‘Ntopwa one’ arrested as Chasowa’s father loses trust in Malawi Police

Malawi Police Service on Thursday arrested two more suspects in connection with the murder of Polytechnic student Robert Chasowa last year.

National Police deputy spokesperson Kelvin Maigwa confirmed the arrest of the two, Frank Julius and Isaac Osman.

Osman is popularly known as ‘Mtopwa One’. His comrade-in-arms boxing promoter Mike Chitenje, also known as ‘Bangwe One’, was earlier arrested.

According to the report by a commission of inquiry which was chaired by Supreme court of Appeal Justice Andrew Nyirenda, there were two groups of civilians assisted by the Malawi Police who were involved in killing Chasowa. One group was from Ndirande and the other group was from Bangwe.

Chitenje: ‘Bangwe One’ nabbed

Police  also arrested opposition DPP regional governor for the South Noel Masangwi and the DPP youth director Lewis Ngalande.

Senior Superintende Maigwa said others arrested are police officer Stanford Horea, Stone Mwamande and Sam Chulu. The suspects were held at different police stations.

Meanwhile, father to the late polytechnic student activsist has expressed bitterness with the way the government of late Bingu wa Mutharika and Malawi police handled the issue of his son.

Father demands justice

Chasowa told a local newspaper Daily Times on Thursday that the Police lied and failed to discharge its duties of protecting civilians.

“The first people to blame are the police. Instead of them protecting civilians they were the one’s in the forefront telling lies. They are now my enemies. When i see a police officer now, its like i am seeing a snake. I can’t trust them I can’t,  I can’t, I can’t. I really want to know who did this to Robert,” said Chasowa adding “Robert was lovely son, cheerful. He was very straight to me on issues”.

He said he is saddened to learn that the same people who denied that Robert was killed-police, are the prime suspects.

“Robert was killed. The same people who denied that Robert had been killed are the suspects now. I dont know who to trust. The state lied to me,” he said.

But Chasowa said he is glad and relieved with the way the case is now being handled in the Joyce Banda administration.

“But offcourse i am glad and relieved in the way things are moving (the arrests). I want to know what crime Robert commited to deserve such a brutal death. That is what I am interested in not compensation,” Chasowa told the paper.

Chasowa has also expressed concern with the delay by police in finalising the investigation of his other son Kingsley who was also murdered in 2007.—(Additional reporting by Elijah Phimbi, Nyasa Times)

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