State rights body, the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) says it has put on hold its decision to investigate the death of Issah Njauju, who was the third in command at graft busting body, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).
MHRC chairman Justin Dzonzi said the decision has been reached at after the government said it would engage experts from Scotland Yard of the United Kingdom to probe the death.
“We want to give a chance to the state investigators do their job without any interference. The commission respects the decision by the government to hire foreign experts to help with the investigations,” said Dzonzi.
MHRC announced its decision to make parallel investigations on the death of Njauju after government failure to probe the matter one year after he was brutally murdered.
The murder of Njauju has been a great political storm in the country.
Dzonzi said the commission would move in to investigate the matter should the government fail to institute its investigations.
Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said the law enforcers are still investigating the matter.
“We are still interviewing people, we are exploring several leads, we are being professional that is why we are taking time,” he said.
Two people, including a police officer, were arrested in connection with the murder of the director of Corporate Affairs at ACB.
Parliament last month passed a motion moved by an opposition legislator Everson Makowa Mwale (MCP) ,asking the United Kingdom to bring Scotland Yard Detectives to investigate Njauju’s death.
Nkhata Bay South South East member of Parliament (MP) Noah Chipeni said the police in Malawi are failing to do their job well because of political interference.
“Mr Speaker, Sir, our investigating officers cannot do their fine job which they are known to be doing if constantly put on a short political leash. Mr Speaker, Sir, it is not to undermine our investigative institutions when we call upon government to ask for outside help but it is basically to deal with the delays that we have witnessed in these cases. And again, it is not to accuse our men in uniform of any maladroitness Mr Speaker, Sir, but it is because of delays that we have witnessed,” said Chimpeni.