DPP says Masangwi, Ngalande are ‘innocent’

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) say they believe their two senior officials including some youth cadets who have been arrested  in connection with the murder of fourth-year Polytechnic student Robert Chasowa are innocent.

Police arrested Noel Masangwi (DPP southern regional governor) and DPP youth director Louis Ngalande, Others were   Cadets, the youth wing of DPP which was notorious for beating and torching houses of Mutharika’s opponents.they included  Mike Chitenje, Stone Mwamande and Sam Chulu.

But reacting to the arrests, DPP spokesman Nicholous Dausi said he hoped the suspects will receive fair trial without political inspiration.

“Our law presumes people to be innocent until proven guilty,” said Dausi.

Masangwi accompanied by lawyer Kalekeni Kaphale and businessman Leston Mulli arrive at Southern Region Police Headquarters to surrender himself

He said DPP will give it members all the members their support.

The arrests follow the release of a report by a Commission of Inquiry President Joyce Banda instituted to probe Chasowa’s death. He is believed to have been murdered by the DPP functionaries with the help of some police officers.

Police say other arrests would follow.

Chasowa was found dead on college campus in September 2011, in what police initially called a suicide.

Police spokesman Kelvin Maigwa said the arrested people were likely to be charged with murder, which carries a maximum sentence of death.

Chasowa was president of a youth rights group at the Polytechnic in Blantyre, which was critical of the Mutharika administration.

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