Police pegged as failures on Wame’s murder investigation

By Chikondi Lungu

Malawi Police has been named unprofessional for failing to apprehend the culprit behind the death of Evangelist Shadreck Jonas Wame who was killed a month ago.

Wame was brutally murdered at his home

Wame was brutally murdered at his home

 

Questioning the police’s capacity and expertise following its failure to arrest the man who killed the evangelist in Salima and other homicide cases, Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC) faulted the law enforces for failing their duties.

 

HRCC Chairperson, Robert Mkwezalamba, said yesterday in an interview against a background that a young man who was staying with him is a main suspect.

 

Mkwezalamba ranted: “It is speaking to the capacity and credibility of our police. Certain incidents are going uncovered yet we are told we have the best trained officers unless many of them retired and we do not have specialists who can investigate such homicide cases. We have the Njauju murder and this one. We expect highly trained officers who can use all means to try and trace the suspects.”

 

The HRCC Chairperson further said there is a need government should invest more resources in the police to build capacity so that such delays can be minimized.

 

Wame is reported to have been murdered by his servant at his home in Takumana Location, Traditional Authority Kalonga in Salima.

 

Social media, over the weekend was awash with reports that the suspect has been apprehended in Machinga District but National Police Spokesperson, James Kadadzera dismissed the reports and confirmed that the suspect is still on zero.

 

“That is not true we have not arrested anyone but we are investigating the matter. Our officers are working tooth and nail to track the suspect. We are closing in on the suspect,” Kadadzera said adding that not many days will go without arresting the suspect.

 

Wame who was found dead in his house with several stabs on his body, until his death was a popular evangelist and a member of the Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP) of the Nkhoma Synod.

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