Ntaba testifies how he saved Mphwiyo’s life:  Malawi  ‘cashgate’ shooting case

Prosecution on Tuesday paraded Dr Hetherwick Ntaba to testify in court in the shooting case of Malawi’s former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo.

Ntaba: Mphwiyo could have died

Ntaba: Testifies

Mphwiyo was shot on the night of September 13 2013 at the gate of his residence in Lilongwe’s affluent Area 43 residential estate

Ntaba  was called to the hospital on the night of Mphwiyo’s shooting and gave life-saving first aid treatment.

In his testimony, Ntaba demostrated to court how he managed to stabilize the spining gas that gave his patient
difficulties in breathing but he was quick to state that he is yet to establish the assailants .

Ntaba said if he had not inserted a laringostope at the back of Mphwiyo’s throat against struggles and gasps for breath, he would have died.

He also told the court that the entrance wounds of bullets indicated that Mphwiyo was shot three times.

The gun-shot survivor told the court, presided over by Justice Michael Mtambo, that two bullets hit him in the mandible and another went through his shoulder to his chest. One bullet was removed in a South African hospital but two others – lodged in his spinal column – will remain inside the 38-year-old for the rest of his life.

Mphwiyo’s shooting unravelled ‘cashgate’ and the resultant discovery that up to US $30 million was minted from the government payment system, where politicians and businessmen colluded with civil servants for payments for goods and services not rendered to government.

Soon after Mphwiyo’s shooting millions of cash in Malawi kwacha, US dollars and South African rands started pitching up in unlikely places like in car trunks, baby dolls, under beds or in pillow cases.

Hearing continues.

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22 thoughts on “Ntaba testifies how he saved Mphwiyo’s life:  Malawi  ‘cashgate’ shooting case”

  1. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    Well done Doc Ntaba. When it comes to saving lives God blesses you. When it comes to politics, surely you never serve Malaians well. And great is your mind for refusing to go and be an ambassador – It would be a waste of medical resource.

  2. Zosautsa says:

    Judiciary system yanthu its rotten. On moral grounds how would expect one of the accused to the same case, Mr Kasambala, to represent his co-accused in a court of law. Ngati palibe malamulo ake please a chief justice come up with some guidelines otherwise this makes no sense and immoral.

  3. Bob Phiri says:

    JB told the nation that she knew the shooters. She must be extradited home to testify. Akuopa chiani kubwelera kumudzi?

  4. mbuyawamamuna says:

    Munthu koma uyu osati enawa ongothamangira zinthu zoti sangakwanitse


  6. Dr Mtumbo wapsa says:

    Unakamusiya kuti afe

  7. wankulu says:

    I am troubled with the issue about a bullet lodged in the spinal column that was never removed. A spinal column is part of nervous system, and it is composed of a cord (housed in the spinal canal) with all these nerves sorrounded by bones called vertebras. It runs from the base of the buttocks up to the base of the head-actually the cord itself is a continuation of the brain. Its main function is to transmit sensory and motor messages to and from the brain respectively. Injuries to the spinal cord can cause all sorts of neurological problems. I was reading this other case study and it pointed out there is only one reported case of a bullet lodging in spinal column without causing injury and the second one is paraplegic and doctors managed to remove the bullet. It has always troubled me to think of someone with a bullet lodged in his spinal column and be able to go about his normal life like mr. Mphwiyo. Something is not right here – or there is paucity of details for me to accept this story- or nobody wants to question this storyline. Why is it that people just accept everything as long as it is coming from an expert? Did anybody tried to sought an alternative expert opinion on this bullet issue? Like to find out the chances of survival/neurological problems if u have a bullet in your spinal column?- i mean you reporters. Sometimes people can come up with this storyline just to get sympathy from judges and the nation as a whole.

    The other issue is that if this bullet that is lodged in the spinal column came from a shot which pierced the chest, one would wonder why it did not cause damage to the ribs, tissues surrounding the chest cavity and lungs before lodging into the column. If someone is sitting on a driver`s seat in a right handed vehicle and you have a shooter coming from the side, you expect a bullet to hit the side of the chest cavity – even if the shot is fired from either side, perhaps destroying one or two rib bones before hitting the lungs. I can`t understand why a bullet fired from the side of the drivers seat can lodge in the spinal column passing through the chest cavity without causing damage to the lungs unless the bullet was fired from behind and hit the column. ????????????????????

