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Zim student murdered


A Zimbabwean student studying accounts in Malawi, Linda Gasa, was allegedly murdered by a businessman who had impregnated her.

Media reports from Malawi say Gasa was murdered by her lover, Misozi Charles Chanthunya, at his lakeside private cottage in Monkey Bay, Mangochi, a resort area where they had gone to discuss her three- month pregnancy.

Gasa, who was a second-year accountancy student at Malawi College of Accountancy, is said to have gone missing in August this year.

Indications were that Chanthunya, who is married, was in a relationship with Gasa and they were expecting a child which Chanthunya allegedly did not want to take responsibility for. He thus resorted to killing her.

According to Gasa’s friend Jessie Kachale, Chanthunya had given the accountancy student pills to get rid of the pregnancy which she did not take and the trip to the lake was meant to allow them to discuss the pregnancy.

Gasa reportedly went missing on August 4 when she went to the resort area with Chanthunya.

Her body was only found on September 16 buried at Chanthunya’s private cottage.

It is alleged that Chanthunya tried to dispose of Gasa’s body twice before burying her underneath the bathroom in his private cottage.

According to the Nyasa Times of Malawi police said nine bags of cement were used to make the concrete to bury Gasa’s remains.

Chanthunya first attempted to bury Gasa in the nearby bush but a gravedigger hired to do the job struck a huge rock and could not proceed.

The next attempt was to throw the body into Lake Malawi but this failed as there were heavy waves and the owner of the hired boat failed to execute the plan.

That is when Chanthunya resorted to digging a grave at his private cottage at the resort area in the bathroom.

Doctors who examined Gasa’s body at the College of Medicine reported that she “had been pregnant at some point before her death”.

The autopsy established that Gasa did not die of natural causes but was “either smothered or poisoned”.

Malawian police are now being blamed for bungling investigations into the death of Gasa and for not arresting Chanthunya, who they reportedly questioned over the death of the Zimbabwean student. Chanthunya has since skipped the country.

His whereabouts are unknown.

Malawian immigration officials were also implicated in attempts to conceal the murder allegedly claiming that Gasa had left the country for Zimbabwe.

Gasa’s remains were flown into Zimbabwe and buried last Sunday.

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