BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—The Lilongwe Magistrate Court has on Friday formally charged former president Peter Mutharika’s personal body guard Norman Chisale with murder of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director of corporate affairs Issa Njaunju.
Chisale, who is also answering other two charges of attempted murder and fraud and money laundering, has been remanded at Maula Prison pending trial.
The case will be committed to the High Court where will take place at a later date.
Lawyer representating Chisale, Chancy Gondwe has confirmed.
“I can confirm that my client has been charged of murder offence. He has been remanded at Maula Prison pending committal of the matter to the High Court where he shall be formally charged,” he said.
Njaunju was brutally murdered in 2015. He went missing for two days before his body was found by sand miners half-buried and his official vehicle, a Toyota Hilux double-cabin pick-up, destroyed in a different direction.
Those who were arrested in connection with the murder are two police officers–Sergeant Titus Thombozi who was attached to Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) at Mchinji border, but he was operating from Mchinji Police Station and Christopher Naphiyo.
The first suspect to be arrested and charged with murder was Frank John who was found with Njaunju’s mobile phone after donors stressed that the murder was an attack on the justice system and fight against corruption.
Post-mortem results revealed that Njaunju’s body had bullet wounds in the neck and stomach.