BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—The Head of Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at the Malawi Police Service, Bob Mtekama, has died today Tuesday at Blantyre seventh day Adventist hospital.
National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera has confirmed of the sad news but details surrounding his death remain sketchy at the moment as he declined to divulge more information.
Last week Malawi Fiscal Police led by Mtekama questioned former president of Malawi, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika on his role in the duty free importation of cement worth K5 billion when he was in power.
In the cement scandal, Mutharika’s Taxpayer Identification Number (TPIN) was used in importation of bags of cement.
Mutharika is denying the allegations that he was involved in the cement saga, saying some people were doing that without his knowledge.
There are no details on the questioning but two of his close aides – Norman Chisale, Mutharika’s ex-bodyguard and former director of state residences, Peter Mukhito have been arrested and questioned on the matter.
Newly appointed Inspector General (IG) of Police George Kainja appointed Malawi’s effective crime -buster and top-notch law enforcement detective Bob Mtekama to head the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and lead in the fight against crime at the National Police Headquarters in Area 30 after a major shake-up.
Bob Hamisi Stambuli Mtekama widely known for his professional traits was Limbe Police Station officer-in-charge and replaced Stain Chaima who had been moved as director of CID to Salima Police Station as officer-in-charge
Mtekama who was trained by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in America and been doing his degree in Criminal Law at the University of Zanzibar, was the only police officer in Malawi trained in forensic science by the University of Malawi’s College of Medicine.
He was expected to spearhead investigations of some high profile cases that stalled during the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regime.
Mtekama was also a fingerprint specialist and only handwriting expert in the Malawi Police.