Officials from Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs have denied reports that the Malawi Police Service have handed over the report on the murder of fourth year Polytechnic student Robert Chasowa to the ministry.
This follows comments by police spokesperson that the law enforcers have given the report to the Ministry of Justice who demanded it before hiring experts from the UK’s Scotland Yard to investigate the matter.
“The report which the police sent to the ministry some time back was sent back to the police because it lacked substance, it was half baked and full of lies. It had no evidence to be acted upon to prosecute anyone,” said one of the officials.
Police spokesperson James Kadadzera asked for more time before commenting on the matter.
Chasowa was brutally murdered in 2011 in what the then police spokesperson Willie Mwaluka said was suicide but a hospital postmortem showed he was brutally killed.
A commission of inquiry set up by former president Joyce Banda says Chasowa was killed by police officers and some ruling Democratic Progressive Party for his criticism of the former president Bingu wa Mutharika and his administration.
Minister of Justice Samuel Tembenu discredited the commission of inquiry report and said the government would hire Scotland Yard murder investigation experts to probe how Chasowa was killed, why he was killed and who killed him.
Human rights activists say the government is just buying time.