Chasowa murder suspects claim K60mil from Malawi govt, sue Attorney General

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 and have started legal proceedings for their compesation.

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

Supreme Court judge Edward Twea ruled  that  the formality of charging the two after their arrests was not done.

.Through private practice lawyer Ambokire Salimu, the first and second accused—Tembo and Doff Botoman— are suing  the Attorney General’s office demanding a whooping K30 million each.

“We are proceeding to the court to sue the A ttorney  General on behalf of government because there is no settlement in sight,” said Salimu.

He , however, disclosed that there have been  positive discussions with State counsel Apoche Itimu representing Attorney General on the possibility of out-of-court settlement.

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

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.

“We are proceeding with the suing,” he added.

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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Ruben Kacheche

Mzimu wa Robert uutse mu mtendere. I hope these people are innocent but if not the be lero ligwe pa iwo chifukwa poyamba kunali kupha pano ndi kuba? ..Malawi kulibe chilungamo kwa osauka

mwana mu lomwe

kkkkkk bullets koma inu mudzamva liti ndie kuti mukasuta basi maganizo amene amakubwererani ndi akupha basi

Mudzamva liti

Ndi lawyer uyu?


Potengera kuti Chasowa anapha ndi a DPP, boma limeneli litha kulipiradi ndalama imeneyo! Chidziko chonunkhaa! Mtsogoleri wonunkha Peter Mathanyula Mutharika!


It is boma la Amayi which suspected you. Her inquiry had all evidence that you killed that UDF puppet who respected politics than education. Her careless handling of things will probably make Malawians cough the K60M.

Achimphamba Oyera
Heartless! When the court of law does not find you guilty, it does not mean your heart (if you continue to have a human body) acquits you. You shall always be haunted by the conscience of guilt for the person you slaughtered like a chicken. The groans of pain your ears heard while the person was breathing last. You must be ashamed again to develop a case out of the incident you walked clean out. Money! All we want is money. Especially when you have killed, you want more money to let you forget the guilt. You will find the… Read more »

May the Almighty God intervene in any He sees necessary. Amen


The works of DPP government, misusing our taxes. You killed Chasowa, his parents are still shading tears, no compensation given to them now you want to pay the thugs again —- foolish, rubbish, —- laws of this earth but God is watching, go ahead!!! Nonsense!


I blame Joyce Banda for this, she had the chance to lock up these thugs but no she was too focused on campaigning. When you’re connected to DPP you can get away with anything, even the so called ACB won’t touch you. I’m disappointed with the way things are going in this country.

Zander mutiuze
U can not blame someone Who was in government short Time and became a leader by suprise. Court cases take long time in Malawi. They have not find a killer how can he be free? Chasowa killer is not found. Nyaunji and Chatuwa is not brought to justice. All these murder cases happened during DDP not JB. Stop blaming her because she is a woman. DDP has been government two period and commited these murders and shielding those Who did it. Convicting only PP and those belongs to other parties. DDP is a copy of Kamuzu dictatorship. They have those… Read more »

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