Malawi Members of Parliament have demanded the immediate resignation or suspension of flamboyant Police Chief Peter Mukhito to pave way for independent investigations into the mysterious death of a university student two months.
Mukhito is implicated in the death of fourth year engineering student, Robert Chasowa who was found in a pool of blood on September 24 and Police initially branded the death as suicide but further evidence from the pathologist contradicted this.
Most MPs reiterated the need for Mukhito to step aside so that an independent and professional investigation is carried out.
Karonga Nyungwe MP (Aford) Khwauli Msiska raised the matter in parliament November 24 after Home Affairs and Defense minister Aaron Sangala presented an unsatisfactory account on the death of Chasowa.
Msiska said it is naïve for government to continue investigations when the alleged ‘key players’ Mukhito and Southern Region Commissioner Rodney Jose were still clinging to their jobs.
Sangala told parliament November 24 that there was no need for fear that police would cover-up what exactly happened with regard to the death of the student as a coroner would soon be appointed to work independently and parallel to the police on this.
Thyolo Thava MP Linfred Nawena concurred with Msiska saying the Police had lost confidence after they lied to the Public.
Leader of UDF Ibrahim Matola said the death of Chasowa was a matter of urgency and needed the investigations to be speeded up.
“Knowing this administration, we can wait forever, up to now we are still waiting for a ministerial statement on the deatt of Chafukila. We can stay until government will change without having proper statement,” Matola said.
Lilongwe Mapuyu South legislatr Njobvuyalema asked the minister to explain why the police issued a report claiming that Chasowa was murdered before the pathologist had released his findings.
This prompted Nawena to ask police officers who are mentioned by witnesses be relieved off there duties or be sent on forced leave.
“How do they investigate themselves, infact they lied that the boy killed himself. They are liars and we cannot trust them,” Nawena said.
In his ministeial statemnet Sangala said government will be providing updates on the ongoing investigations to the general public.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :