Vocal human rights activist Timothy Mtambo, who is also executive director of Centre for Human Rights and Rehabillitation (CHRR) has said the murder of former Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director of corporate affairs Issa Njauju was politically inspired hence the state has failed to make proper investigations.
Njauju was murdered under mysterious circumstances in July 2015 in Lilongwe. His official vehicle was torched near the river where his body was discovered half buried in sand.
“It’s sad that out of many lives we have lost, the 20 July, Robert Chasowa, and now our brother Njauju, justice has not been delivered and I see hide and seek games on the case. In Malawi we have a problem of sitting on things that are wrong, we worship impunity,” said Mtambo.
Mtambo said the failure by the State to bring Njauju’s murder to justice as a stain on the national quest to good governance.
Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) alsos challenged government to find the murderers of Njauju.
“It is disappointing to see the silence over the investigation, we don’t know what is happening to the investigation and this is a blow to justice delivery in the country because those who are involved in fighting corruption in the country now know they are vulnerable, can be attacked with impunity without the impunity being checked or brought to book,” said CCJP acting national coordinator Martin Chiphwanya
Taxpayer-funded Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) also called for speedy progress on investigations.
MHRC chairperson Justin Dzonzi said the commission is following with keen interest all the developments surrounding the case.
Dzonzi said “cases don’t have to drag for life. Actually, this will lead to continued infringement of human rights as the public is entitled to know.”
Western donors called for a thorough probe into the murder of Njauju. They described the murder as an assault on the justice system and fight against corruption.
Njauju, 49, came from Mangochi District but was buried in Lilongwe. He was one of the five directors at the graft-busting body.