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Once again Robert is singled out by the Police as a ring leader. Grouping was formed between and by Duncan Phiri, Phaniso Mhone and Justice Kangulu a childhood friend to Chasowa who recruited Chasowa into the fold of the grouping The group was into various socio-economic activities, and it survived on rewards from reporting Tax evasion to MRA.
The grouping planned to stop demonstrations planned for August 17 in favor of dialogue with the national president. Towards this end, the grouping through Duncan at pm, Saturday 13 August phoned the Malawi Police Inspector General Peter Mukitho to link them up with the president so that the group could lay down its plan to him in person.
The rest of the group members were also told. Between 6 and 7pm the group arrived in Lilongwe and it was Robert who explained the groups aims to the IG. The group was offered Chivas Regal, a whisky and Robert being of sober orientation had some soft but expensive refreshments. The group also showed Mukhito an anti-government pamphlet bearing phone numbers of Black Moses. Mukhito reprimands Jose for having not taken any action on the owner of the phone number borne on the pamphlet. The IG walked out for a good five to ten minutes and talked to the president and returned with K50, bundles which he distributed to each member and even gave another K50, for Justice.
Phaniso suggested K, but the IG countered with K, and made a promise that if the group was successful in thwarting the 17 August demos, ten million kwacha awaited the group. The group made demands of a car, an office space, two Ipads, two laptops, three desktops, a color printer, two digicams, two still cameras, a laminating machine, three sensitive recorders and a perforating machine. The IG promised to provide all the above and offered the group another round of Chivas for the group to drink on their way back to Blantyre.
The things were picked up by Justice and the group paid K, upfront in rentals for a house in Nkolokosa belonging to a Mr Mathanga thirty-five thousand kwacha per month.
Since Justice Kangulu specializes in computers the group is also given a list of eight names comprising of Sembereka, Hajat and Ken Lipenga among others to monitor their incoming and out going phone calls and decipher who their contacts in government were as possible sources of leaks of information on high profile corruption as publicized through the pamphlets such as the one shown to him by the group. What the grouping did in keeping its end of the bargain 1.
Robert won over ten influential students from Polytechnic with a promise of a K2 cut from the ten million kwacha promised by Mukhitho. Msonda was instantly given K Msonda also won over Undule Mwakasungula over the same.
Not surprisingly prominent members of CSOs started holding joint press conferences with high ranking police officials in Lilongwe. Chancellor college students proved a problem to buy over as they were not learning and thus showed no mercy to the government and were in total support of the demonstrations. However Duncan spoke of Robert and Black Moses as having successfully bought over a Solomon if not Simon Mchawe who was given K15 He is said to be the student that reported Associate Professor Blessings Chinsinga to the police after he gave a revolutionary example in class.
Robert, Duncan and Phaniso also courted Catholic University students and promised them one point five million kwacha in return for their cooperation. Robert went on air to speak against demonstrations in favor of dialogue. NB: The university students, especially the Polytechnic were the ring leaders in the 20 July Demonstrations and the group targeted them to talk them out. Cancellation of the 17 August Demonstrations After the Demonnstratons were cancelled, the group took that as success but the relationship with the police soured especially with the IG failing to give the ten million kwacha.
Prior to this Jose had driven Duncan and Phaniso to an undisclosed spot in Chiwembe at night. Available information suggests the two were to be disposed off that night by assailants who failed to show up. In their new posting Robert and Justice Sub-rent out the house rented in Nkolokosa at K to a tenant identified by Justice.
The two make available only nine thousand kwacha to eighteen thousand kwacha to Duncan and Phaniso and claim that the rest of the money had been used to try and pay off irate Polytechnic and catholic university students who were demanding the promised two million kwacha and one point five million kwacha respectively. The group even bought a sim card for Msonda to talk to the IG himself on why the money was delaying.
Msonda sensed trouble from what he discussed with Mukhitho and advised the group to drop the matter. Robert even created a special email through which he used to contact Peter Mutharika. Justice also talked to Masangwi in his car to no avail and Masangwi and Mulli told off the duo. This turn of events left Robert disgruntled, embarrassed, frustrated, dejected and very! This turn of events makes top ranking DPP officials see real red!!!!
Death of Robert Between the month end of August and 18 September the Polytechnic goes into end semester holidays. During the same period thugs break into a rented boys quarter of Ndagha Mkandawire an associate and classmate of Robert somewhere in the Chichiri area close to the Kamuzu Stadium. The thugs seem to be intent on the computer only Robert had been using this computer and they make off with a computer monitor and they do not harm Ndagha according to her own testimony. The named DPP heavy weights take up the matter most likely with Peter Mutharika who is already aware of the activities of Robert Peter himself is of temperamental sorts, at one time he offered fifty thousand kwacha to a group of hirings to rough up a young man who had crossed his path.
The hirings turned heel and spared the young man at a fee of K50 It is said that the young man added an extra k20 as a token of appreciation. The young men went own to dupe Peter claiming that they had done the job. Peter paid the young in person one evening at the Malawi College of Medicine. As a result the young fled to Zambia for some time. This turn of events strongly links Peter Muthalika with the death of Robert.
