Parliament yesterday passed a motion asking the United Kingdom to bring Scotland Yard Detectives to investigate the mysterious death of former Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) top official Issa Njauju.
Nkhotakota South East parliamentarian Evason Makuwa Mwale moved a private member’s motion in the House calling for the investigation into the gruesome murder of Njauju, mysterious fires at Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) and Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) warehouse in Lilongwe.
However, Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Samuel Tembenu said government is already working on bringing the Scotland Yard team in the country for the murder investigation and said the debate yesterday in Parliament changes nothing on the issue.
However, following debate, the lawmakers agreed to amend the motion to extend the list to include investigations into other politically-connected murders and incidents.
Mwale chided the government side for failing to support the motion in good faith and politicising the matter, saying the only reason the motion was introduced was the failure by the State to launch a credible investigation on its own.
“Every time I am in my constituency, I meet sheikhs who ask me about what happened to the investigation. We, in the Opposition, have no powers to institute any investigation; the State can institute an investigation at any point. This is why we want the British to help us on the Njauju murders,” said Mwale.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers, including Mulanje West MP Patricia Kaliati, suggested that deaths that occurred during the one-party era be revisited but a lot bickering on the motion led to Karonga Central MP Frank Mwenifumbo to lash out at his colleagues for failing to attach seriousness to the death of Njauju.
Mwenifumbo, who added the name of late Admarc company secretary George Bakuwa to the list of those whose deaths should be investigated, said it was shameful that some lawmakers were joking during a critical matter of national interest.
“Issa Njauju dedicated his life to public service and for that reason he was brutally murdered,” he said. n