Poly students want speedy probe on Chasowa

Students at Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, are enthusiastic the newly instituted commission of inquiry into the death of 25-year-old engineering student Robert Chasowa, would unravel all secretive facts that led to the alleged killing of their fellow student.

The students however are demanding that the authorities move hastily to complete investigations into the case.

Chasowa was found dead on a pavement at a Blantyre university campus. He had been very critical of the late Bingu wa Mutharika administration.

Chasowa's girl friend paying last respect during the funeral of the slain university students

Speaking in an interview with Nyasa Times , Polytechnic students union’s general secretary Vincent Chaduka said the incident was unprecedented in the college’s history as such,  digging up facts of the matter would help not only the students but rather the entire nation which he say deserves to know the truth.

“Since the death of Robert last year, the whole campus has been engulfed with fear and this has affected us psychologically as such we are not able to come to terms with his death,” said Chaduka.

He therefore praised Malawi leader Joyce Banda for instituting an Inquiry to look in the matter.

“As polytechnic students we are confident the new commission set up by Her Excellency the President will come up with nothing but the truth.”

Chaduka , however, did not mince his disappointment with the pace at which the late president Bingu wa Mutharika’s led government handled the matter.

“Thank God we have a new regime that has shown seriousness by indicating that it will treat the Chasowa issue with urgency,” he said.

Soon after taking office, president Banda says she will go to the bottom of things just to make sure the country is told about what happened to the slain student even if it means using her own finances.

At first police linked his death to suicide and  released two suicide notes. But relatives and friends said Chasowa was not suicidal and that the handwriting on the notes was not his.

Under pressure from the public, the police released an autopsy report that stated Chasowa died after  “a fall from a high place.” But the pathologist police quoted denied writing such a report, and said instead that Chasowa died after being hit on the back of the head by a blunt object and that there was no sign he had fallen.

 

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