Remember in October , his brother had told the BBC that he would institute a commission of enquiry within forty-eight hours. All three were of Limbe Flea Market.
This squad is provided with a white Caravelle which is said to have entered Malawi through Chipata as a hot car alongside three other four by four double cabins all of them hot cars reputed as belonging to Mulli. The cars are said to be based somewhere in Nyambadwe and they use false registration number plates. The hit squad possibly had links with Ali Kaka a Chilomoni based car dealer with connections to Mukhito who is reputed to be in ownership of several hot cars through this link.
The subsequent investigations are led by Caroline Jere. Robert goes on to threaten Jose that if the Police do not pay up the promised ten million kwacha, he would spill the beans to the media by Tuesday 27th September, The traffic of phone conversations between Robert, Mukhito,and Jose come to an abrupt end on 22nd September. Caroline Jere posts some sort of summons through the office of Ruben Chirambo one of the assistant registrars at the Polytechnic for Robert to appear before the police on the 24th of September for interrogation over the issue to do with the Weekly Political update.
At this point in time Robert is receiving death threats from largely unknown assailants. Masangwi in the driving seat. It seems Robert went comatose. Still unconscious, Robert is rushed back to the Polytechnic possibly due to the fast approaching day break and is dumped at the spot where he was later found lying dead. It is said that the members of the hit squad were promised one million kwacha each but were never paid.
This created a wrangle between the hit men and the concerned DPP officials. Phiri on the front side and B. James a dog handler on the back side. Next to Hyrid hostel is Nyika hostel which was guarded by D. Navicha usually attended to by one guard. After Nyika, there comes Mpingwi hostel which was guarded by D. Makanda on the front side and D. Ali a dog handler on the back side. In moving between Hyrid hostel and Ndirande hostel there is no way all these guards would have failed to notice Robert let alone the assailants who grabbed him.
The guards are suspect of complicity in the murder. Not least of all, five meters from the place where Robert was found lying dead is an accounts office guarded by a Harry Makina, a few steps above the spot is the dispensary where Robert was supposed to have jumped off from which was guarded by a Chikondi Mwamvera.
Some how both guards did not notice any thing unusual. Mr Dindo Malipiro reported the matter to corporal Chiyenda who surprisingly was positioned about four hundred metres away as opposed to the security office a mere ten to twenty meters away.
Instead of reporting to the administration the duo reported to a PSU General Secretary Vincent Chaduka who in turn reported to the administration.
Then a report went to Soche police under officer in charge. Being somehow aware of the circumstances leading to the death, it seems Makwinja declined to handle the matter. Thus in spite of Polytechnic being an area under his jurisdiction of control the matter is transferred to Blantyre Police station under officer in charge Audrey Mdeza the Mukhito right hand man.
Mdeza accepts to handle the matter in spite of Polytechnic being an area outside his area of control. The police investigators namely Ntosa of photography, Chabwinja of crime scenes and Mr Chisale an officer at southern region Police headquarters briefly interrogate his roommate Allan Chipwere and Ndagha and leave the crime scene within five minutes.
Contrary to normal procedure, the police worked over the weekend and went on to release a report using the national police spokesperson. Around four am or five am four strangers hurriedly leave Poly campus Ndagha has a rehearsed story line on events leading to the death of Robert. From this story line she neither adds nor subtracts.
Around 5. NOTES The place where Chasowa was found is surrounded by about five security guards within the ranges of 5, 20, 10 and 25 metres and none of those guards had heard a thud or cry, some involuntary scream. Visited 40 times, 1 visits today 0 Subscribe to our Youtube Channel :.
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Chasowa, an engineering student who was president of a youth rights group at the Polytechnic in Blantyre, which was critical of the late Bingu wa Mutharika regime, was during the reign of Democratic Progressive Party DPP found dead in a pool of blood at the campus last September. Police had initially said he had committed suicide and produced suicide notes. Had the Police done so, the critical guards who are now missing would have been questioned. The MLS, in a statement issued on Monday and made available to Nyasa Times, reads: While not every police officer who was involved in the events leading up to and after the death of Mr. Chasowa may be criminally liable, the Society believes that the conduct of most of these officers was most reprehensible and fell short of the standards demanded by the Constitution and other written laws. The society takes the view that those who further attempted to muddle the truth during the Chasowa Inquiry by knowingly telling the commission lies should not be allowed to getaway with it.
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College of Medicine pathologist Dr Charles Dzamalala report says year-old Robert Chasowa, a political activist, died of blunt trauma consistent with assault. Dzamalala in his report. On 23 September the body of Chasowa was found lying face down covered in blood at the college. The pathologist underlined in the report that he had no opportunity to examine the body at the scene of the incident as police had already transferred the corpse to the morgue when a request for an autopsy was made. Some investigations say Inspector General Peter Mukhito and Commissioner Josse has met Chasowa and some students offering them money saying President Bingu wa Mutharika wanted them to disrupt the national demonstrations which were planned by civil society.