Robert Chasowa March 20, — September 24, was a University of Malawi engineering student and political activist. His mysterious death made international headlines but was ruled a suicide under the Bingu wa Mutharika administration. This pro-democracy group was responsible for publishing a weekly campus publication, the Weekly Political Update. WPU has made several allegations against the Mutharika administration. Prior to his death he co-wrote a play "Semo" with Thlupego Chisiza son of Dunduzu Chisiza Jr that was critical of the governments human rights policies. The week before his death, plain clothes police officers went to the Polytechnic University of Malawi , to question administrators on the existence of a political pressure group, YFD.

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Aller au contenu principal. Robert Chasowa , a student and political activist, was found dead on the campus of Malawi University Polytechnic on 24 September in circumstances that were far from clear. Chasowa wrote several campaigning articles, some of which have been posted by political blogger Bright Baghaya Mhango.

He published a weekly pro-democracy newsletter Weekly Political Update see below , which was highly critical of President Bingu wa Mutharika. The activist had been the target of threats for several weeks after announcing he would shortly disclose compromising information about the government and the police.

Police concluded Chasowa committed suicide by jumping from a window, but there were several curious aspects to the story, such as a suicide note found in his apartment which was addressed to his father but referred to him by the name of his late brother.

Charles Dzamalala, the pathologist responsible for the autopsy on Chasowa, said that when the police announced their conclusions, he had not yet examined the body. Dzamalala subsequently told Capital Radio he believed Chasowa had probably been murdered.

The body had a severe wound to the back of the head but no broken bones. In his autopsy report, the pathologist added that the place of death had not been officially established since no one had seen the body at the scene and the police had quickly removed it to the mortuary and cleaned up the spot where it was found.

Chasowa headed the anti-government student movement Youth for Democracy YFD , which was dissolved after his death. Several members of these organizations have said Chasowa was murdered for having shed light on deals between pro-democracy groups and the police. During political demonstrations in August this year, the police were reported to have proposed making payments to the groups of up to 60, dollars if future protests were called off.

The head of the NVYO, Duncan Nawazo Phiri , was taken in for questioning earlier this month after he publicly confirmed the agreement between the police and pro-democracy groups. He was released after three days. Moses remains in detention for the duration of the investigation. A request by his lawyer, Lusungu Gondwe, for his release on bail was rejected.

The editor of the weekly Weekend Nation , George Kasakula , was also summoned by the police. Officers also requested access to recordings of interviews carried out for the story.

Those close to Chasowa fear the authorities are trying to destroy evidence or delete compromising files.


Student activist was murdered, Malawian inquiry rules

A student activist and critic of the late Malawian president Bingu wa Mutharika was murdered and did not kill himself as police claimed, a commission of inquiry has found. The body of Robert Chasowa, 25, was found in a pool of blood at a student campus just over a year ago. Police said he had leaped to his death from a five-storey building and produced suicide notes as evidence. But a postmortem suggested Chasowa had been struck on the back of the head with a blunt instrument.


Journalists must be allowed to investigate the death of activist Robert Chasowa

The Malawi Police Service yet again took Malawians for granted by lying that it had submitted to the Justice ministry a conclusive inquiry report on the murder of former Polytechnic student, Robert Chasowa. Reports from the Justice ministry are in conflict with what the police spokesperson earlier announced. Report have revealed that the report that was submitted by the police was sent back to the security officers since it lacked substance. Recently, the Malawi Police Service concluded investigations in the murder of former Polytechnic engineering student, Robert Chasowa and presented the findings of the investigations to the ministry of justice for proper action to be taken.

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