By Joseph Dumbula
Former President Peter Mutharika has described the arrest of his stepson Tadikila Mafubza as ‘not justified by facts’ and has since criticized authorities for effecting the arrest.
Tadikila along with four others have meanwhile been charged with murder and aggravated trafficking in persons in connection with the Mass grave that was discovered in Mzimba with 30 dead bodies believed to be Ethiopian immigrants.
But the former President together with former First Lady Gertrude are describing the arrest as questionable.
In a statement, signed by Mutharika’s spokesperson Shadrick Namalomba, the Mutharika’s have also expressed shock with the arrest of Tadikila saying he was never involved in what happened.
“It is on record that the driver of the van in question clearly stated that Tadikila did not have any knowledge that the vehicle in issue was used to carry out illicit activities. However, despite the state being aware of his innocence, proceeded to charge him with murder and aggravated human trafficking. Tadikila is a law-abiding young man, God fearing and always with an endless smile,” reads the statement.
The Mutharika’s have called on the Police and the judiciary to perform their duties with professionalism, objectivity and fairness and resist any extraneous influences.
Earlier last week, Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate Madalitso Khoswe Chimwaza committed the suspects to the High Court (Mzuzu registry).
This means that the five will remain in custody waiting for the processes to commence at the Mzuzu High Court.