Written by PIUS NYONDO
My reading of the report by the commission of inquiry that has since early this year been investigating the circumstances that led to the death of student activist Robert Chasowa left me very shocked and disappointed.
I never thought some Malawians could be this barbaric. I never knew that some Malawians could be equally notorious killers. For once, I feel like we should no longer be called “the warm heart of Africa” until we clear this and other messes that may not be exposed yet, but are happening.
If a jingoistic Malawian wants to become unpatriotic and mad with this country, then the report is a must read. Fortunately or unfortunately, it has been made publicly available on radio stations and on the internet, for the entire world to know.
What is more shameful, or more heart-rending, is that most of us were made to believe, by some “few misguided” fellows of the then Malawi Police Disservice that Robert Chasowa had committed suicide by falling from one of the buildings at The Polytechnic. Honestly, those “Mukhitho” loyalists were good at cooking up stories, and I am certain that if they became creative writers they would hit it big in the genre.
It is only now, after one Mama Joyce Banda became president of this great republic by “accident” that the truth about how evil the DPP regime was has started being laid out bare. It is only now that we are able to know that Robert Chasowa did not commit suicide, but was gruesomely murdered by some “Disciples of the Most High Devil.”
The report has revealed that some top DPP members in the names of Louis Ngalande and Noel Masangwi, Director of Youths and Regional Governor for the south respectively are some of the prime suspects in the murder of Robert Chasowa.
Malawians are agog with excitement, that may be, after a long time, truth and justice will prevail. But nay, over a week has gone since Justice Andrew Nyirenda and his colleagues presented their findings and recommendations on the murder of Chasowa to the head of state, and yet no arrests have been made, to the great disappointment of most Malawians.
The police has been quoted telling the local media that it will not make any arrests, as it is also investigating the matter.
In other words, the esteemed Malawi Police Service of this “Dzonzi Generation” is saying that it has not trust whatsoever in the findings of the Chasowa commission of inquiry. And we all know, when our police starts investigating, it investigates, investigates and investigates. It takes months, but usually several years.
Back to the commission of inquiry, I would like to commend it for trying its best and for coming up with their good recommendations, so that murders of the Chasowa-kind do not occur again in the future. I will not go into detail listing down the recommendations the commission of inquiry has made, rather, I would like to add an extra recommendation. University students must not be stupidly ambitious the way young Chasowa was.
From the report, one easily concludes that Chasowa was a “stupid opportunist” with too much lust for money. He wanted money, and more money, and because of wanting this more money, he died a tragic death.
We are told by the report that after realising that the 10 million Kwacha wouldn't be given to them, the group disbanded; Chasowa kept on pestering the then Inspector General of Police, Peter Mukhitho, while his friends anangodzitaya. (They gave up).
Honestly, there is certainly no plausible reason why Chasowa wanted the 10 million Kwacha. All this money for what job? And we are further told in the report that they were given K50, 000 each during the first meeting with Mukhitho and then K300, 000 later. What else did this boy want? Did he want to become a millionaire overnight? Impossible! Riches don’t just fall like manna from heaven. Riches are worked for. There are teachers who are tirelessly working to educate this nation but get peanuts. What job, I repeat, was worth 10 million Kwacha that Robert Chasowa had done?
Chasowa started publishing very critical articles against the Mutharika’s regime to raise alarm so that the regime could come back to him and lope him in [and give him the ten million Kwacha]. But the regime proved not to be the soft and sentimental type. It hunted Robert Chasowa down and gruesomely murdered him on the 24th of September 2012. If Chasowa had not been “stupidly” ambitious, as I have already stated he would have been alive today. His two friends are. Today, Chasowa is a useless hero.
University students across the country should learn from this incident. Don’t just be ambitious for nothing. Wait or be “stupidly” ambitious and die like Chasowa. In Malawian universities there are wings for most of the main parties, and usually university students are used by politicians for advancements of various propagandas. At the end of the day, once what they want has been achieved, these politicians leave these young people helpless. I say it again; university students don’t be “stupidly” ambitious, use common sense.
Sadly, the Chasowa family lost a young man, the only young man in the family who had gone as far as university education. The Malawi nation too lost a prospective mechanical engineer. As Hama Tuma, an Ethiopian writer and lawyer once put it, sometimes ambition is an anomaly. The moment you stretch your arm for more things, you lose what you already have under your armpit. Chasowa stretched his arm and lost what was under his arm: his life.
(c) The Maravi Post 2012