CSOs excited with Lule’s murder trial: Demand swift action on Msundwe rape saga,  Njaunju’s killers

Malawi’s human rights watchdogs, the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and the Youth and Society (YAS), have expressed excitement with the arrest 12 police officers suspected to be behind the killing of Buleya Lule.

Kaiyatsa: Let justice be seen to be done

Lule died in police custody at the Lilongwe Police Station on 21 February 2019, just a few hours after appearing in court as one of six suspects in the abduction of Goodson Makanjira, a 14-year-old boy with albinism who hailed from Dedza.

However, there has been no progress in investigations on the matter, a development that worried human rights activists such as CHRR and YAS.

Hence, the CHRR acting executive director Michael Kaiyatsa and YAS executive director Charles Kajoloweka have welcomed the arrests on Friday of 12 police officers suspected to have a hand in the murder of Lule.

Kaiyatsa and Kajoloweka, in a joint statement issued on Sunday, stated that the arrests were long overdue.

“This demonstrates the new administration’s commitment to ending impunity that undermined the rule of law in the past regime. YAS and CHRR believe that this is just one step towards ensuring that no one is above the law,” the statement reads in part.

However, the two organizations have urged urge authorities to promptly bring the detainees to court for fair trial.

YAS and CHRR have further asked the government to swiftly arrest and prosecute suspects accused of similar charges, including the murders of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) official Issa Njaunju on 2 July 2015, Malawi Polytechnic student Robert Chasowa on 24 September 2011 and Superintendent Usuman Imedi on 8 October 2019.

“We also pray for speedy justice because justice delayed is justice denied. We particularly urge authorities to expeditiously act on the Chasowa Commission of Inquiry Report and bring perpetrators to justice as some of the suspects are now serving in the Tonse Alliance-led administration. There should be no room for selective justice,” they say.

Kaiyatsa and Kajoloweka have also pleaded with the law enforcement agencies to take swift action against police officers implicated in mass rape, defilement and abuse of girls and women in Msundwe and surrounding areas.

“We also call on the Tonse administration to expeditiously investigate and arrest criminals who petro-bombed the Tambala family in Area 24, Lilongwe, on 4 May 2020. The act of terror claimed three lives–a mother, father and one kid–and left four family members with horrible burns. Authorities must provide social security and rehabilitation support to the four orphaned minors,” they conclude their statement.

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Botolo
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Botolo

Good job. Ife tikudira arrest ya Masangwi yemwe anakhudzidwa ndi imfa ya mwana wa sukulu pa Poly, Chasowa. Zimenezo zili pati?

ignatius
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What about The death of Imedi, we know the tribes which u are against with

Mwini muzi
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Cinducting swift trials is a very big challenge to our justice system. The judges are too few, the diffence lawyers are too few hence the reason for all the cases in long ques taking many years to conclude. I heard Justice Chifundo Kachale on Zodiac radio/tv saying that Dedza alone has already 52 murder cases on the que. A single case alone can take months to conclude due to different reasons from the stake holders, you can just imagine for how long it would take to conclude those cases.

Kala
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Kala

Kokolikoooo

ERUTU
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ERUTU

Amangeni 👮🏽

Justice and Peace
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Justice and Peace

Wawa,
The murder of Late Usuman Medi has been mentioned in the story.

Manyaka
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Manyaka

Lule was an albino trader or killer, why are you treating him as if he was a Saint?

Mjomba che binya
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Mjomba che binya

Indeed Lule was a Killer not a Saint, but he was killed by the police inorder to stop him from revealing people who sent him to commit that Crime. These police men knows who the big Kahuna is. Lule anangogiritsidwa ntchito

Wawa
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Wawa

Why are you deliberately leaving out the murder of a Police man at Nsundwe and destruction of peoples businesses? Are u implying his life was not important therefore didn’t matter? Was his death in vain? U have rewarded Timothy Mtambo the man behind the destruction. Selective justice is justice denied. Let every one be treated fairly and equally under the Law. Prosecuting DPP cadres only while shielding UTMCP murderers is tantamount to persecution.

Wachiyao
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The article has included the death of Usuman Imedi. Are you talking of a different officer? Nkhani mukamawerenga mudzimaliza yonse before you start commenting. Mwapusapotu apa.

Andrew
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Andrew

Read carefully akulu,who is Imedi in the article?

Chamunorwa
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Chamunorwa

100% correct . Why leave out the murder of a police officer.

Tiikalero
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Tiikalero

There is also murders of a senior police officer at Ndata in 2014 during joyce banda’s visit to MUST.
He was also a Muslim from Salima.

ERUTU
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ERUTU

Ai wait

Andrew
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Andrew

imedi’s issue Is mentioned akulu

Kakhuta
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Kakhuta

A polisi 12 ndi ma DPP cadres? Koma kupolisiku kunadzazadi ma cadet!

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