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Police arrest Peter Mutharika’s stepson

Peter Kalaya

Jean Sendeza

Police Wednesday arrested former president Peter Mutharika’s stepson, Tadikira, for being suspected of knowing something about a mass grave that was discovered in Mzimba District.

The issue is still under investigation, according to Malawi Police Service spokesperson Peter Kalaya, who confirmed that Tadikira is in police custody.

He could, however, not be drawn to give more details on Tadikira’s arrest.

Kalaya said the suspect handed himself over to Police Headquarters in Area 30, Lilongwe, Wednesday morning.

He said police have been looking for him since Monday this week.

“We are investigating him in relation to the mass grave that was discovered in Mzimba [recently],” Kalaya said.

Thirty bodies were exhumed from the mass grave at Mtangatanga Forest Reserve in Mzimba and were reburied after pathologists Charles Dzamalala and George Liwomba conducted autopsies.

The two pathologists released a preliminary report, which is yet to be released to the public.

The International Organisation for Migration recently said there is a need for urgent ways of addressing irregular migration along the South Route.

Minister of Homeland Security Jean Sendeza said the government will institute proper investigations to understand what contributed to the death.

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