High Court in Blantyre has released ‘Doctor Wongani Kumbukani Kandulu’ who was convicted and sentenced to six years Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL) by Blantyre Magistrate Court after he was arrested at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) where he was reportedly pretending to work as medical doctor.
Senior First Grade Magistrate Innocent Nebi found Kandulu guilty of two counts of impersonating a public officer contrary to 99 (b) of the penal code and impersonating a registered doctor contrary to section 66 of the medical practitioners act.
Kandulu appealed to the High Court against his conviction and sentencing.
The appeal has succeeded.
He has served a year of his sentence but High Court Judge Micheal Tembo ordered his release from prison.
Judiciary spokesman Mlenga Mvula confirmed about the order of release issued on on March 7, 2016 by Justice Tembo
Tembo quashed the conviction and set aside the sentence.
Upon his arrest on 27th October last year, Kandulu had allegedly discharged about 10 patients, according to eye witnesses, though hospital authorities dismissed the report.