New information has emerged that the death of university student activist Robert Chasowa may have been sanctioned by someone in the hierarchy of the ruling party’s southern region committee.
A top tier member of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) instructed some party cadres to deal with Chasowa for his writing in a newsletter that he was circulating together with others, on going investigations have revealed so far
It has also emerged that Chasowa had close links to some civil society leaders in Blantyre and the United Democratic Front (UDF) the former ruling party.
“This annoyed the DPP because they suspected that he was being used by activists and the UDF…in short he became a political opponent of the DPP,” said one of the investigators looking into why he was killed.
Chasowa and his colleagues authored a newsletter which asked President Bingu wa Mutharika to explain why Paladin Africa Limited banks $100,000 into his Australian bank account every month. Paladin Africa Limited is an Australian firm mining uranium in northern Malawi.
Chasowa also asked the President to explain why the private jet has been impounded and reminded him that the youths were going to make sure that he is arrested when he gets out of office in 2014.
The officers came up to disclose what they know after a leading pathologists Dr Charles Dzamalala revealed that Chasowa did not commit suicide as claimed by police last week but was murdered
“The cause of Chasowa ‘s death was unnatural...he had severe traumatic intracranial hemorrhage and head injuries with commuted and depressed fractures to skull bones,” Dr Dzamalala’s report reads in part.
Chasowa, 25, a fourth year engineering student, was found dead on campus in the early morning hours of September 24. Many believed then that his activism may have led to his death but Police quickly went to the media with copies of a suicide note purportedly written by Chasowa.
Police claimed that the student had committed suicide by jumping from an eight meter tall building on campus qouting a postmortem report which they said was done by Dr Dzamalala.
But in a twist of events, Dzamalala has come out and differed with police. “Based on the isolated nature of the fresh injuries to the head and the rest of the body spared of these fresh injuries, its is my opinion that these injuries are most likely due to assault to the heard rather than a fall,” Dzamalala said
Many believe that the death of Chasowa may precipitate mass anti-government demonstrations only comparable to the July 20 protests that left 20 people dead.
The Malawi Human Rights Commission has commissioned an investigation into the death of the young man after which they intend to make their findings public. Last month, the Commission blamed the President Mutharika for inciting violence in his speeches.
They also released results of the July 20 shooting saying that police shot 58 people and killed 19 in the process. The other victim died a week later totaling 20 unarmed protestors said to have been killed by Mutharika’s forceFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :