President Banda to swear in Commissioners to investigate Chasowa’s death


Malawi President Joyce Banda will today Friday swear in commissioners to invetigate the death of Polytechnic student, 25 year old Robert Chasowa. The fourth year mechanical engineering student at one of University of Malawi’s constituent college was found dead last year ago on college campus in mysterious circumstances that were explained as suicide by the country’s police headquarters.

Late Robert Chasowa

Police spokesperson Willie Mwaluka said a postmortem by one of the country’s leading pathologists, Charles Dzamalala, indicated that Chasowa Chasowa sustained head injuries after dropping himself from a college two story building. Mwaluka alleged that the student, who was involved in the publication of anti government materials, was on the run from the arm of law for publication of news items believed to identify persons behind the torching of Institute of Policy Interaction (IPI) offices.

A police statement announced that the student Robert Chasowa committed suicide at the end of his run from the law following his involvement in an anti-government publications that alleged that government operatives were behind the arson attacks on the properties of civil society leaders in charge of mass protests against president Bingu wa Mutharika’s wilting economic and political governance performance. Immediately after Banda took over the reigns of power in the southern African nation over Easter she promised ”to do anything possibly to come to the bottom of what happened to our son.” The police postmortem stated that Chasowa died of head injuries sustained at the back of his head.

The police believe the student may have thrown himself from a two story building to his death. However an autopsy by pathologist Charles Dzamalala concluded that the young political activist did not commit suicide.

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