Robert Chasowa mystery untangled

“The Info in this publication was put together by an intensive interview with Duncan Phiri in the presence of several Polytechnic lecturers and interviews with several Poly students. Let it be known that if the remaining members of Chasowa’s click are hurt in any way, it is the people implicated inthis document trying to silence them.”


Robert Chasowa had links with a grouping called New Vision Youth Organisation (hereinafter referred to as ‘The Group’)

Grouping was formed between 2001 and 2002 by Duncan Phiri, Phaniso Mhone and Justice Kangulu (a childhood friend to Chasowa who recruited him [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 organisation planned to stop demonstrations planned for August 17 2011 in favour of dialogue with the national president.

Towards this end, the grouping through Duncan (0992222277) at 6:30pm, Saturday 13 August 2011 phoned the Malawi Police Inspector General Peter Mukitho (0888203776) to link them up with the president so that the group could lay down its plan to him in person.

Mukitho liked the idea and on the same evening instructed Southern Region Police Commissioner, José to make contact with the group to get a more vivid picture of what the group was really about.

9:30PM same day, José (0888866369) called Duncan to arrange for a meeting on the following morning (Sunday 14 August).

José met Duncan at Green Corner (along Chikwawa Road) and drove to Mirale in Toyota Corolla as Duncan explained the group’s agenda. José talked to Mukitho who ordered that José drive the group to Lilongwe at once.

José and Duncan drove to the Polytechnic where they met Robert to inform him of the trip to Lilongwe. The rest of the group members were also told.

Around 1PM the next day Robert, Duncan, Phaniso (minus Justice who was on the day attending a family tombstone unveiling ceremony) were driven to Lilongwe by José, at Chingeni the group even stopped to talk to Justice who was driving back to Blantyre from the family ceremony, they briefed him of the trip.

Between 6 and 7pm the group arrived in Lilongwe and it was Robert who explained the groups aims to the IG, they were offered Chivas and Robert being of sober orientation had some soft but expensive refreshments.

The IG walked out for a good five to 10 minutes and talked to the president and returned with K50,000 bundles which he distributed to each member and even gave another K50,000 for Justice.

Mukitho told the group that they couldn’t meet the president and instead just asked what the group needed to carry out its plan.

Phaniso suggested K300, 000 but the IG countered with K500, 000 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 colour printer, two digicams, two still cameras, a laminating machine, three sensitive recorders and a perforating machine.

The IG provided all the above (in cash?) and offered the group another round of Chivas for the group to carry with them on their way back to Blantyre.

José drove the group to Kameza in Blantyre where they met Justice {at this point José left}. Justice happens to be Black Moses’ cousin. The group spent the night at Black Moses’ house.

On 15 th August around 11 AM, Commissioner José called the group to come pick up their the promised essentials: Money amounting to K300,000 and a car (Suzuki Jimmy) rented for three months from Country Wide Car Hire registration Number MN 2452. The things were picked up by Justice.

The group paid K140, 000 upfront in rentals for a house in Nkolokosa belonging to a Mr Mathanga (K35 grand per month)


1. Robert bought over 10 influential students from Polytechnic with a promise of a K200, 000 from the TEN MILLION promised by Mukitho.

2. The Group won over Ken Msonda and Black Moses with a promise of K250, 000. Msonda was instantly given K6000.00 as transport money and he went over to radios spreading Anti- demonstration messages, Msonda also won over Undule Mwakasungula over the same.

Hajat was approached by Black Moses and was reluctant but amicable to the group’s ideas of “No-Demos.”

3. 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 demos. However Duncan spoke of Robert and Black Moses successfully buying over one Symon if not Symon Mchawe who he said was given K15,000 and that he is the student that reported Associate Professor Blessings Chinsinga to the police after he gave a revolutionary example in class.

4. Robert, Duncan and Phaniso also courted Catholic University students and promised them K1500, 000 for their cooperation.

5. Robert urged the Polytechnic Student Union (PSU) to issue anti-demo statements but this was to no avail.

6. Robert went on air to speak against demonstrations and called for 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. Each of the groups’ moves was reported to some police as progress.


After the Demos 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.

