Malawi paper demands justice for Chasowa’s murder: Tomb unveiling Aug 16

Nation Publications Limited’s weekly title, Weekend Nation on Saturday published and editorial comment in which it demanded justice on  Malawi Polytechnic student Robert Chasowa  who was murdered by regime agents during the DPP-led government.

Chasowa, who studied engineering, was found dead at the college campus in Blantyre on September 24, 2011.

Findings from the Commission of Inquiry on his death named Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Director of Special Events Noel Masangwi and Director of Youths Lewis Ngalande as some of prime suspects in the death of the student.

Chasowa was buried here after he was murdered by regime agents during DPP-led government
Chasowa was buried here after he was murdered by regime agents during DPP-led government

The report also implicated several senior police officers.

Police said he had jumped to his death from a five-story building and produced bogus suicide not as evidence.

The Chasowa family, led by his father in demanding for justice, hopes to see the case gets to its logical conclusion.

The United Nations Special committee on Human Rights has bashed the Malawi Government for not prosecuting those involved in the murder of Chasowa.

The newspaper decried that it is “a great indictment on what sort of society we are living in where it seems one can get away with any crime as long as one is connected to the powers that be.”

The paper pointed out that “political activism and protesting against general poor governance have never been a crime in Malawi, yet killing defenceless citizens and students with hot heads is.”

The editorial comment challenged the DPP government to “prove otherwise by bringing to book” those that killed Chasowa.

Meanwhile, in the same newspaper, the family of Chasowa placed an advert informing they will on August 16 unveil a tombstone of their child at HHI cemetery in Blantyre.

After the tombstone unveiling ceremony and the laying of wreaths there will be luncheon at the family house in Kameza, advising that “all are welcome.”

Supreme court of Appeal judge  Andrew Nyirenda,who chaired the commission, said:”The ultimate findings of the commission is that Robert Chasowa was murdered.”

He said  the findings were based on entire testimony of witnesses, which he said “in some instances were lucid and unmistaken.”

Nyirenda said a post-mortem examination report enabled the commission, which included a pathologist, “to determine, with a degree of certainty, the cause and circumstances of Robert Chasowa’s death.”

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