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State asks for Bob Mtekama’s inquest

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Steven Kayuni

The State has requested for an inquest into the death of former Director of Criminal Investigations Department at the Malawi Police Service, Bob Mtekama.

According to the order of inquest Malawi News has seen, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is asking the High Court to give the State an order to carry out the inquest.

“An order be made of an inquest to be held touching the deceased in the district or place closest to where the deceased was buried,” reads part of the order.

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DPP Steve Kayuni confirmed asking for the inquest order.

“I can confirm that the State made an application before the honourable High Court for an inquest order into the death of the former CID Director. We cannot comment any further until the honourable court has addressed its mind on the application” Kayuni said.

Executive Director of the Malawi Human Rights Commission Habiba Osman said her organisation is also interested in the investigation into the death of the former top investigator.

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“The case came to MHRC but looking at the evidence coming out and the need to be thorough we referred the matter to the DPP,

who was also requested by the IG to look at the case to avoid overlaps. We are happy that the DPP has taken the case up,” Osman said.

According to the court documents, police have not conclusively established the cause of Mtekama’s death and no postmortem was done.

Mtekama died in August 2020 at Blantyre Adventist hospital.

Police said last year that it has commenced investigations into Mtekama’s death.

Mtekama was at the centre of investigations into several high profile cases, including the 2014 death of Anti- Corruption Bureau Director of Corporate Affairs, Issa Njauju.

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