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Minister of Homeland Security Richard Chimwendo Banda Tuesday told Parliament that the government will investigate all suspicious murder cases that have been reported and bring the culprits to book.

Banda also said the death of a motorcycle taxi rider who is feared to have been murdered recently in Lilongwe will also be looked into with the attention that it deserves.

He was responding to concerns from Members of Parliament (MPs) for Nsanje Central Francis Kasaila and Chitipa East’s Werani Chilenga over what they described as security lapses in the country.

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Banda disclosed that relevant institutions are investigating murder cases of Issa Njauju, then-Polytechnic student Robert Chasowa and murder suspect Buleya Lule who died in police custody. Until his death, Njauju was Director of Corporate Affairs at the Anti-Corruption Bureau.

“The way we are investigating the Lule, Chasowa and Njauju murders is the same way we are going to investigate that [kabaza rider] matter. Every death must be regrettable and this government will not allow any impunity in the country,” Banda said.

It is alleged that the motorcycle taxi rider identified as Thokozani Kambalame recently led other riders to a protest against government’s decision to force all motorcycle operators out from operating within the town of Lilongwe and also follow all necessary road traffic procedures before operating in the city.

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MP for Blantyre North Francis Phiso also informed the august House of the death Gracian Chikoma who was reportedly found dead at Area 25 and was one of the contestants for local government seat on a Democratic Progressive Party ticket.

“Let me ask the minister to give an assurance that people of different views from the government will not be targeted. I want him just to assure us: how safe are we when we give different opinions?” Phiso said.

In response, Banda said reports from the investigations will be shared in Parliament as well as with the general public.

Meanwhile, Centre for Human Rights Rehabilitation Acting Executive Director Michael Kaiyatsa has commended the government for the commitment but he was quick to state that action is needed with speed.

“What we would want to see is speedy justice to be done because we have been talking about this for a long time. Government simply gives us promises but we want speedy investigations and investigations that will lead to arrests of all who were involved in the mysterious deaths,” Kaiyatsa said.

Malawi is sitting on several unresolved deaths which are deemed to have been politically orchestrated.

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