Justice will prevail in Njaunju, Chasowa murders: Malawi govt assures African Commission

Malawi’s Chief State Advocate in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Pacharo Kayira has said government is committed to see justice prevail over all the extrajudicial killings including those of University student Robert Chasowa and Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) official  Issa Njaunju.

Kayira: Justice will prevail

Kayira: Justice will prevail

Kayira made these remarks at the 58th Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights in Banjul, Gambia where he is leading the delegation of Malawi government at the event to give an update of Malawi’s implementation plan of the recommendations which the African Commission made to Malawi after its 57th Session  last year.

SADC Civil Society Organizations including Open Society Initiative in Southern Africa (OSISA) and  Malawi’s Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) as well as Centre for Development of People (Cedep) expressed concern over the prevailing culture of impunity over extrajudicial killings in Malawi.

“The delays in the investigations of the murder of Anti-Corruption Bureau officer Issa Njaunju, the prevailing culture of impunity over extrajudicial killings of July 20, 2011, student activist Robert Chasowa’s murder and threats and arson to offices of human rights defenders between 2011 and 2012, and the recent lack of political will for the state to condemn threats and protect  some human rights defenders, journalists, and Anti-Corruption Bureau director from the alleged death threats are nothing but a diversion from Malawi’s obligations before the African Charter,” reads the statement  – made available to Nyasa Times –presented by Makhumbo Munthali a CHRR Governance and Human Rights Advocacy Coordinator on behalf of the SADC CSOs.

However, taking his flow Malawi  chief state advocate indicated that government was doing a lot in order to ensure that justice prevails not only on the killings of Chasowa and Njaunju but also on persons with albinism.

“Chairperson and Commissioners, you will recall the issue of a University of Malawi student named Robert Chasowa who was found dead a few years ago. The quest to find the perpetrators of this crime is ongoing and as we have stated before the Government is committed to ensure that justice is served,” said Kayira.

Chasowa, a former fourth-year engineering student at the Polytechnic, as found dead near the dispensary and finance blocks office at the Polytechnic campus on September 24 2011 under questionable circumstances.

The inquiry into the student’s death named 15, including Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) top official, Noel Masangwi, boxing promoter Mike Chitenje and former and current Big Bullets Football Club supporters chairpersons Isaac Osman and Stone Mwamadi respectively.

In his address, Kayira also commented on the  brutal murder of  former Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director of corporate affairs, Njaunju who was found dead on July 4 2015 with his body half-buried near Lilongwe River and his Toyota Hilux double-cabin vehicle burnt to ashes behind the presidential villas in Lilongwe.

“So far one suspect has been arrested,” said Kayira.

In his statement to the session, Kayira also said Malawi has  “ witnessed a rise in attacks on persons with albinism.”

However, he said , t here is  “a serious commitment” at the highest level of Government to deal with this evil practice.

“Barely last week, the Head of State made a special appeal for joined efforts in dealing with attacks on persons with albinism. It is our sincere hope that this practice will be uprooted,” said Kayira before the Commission.

Kayira also told the African Commission that the Access to Information Bill was now ready for tabling in Parliament.

“The much talked about Access to Information Bill is now ready for tabling in Parliament.  It was necessary for the Bill to undergo the appropriate processes before tabling and as such the government of Malawi wishes to emphasize its long held commitment to enact the Bill into law.” Said Kayira.

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15 thoughts on “Justice will prevail in Njaunju, Chasowa murders: Malawi govt assures African Commission”

  1. Samuel Lwara says:

    Such type of mentality will not help malawi exercise perfect justice at all.
    And if somebody thinks kaira is insulted thats wrong. I myself feel sorry for kaira who forcibly has given a wrong impression failed felt justice system at such a conference. He did’nt do his home well. And its good to learn how pple feel the bitterness of our stupid judicial nakedness. I hope kaira is not part of the players and if so o, he better be a cool listener.

  2. Omex70 God should forgive you. You don’t know the person you are insulting. Mr Kayira will never call you by the words you are using here. If you have issues with this govt don’t take it personally with people. The Bible says for the mouth speaks out of the abundance of the heart. You are displaying here what is in your heart. Evil. You know mulandu siwuwola justice will prevail no matter how long it takes. I pray that you repent or else what the Bible says that for every idle word you utter God will hold you accountable. Argue on facts not insults God sees and listens.

  3. Omex70 says:

    Mr Kayira, who are cheating here? which justice are you foolishly talking about which will prevail under the leadership of DPP thugs? Do you live in Malawi or you live Jupiter? The only good thing which you can do to us is to shut up your stupid mouth.

  4. Zilani says:

    As long as we have APM/DPP in power, we will never see justice on anything. Just bring the suspects to be torched to death. Midnight six rules.

  5. wokupha adzaphedwa says:

    Don’t waste your time to read this article coz it’s all lies my fellow malawians.

  6. dumela says:

    Chasowa anaphedwa nthawi ya dpp and Njaunju nthawi ya dpp. Y this happening during their time.
    Aaaa shame.

  7. Samuel Lwara says:

    Kaira you are living in a dream world that if not careful you will be the next victim just like chasowa and njaunju.
    Which people do you represent at mimiistry of justice or as a state advocate? Some of us have survivved such brutal acts and we know the people behind such acts which your office hopefully shield them upon directives from above. I have a default judgment in the name of osisa as a plaintiff against me and 5 other unknown community members, I would like to know which osisa is indeed mentioned against atrocities happening in Malawi?

  8. Chindungwa senior says:

    That’s nonsense ,lies n infact Allah (God) is watching n that’s y this nation is getting poorer n poorer coz the leaders are corrupted n evil…. So sum one will hve for this badly… May the souls of our brothers rest in PEACE… Issa my brother indeed your honesty n trustworthy will never go un noticed… Ameeeeeeeeen….

  9. Chambe says:

    These are cold cases and we know for sure that they are dying so slowly until no more.All these are lies!
    I thought an opportunity came with JB to conclude Chasowa’s case but all was lost and gone for good to those alleged killers.Justice has been denied indeed!

  10. Tidzasowa chowilingula says:

    An insult to the bereaved family.

  11. Ze Roberto says:

    By the way , was the picture captured during break time? The hall looks empty yet the participant posture demonstrates a session in progress. Kapena munangopita nokha a Malawi. Paja kukonda travel allowance ma Nyasaland.

  12. Ze Roberto says:

    Lip service. An insult to the bereaved families.

  13. MERCEDES says:

    IN MALAWI THATS WHY WE ARE HAVING LOTS OF CALAMITIES BECAUSE YOU KILLED VERY BADLY INNOCENT PEOPLE LIKE ISSA AND CHASOWA KOMA MMADZIWA KUTI MZIMU WAMUNTHU NDI MOVUTA UKAKWIYA DONT TAKE CHANGES THE TRUTH MUST COME OUT

  14. Kamwela says:

    Mr Kayira, you are lying. Why is it taking too long to prosecute Chasowa’s murderers or tracking down Njauju killers?. Chasowas killers are walking free. If fact, you are guys at the ministry of justice are sitting on the case.
    Mutharika’s government has lost direction. It is good that civil society report this inept government the AU.

  15. Penya says:

    Then who is not doing his job effectively? Closures are important. Since the local crime investigation agencies have failed to find clues or the culprits, then invite help from the commonwealth or the United Nations. Malawi is a member of these organizations and they have experts who can boost the capacity of the local agencies. Why has the government of the day not sought help, openly, or transparently? They are hoping tech I alitiies will Conrad further administration if justice. Either this or there is NO POLITICAL WILL to help the local agencies and to reach closures. Why Malawi oh why?

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