Malawi Police arrest KAMU Security guard over Chasowa Murder

Malawi Police Service on Thursday night arrested KAMU security guard, Harry Makina, in connection to connection with the murder of Polytechnic student Robert Chasowa last year..

Southern Region Police public Relations Officer Nicholas Gondwa confirmed the arrest of the guard who has been at large since the murder took place.

“Police arrested Harry Makina, a guard at KAMU security service on allegation that he must be knowing something as pertaining to Chasowa’s murder. He was arrested in Nacholi where he was hidding,” said Gondwa.

Makina is one of the guards who were deployed by the then Security service provider of the polytechnic, KAMU, to render his night shift security services at the campus during the night of Robert Chasowa’s demise.

Lawyer Chancy Gondwe clacking jokes with Leston Mulli after the bail ruling as other officials look on- Photo by  Francis Mphweya/Mana

Chasowa was found dead on the college campus last year and a report by inquiry committee set by President Joyce Banda has implicated about 14 people.

The commission of enquiry’s report stated that these guards must in possession of certain information which led to this fourth year mechanical engineering student’s killing  looking at how things turned out to be during that fateful night.


The High Court judge, Sylvester Kalembera, on Friday freed on bail other suspects including  boxing promoter, Mike “Bangwe One’ Chitenje, Police constable, Stanford Horea, Stoni John and Isaac ‘Mtopwa One’ Osman.

Earlier on, the court had granted bail to Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regional governor for the South Noel Masangwi, DPP youth director, Lewis Ngalande, Frank Julius, Sam Chulu, Dolph Geoffrey Botomani and Petros Tembo who are part of the main suspects in the Chasowa murder case.


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

But a Justice Andrew Nyirenda-led inquiry ordered by President Joyce Banda, who succeeded Bingu wa Mutharika after his death in April, rule that Chasowa had in fact been murdered.

President Banda promised that the culprits would “face the full wrath of the law”.

Chasowa, the chairman of a student activist group, Youth for Democracy (YFD), had published anti-Mutharika government leaflets before his death.

Lawyer Chancy Gondwe clacking jokes with Mulli after the ruling as other officials look on- Pic Francis Mphweya Man

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