Muslims in Lilongwe Thursday evening held special prayers for murdered Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director of corporate affairs Issa Njauju amid growing calls for speedy investigations into his gruesome murder.
Njauju’s body was found abandoned in Lilongwe around July 5 close to Presidential Villas, riddled with gun bullets while his official vehicle was set on fire and abandoned within the city.
In their eulogies and prayers, fellow Muslims described late Njauju as “a humble, quiet and a friendly man”.
Fellow worshipers at the City Centre Area 13 mosque described his death as shocking and unimaginable.
One of the organising committee members for the prayers, Hanisi Tuwabi, described the late Njauju as a dedicated practising Muslim “who touched lives of many” during his regular attendance of the mosque.
“As dusk fell last night on the capital city, the prayers at the mosque, which is just a stone-throw away from the ACB headquarters where the late Njauju worked for years, focused on Njauju’s afterlife according to Islamic beliefs,” he said.
“We are all disappointed by his death, he was a disciplined and humble man. The huge gathering is a testament to his life. The majority of those who have come out to pray are those who work in City Centre and knew the late Njauju.”
Prayers also focused on those who also terminated the life of ACB top official, added Tuwabi, with worshipers asking Allah for justice to prevail and those involved in his murder to be brought to justice.
“He was our member, he was a father, a brother and friend to many. We trust in the professionalism of the police to bring those that participated in this heinous act to be brought to justice,” said Tuwabi.
The prayers came just a week after envoys from the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, the European Union, Norway and Ireland visited ACB headquarters in Lilongwe in a show of solidarity with the graft-busting body.
The donors also called for speedy investigations and warned that intimidation and bribery should not been used to deter the bureau from pursuing those denying the country its much-needed resources through corruption.
Njauju’s murderers remain at large, unidentified and their motives unknown.
Earlier, police said the murder of Njauju was related to his work at ACB.