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Lule’s widow finally compensated

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By Serah Chilora

Government has compensated Charity Lule, whose husband Buleya Lule died in police custody on February 20 2019, two days after police arrested him in connection to the abduction and missing of a boy with albinism Goodson Fanizo from Makanjira Village in Dedza.

In an interview with The Sunday Times Friday, George Kadzipatike, lawyer who represented Lule, confirmed the development.

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“I can confirm that the government has settled the matter. We got the payment last week. The payment was around K44 million inclusive legal costs. My client and I were expecting much more. But we sat down with the office of the Attorney General (AG) and agreed to settle the matter. I advised my client to accept the quantum and she has obliged,” Kadzipatike said.

A forensic autopsy report by pathologist Charles Dzamalala, which was released on April 12, 2019, showed that the primary cause of Lule’s death was electrocution, aside the various assaults with different implements.

The police also submitted a report to the office of the AG following their investigations done as recommended by the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC).

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Thirteen police officers were accused of having a hand in the murder of Lule and are answering charges in court.

A report by MHRC into Lule’s case indicated that his arrest might have been a case of mistaken identity as the commission did not find anything that linked him to the Fanizo’s abduction.

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