Malawi leadership ‘worshiping impunity’, Mtambo says : Chasowa being denied justice

Human rights defenders and the family of Malawi Polytechnic student Robert Chasowa who was murdered by regime agents during the DPP-led government have protested that justice has been delayed and effectively is being denied.

Mtambo: Very depressing

Mtambo: Very depressing

The Chasowa family, led by his father in demanding for justice, hopes to see the case gets to its logical conclusion.

“It is absurd that the country can allow some people get away with crime of murder,” the father of the murdered father.

Centre for Human Rights Rehabilitation (CHRR) executive director Timothy Mtambo has condemned the stalling of Chasowa case as “very depressing.”

Mtambo said civil society was worried with the “leadership that is quite in the face of impunity and such a leadership that is worshiping impunity.”

The United Nations Special committee on Human Rights has bashed the Malawi Government for not prosecuting those involved in the murder of Chasowa.

The Malawi Human Rights Commission, in its recent state of human rights report, also criticised the State for the delays in prosecuting those that killed Chasowa.

But National Police Headquarters chief prosecutor Happy Mkandawire said the file on Chasowa was sent back to police for further investigations.

He said police have already returned the file to Justice Ministry.

“We were supposed just to refine certain aspects of the case and we have sent the file back to the Director of Public Prosecutions [DPP],” said Mkandawire as quoted in the press.

Chasowa, who studied engineering, was found dead at the college campus in Blantyre on September 24, 2011.

Findings from the Commission of Inquiry on his death named Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Director of Special Events Noel Masangwi   who is now a member of Parliament and Director of Youths Lewis Ngalande as some of prime suspects in the death of the student.

The report also implicated several senior police officers including Rodney Jose the deputy police chief, police officer Stanford Horea and renowned boxing promoter Mike Chitenje.

Police said he had jumped to his death from a five-story building and produced bogus suicide not as evidence.

Supreme court of Appeal judge Andrew Nyirenda, who chaired the commission, said:”The ultimate findings of the commission is that Robert Chasowa was murdered.”

He said the findings were based on entire testimony of witnesses, which he said “in some instances were lucid and unmistaken.”

Nyirenda said a post-mortem examination report enabled the commission, which included a pathologist, “to determine, with a degree of certainty, the cause and circumstances of Robert Chasowa’s death.”

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45 thoughts on “Malawi leadership ‘worshiping impunity’, Mtambo says : Chasowa being denied justice”

  1. Watela says:

    A free lesson to certain Malawians who do not know the difference between State, nation and tribe. A geographical area as oulined in the consititution of Malawi is what constitute a country, interchangeble with state or nation, called Malawi. Within Malawi there are Regions and Districts from which different tribes come from. To call a Chewa, Tumbuka, Yao, Sena Lomwe, Ngonde, Tonga, Senga, Ngoni within the prescribed boundaries, not a Malawian is gross display of first grade ignorance of what constitute Malawi. If you are a lomwe, Chewa or Tumbuka does not make you more Malawian than the other tribes.
    This is Y some tribes are called dull because of deliberetely distorting facts that those in majority are real Malawians than those in minority. And the people advancing this misleading conceipt are those who claim to hold degrees. Do degrees perform or its an individuals ability to deliver?

  2. mona says:

    Koma a malawi ena tilibe nzeru ku bakila Ma murderes zoona Eeee very stupid, whether mtambo is tumbuka or not but he is talking sense malawi need justice on chosowa case, mansangwi is an evil person who is ready to devour anyone against dpp he must be at maula prison

  3. Tilibemau says:

    Mtambo keep on speaking the trueth.You are not like the Kapito’s who are now quite because they have now been palm oiled .You are really speaking on behalf of the voiceless.The party of death that doesn’t care about human life.Those who are against you are cursed.Shame on murderes.If they killed you relative you could not have been commenting like this.Everything in this country is stupid,stupid,stupid indeed.

  4. zude says:

    A life was lost,,why are u insulting mtambo??The masangwi’s must face the law.

  5. Naaaah says:

    Only ignorant folks will critises other people due to different in tribes…….Stop commenting about tribes rather comment something related to Robert’s murder…

  6. Mucracker_2 says:

    Mr. Mtambo as a humanist, gets his bread and butter for shouting wailing on top of his voice. Without that he will not be recognised and will die of starvation. Why only Chasowa and not Fanikiso and not all others? Does he have any logic? He is there to attack DPP for no apparent reason. He is a foolish boy, he should ask his predecessor why he retired and went to repent to church and ask for forgiveness.
    Amadya ndalama za mwazi amenewa.

  7. Mhango says:

    A Mtambo awona kuti demo sinagwire kkkkkkk. koma mtumbuka sadzatheka.

  8. bigman says:

    why did Joyce Banda and her PP and Mtambo not conclude the case? IT is common knowledge that big mafias in PP were involved.

