Malawi fugitive captured in SA

By Raphael Tenthani Time of article published Jan 25, 2012

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Blantyre - Fugitive Misozi Charles Chanthunya, accused of murdering a pregnant Zimbabwean girlfriend in Malawi, has been arrested in South Africa, Malawi police said.

"Misozi Chanthunya was arrested on Tuesday morning in Rustenburg, in the North West Province," Inspector-General of Police Peter Mukhito told the Daily News. "He was co-habiting with a Malawian girl."

Mukhito said the Malawi Police intelligence unit passed to Interpol South Africa the results of its months of intelligence, leading to the arrest.

"We're making arrangements with our colleagues in South Africa to extradite him so he can face justice here," he said.

Chanthunya made headlines in September 2010 when he skipped Malawi after his 25-year-old Zimbabwean girlfriend Linda Gasa went missing for almost a month. The accountancy student was later found buried in Chanthunya’s private cottage in the southern resort town of Mangochi.

The married Blantyre businessman, now 34, reportedly went to the Lake Malawi resort to discuss with Gasa, his secret lover, her pregnancy which was into its fifth month. He wanted her to abort but she refused.

That was the last time the two were seen together before he left Malawi and Gasa’s body was found in the bathroom of the cottage. An international manhunt was launched with false sightings in South Africa, the United States and Cuba.

Tuesday's arrest of the fugitive provides a timely boost for the reputation of the Malawi Police Service which has recently taken a battering because of the suspicious deaths of several suspects in police custody.

Police image reached a new low when a 25-year-old university student was found dead on campus after liaisons with senior police officers, including Mukhito himself. - Independent Foreign Service

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