Masangwi, police officers implicated in Chasowa murder – report

Findings from a commission of inquiry report on the death of Polytechnic student Robert Chasowa have named the former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Regional Governor for  the South, Noel Masangwi and the party’s director of youths Lewis Ngalande as some of prime suspects in the murder of Chasowa.

A commission of inquiry which was chaired by  Supreme court of Appeal judge Andrew Nyirenda,  presented its report to President Joyce Banda last week. The report has also implicated two police officers constable Stanford Horea and Sub/Inspector Yuda.

According to the Daily Times other suspects named in the report are Mr Amos, boxing promoter Mike Chitenje. Others are well known rough-necks: Dofu Geofrey Botoman, Sam Chulu, Stoni John, Frank Julius  Hanry Makina, Chikondi Mwamvera, Isaac Osaman, Elias Phiri and Petros Phiri.

Masangwi: Named in the report

Most of the suspects appeared before the commission of inquiry to give their side of the story and some of them denied wrong doing while some implicate their colleagues.

The reports quotes one of the police officers who testified saying that on the night of September 23, 2011 while on duty at Southern Region Police headquarters a number of senior police officers were interacting with Masangwi, Osman, John and Chitenje who were allegedly looking for  Chasowa.

“After a while, the civilians left in a black Prado accompanied by Constable Stanford Horea. They soon returned with a young man who was gagged. She recognized a young man as Robert Chasowa. They were using shock sticks to subdue him.  Shortly thereafter Chasowa was taken back to the car”, the report reads in part.

The group returned around 2:30 am without Chasowa.

Upon their return Constable Horea was quoted as saying: “If ndiye tathana naye kuyankha anayankha  ndi mabwan,, bola ife ndalama ayike ku bank.( we are through with him the senior officers will be answerable as long as our money is deposited in our bank account.)

While Horea is alleged to have uttered this statement John and Chitenje were alleged to have said: “We have done our bit and dumped him. Now it’s up to Mr Chaima to write the notes to put in his clothes so that Mr Mwaluka’s statement can be supported.”

According to the report, Chasowa was captured in the early hours of September 24 2011 after leaving his friend’s hostel room with support from Kamu Security.

Soon after capturing him he was driven to Southern police headquarters where senior police officers were briefed about the abduction and then led away to some location where he was assaulted in the head three times before he died, as a result of injuries sustained.

His body was brought to Polytechnic and dumped where it was later discovered.

Government spokesman Moses Kunkuyu said “ the wheels of justice should take course to ensure that those who led the young and promising life of Robert Chasowa to a premature end should individually account for their evil deeds.”

Chasowa, an engineering student who was president of a youth rights group at the Polytechnic in Blantyre, which was critical of the Mutharika regime, was found dead in a pool of blood at the campus last September.

Police had initially said he had committed suicide and produced suicide notes.

President Banda has clearly said she will ensurer the murderers or their accomplices should  ”face the full force of law.”

“Let the blood of Robert Chasowa be a lesson to all, that taking human life is not a light issue,” she added.

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