Chisale, others plead not guilty to murder

By Chancy Namadzunda:

Former Central Region Police Commissioner Evelista Chisale and 12 others have pleaded not guilty to a murder charges.

The 13 law enforcers who appeared before Lilongwe High Court Judge Dorothy DeGrabrielle are answering a murder charge following the mysterious death of Buleya Lule who died in police custody at Lilongwe Police station.

Among other charges, they are all also answering a grievous harm count while others are answering a count of negligence.

Before Justice DeGrabrielle adjourned the case to May 17 for trial, the State indicated that it will parade 13 witnesses.

Lule was a key suspect in a case relating to abduction of a person with albinism.

The Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) forensic autopsy report confirmed that the deceased died of electrocution as Pathologist Charles Dzamalala had also indicated in the report that Lule did not die a natural death.

Lule, who had pleaded not guilty and was charged together with five others, is said to have been offered the abducted boy by two of the fellow accused, including Makanjira’s step-father, for a price of K800 000.

The autopsy results for Lule dated April 12 2019 revealed that the deceased was electrocuted and hit on the head with some metal bars, stating that the type of the injuries seen constitute torture.

Apart from Pathologist Dzamalala, others involved in the autopsy included criminal investigations police officers, Association of Persons with Ablinim in Malawi (Apam) president Overstone Kondowe and MHRC. It was witnessed by Lule’s relatives.

The report states that Lule died after sustaining three main injuries to the head, tummy and on his buttocks.

MHRC executive secretary, David Nungu said they commissioned pathologist Dzamalala to do the autopsy to help in their inquiry on the matter.

The others are Kumbilani Patson, 51, the first accused, Sainani Kalekeni, 44, the second accused; Lukas Kagomo, 36, the third accused; Katiya Mizeck, 42, the fourth accused; Lule, 44, the fifth accused; and Wiskes Gana, 58, the sixth accused

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