Murder of Asian woman worries Malawi businesses

India and Pakistan nationals, who have business investments in Malawi, have strongly condemned the brutal murder of 48-year-old British national of Asian origin, Mrs. Batul Asif Gaffer, one of the directors of Riverside Hotel.

The woman was murdered at her home by six thugs armed with guns and Panga knifes Sunday afternoon.

The murderers went away with undisclosed millions of kwacha’s and other Items.

The act took place around 12: 30 pm on Sunday and the deceased Mrs Batul Asif Gafar 48 was with her daughter during the time. She was one of the Owners of River side Hotel.

According to Farook Patel brother to the deceased, about five thugs were hiding inside a green motor vehicle without registration number and cheated the four security guards as if there was only a driver alone.

Patel further said the thugs pretended to buy in ice blocks in the compound with intention to attack the house.

Soon after entering the gate, the other hiding thugs tied the four security guards and quickly beat up Mrs. Batul Gafar who sustained injuries and later pronounced dead at Kamuzu Central Hospital.

Lilongwe Police Public Relation Officer   Kingsley Dandaula confirmed the incident but said investigations are still underway.

However a group of Lilongwe business investors from India and Pakistan have strongly condemned the murder saying it is scary.

“The murder will scare off investors. This is unacceptable,” said Chairperson of the Lilongwe Sunni Foundation, Raffik Gaffer,, adding that the local security is eroding.

For past weeks, residents of Lilongwe have been experience daylight evil Incidents of car hijacking especially at Bwalo la Njobvu, Area 49 and other places in city while the security forces are busy with political policing.

President Bingu wa Mutharika ordered the that they can shoot to kill robbers in a move to protect foreign and local investment.

«  I want the police to shoot and even kill when they find robbers terrorizing investors or anyone, » the President is on record saying when he launched the ultra-modern billion Kwacha wheat milling machine by foreign investor Bakhresa Grain and Milling Company (BGMC) last year.

The President said national security has been improved to secure this development and to create a conducive environment, protect property, money and investors.

“If you are found in the act and come back alive you will be lucky because you will be shot dead. I want everyone to be protected. I want security for investment and for everyone,” he said.

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