On 20 August José called Robert and Justice to their Nkolokosa offices and accused them of being too slow and that the police had to use some other grouping (CSO?). José also told Chasowa and Justice that the police had convinced Civil Society Organisations by itself hence the cancellation of the 10 million deal.

On 23rd August the Suzuki was returned to the police on Jose’s instructions.

The grouping was bombarded with demands for money from the bought over Poly students, the Catholic University students and Ken Msonda.

The group even bought a simcard (0994378323) for Msonda to talk to the IG himself on why the money was delaying.  Msonda sensed trouble from what he discussed with Mukitho and told the group to drop the matter.

Group rented out the offices to a tenant identified by Justice at K105, 000


Robert was bitter and joined YDF where he and his mates: Black Moses and a Chikapa sourced sensitive information from Kamlepo Kaluwa, Rafiq Hajat, Ken Lipenga and other disgruntled DPP high ranking officials to publish in their “Weekly Political Update.”

Robert kept calling José, Mukitho and Peter Mutharika (0999005276) to remind them of the money that was supposed to be given; he [Robert] even created a special email that he used to talk to Peter Mutharika.

One day Robert and Justice called Peter and he gave the phone to Mulli and Masangwi who told them off.

Justice also talked to Masangwi in his car.

Robert was frustrated, he called José and said that he would go public on 27 September if the money was not given by then.

Two days earlier, he had already talked to Nyasa Times but didn’t shed more light on the gravity of his war with DPP.


8PM/ 23 September, Robert speaks to his lawyer (Trouble Kalua) about his being wanted by police.

12AM, 24 September, Robert arrives in his room in the company of Ndagha Mkandawire (his  classmate), they pick up poems to go study them at Ndaghas place (about 300 metres away)

1PM Robert is spotted in the student’s common room where Ndagha came to buy a cigarette

1PM a VW Carvella parks just outside Poly campus near the Police Headquarters inside are five people one stays in and the four go to Poly student’s common room.

2AM, Allan, Robert’s roomie finds several missed calls of a new number, he calls back and Robert answers and says that that is his new number and that he was at Ndagha’s place.

3.33AM Exactly, Robert leaves Ndagha’s room for his place

Around 4AM, four strangers leave Poly campus, they seem in a hurry.

Around 4AM KAMU Security Guards who were guarding the campus on that day, (KAMU = a company Belonging to Mulli Brothers) thought they saw some people pulling on someone and thought it was just drunken students

Around 5AM, Robert is found Dead about 400 metres away from Poly students common room and Ndagha’s Hostel, where he was.


Chasowa lost very little blood (not more than a litre) showing that he was not killed by a fall, loss of blood and most importantly that the blood came out via rigor mortis (if the heart was still pumping, there would be a lake of blood) this shows that he was dead before he bled.

Chasowas had dust on his knees, showing that he had knelt….this the time he was being forced to write the suicide notes?

Chasowa still had his inner shirt tucked in…this shows that he didn’t resist or struggle to his death.

Chasowa was found lying face down, but the face had no dents to show that he had fallen, his shoulders and all parts of his body had no fracture to show that he had fallen.

Chasowa was found about 10 metres from a place where over 6 years ago a guard had fallen to his death and there was brains and blood spread all over….that was not the case with Chasowa.

Chasowa had a clean slit just above his neck; it looked like it had been delivered by a sharp edge like a panga.

The place where Chasowa was found is surrounded by about five security guards within the ranges of 5, 20, 10 10 and 25 metres and none of those guards had heard a thud or cry.

Chasowa’s room keys were still in his pocket but the phone he had used to call his roommate at 2am was in his room.



Chasowa was an Adventist and also a Pentecostal sympathiser, suicide was out of the question.


Why did police investigators only spend 5 minutes on the crime scene and ask nobody else but his  roommate and Ndagha and yet come up with a report?

Why did police work over the weekend to release a report when they cannot even give bail over the weekend?

Why did they confiscate Ndagha’s computer [which Robert used a lot] when they had already found a suicide note?

Who put back Robert’s phone in his locker? When? Is he/she not the one who planted the suicide notes?

