Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera has condemned the murder of Lucy Kadzamira, a sister to former president Hastings Kamuzu Banda’s official hostess Cecilia Kadzamira, who was buried in Dedza yesterday.
The MCP president said this yesterday when he joined hundreds of mourners, including former president Joyce Banda and Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi, in paying their last respects to Lucy Kadzamira whose body was found in a decomposed state in her Area 47 house in Lilongwe.
Chakwera said Lucy Kadzamira’s death symbolises the lawlessness that is engulfing the country.
He said: “The shocking lawlessness in our country is symptomatic of a deeper malaise. We need to re-examine ourselves as a people. If we keep sowing the wind we shall reap a whirlwind that destroys us all.”
Lingadzi Police spokesperson Salome Chibwana said Lucy Kadzamira was found lying in a pool of blood in on Saturday.
She said: “The officers suspected foul play and informed Lingadzi Police CID [Criminal Investigative Department] officers and relatives of the deceased.
“The house was opened through the garage door and the deceased was found dead but in a decomposed state. Enquiries are still in progress to arrest the first suspect.”
Chibwana said the deceased was living alone in the house and the house boy used to commute from the nearby Mtsiriza Township.
However, she was previously staying with the main suspect, with misunderstandings. whom she parted ways due to Police have since arrested the deceased’s houseboy, identified as Arafat Gonani, 22, in connection with the death.
Chibwana said Gonani was arrested as a second suspect in Lucy’s murder. He is suspected to have killed her before stealing her vehicle.
The first suspect, according to Chibwana, is the deceased’s grandson, Kwame Kangulu, who is still at large, according to police.
Gonani was arrested at Nsalu in Lilongwe where he was offering for sale the deceased’s vehicle through an agent, according to police.
Meanwhile, the National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi (Nonm) says it has lost a visionary leader in nursing and midwifery.
A statement issued yesterday and signed by Nonm president Shouts Makhumbo Shimeza, further describes Lucy as a pillar and a motherly figure in the nursing and midwifery profession who was full of wisdom and worked in the government with dedication.
Police say the suspect will be charged with murder and the theft of a motor vehicle, contrary to sections 209 and 282(1) of the Penal Code, respectively.
Gonani comes from Maluwa Village, Traditional Authority Kabudula in Lilongwe.