Two claim K60mil compensation from Malawi govt over ‘wrongful imprisonment’ on Chasowa murder

Petros Tembo and Geoffrey Doff Botoman who are among 15  people suspected   to have had  a hand  in the killing of  Robert Chasowa, a former fourth-year engineering student at the Polytechnic, are claiming K60 million compensation from  government for what they argue was wrongful imprisonment.

Lawyer Salimu: File notice to claim K60 million compensation for his clients

The development follows  a ruling by Malawi Supreme Court that the two suspects represented by private practice lawyer Ambokire Salimu, that  the formality of charging the two after their arrests was not done.

The duo had applied to have their case discharged.

Salimu confirmed he has sent a letter to Attorney General’s office demanding K30 million each for the two suspects.

He said the Attorney General’s office has been served with “three months notice of intention to sue government” for claims of K30 million for each of the accused.

The duo argues that the State had no evidence against them as indicated by the continued delays to commence trial.

“We are demanding compensation for false imprisonment,” said Salimu.

But Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda, who is the only person allowed by the law to certify a case, recused himself because of the unusual situation he was found in having chaired the Commission of Inquiry that led to the arrest of the suspects.

He delegated Supreme Court judge Edward Twea to handle the matter.

Twea  ruled the suspects  do not need to be discharged  by the court because they were charged when arrested and then granted bail.

Bottoman and Tembo were arrested in 2012 alongside eight others following the outcome of a Commission of Inquiry but for various reasons, trial has dragged.

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

Chasowa was found dead near the dispensary and finance blocks office at the Polytechnic campus on September 24 2011 under questionable circumstances.


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15 thoughts on “Two claim K60mil compensation from Malawi govt over ‘wrongful imprisonment’ on Chasowa murder”

  1. Monica says:

    Where is commission
    Of enqiry Report ??

    Is it bearing the fruits ??
    Why Not ??

  2. Zilani says:

    AS long as we have the DPP in power, we will never get the bottom of all the Mafia-style killing and stealing in govt. Worse still BB fans are mentioned, dragging football into this? Ndasiya supporting Big Bullets, party to Mafias

  3. Mbeda says:

    Compensation for what? God is watching,you will answer .

  4. sazilala mbuno says:

    naga ma bwana a dpp ndi ma polisi simukuwachula maina bwa

  5. sazilala mbuno says:

    ambokile yako ija udyapo zingati ndi nsikana wako uja martha.umangochula mitengo osaonetsa client ndondomeko yake. eetu odya nyemba amaiwala otaya makoko anta. muzafukulidwa nkuikidwa pantunda pa ntumbila adha. silinakwane la ci 40

  6. Kameza boy says:

    Zopusa zenizeni u think we happy with what happened to our friend Robert you get that money mukaidyera kumanda sure i ll kill you myself zopusa eti!!! zimandiwawatu sob sob sob sob for my friend Tobie!!!

  7. ndiloreni says:

    Wowerengawe khala maso

  8. chindere says:

    its six years six chasowa died nothing tangible is happening. then there is Njaunju time is also passing. time will tell

    Yet you claim MCP is bad party

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  10. Mulongoti says:

    The judiciary must be revamped. The Attorney General should appeal this case. The file for these murderers is with Attorney General office. He was supposed to prosecute them. Today we are told these murderers awarded K30 million. For what?

  11. Mulongoti says:

    People eating dirty money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Meleki says:

    The Supreme Court is a joke. These suspects are still answering charges while should they be compensated . Murderers claiming money for murdering Chasowa. Opposition parties and NGOs should petition Chief Justice for this miscarriage of Justice. They should march in the streets like South AFRICANS do against this injustice.
    The Malawi judiciary is a VERY BIG JOKE.

  13. Very Unfortunate The Dpp Gvt Killed The Boy By The Aid Of These Cadets And Now The Cadets Wants To Pocket 2nd Payment 4 The Job. May God Punish You Before The Judgment Day

  14. kings says:

    Are you talking about real compensation here? You are not serious at all.

  15. Maizegate says:

    People will be demanding compensations if politicians continue interfering in police. Chasowa’s case is purely political and police incompetence. The case has stalled mainly because some politicians and police officers were involved.

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