Some sections of the civil society are planning to hold demonstrations in the eastern lakeshore district of Mangochi to demand justice for murdered Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director of corporate affairs Issa Njauju amid growing calls for speedy investigations into his gruesome murder.
Njauju’s body was found abandoned in Lilongwe around July 5 close to Presidential Villa riddled with gun bullets while his official vehicle was set on fire and abandoned within the city.
“There is concern over the stalled process and lack of updates to inform the nation about the progress in investigations and bring the culprits to book,” Billy Mayaya, one the civil society activist planning the demonstrations told Nyasa Times on Monday.
“We feel that matter should be given priority given the gruesome nature of the crime and the high profile of the victim,” he said.
Mayaya added: “We want to exert pressure on the relevant authorities to update the nature on progress made so far.”
He warned that if progress on investigations is not forthcoming, “more acts of civil disobedience will take place throughout the country until answers are provided.”
Police said they made one arrest so far and that investigations were still in progress but had earlier indicated the murder of Njauju was related to his work at the graft-busting body.
Mayaya said the demonstration will take place in Mangochi because Njauju, 49, came from the district.
Catholic Commission for Peace and Justice (CCJP) warned that the murder of Njauju could have negative implications in the fight against graft in the country in response to Cashgate.
Envoys of the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, the European Union, Norway and Ireland called for speedy investigations and warned that intimidation and bribery should not been used to deter the bureau from pursuing those denying the country its much-needed resources through corruption.