Why were the suicide notes misaddressed? Would a son address a letter to a dead brother when he meant to address the father?

Why was the case handled by the national police spokesperson when it fell under the regional police?

Why hasn’t Mukitho or José admitted that they knew Robert?

Why was there no DPP presence at Roberts’s funeral?


Robert gave away his position by visiting the student’s common room, the spies on campus then alerted the assailants, the assailants were also in that very bar!

There is about 20 metres of unguarded and dark open space between Ndagha’s hostel [where Robert was] and the next hostel. As Robert stepped into this darkness he was tasered by a stun gun (electric immobilizer) which have just been purchased in their thousands by the Malawi Police or he was hit by a blunt object on back base of his skull. He was then dragged (hence the dust in the knees) to the point where he was found (hence the absence of blood trails).

The killers then knew that the place was surrounded by guards so they dumped him and gored his head to make sure that he was very dead…and then they left.

CHASOWA: Murdered

Robert died with a look of surprise, open eyes and open mouth and the areas surrounding the eyes were red with blood (internal bleeding). That shows that the blow from behind was so powerful that it nearly ruptured his eyes, the surprise in his eyes might be the fact that the killers were people he knew well and hence didn’t expect the blow….the police? Remember the group reported their progress to some police officers? They could have rang him to come discuss the issue and then attacked him. Also note that earlier, police had been coming to talk to the Poly academic registrar (Chirambo) about Chasowa’s role in YDF. Why not just call him and arrest him?


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Comments (22)

  • mavanyama


    ok nkhani yake ili choncho? Anachita bwino kumupha machende ake kumandako, angalandile ndalama kuti anthu azivutika, oyenda ndi lupanga lupanga lomwelo limamupha. Wazidziwa ndale kuti sizabwino. Ana asukulu chitsanzo ndi chimenecho.


    • donadona




    • nyoni


      nyoni akulu inu ndi opanda nzeru ndipo mulibe mzimu muziganiza poyankhula mwandiopsya


  • Patriot


    Thank you for a full detailed information, unlike your colleagues in Nation and Malawi news. Good job folks. Keep it up.


  • KAR


    He was in dangerous business but did not learn survival tactics before starting the blackmail.


  • wakunja


    This piece of writing makes some believable sense. I see greed & betrayal.


  • talk sense


    I must confess, this is well investigated material. It might not be totally true but you surely know your job.


  • Concerned


    If this is something to go by, then its really sad and unfortunate that the young man was playing pretty dirty games and money hungry of course. My question would be: “Do people still feel that he died a martyr for his country as per previous numerous comments before this astonishing revelation?” I don’t know. We have already seen many RIPs to this regard. I bet we sometimes need to be careful before uttering such words for God only knows whether to accord an RIP or not. If a person dies a saint, he/she will still RIP irrespective of whether someone says or wishes it to be so or not and vice-versa.

    Nevertheless, after all is said and done, whether Robert was in the wrong or not (for judgement belongs to God alone), I still ask: “Why did someone resort to taking his life (killing him)? Why? Who? and who sent him?

    Lord have mercy on mother Malawi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • choncho


    believe this u beleive anything that is the body of enquires the president has establlshed nothinng will come out of it God aaaaaaaaaaaaaall amighty Bless u with bloody money allah akball`


  • nm


    he was a sell out,


  • Dziwa


    Whether Robert and his friends were sell outs or not, it does not give the police, Bingu and their thugs the right to kill him or any of the guys involved. The article says one day he had called Peter Mutharika asking for the money and Peter gave the Phone to Masangwi and Mulli who told him off. Peter, Mulli, Masangwi, Mukhito are all involved in buying the CSO’s, Students, Vendors, Clergy and anybody who is agains Bingu and DPP. Chasowa’s death has laid bare all the plots, and plans that are going on with this government. Its a shame that students can be bought to influence others to be silent. Having said that Mukhito needs to be prosecuted for Chasowa’s death.


