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Monthly Archives: March 2017

By Thomas Kachere
Its six years now since Robert Chasowa, a Fourth Year Mechanical Engineering Student at Malawi Polytechnic died mysteriously on 24 September, 2011.

The Malawi Police Service says it has submitted a report to the Justice and Constitutional Affairs Ministry on the probe of the murder of Chasowa who was killed by unknown assailants.

Last week, Minister of Justice and Constitution Affairs Samuel Tembenu accused the Malawi Police Service of delaying government to engage foreign investigators to probe the murder of Chasowa.

In January this year the minister said government will be engaging foreign investigators to establish what killed Chasowa following failure by the police to probe the matter.

According to the Commission of Enquiry which was commissioned by Former President Joyce Banda to probe Chasowa death, Robert was seized in the early hours of 24 September, 2011, after leaving the room of a female’s colleague at the college.

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“He was gagged. His resistance was overcome by use of shock sticks. The information that Robert was on campus on this night must have come from persons within campus. Robert was led away. He was assaulted to the head at least three times,” Part of the report reads.

But speaking to MIJ Fm, Tembenu said they have not yet hired the foreign investigators because the police had not yet submitted a report on the areas the foreign investigators would cover.

However, speaking to MIJ Fm, Malawi Police Service Spokesperson James Kadadzela confirmed that the police have submitted the report to the Ministry of Justice.

Kadadzela however could not give more information on the findings of the police as well as the areas which the police have failed to investigate arguing it will be the duty of the Ministry of Justice.