The future of a nine year-old boy Hezwick Daimoni hangs in balance as he is living with a mysterious bullet in his head, which medical doctors have refused to remove, fearing the move could damage the child's brain.
The boy's father, Victor Daimoni, has since demanded a quick investigation into the origin of the bullet.
Hezwick from Manase Township in Blantyre was discovered with a mysterious bullet in his brain at around 3:30am on June 13 this year when his elder brother spotted a pool of blood on the bed the two share.
The victim has since undergone two surgical operations to remove pulp surrounding his brain due to the bullet penetration.
Daimoni strongly suspects that the bullet was fired from a police gun during the night when he claims there was a police operation at Manase.
In an interview with The Daily Times on Friday, Daimoni said he wants the police to at least give details of where the stray bullet emanated from.
"I feel like the police have currently not done enough to help; all they are doing is coming here to inspect the iron sheet and my son's bedroom. I feel by now the truth about the bullet should have been told," Daimoni said.
He said the police are well placed to know the origin of the bullet, but have chosen to keep silent.
"I understand that on the night my boy was shot, there was an intensive police patrol in this area. I therefore suspect that a bullet fired on that night, somehow made its way into my son's head while he was asleep," he said.
He also expressed concern that the police hurriedly replaced the iron sheet that is suspected to be the point of entry for the bullet.
"Some police officers came here [his home] in haste and removed the iron sheet without my consent," said Daimoni, who said was at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital at the time police officers removed the iron sheets.
He said the officers refused to have the iron sheet photographed for record purposes before they took it away.
However, Police spokesperson Davie Chigwalu said in an interview it was too early for the police to release any findings of their investigation at this point.
"I understand the parents; they may not be very familiar with the procedures of our investigations at this point. But the inquiry is still underway and therefore the family should not get tired. We have engaged Gun and Criminal Investigation experts to verify whether the bullet indeed came through the roof," Chigwalu said.
He, however, refuted the allegation that it could be a stray bullet from a police riffle that entered Hezwick's head.
"From what I understand there was no police operation around that area on that particular night. However, we have not finalised the investigations, we all just have to wait until everything is concluded, it does not matter how long it will take," Chigwalu explained.
On Friday, three police officers from the Criminal Investigation Department turned up briefly at Daimoni's residence.
The three officers inspected Hezwick's bedroom and the iron sheet they have since replaced.
Daimoni asked for government's intervention in the matter.
"I still feel government could have done better. It's like we are being treated as foreigners in our own land. I have seen people in similar cases such as my son's being helped; being flown abroad to receive assistance, sponsored by government, but that is not the case with us," he said.
Hezwick was seen to be in good health as he walked, ate and played around his home without any special assistance.
However, his father fears for his future as schools open soon, saying the lad is expected to begin standard four classes at Catholic Institute primary school.
"He is not the same child we used to know some two months ago. His attitude has changed; he is more short-tempered now than ever before. He is very demanding and forgetful at times. We fear he may provoke some of his peers at school who could put his life in danger, since not everyone understands his current condition. Yet he looks so fit in the eyes," Daimoni said.