Police arrest Mutharika's step son


Police in Malawi have arrested Tadikila Mutharika for his alleged connection to the mass graves of suspected Ethiopian immigrants discovered in the Northern Region district of Mzimba.

National Police Spokesperson Peter Kalaya confirmed the development and claimed there is  overwhelming evidence that the former president Peter Mutharika's step son knows something on the matter.

Kalaya says they had been searching for Tadikila for the past three days, before he got the wind and handed himself to Police headquarters in Lilongwe on Wednesday morning.

The police spokesperson refused to give more information on the link between Tadikila and the Mzimba mass graves, saying that would jeorpadise their investigations.

Late last month, police in Malawi discovered a mass grave in the north of the country containing the remains of 25 people suspected to be migrants from Ethiopia.

“The grave was discovered late on Tuesday but we cordoned it off and started exhuming today. So far, we have discovered 25 bodies.

“We suspect that they were illegal migrants who were being transported to South Africa via Malawi,” Kalaya said at the time.

He said evidence gathered from the site indicated the victims were Ethiopian men between 25 and 40 years old.

The decomposing bodies were exhumed and taken to a morgue for autopsy. They appeared to have been buried “not more than a month” ago, he said.