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9 cops implicated in Buleya Lule murder

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By Faith Kadzanja:

Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has recommended that nine police officers should be investigated to determine the role they played in the death of Buleya Lule.

Lule was among six suspects that were arrested following the abduction of Goodson Fanizo Makanjira, a boy with albinism in Dedza, in February 2019.

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Presenting findings of the commission in Lilongwe Wednesday, MHRC Commissioner Martha Chizuma said Lule was tortured to death while in police custody and that Malawi Police Service violated his right by, among other things, arresting him without notifying him of his offence.

The police officers named are acting Commissioner for Central Region Police Headquarters Evalista Chisale, Superintendent Paul Chipole, Sub-Inspector Ikram Malata, Inspector Ronnex Kapesa, Station Criminal Investigations Officer for Dedza Police Station and Inspector Mervin Gama.

MHRC also implicated C Division’s four mobile police service officers who escorted the suspect from Lilongwe Principal Magistrate Court to Lilongwe Police Station after Lule had appeared in court.

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“The Inspector General of Police should urgently institute criminal investigations of all police officers who arrested the victim on February 18 2019, and held him for interrogation, to determine the role they played, if at all, leading to the death of the victim,” the report reads in part.

The report says the investigations should include police officers and persons who may be revealed by such investigations but were not covered by the commission of inquiry.

“It is the position of the commission that the evidence it has since gathered casts some doubt that the victim [Lule] was indeed the mastermind of the abduction of Fanizo. The role played by the victim, James Green, Grignard and unknown businessman, is yet to be established,” the report adds.

When Chizuma said these sentiments, Lule’s wife cried out and walked out of the room in grief.

The commission also recommended that wife to the late Lule should seek compensation from the State by taking the matter to court.

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