Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director of corporate affairs Issa Njauju may have been killed in a case of mistaken identity.
Njaunju was found dead on July 4 2015 with his body half-buried near Lilongwe River and his Toyota Hilux double-cabin vehicle burnt to ashes behind the presidential villas in Lilongwe.
Sources at the bureau say ACB deputy director general Reyneck Matemba has been receiving anonymous death threats and that the hired assassin may have mistaken. Njauju with Matemba who has a striking resemblance with the murder victim.
ACB is investigating a number of high-profile cases that include Cashgate where billions of kwacha were stolen from government.
Matemba is involved in the prosecution of the cashgate cases which has seen some people implicated in the theft have been convicted while others including prominent people are still answering cases in court.
There are also investigation involving high profile people in the ruling DPP on the missing billions from 2005.
Matemba said Njauju, 49, was in charge of finance, human resource, administration and internal audit, saying he could not be a target for some people that are being investigated as he was not involved in any investigations or prosecution.
He, however, said truth would come out after police complete their investigations.
Sources say Njauju was not the intended target.
His family were “completely devastated”.
Lilongwe Police Station spokesperson Ramsey Mshani said the assassins have not been identified.
Sources indicate one of the assasins is a former Malawi Army soldier and has been working at a farm. Informants also say the Njanju murder was planned in similar way like the killing of university student Robert Chasowa ( more information Nyasa Times has gathered will be shared with local and international bodies.)
ACB investogors were also reported to be ntimidated and threatened by businessperson, Karamat Ullah Chaudhry and Azhar Chaudrey, to drop any other investigations against them related to tax, money laundering and corruption.
Karamat Chaudhry was recently interrogated by Fiscal Police in connection with the K2 million deposited into ACB boss Lucas Kondowe’s bank account at First Merchant Bank (FMB) in Blantyre.
ACB said they have dockets for the entrepreneur in relation to forex externalisation.
The Chaudhry claim to be key fanciers to ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and “well-wishers” of President Peter Mutharika.
Catholic Commission for Peace and Justice (CCJP) has warned that Njauju’s brutual and salvage murder could have negative implications in the fight against graft in the country.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :