Student activist death: Malawi implicates 7 cops

Young Chasowa lies dead at campus last year
Seven officers in the Malawi police service have been implicated in the killing of student activist Robert Chasowa last year, a senior officer at Malawi Human Rights Commission has said.

The Commission’s deputy director of legal affairs Chrispine Sibande disclosed last week  that the inquest implicated seven officers who will be appearing in the courts soon.

“We cannot disclose the names of the officers yet because this is evidence we are tendering in court…it’s time people knew that Chasowa  did not die of natural causes, or committed suicide…” Sibande said.

Chasowa was found dead on campus last year. Police quickly tried to cover up. They called his death suicide. 

His death irked human rights activists local and international. Western donors led by Britain demanded that government investigates his death and punish the culprits. The donors went on to suspend budget support in protest.

Former Inspector General of Police Mukhito admitted to  recruiting Chasowa and his friends to help stop protests against after the unprecedented July 20 rallies.