The Malawi Police Service has distanced itself from having a hand in the death of albino murder suspect Luka Buleya.
Buleya was one of the six suspects who are believed to be behind the abduction of a 14-year- old boy with albinism Goodson Makanjira. The boy went missing last week in Dedza district.
During hearing of the case at the Lilongwe Margistrate’s Court on Wednedsay, the boy’s stepfather revealed that he had been given MK800,000 by Buleya in exchange for his stepson.
According to the police, Buleya died after he had complained of being ill. They also disclosed that a postmortem would be carried out to determine the cause of death.
The public has however expressed criticism on how the case is being handled alleging that the law enforcers manhandled Buleya to the extent where his injuries led to his death.
Social media is awash with videos and images which are alledgedly of the deseased suspect. Some are indicating that he was mercilessly beaten up.
Speaking to Capital FM, National Police Spokesperson James Kadadzera has disputed the allegations made by the public arguing Buleya died upon arrival at the Kamuzu Central Hospital.
Kadadzera did not divulge more information but disclosed that they will not conduct investigations on the matter as the Malawi Human Right Commission and the relatives of Buleya have volunteered to institute an independent investigation on the matter.
Goodson Makanjira became the second person with albinism to be abducted this year, after the abduction of an 18 month old baby with albinism was abducted in Kasungu.
People with albinism are usually abducted and killed for their body parts due to beliefs that their body parts bring wealth.