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Issa Njauju murder suspect charged

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Some two months after Anti–Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director of Corporate Affairs Issa Njauju was gruesomely murdered in Lilongwe and his body discovered half buried, police have arrested Frank John and charged him with the murder.

The suspect is currently on remand at Maula Prison after the police quietly arraigned him before the court.

National Police Spokesperson Rhoda Manjolo, confirmed the arrest and charge of the accused.

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“I am at a funeral right now. That’s all we can tell you. As of now, the suspect is on remand and like we have said all along, the investigations are not for public consumption,” she said in an interview yesterday.

Manjolo refused to divulge more details but said that trial would commence soon.

Just last week Inspector General of Police Lexten Kachama told this paper that the law enforcers were keeping the investigations under wraps and will only inform the public once everything is completed.

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Njauju went missing on July 2 this year before his body was discovered two days later behind Presidential Villas in Lilongwe. The body had bullet wounds on the neck and stomach, according to post-mortem results.

His official vehicle, a Toyota Hilux double cabin, was later found burnt along Ntandile Road within the city.

Following the incident, security was tightened at the graft-busting body offices as well as additional security was provided to ACB officials and officers from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) as the murder was linked to, among others issues, ongoing Cashgate investigations.

A number of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and development partners also called for speedy investigations into the murder, saying it has the potential of compromising officers from carrying out their duties of investigating cases without fear.

ACB Deputy Director Reyneck Matemba is also on record to have said that he was receiving death threats prior to the assassination of Njauju.

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