MZUZU--From the look of things, the Youth Association for Democracy in Malawi (YADEMA) is clueless on how it will further handle the murder issue of student activist Robert Chasowa now that over a week has elapsed since the Commission of Inquiry on the matter presented its findings to the head of state and government is yet to take action on the prime murder suspects.
The commission of inquiry which was being led by Supreme Court of Appeal Judge, Andrew Nyirenda, found out that DPP’s southern region governor, Noel Masangwi, and DPP youth cadets are some of the prime suspects in murder of Chasowa.
Masangwi shot to fame in Malawi politics last year when he made a statement that Malawi as a nation was not ready for a female president [Joyce Banda].
The Malawi Police Service has, however, been quoted in the media saying that it will not arrest any suspects that have been exposed by the commission of inquiry yet as it is also investigating the matter.
Speaking in an exclusive interview on Saturday, Mzuzu University YADEMA chapter chairperson, Ulaya Mwale, while revealing that the murder of Chasowa and the July 20 killings were some of the key factors that led to the formation of YADEMA said that as an association they had not yet sat down to map their way forward on the matter.
“We have not done anything yet. Our grouping consists of lawyers and of late some have even been appointed into ministerial positions in the government. We cannot, therefore, handle this matter anyhow. May be government is doing something.” Said Mwale.
He said that they will have “to wait for 21 days as required by the law” and if nothing is done after that then they will have to take an action. Mwale also pointed out that it is difficult for YADEMA to act with the much required hastiness on the matter now since some of the key members of YADEMA are now part of government machinery and “seem to have been silenced.”
Some of the people who were seen to be very active participants in YADEMA activities but have of late been noted to be silent on commenting on issues that have to do with the running of the government include lawyers Ralph Kasambara and Wapona Kita and human rights activist Undule Mwakasungura.
Mwale said that he was surprised that government was taking too long in effecting appropriate actions on the matter.
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