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DPP withdraws Humphrey Mvula, Chipiliro Gombwa murder case

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The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has asked the High Court to withdraw the murder case in which the son to renowned politician and social commentator Humphrey Mvula, Dumisani Mvula aged 23 years and 38-year-old Chipiliro Gombwa were answering.

The two were arrested on the night of January 2 last year along with 35-year-old Dickson Magumbe and 29-year-old Andy Machinjiri for murder, robbery with violence and carjacking. Another suspect Charles Kawelama was added to the list.

The five were suspected to have been connected to the theft of a Toyota Prado, which belonged to an undisclosed cabinet minister and the murder of Mohammed Makadamu, a businessman in Limbe Town whose body was dumped together with his vehicle at Kanjedza residential area.

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Police also suspected that Mvula and the four others stole a Toyota Hilux that belonged to Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) and killed the driver, Geoffrey Msichi-who was an ex-policeman.

Mvula and Gombwa were again suspected to have been connected to the murder of Charles Tambala from Chirimba Township.

However, after thorough investigations, the ODPP has admitted that it has failed to establish concrete evidence on the murder charges of Mvula and Gombwa.

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The DPP has therefore asked the High Court to discharge the two.

Spokesperson for the Judiciary, Mlenga Mvula, has confirmed the development.

“The DPP has told the court that they do not have enough evidence which could have been used in the case of murder. So in exercising the powers vested in the Director of the Public Prosecutions under Section 77 of the criminal procedure and evidence code, the DPP has requested the High Court to discontinue the matter and discharge the two.

“Court has therefore given a time frame of six months if the state wants to reinstate the matter,” the Judiciary Spokesperson said.

He added that the case of the remaining three will proceed depending on the date that the court will set for the hearing of the whole trial.

Police in the Southern Region recovered a total of 239 live ammunitions, a pistol and a pump gun during the arrest of the two.

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