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Kamlepo Kalua staged abduction—police

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Police have said preliminary investigations into the alleged Member of Parliament for Rumphi East Kamlepo Kalua’s abduction have established that the lawmaker staged the activities around the kidnap.

Kamlepo was in the wee hours of Sunday morning found with legs and hands bound at Kwacha Roundabout in Blantyre.

The incident happened a week after his family told the media that he was missing and they could not trace his whereabouts.

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But National Police Spokesperson James Kadadzera Sunday said police investigations revealed inconsistencies in Kamlepo’s statements.

“As police, we carried out preliminary investigations since morning when Honourable [Kamlepo] Kalua was found at Kwacha Roundabout and we have established that he faked the abduction. His outward appearance did not show someone who had been kept in a house or a garage, as he kept on changing the statement, amid torture for a week. He had not any scar.

“He said he was abducted from Chileka where he had gone to inspect his house project but when our investigators went there and asked some individuals on the project site, they established that it has been three months since Honourable Kalua visited the premises,” Kadadzera said.

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He said, as police, they were not contacted by Kalua’s family that the legislator was missing.

He also refused to comment on the statement by Kalua that it was the police who took him, pointing out a response would only be given after the police have completed investigations.

“They didn’t fill a missing persons form nor did they report the matter to the police but when we received reports of the incident, we rushed to the scene and took Honourable Kalua to the hospital.”

Kadadzera, however, said they are yet to get more details from Kalua on the incident as they are awaiting results of tests run by the hospital on Kalua before taking any further action.

He said Kalua was taken to his-preferred private clinic in Naperi in Blantyre to seek medical attention.

The Daily Times failed to get comment from Kalua on the police’s allegations that he faked the kidnap as his mobile phone could not reached.

But when The Daily Times arrived at the scene yesterday, Kalua was surrounded by members of his family and church members with some of them offering prayers seeking divine intervention on the parliamenatrain’s behalf.

Speaking to The Daily Times, Kalua said he could not remember where he had been for the past week but only that he was taken from Chileka by some alleged police officers and Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) officials.

“I went to Chileka to inspect a house that I’m building there last Saturday and then this vehicle approached me and from it emerged 11 men who introduced themselves as the police and MRA officials. They asked me to get into the vehicle and inside were guns and then we took off, that’s most of what I can recall.’’

He said he was blinded-folded by the men who kidnapped him when they dumped him at Kwacha Roundabout and initially thought he was in Lilongwe.

“I didn’t know where I was, then after some time, I saw some of the features and realised I was in Blantyre. I called out to a man who was passing by and together we managed to get in touch with my family.

The incident has led to a divide in speculation in the public domain with some members of the public claiming Kalua staged his own disappearance to gain public sympathy while others feel the lawmaker’s abductors staged his release so that it would look like he faked the abduction.

Kalua’s disappearance followed a tussle with MRA over what the tax-collecting body claims to be unpaid import duty for some of his vehicles.

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