Kamlepo demands justice on Chasowa murder: Maiden speech in Parliament

Outspoken veteran politician, Kamlepo Kalua, gave his maiden speech in parliament as Rumphi East legislator by demanding justice for Robert Chasowa, a university student who was murdered in 2011 under Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) brutal regime.

Chasowa, who was a political activist and dealt with senior police officers including DPP leaders, in trying to stop street demonstrations against former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika, was in September 2011 brutally murdered.

Kamlepo: Chasowa murder case should be concluded
Kamlepo: Chasowa murder case should be concluded

“Chasowa was murdered during the DPP regime. We need to know what happened and the President should conclude this case,” said Kamlepo in response to the State of the Nation Address delivered by President Peter Mutharika last week.

Kamlepo, lawmaker for former ruling People’s Party (PP)  faulted the DPP-led government for  doing nothing on the case but Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya cautioned  him, saying when MPs are making  accusations in the House “there is a need to have evidence.”

Chasowa was allegedly killed for political reasons.

The trial of suspects has stalled despite Police handing over the file.to the Director of Public Prosecutions Bruno Kalemba.

Following the release of the report of Chasowa commission of inquiry headed by Justice Andrew Nyirenda, police in October 2012 arrested people, mostly members of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) whose names were mentioned in the report.

Those arrested, but are currently on bail, included DPP executive member and now MP Noel Masangwi and DPP youth director Lewis Ngalande.

Among suspects who were arrested in connection with the murder of Chasowa included police officers from the Southern Region offices.

Some of those arrested in connection to his death include boxing promoter, Mike “Bangwe One’ Chitenje, Police constable, Stanford Horea, Stoni John and Isaac ‘Mtopwa One’ Osman, Frank Julius, Dolph Geoffrey Botomani and Petros Tembo.

The commission of inquiry named 15 people as possible suspects in the murder of Chasowa.

Chasowa, who studied engineering, was found dead at a college campus Blantyre in September 2011. Police said he had jumped to his death from a five-storey building and produced bogus suicide note as evidence.

But an autopsy report revealed that Chasowa was assaulted to his head by a blunt instrument rather than a fall from a tall building as was claimed by the police.

A Justice Andrew Nyirenda-led inquiry ordered by former president Joyce Banda ruled that Chasowa was murdered.

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