    This issue of not questioning medical expert opinion or any other can hinder these cashgate cases. Now, Mr. Lutepo is claiming that he is not fit to stand trial because some other doctor who is not even a specialist in that particular has determined that he is not fit. Previously, Dr. Muluzi used the same trick and the cases against him disappeared. Why is it you reporters just accept any crap out there? Its your job to uncover these incompetencies so that the public should know the real truth.

    1. MMALAWI says:

      I totally agree with your line of thinking. Unless he was shot from the back there is no way the bullets would lodge in his spine without causing damage to the ribs and the vital organs they protect. This case can be lost on grounds of technicality where the suspect can easily refute the evidence and challenge Mphyiyo if the suspect was in his car and we all know it’s alleged that he was shot from the driver’s side of his car!

    2. Shimwitwa says:

      Well explained. Only in Malawi

    3. Kalulu says:

      It appears your are a medic but you have no hands on experience with gunshot injuries. For those with experience they know that bullet tract in a human body is something you cannot start to think how it should happen or will root it should follow, even why it turned/stopped or it didn’t come out. It can lodge anywhere and can cause or not cause any problem.

      Regarding Ntabas miracle, yes he was board and decisive but there’s nothing special that he did other than protecting mphwiyos air ways with a tube doctors normally use. Intubation is a must for every medic but unfortunately here in Malawi most of our doctors don’t know how to give conscious intubation. Not that they are bad doctors but due to limited equipments, these things are only done in intensive care ward or theaters but a special team of clinical cadre. This is the way it is sadly.

      1. kanchenga. says:

        You’re implying that the bullet can make turns in the body at will and that is not the case. Bullets move by straight force cutting through anything with lesser resistance than the the bullet speed and stops when it meets stronger resistance. So the thinking that it should have damaged other organs is closer to the truth than your own understanding.

        1. Kalulu says:

          You surely haven’t seen a bullet tract, it’s a mystery how it moves once it’s in the body.

    4. Zosautsa says:

      You seem to be knowledgeable in the subject matter, I believe you should be the one asking those questions becoz you have expert views on the subject not the journalist. On the other hand you are analysing the story from the theoretical point while your friends (doctors) are doing it from the practical viewpoint. I guess you should first understand the circumstances instead of criticizing something you are ignorant about. No theories here but facts of the matter should be told.

      The fact remains Mr Mphwiyo was shot at by unknown assailants allegedly Mr Kasambala and company. We cannot question that again because evidence is there.

    5. davido says:

      Wankulu I like your critical sense of mind. However,having had some experience with gunshot chests. I will tell you that sometimes the bullet tracks through the intercostal muscles into the pleural space and then exits. This means that a bullet can be shot from the side and exit without breaking ribs. I know it’s counter intuitive but this happens.

  8. kayamawa says:

    Dr. Ntaba kindly go back to your professional job. You did a good job.

    God bless you for your effort.

  9. Chris Banda says:

    Ine poyambilira ndimaona ngati mphwiyo adachekela chipolopolo,adali mtaba etiii!thus beautiful Dr ntaba

  10. Nathaniel says:

    Tiyeni nazoni zitheka basi.

  11. It means that the head of state and his cabnet are big fish, it is about 3yrs nw with the same story, the whole nation dying coz of those thieves. En u let them enjoy their life. Why Malawi??

  12. bikoko says:

    Mphwiyo paid what he sawed. Put him in gehena waiting for his earthly trials and sentence.

  13. monkeybay says:

    Bravo number one. Nkhaniyi ikungozungulilazungulila chifukwa chani? Tatopa nayo tsopano ingonenani if you are not going to arrest them. Wosauka nde kalekale nkumadikilanso milandi ku ndende komweko. Where is Ali Kaka now? Ali phee kunyumba kwake koma yet anapha Davie. Painful! But God is seeing all these, and one day……..

  14. Ngwazi D says:

    Ntaba did very good job.

  15. Hebrews says:

    Nkhani ikuchedwa iyi! Aaaaaaaaaaaa Osangoa tsekera bwanji anthu amenewo akuganiziridwawo. Koma akanakhala osauka bwenzi ali mundunde kudikira milandu!

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