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Issa Njauju murder sophisticated—Police

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Slightly over a year after the gruesome murder of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director of Administration and Corporate Affairs, Issa Njauju, police have claimed that investigations are meeting hurdles because the killers seem to have been very sophisticated.

Njauju was killed early July last year and his body was found half buried behind the presidential villas in Lilongwe while his official vehicle was reduced to cinders at Mtsiliza, a slum which is a few kilometres west of Bingu International Stadium.

The brutal killing of Njauju was linked to his job, particularly activities relating to investigations on the plunder of public funds dubbed Cashgate.

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In an interview yesterday, National Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Nicholas Gondwa, said Njauju’s murder remains complicated.

“The people who committed the act seem to have been very sophisticated such that investigations are not easy. As police, however, we are still investigating the matter and we will mostly rely on tips from different people,” said Gondwa.

He added: “Of course, we arrested two people in relation to the murder but we believe that there is need for more evidence before we take the matter to the court in full. But we remain optimistic that one day the truth shall come out, no matter how long it may take.”

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One Frank John who was arrested after being found in possession of Njauju’s mobile phone is still remanded at Maula Prison while a police officer who was also arrested after he allegedly claimed to know Njauju’s slayers was granted bail.

Different commentators have challenged government to show its seriousness in fighting corruption by protecting workers at the ACB and getting to the bottom of Njauju’s murder.

There have been cases of some workers at the corruption busting agency quitting after feeling that their jobs jeopardise their lives.

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