  9. A Different Tumbuka says:

    Leave this fool who calls himself Mtambo alone. Boma la Amake lija was idle for 2 solid years because there was no evidence against the suspects and now you want the DPP govt to work miracles? Wazitengera pa mgong’o uyu adya nazo machende ake omwe musiyeni. Kudali anzake ali kuti? Amupweteketsa amene akumulemba ganyuwo. Nchifukwa chake muzipita a PP okha kumademo.

  10. Jose Sankho says:

    Frankly speaking, Mtambo’s arguments are always empty. He makes noise for nothing but only to be recognized so that the government can consider him lucrative position. Ever since he started making noise, I have never at one point in time seen something constructive from him but all blunders. Mtambo is doing a job which does not fit him. He would better do farming or street vending other than forcing himself into a job which he is failing to convince people

  11. tsamba says:

    This Mtambo guy is slowly becoming irrelevant

    1. Mkwaso says:

      Actually he has rapidly become irrelevant and very useless.

  12. mjojo says:


  13. Abk says:

    Only the dead do not return, but the living follow the dead! robert chasowa was not a hero but rather a peevish schoolboy fully grued in greed with high ambition of terrorising the country. Ask his bosses such as joyce banda and kamulepo kaluwa, they will say he was a good chap who used to be sent on dubious missions. it’s quite unfortunate that his parents did not know his underground network otherwise they could have advised him to concentrate only on his academics and not ending up on politicians tables. mtambo too has taken over from the young fugitive, but it’s too late to save his soul. robert chasowa was not a freedom fighter, he dead for his course!

  14. concerned citizen says:

    Whether tumbuka or no tumbuka. This case is serious
    I dislike people who always divert from the story busy with regionalism. With this attitude we Malawians will never get anywhere. Any incident can take place anywhere in Malawi regardless of region. Let’s comment ideas that will build Malawi as one

  15. Matumbuka says:

    dyera linamupha mwana uyu. kufuna kulemera asanagwire ntchito ili yonse. Lero ndi izi wafa nazo kusiya atumbuka anzako kumabwetuka zopanda ntchito

  16. Mfwethu says:

    Do we need to go to the streets to force the government act accordingly in this case? I think as Malawians we are also failing the Chasowas, CSOs lead us and we shall follow.

  17. Kes munthali says:

    DPP did not kill Chasowa his greediness led him to commit suicide. Chasowa is not a hero, he was a money loving thug pushing way above his weight, instead of making noise his family should be question as to why he was mingling with very senior police officers twice his age, politicians like msonda, kasambala and hajat. Infact if it wasn’t suicide any this characters could have killed him, since he had a greedy habit of double crossing very powerful people. If any one is to blame for the actual investigation it should be Joyce Banda and her PP government for leading a politically motivated prosecution because as it stands they is no way on earth that those accused of murder would be found guilty in a court of law, DPP or no DpP government, infact am surprised that some of the witnesses like Humphrey mvula has not being arrested and charged with perjury.

  18. Chibwe says:

    The best time this issue could have been logically concluded was when Mtambo and his PP?JB were in government. But what did they do, they stayed mute on burning issues ati kupewa kuyalusa kachipani kawo ndi Penguin wa chapaphewa wakuba uja. They were busy kuzunza abale ake a Bingu ndi kulanda chuma chake and demonise the deceased. Now he is back making senseless demands just to pick fights with DPP and APM ndicholinga choti aziwayasa. Malawians are not stupid to read your motives. Uyaluka.

  19. kd says:

    no matter how long it may take, no matter how difficult it will be, but justice will be known…..anthu awa mukhitho,Jose,mansangwi,APM,chitenje ndi amene anapha Robert Chasowa ….

  20. inayake says:

    It’s really a shame to have a Police Service that is rotten from top down. That is why the masses still believe that the votes were rigged. Malawi is now in reverse gear. Anybody who has criminal baggage opts to join the ruling party knowingly that he will not be prosecuted.
    Bad in those days all senior position applicants were vetted before holding or appointed into any public office.

  21. Captain Romeo says:

    Kodi atumbuka mwayambaso kuti mutibowe, moti anthu aziganizira nzeru zoti tithandizire abale omwe akuvutika ndi ngozi ya madzi, mufuna tivetsere inu, chifukwa chakuti popeza atumbuka ambiri siinawakhuze ngoziyi ndiye uyesa siyopweteka eti.. Komaso ndi chithandizo chimene simupereka ayi, kwanu nkutha mawu basi

  22. Angozo says:

    Mtambo chiripo chomwe ukufuna bwanji nthawi ya ulamuliro wa JB sunayankhule za nkhani ya Chasowa? Komatu iwe chiripo chikukutsata ng’oma yolila kwambiri sichedwa kung’ambika wamva. Apa zasonyezeratu kuti ukudana ndi boma liripoli.

  23. believer P says:

    mtambo z lacking proper treatment

  24. Zanga Phee! says:

    The big problem in Malawi and Africa as a whole is under cover,Politics and Justice there just like cousin, so difficult to handle it yo! see my name.

