court that the accused police officers should be remanded in police cell fearing that prisoners might take revenge against them.

But Nyimba concurred with chief state advocate Jean Piriminta that there was no legal basis for the accused officers to continue being kept at a police station.

Priminta argued that prison authorities have the mandate to segregate inmates upon noticing that the ones taken there are at risk of being mistreated by fellow inmates.

This means that all the suspects will be remanded in custody at Maula prison pending a full hearing of the case in the High Court.

Chisale is wife to personal bodyguard to immediate former president Peter Mutharika when he was in power.

The Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) investigation detailed an account of how the deceased was taken from one police station to another by different police officers.

The report states that Lule died when Police Inspector Gama and other unnamed four mobile police officers took him back from the court to Lilongwe Police Station.

But before Gama was assigned to take him to the station, a police officer only identified as Kampira took him to court where he was seen walking with difficulties.

The report acknowledged earlier informal information that he was helped to board the vehicle by fellow accused persons.

It reads in part: “On arrival at the station, the victim was motionless. He was taken out of the vehicle on a stretcher and put at the custody bay. His eyes were closed throughout the time.”

According to the report, that was the time when Detective Sub-Inspector Bosco Matete, Sergeant Tambala and Constable Mathambo took him to Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) where he was certified dead.

Before he was brought to court, Detective Inspector Chavinda and Inspector Chiwambo took the suspect to Chisale and other police officers.

Others who took part in the arrest are Sub-Inspector Ikram Malata, while Detective Superintendent Chipole coordinated the interrogations at Chitsime Police Unit, but he left to attend to other issues, leaving Malata and others to finish interrogations.

Ombudsman Martha Chizuma, a commissioner of MHRC,  said it is undeniable fact that the victim was tortured in police custody, as such police violated Section 19 (3) of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi which guarantees that no person shall be subjected to torture.

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Concerned citizen
1 year ago

Do not forget the I concluded case of Robert Chasowa. We need to know.

Mwini muzi
1 year ago

The focus on Lule’s death is good to deter police torture whilst suspects are in their remand custody. My question is: who is continuing with investigations to the death of the alubino person after Lule the suspect died in custody? No one seems to talk about it as the focus is now shifted. Is Lule’s death more critical than that of the alubino?

Mkanda Gudu
Mkanda Gudu
1 year ago
Reply to  Mwini muzi

The investigations were completed and Ntaba had been sitting on the report as he was tasked to lead the presidential task force. Once the Chisale’s and team are dealt with the report will drive the agenda

1 year ago

Killing a person in custody is bringing shame to the regime of that time it is bad citizens feel protected when ever they are under Police custody threats of death like that.

Malawi belong to the citizens

Akakuwone kundende akapezeka wolakwira, makhoti athu simaseweratu.

1 year ago

Please also look into Njaunju and Chasow

Malawi ndi mmodzi
1 year ago

Shame on you murderers, you should rot in jail!

Livulezi river
Livulezi river
1 year ago

Viva Nyimba !!
Viva Malawi !!
Viva democracy !!
Good reasoning our judge.
This shud serve as a lesson to all who when in power feel they’re untouchables.
The present govt shud borrow a leaf from this case
Dpp in particular shud kno that zintchito zawo zikuwatsata.
Mu ulamuliro wawo anafikapo
No body cud give them advice paja akulu anati , he , who , laughs last , laughs longest
Lero ndi iziiii !!🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Real Northerner
Real Northerner
1 year ago

You will be very ashamed that not all the 12 suspects committed this murder. How can the whole commissioner be implicated in this murder. Is questioning a suspect in five minutes time an offence? What about the one who was sent to pick the suspect at police custody so that commissioner Chisale should see him. Is it an offence to be sent. Why is the one who was sent implicated also? What about someone who acted as a witness when the real suspects where recorded their statements? Is it an offence to be a witness when a suspect is being… Read more »

Game changer
1 year ago

You seem ignorant on how it works in cases like these. The first step is looking at who participated in the story .The courts will be able to isolate one by one according to their statements. Others had authority to authorize torture while some acted on it, both are wrong but at different gravity. Ndiye musiye kumaganiza ngati bakha

1 year ago

Excuse me u must be the dumbustest northern creature ever created u’ve just missed the whole point ure in a dream still can’t believe that this is new malawi let the law take its course and your cadet mind trail behind, geek

M Cheka Chilenje
M Cheka Chilenje
1 year ago

Pepani kwambiri. May Buleya soul rest in peace.

Nyekhwest .
Nyekhwest .
1 year ago

How did she rose to the post of Commissioner?
Awonetseni Nyekhwe mayiwo

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