Malawi court convicts another fake doctor:  Slapped with six-year jail term

The Blantyre Magistrate’s Court has sentenced one more bogus ‘Doctor Wongani Kumbukani Kandulu’ to six years Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL).

Fake doctor Kandulu sent to prison

Fake doctor Kandulu sent to prison

The sentence comes barely two weeks after another, illegally using the name Dr Zizwani Mwafulirwa’s but his real name is John Ben Kamanga, was also given similar custodial sentence by the same court.

Both bogus doctors were arrested at Blantyre’s Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) where they were reportedly pretending to work as medical doctors.

On Tuesday, Senior First Grade Magistrate Innocent Nebi found the accused 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.

Police Prosecutor Sub Inspector Dingiswayo Mbepula asked the court to give the accused a lengthy custodial sentence because of the nature and seriousness of the offence which involved human lives.

In mitigation, Kandulu asked the court for leniency claiming he was a student at Blantyre Secondary School (BSS) and would be writing his form four exams this year.

He also said he was an orphan, suffers from heart complications, has a young child to look after and is the bread winner for his family.

But passing his judgment yesterday, Nebi said the convict’s actions posed a serious danger to the lives of people and needed to be given a stiff custodial sentence to deter others from committing similar offences.

He then sentenced Kandulu to six years imprisonment with hard labour for the first count and fined him K30 000 or serve a four-month jail term. He failed to pay the K30 000. The two sentences will run concurrently.

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.

When she delivered her ruling to Kamanga two weeks ago, First Grade Magistrate Diana Kamangala Mangwana attacked the medical fraternity as she questioned QECH management for failing to tighten its security so much that such a person could pose as a medical doctor.

“If such a person can just go and pretend to be a doctor it means there is gross negligence and this leaves a lot to be desired. This has to be a wakeup call to avoid repetition of the same,” Mangwana noted while also questioning the seriousness of Medical Council of Malawi.

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24 thoughts on “Malawi court convicts another fake doctor:  Slapped with six-year jail term”

  1. aDeaconsss says:

    Minsitry of health hire me ndithandize admin. Best is to have one doctors lounge where all doc can meet apart from the lounge at their departments.

  2. Mack Banda says:

    Shame on the hospital administration. I dont think the hospital has dozens of doctors. You mean they are clueless about their doctors and that they cant recognize them!

  3. Kalonga Gawa Undi says:

    you beta be ploud of the ruling chifukwa ku ndendenso kuli school yaulelenso ukakalimbikira ukabwera ndi mapoints abwino

  4. Chilichose chouluka chimateraaaa!!!

  5. Gogodus says:

    Zija zomati ‘When I grown-up, I want to be a doctor’

    Amaona kuchedwa…….mapeto ake ndende

  6. pansi says:

    Iwe ant so, mayina a ma fake doctor wa ndi akumwera? Tawonaso mayinawo, ndiye mbuli ndani pamenepa?

  7. Nde mziti atumbuka nyo nyo nyo nyo nanga izi nde ziti pitani kaye kusukulu agalu inu, mapeto ake mziti atumbuka kuzikonda, kodi mesa ache mbuyanu anakuyikilani Quota, mbuli ndi mbuli basi olo atati polofesa, ankhungu kuchizana ankhungu okhaokha panya….kwinako umaliza ukuwerengawe

  8. BalakaGuy says:

    Tsono ukati mbuli za kumwera ukutanthauza chiyani,Kamanga anayamba wakhala kumwera,mutu wako sukugwira ntchito eti,wasiya kuganiza.?

  9. PIERRE says:

    come on lve de man alone.uman may i know where u got de paper.man sukulu yavuta kuno ndikuphanda BBA.Nane ndipeze ka ize.koma iweyo ndiwausilu osakagwira tchito ku TZ bwa to avoid kiln ur own pple

  10. Mtupatupa says:

    Many of us work to earn a living, my question is, what was he benefiting? Was he getting salary at the end of the month? Someone school me pls

  11. KJ says:

    If I were the presiding Judge, I would have ordered Malawi government to send the youngman to a Medical School. A landmark ruling !

  12. wakukaya says:

    Koma mbuli zakumwera izi!u Doctor amapitila ku sukulu osati za maproffessor a fake omwe tikuwaonawa akuti lamulawa.

    1. zangazokha says:

      Ntumbuka kwako ndikupeleka ma coment otukwana ndi kususa basi Mulungu amadana ndi anthu otelenu mukulandisa zanu, mumakhala busy kulimbana ndi anthu akumwela ndikumawatukwana, bwanji osangolimbikila kuti nanu muuzafike pomwe ali anzanuwa bwanji? Ziwa kuti pamene ukunyoza kapena kutukwana munthu ukulandisa zako mukhalila zomwezo kumalimbana ndi munthu oti zake zikuyenda inu mulichomwecho.

  13. aunt so says:

    Akuziwana iye mpata umenewu anaupeza bwanji. Lakwana lafote

  14. muonosile says:

    Can somebody reduce my ignorance here on this pretense. What actually do these bogus doctors benefit through such pretense.

  15. EDSON JOWELO says:

    NTCHITO YA MABWANA CHIYANI MUNTHU FROM NO WHERE KUBWERA KUDZATI NDI DOTOLO BASI IYE KUMVERA AYI NDITHU ZODABWITSA KALIPO KALIPO SAKANDILA PACHABE POFUNIKA KUTI ITCHANJI WANTHAWI IMENEYO AFUSIDWE BWINO BWINO AKUDZIWAPO KANTHU ZOSANTHEKA IZO ADADYAPO AMENEYU SANGALIMBE MTIMA MUNTHU WA FORM 4 OSALEMBA MAYESO KUPANGA IZI NDITHU TAFATSANI KUFUFUZA MUPEZA ZAMBIRI

  16. He should be refered to a psychiatrist for evaluation. This is a serious disease , sending him to jail does not address the situation.

  17. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Mtayeni munthu. Manesi mwa kulibe abodza

  18. Henry says:

    What a case. Do these people know how these medical doctors sweat to get such a qualification?

  19. chakhalira says:

    Do we have too many Doctors at Queens that they do not know each other? Surely some one would have identified this one. Or do these Doctors greet each other when they meet in the corridors or never do so? Or is it ” God For Us All, but Each man for himself business?

    It does NOT make any sense to sit there and no other Doctor or Clinical Officer asks who this man is, Let alone the security officer at the hospital. No! this is very sad development. How was he working without the help of the Nurse? Nurses would have picked this man’s lies faster.

    Hospital Administrator wake up please!

  20. Piche Yakiti says:

    Koma mtima amwene. MSCE simunalembe mwayamba kale ya u doctor? Form four simunalembe koma munaphulitsa kale muli ndi mwana…..mukazatuluka after the three years muzapange apply ku College of Medicine muthanso kukayambira ku prison komko school ya u doctor wo

  21. Mwendanato says:

    The seriousness of the Medical Council and the Pharmacy boards can only been seen when time for renewal of registration comes into effect thats when the two bodies are visible or when they want funding using tax payers’ monies. Apart from these periods they are non existent. Indeed office bearers who are employed to alleviate their poverty at best and not employed to perform. Its taking long for judgement day and zoti izi zikukhuza moyo wa anthu ata they are not concrened. We have heard of bogus clinics operated by non medical personnel and road side pharmacy outlets.

  22. ameneyu afe ndithu wazuza anthu osalakwa komanso mabwana akuchilatala can you wakeup alipobe mabwana ogona

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