  25. Mngoni says:

    Total greedy, selfishness, subjectivity, envy, lack of direction, deliberate negligence are what malawi is trapped into,. All the hope is shattered, future looks glared,.
    Everyone just hopes things will be fine, and that justice shall prevail but when? We don’t know….!

  26. Achimidzimidzi says:

    This case has taken long now. Really sad for the parents and siblings.

    For whoever did this, you think you are clever but you are only avoiding the preliminary hearing of your case. Final hearing will be held by Almighty God.
    Just to remind you, God sees everything, therefore He knows everything.
    You will stand before Him without a lawyer because your lawyer will be giving account of his own life. On that day it will you and God, iand God has what you CCTVs and it will be shown..

    Just to warn you.

  27. aphiri says:

    it doesn’t matter where ntambo was but Malawi deserves to know the truth.after all then you would have called it political witch hunt

  28. jokujoku says:

    Mkandawire says they want to “refine certain aspects ” what aspects, may be In colloquium he means to change the findings here and there eti? How many more years should we wait. Sir boss chief Mkandawire? ?

  29. Mnngulu says:

    Malawians are so hypocritical. How can we demand justice when the perpetrators are in the positions of influence to silence justice. No Malawian, that is being hypocritical!

    Demand suspension or dismissal or impeachment of those involved in Chasowa case first. We will pave the way not only for arresting them but also prosecuting them and getting justice. We are encouraging the growth of a very sick society in Malawi. Let us mobilize demos to force the government and parliament to relieve everyone involved of his public positions now. It is Chasowa now next time soon it will be you or me, your soon, brother, father. People wake up, enough is enough.

  30. alukosyo says:

    Nkhaniyi Ikanatha nanga mpaka liti? A young promising student life nipped in the bud as a nation we should be concerned.

  31. tuvitwana says:


  32. lets just bury this till joyce come back to presidency. its a political case. and my fellow malawians dont you still not understand that this case was started just for gaining political credit, so it was put on slow motion to buy time and national sympathy.

  33. Nkhombokombo says:

    Mlungu anamaso, akudziwa anthu amene adampha mwanayu! Shame and fair judgement on them!

  34. chakwanuleka says:

    The devils are in control. Justice will not see the light of day.

  35. Titus German says:

    Murder cases needs serious Investigations to connect the culprits. In this case these so called suspects are not directly connected to the case therefore acquittal is obvious. Mr Mtambo you are fighting a losing battle.

  36. sizinantole says:

    A mtambo at it again..kodi mukufuna fame? There were people before you alikuti…kusimbwa sikuthandiza mwamva above all ndinu achitsiru…mwasavuka or what..akutameni ndani..akhala JB wanuyo anathawa…chidzete

  37. Wapa Monkey Bay says:

    DPP PARTY of murderers justice ya Malawi ikuyedera boma limene likulmula ngati momwe amachitila mafumu aku Malawi.palibe chingachitike olo khoti liyambe mlandu pomwe DPP ikulamula pokhapokha itatuluka kulamula.

  38. Hotlady says:

    The problem is that since the case started up to now the pple who have been handling it and dragging this case are the same.They changed from dpp to pp now to dpp again hence dont expect justice to prevail.”fisi ndi fisi”.

  39. Olakwa ndi amai Joyce Banda for being quaint koma panopa ibetter quate this proverb khoswe akakhala pankhate sapheka.thus what the saying has!

  40. Chief justice u are also a murder. Infact i also saw u killing Chasowa & Linda Gaza. Yes! u were together with Chanthunya. How can u be so inhuman to send that berserk coment? Hey, mtambo drop this issue & dont worry my brother. Tsunami is coming to sweep all these dirty murderous leaders.Malawians know well that these Lomwe leaders killed Chasowa,that abiti ntila ntila killed Linda Daza, ooh yes! dont say mfeee! How can a leader fail to take into book a murder just bcoz he is a son to her sister! How then was she suppose to bring the justice of Chasowa who was killed by her rivals in politicts when she had a murder to cover? We dont know who to trust as a balanced thicker leader in Malawi.

  41. nyengo says:

    this was an issue that was ignored by Bingu but most significantly by the JB’s BS administration!! now you are looking for redress??? with all due respects to the family- this is a case that has expired shelf date. many condolences but your salvation (JB) is busy begging monies for a luxurious life in the US. the time came and went. pepani.

  42. Chief justice says:

    Bambo Mtambo kodi 2years yapita I pamene nkhaniyi imakambidwa kwambiri chimavuta ndi chani kuti ithe and inuyoso munali kuti poti anthu oganizilidwao analibe mphavu

    1. Inu a Bambo Chief Justice maka maka mukufuna mutanthauze chani Poti mwangofunsa funso kopanda mutu??

    2. The point is JUSTICE MUST BE SERVED! Even if it takes a decade.

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