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DPP concludes Dedza Malawi Revenue Authority murder probe

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Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Steven Kayuni has said the State has finalised investigations into the suspected murder of Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) station manager for Dedza Border Post, Alinafe Bonongwe.

Forty-three-year-old Bonongwe was, around 10pm on February 4 this year, found dead in his house.

According to Kayuni, files containing information on the death of Bonongwe have been sent to the High Court awaiting trial.

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He said the State will be waiting to get trial dates set by the court.

“Well, after the police successfully wrapped up investigations and effected arrests, the two accused persons arrested for suspected murder were, on July 4, arraigned before the Dedza Senior Resident Magistrate Court for committal to the High Court. We shall now await the trial date set by the honourable High Court.

“However if you recall, there are a number of other accused persons that were charged with other related offenses on the same matter. These ones, too, are set for trial shortly before the magistrate court in Dedza. The other two accused are still at large,” Kayuni said.

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In relation to the case, police arrested five people suspected to have committed the crime at the house of the deceased person.

Recently, Malawi Police Service deputy spokesperson Harry Namwaza identified the five as 20-year-old Gerald Maida, 23-year-old Samson Khalapadzuwa, 25-year-old Peter Chiotcha, 49-year-old Lydia Kadango and Enifa Makasa.

According to Namwaza, Makasa and Chiotcha were found with a laptop and shoes belonging to the late Bonongwe.

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