Malawi President Peter Mutharika has been asked to bring to book all people connected to the mysterious death of a fourth-year engineering Polytechnic student Robert Chasowa, or risk facing a rebellion from the youths across the country.
The remarks were made recently by President of Youth Freedom and Democracy (YFD) Black Moses.
Moses who was Chasowa’s closest ally, according to an initial report a special set Commission told MIJ FM in the programme known as Zili pati over the weekend that Mutharika was supposed to show love for the youth by fighting for justice on the matter.
YFD, is a student political pressure group on campus. They publish the “Weekly Political Update” that is circulated to students on campus. They have been critical of Malawi’s governance, and of the Paladin Energy mining company.
In mid September, Malawian police arrested several members of the group. They also arrested 21-year-old Black Moses, president of the YFD and interrogated him.
A week later, 25-year-old Chasowa was found dead. Police ruled this a suicide but critics believe that he was murdered.
Moses while branding himself ‘Julius Malema’ said that five years down the line after Chasowa’s death arguing that it was not true that Chasowa had jumped from a higher building to kill himself.
Moses says that Chasowa was not a coward and findings by police that he killed himself are not true.
“No. He (Chasowa) did not kill himself but he was killed. It is time the President starts findings now. We are tired, but we will never relent to fight for the youth” said Moses.
“ If he loves us and want us to support him, he must probe the death of our friend”.
A team of investigators had said that Chasowa died having thrown himself from a tower at one of the building at the University of Malawi constituent college five years ago.
Late President Bingu wa Mutharika was highly connected to the death because Chasowa had been behind a force of rejection at the university.
Chasowa’s death came as the Unima was fighting for independence, an unrest it branded ‘Academic Freedom’.
When Bingu died in 2012, and when Joyce Banda, a vice President who had gone separate ways with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) she ignited probe into the death and a commission of enquiry told Malawians that the death remained mysterious naming some people who were interrogated to now when the case has stalled.
Assertions from critics have been made that the current leader, Peter Mutharika has been very silent about the issue because it painted a bad image about the DPP, which won a disputed poll last year.
Critics argue that Chasowa’s death remains something the DPP does not want to be brought into the limelight even now that five solid years have gone after the death.