Student political activist Robert Chasowa’s fourth murder anniversary has passed by quietly with a lone voice calling on President Peter Mutharika to bring those who brutally murdered him to book.
Chasowa, a fourth year mechanical engineering student at the Polytechnic was found murdered and his body dumped at the college campus in 2011 after he fell out with the police and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) over the July 20 , 2011 demonstrations.
Marking his death anniversary on Thursday , his friend Alex Black Moses said it was dissappointing that the state is doing nothing to take Chasowa’s killers -mostly regime operatives – to book.
“I wish I met the President to request him do something, someone needs to move the case,” said Moses.
Chasowa was killed in cold blood and according to a commission of enquiry set up to probe his death, he was killed in Lunzu by some police officers and DPP cadres.
The commission of inquiry report says Chasowa was recruited by the police to disrupt the July 20 protests organised by civil rights groups and was given some money and a vehicle hired for him and his group.
Later, the report says, the police had change of heart and decided to engage the civil rights groups directly so that they would abandon the protests idea but this did not go down well with Chasowa who felt betrayed and threatened to spill the beans.
The report says he published damaging articles of the former head of state Bingu wa Mutharika and instantly became the target of the DPP for assassination.
The Joyce Banda administration arrested several police officers and DPP cadres including MP Masangwi over his killing but they are all on bail and the case has stalled since the JB government was voted out of power and the DPP was voted back to power.