Self acclaimed medical doctor John Ben Kamanga has been handed a six year-jail term by the Blantyre Magistrate Court after observing that Kamanga, whose real profession is shoe vending, needed a custodial sentence because his offense endangered human life.
The Form 2 drop out hit headlines last November when he was arrested at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre, where he posed as Dr Zizwani Mwafulirwa.
The fake Doctor pleaded guilty to all the five counts levelled against him which included impersonating a Public Officer which is contrary to Section 99 (b) of the Penal Code and Theft which contrary to Section 278.
Delivering her judgement, First Grade Magistrate Diana Kamwangala Mangwana observed that the gravity of the case of the accused involves human life; as such it was not proper to evoke Section 340 which says custodial sentence should be the last resort for first offenders.
The Magistrate did not spare the management of QECH and regulatory body Medical Council, for failing to tighten security at the Central hospital and cornering the bogus Doctor, saying negligence leaves a lot to be desired.
“This is a wakeup call to avoid repetition of the same,” said the Magistrate.
The Court learnt that the real Dr Zizwani Mwafulirwa had reported to Lilongwe Police Station on October 16, 2014 of the loss a black bag, two stethoscopes and medical books among others valued at K96, 400 at the Kamuzu Central Hospital.
In his mitigation, Kamanga, asked the Court to be lenient with him because he was a family man with two children one of whom was a person living with disability.