By: Lloyd M’bwana
The Malawi Police have arrested their own colleague from prosecution department in connection with the killing of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director of Corporate Affairs Issa Njauju in July this year, 2015.
Nicholas Gondwa, Malawi Police National Spokesperson confirmed to the local press on Thursday, December 17, the arrest of the cop from prosecution department but tight lipped for his identity for fear of jeopardizing investigations on the matter.
The arrest of police officer comes barely three months after Malawi Police arrested Frank John as a suspect for killing the late Njauju and charged him with murder in September this year.
“What I can reveal at the moment is that a police officer is indeed in our custody. We are still investigating the matter. However, we won’t provide any details or the particulars of the officer until the time we are satisfied with investigation information on the matter”, confirms Gondwa.
But police sources privy to The Maravi Post revealed that the police officer who has been arrested works in the prosecution department and has been in the custody for about a week.
The late Njauju was brutally murdered after he went missing on July 2, 2015 before his body was discovered two days later behind Presidential villas in the capital Lilongwe. His official vehicle was later found burnt along Ntandire Road within the city such that post-mortem results revealed that Njauju body had bullet wounds on the neck and stomach.
The murder of the ACB official attracted the wrath of the public demanding explanations from the police over his death. Consequently, the Malawi Police on July 12, 2015 put forward MK1.5 million as a reward to anyone who is going to provide information for the arrest of killers of the late Njauju’s.
The Death of Njauju garnered a lot of interest and social media Buzz in the country. Some people were even pointing fingers at Government as they said he was investigating the Cash gate scandals that appeared to affect the current Government.
In September, it was reportedly that ACB officers and those working in the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) expressed fear and demanded security in their work when investigating fraud and corruption cases as they continue receiving death threats recently being ACB’s Deputy Director Reyneck Matemba.