Njaunju was until his death the Director of the Corporate Affairs responsible for General Administration, Finance and Human Resource of the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB).
He was found buried along the Lilongwe River near the presidential villas in the capital city, Lilongwe.
In statement signed by its spokesperson the government believes the “wild” hearsays surrounding his “cowardly” murder are deeply hurting the bereaved family and colleagues at the ACB who have lost a dear friend, husband and father.
Kondwani Nankhumwa adds that Njaunju’s death must not be a treated as a source of propaganda by anyone.
“The Malawi Police Service (MPS) has opened investigations into this tragic death. Government, and all law abiding citizens, will therefore wait for the findings of these professional investigations to take an informed stand on the matter,” states Nankhumwa.
According to the Minister of Information, MPS is working around the clock to find the real truth of the matter.
“Therefore, the public is hereby being guaranteed that perpetrators of this heinous act will be found and be brought to book. The criminals can run, but not hide,” he sent an assuring message.
Government has further appealed to the general public to assist the Police with relevant information that may lead to the apprehension of the criminals.
Most critics allege that Njaunju’s death is in one way of the other linked to the on-going investigations towards uncovering the truth behind the massive systematic looting and plundering of tax payer’s money at Capital Hill which is the seat of the government of Malawi.
Malawi is seen to have strong anti-corruption laws and institutions and initiatives by the private sector complement the governmental efforts, this according to transparency.org.
However, experts state that there is still a significant gap between law and practice.
“For example, civil society and media are two areas where there are adequate laws to protect their independence and freedom, but where the government exerts a strong influence,” adds the corruption watchdog.
Lack of adequate funding and human resources for public institutions also add to the erosion of the accountability mechanisms.