Malawi Police: Protectors or murderers?

When Robert Chasowa, a student at the University of Malawi’s Polytechnic campus, was found dead at the premises of the college, the police moved quickly to stem any mayhem the death might have resulted in. Students, after all, had already begun to run riot. The Police quickly announced that the death was suicide.

The deceased had left a suicide note that partly read: “Politics is fun father, but dangerous I agree. I was accountable to you and the family. I should have told you everything…something terrible is about to happen to me. Am sorry I never explained anything when I came last time. I am sorry for the pain that I am about to cause. I have taken my own life.”

The note could indeed have passed off as genuine if they had not misspelt the name of the father. Mr Chasowa is, apparently, King, but the note addressed him as ‘Kingsley,’ which incidentally happened to be the name of his other deceased son, brother to Robert.

Police Chief Peter Mukhito inspecting a guard of cops

Not wanting to be outdone, the police produced another note, without stating where they got the notes from. Robert’s father says:  “I wonder why the law enforcers are taking this note seriously when there is no date and no signature and I am still confused on how and where exactly the police claim to have gotten the said note from.

“ Why, indeed, are the police taking these notes seriously? Adds Mr Chasowa: “It is a pure lie to say that I conceded that the alleged note was authored by my son. When the police showed me the letter I was not even carried away. I looked at it critically and told them in the face: I could not accept it.”

The answer is that Robert Chasowa was murdered by both the police and security guards of Kamu (short for Kanyoza and Mulli), currently guarding the premises of The Polytechnic. Robert Chasowa was a wanted man. He belonged to the group called Youth for Freedom and Democracy which publishes The Weekly Update, a publication that talks about many corrupt practices going on in the Bingu wa Muthatika administration.

Highly placed sources who spoke on strict conditions of anonymity say that President Bingu wa Mutharika has authorized prominent members of the Democratic Progressive Party to use all means to make sure that nothing blocks the election of Peter wa Mutharika in 2014. The Malawi Police are under direct orders from President Mutharika not to act on any deaths or damage caused by the actions of this elite group.

The death of Robert Chasowa is just the beginning. Torching of houses, accidents and many deaths are planned between now and 2014, including the possible elimination of some Malawian journalists.

Former Radio MIJ reporter Joseph Mwale has already been threatened, and his nemeses go so far as to boast that they “control everything” and monitor all his moves. Others on the hitlist are publishers of Nyasa Times, the only online publication that publishes the truth without the control of the authorities.

Some key opposition politicians also stand to be assassinated before 2014. “The president has stressed that he does not want anything or anyone to prevent Peter from becoming president in 2014. This group has the powers to kill if necessary.”

The pattern has already begun. Vehicles of Zodiak Broadcasting Station were attacked and burnt a few days before the 20th of July, 2011. The offices of human rights activist, Rafiq Hajat, were burned, as was the house of Reverend Sembereka, another prominent Human Rights activist. They also attacked the house of Peter Chinoko, also a human rights activist, in Lilongwe. In all this, the police did absolutely nothing.

Now Robert Chasowa has been murdered, and the police are at the forefront brandishing unsigned and undated notes, claiming they are suicide notes of the deceased. More worrisome is the fact that the Police claimed that they have the report of the Pathologist, Dr Charles Dzamalala, which says that Robert died by falling from a higher place to the ground. Dr Dzamalala denies issuing any report whatsoever.

In an interview with the Malawi News, he says: “What the police are saying did not come from me. I can tell you plainly that I never released any such report. A comprehensive report will be released very soon especially that I now have all results from laboratory with me on toxicology and histology. It’s just a matter of hours or few days. I am going to do that in the next coming days which I will deliver to the family, police and other stakeholders.”

The Malawi Police have stopped protecting us. They have become murderers. Between now and 2014, there will be many deaths, and the police will do nothing. Be afraid. Be very afraid.


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