Written by COLLINS MARTIN
BLANTYRE--A man who was brutally murdered and buried in makeshift grave in own backyard was buried Thursday in Machinjiri, Blantyre.
A postmortem revealed that 51-year-old Richard Nsamala, an employee of IndeBank, was strangled and his face was cut with sharp objects.
It’s believed Nsamala was attacked while asleep and a machete was used to hack his face. The deceased’s brother, Teddy Nsamala, said Richard was unmarried and stayed alone.
Police on Monday arrested Nsamala’s house servant Timothy Sinalo, 26, and Kenneth Chimwanga, 33, and two others in connection with the murder.
They were arrested as they tried to sell Nsamala’s Toyota vehicle in Kadzuwa Village in Thyolo. It was Chief Bvumbwe and prospective buyers who tipped off police.
The suspects were seen boozing on Monday at Bvumbwe trading centre. Sinalo reportedly said he wasn’t satisfied with the K5, 000 salary Nsamala paid him. He told police he’d planned, together with his friends, to attack Chimwanga’s boss who also stays alone and steal his car after murdering Nsamala.
Police officer Bob Mtekama said Sinalo once worked for Nsamala for seven years. He said the suspects - Sinalo and his friends - had planned this cold-blooded murder. They dug a two-meter deep pit three weeks ago and Sinalo had told his boss that it was for garbage.