  • Dziwa


    The bottom line is that Bingu and Peter are buying anyone who is against them starting from students, CSO’s, Clergy, Street vendors etc. This account of events have not been written by Malawi voice. They have just posted it word by word as written by the students themselves who have decided to come out clean before they themselves meet the fate of suicide. They feel they are better off being seen as sell outs by the public than being killed in a so called accident later on. Bingu, Mukhito, Peter, Mulli, Musangwi, and all the DPP thugs have been exposed in this saga of Robert Chasowa’s death. No wonder the police came rushing claiming Robert had killed himself without any investigations. The EU commission will go through all this evidence and eventually truth shall come out. By killing Robert, they have unknowingly opened a pandoras box. Students, CSO, Clergy, DPP government, the Police are all corrupt and have all been bought by Bingu and Peter Mutharika. RIP Robert Chasowa. They did not have to kill you.


  • donadona


    What ever it is that he did.they did not have to kill him.Y him whwn he is not even the one who started the stop the demos campaign??


  • donadona


    I wish you people new this buoy before his death.Its a pity he’s in the papers today coz of his death.I admit he went offtrack,but knowing him,he mustve done this in good faith.He wanted the best for the country.when I asked Lafick as to Y the vigils wer postponed.He told me that they had to because if not,more lives wud hav bn wasted.dont you this might be the same reason he went thru al that trouble to save the lives of others??


  • Yakuwawa


    This is bare truth and the Bingu’s administration should be ashamed of the context of the events that lead to the death of Robert Chasowa.

    By Virtue of being Police department, why didn’t govt secretly record these boys encounter with police meetings and then later disrcredit them through tape recordings. Did it have to take away someone’s life to prove them a point. Shame on govt, and a big shame on Police Commissioner. The law must take its course no matter what.

    The govt is dirty and needs not to be trusted with the affairs of the country. Bingu can’t even address the issue of Michael Sata, this is a disgrace to the nation. You’re at war with Mozambique, now its Zambia. We don’t want war baba.


  • Niti Yidlaba


    How the guards let the stranger who came 1pm to stay till 2am with their vehicle still parked at Campus?.

    Are trying to convice us thru saying that demo was cancelled thru this money promises?.

    Why police lied first time?
    This is utter nonsese!!!


  • Flaha


    this makes the commision of inquiry redundant. We dont need the commission of inquiry or the malawi police here- just some independent investigators appointed from neutral parties. Peter wa mutharika must be a murderer. Isnt he the one whose pple were threatening the journalist that he was headed to HHI Cementry? he is by no means going to be a president of malawi


  • donadona


    Tinenenepo chilingamo apa…..Mwanayu sukulu anamaliza ndipo he had a whole bright future ahead of him!engeeneering si za chibwana…in two yrs tym ameneyu bwezi ali penapake.Fact remains,He was athreat to the authorities for his bravety!!


  • Munthu Wabwino


    Tawonani tsopano abale. We were hailing a blackmailer as a hero. Kuyimbira mfiti m’manja.


  • Hi


    Mulakho ponse ponse tipulumukila kuti. The guard here belong to Mulli and Noel Masangwi is at Poly and the police Mulakho. Very silly set up that other tribes do not faind it easy to report matters. I am sad this narrative is more credible. I have tried to call all the numbers listed above no answer. I wanted to sya that they are killers and God will be on their necks shortly starting with Bingu, Peter Calista all the way doen to the police, and finally all a Lomwe. SAd SAD indeed.


  • nabanda


    Kodi mupha angati? Koma zoona mpaka kuchotsa moyo wa munthu chifukwa chandale? Mmalo moti your energies should go to the so many problems the country is facing you are busy silencing people. Ayi, God is seeing all this and come 2014 tidzaona if your brother will go into Government. That Nutty professor! A Lomwe mwafatsamo mbomamo. Wait until the sunshines. You will all perish in prison because the arm of the law will not spare you. Bolanso Bakili Muluzi inu ndiye machimo anu afika poonekera


  • Abig


    mudzayankha nazo izi abale, one day you shall be accountable to God for this merciless killing. Kodi mwana wazaka 25 angaopsyeze boma???? bwanji simunangomutsekera mu prison kulekana ndikumupha??? yes, he involved himself in dirty game but the extent of killing is what I am against. Repent! for all sinners shall perish in hell, accept Christ and fear God, this is my advice.


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