Quack doctor slapped with another charge of theft

State prosecutors on Monday pressed  one more charge of theft for the Lilongwe bogus doctor, Rasford Gogoda, following recovery of Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) doctor’s stolen laptop and medical equipment in the suspect’s bag.

Doctor Rasford Gogoda l faces two charges - Pic. By Kondwani Magombo

Doctor Rasford Gogoda l faces two charges – Pic. By Kondwani Magombo

Gogoda, 26, was arrested on February 3 at KCH after someone who knew him well blew the cover when he spotted the fake doctor dressed in a white dust coat and stethoscope round his neck attending to a female patient

He was charged with impersonating a public officer to which he pleaded guilty; but on Monday when Gogoda appeared before the Lilongwe Magistrate Court, the state told the court there was a new charge of theft against Gogoda following recovery of stolen items in his bag.

“Most of the items contained in the bag namely; laptop, stethoscope, drugs and other medical equipment were later discovered to have been stolen from one of the doctors at Kamuzu Central Hospital, Doctor William Namiyango, who reported the matter to Area 33 Police Unit on January 6, 2015,” explained Spt. Damian Phillip Kaputa, Lilongwe Station Prosecution Officer.

He paraded before court six witnesses whose separate accounts implicated Gogoda and indicated that he was seen with the bag in different departments of the health facility both on January 6 and February 3.

One of the witnesses, Effi Sambo, who said was at the hospital with sick daughter on January 6 claimed to have seen Gogoda walk into one of the offices with a lean bag and that he later came out with a fuller bag.

“I saw him as I sat there waiting for the doctor to attend to my daughter,” Sambo told the court. “He did not stay long but when he came out I noticed that the bag was fuller than it was when he went in.”

Recounting the events of February 3 which led to the arrest of Gogoda at the referral health facility, a receptionist at STIs department, Elllen Kapinga, told the court that she had found an abandoned bag in her office and that as time passed, she reported to the department’s Nurse-In-Charge, Hellen Milonde.

The two opened the bag in the hope of finding anything that could lead to the owner and that’s when they found medical kits, drugs, and other equipment, including a driving license bearing the suspect’s name.

The receptionist told the court that Gogoda came to claim the bag later, clad in a white dust coat, stethoscope round his neck and that he identifying himself as a Doctor at Ethel Mutharika Maternity Wing.

“He said he had left the bag at the reception when he got an emergency call to go and attend to a patient,” explained the receptionist.

The court learnt that just after leaving the reception with the bag, Gogoda was later spotted at the Light House within the campus by one, Kennedy Thom, a warder at Maula Prison who had gone there with some inmates.

In his testimony, Thom said he had once worked with Gogoda at Bwaila Hospital as HIV Testing and Counseling councilors under the UNC Project and seeing him in full doctor outfit made Thom become suspicious.

“I followed him into a female ward where I found him attending to a female patient,” explained Thom. “I alerted the police nearby and when Mr. Gogoda saw us approaching he started running, throwing away the bag in the process.”

The bogus doctor was apprehended with the help of the hospital’s guards and guardians, according to Thom, and Sgt. Dickson Mjojo, Officer In-Charge for Area 33 police unit who also testified.

Gogoda, who hails from Simon Village, T/A Simon in Neno, is expected to appear before court again on February 19 for ruling and amendment, according to Prosecutor, Kaputa.

Two men in Blantyre were recently convicted by the court for similar offences at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and they each drew a six-year jail term.

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20 thoughts on “Quack doctor slapped with another charge of theft”

  1. kd says:

    this shows hw are systems are all faulty, u mean any Jim and Jack can just come and claim to be doctor? all our standards are thrown to the dogs…

  2. Chenkumbi says:

    MCP GVT,
    How can one dream of being a doctor, without proper qualifications. Anathawa sukulu ameneyo. ankayesa odotolo umangobwera basi? Ameneyotu amangidwe kuti ena atengelepo phunziro. Komanso achipatala ayenera kuphunzirapo kenakake. ID’s are necessary at every institution.

  3. DPG says:

    I am impressed with the Police man on the picture. He looks full of energy and fit.

  4. Chule mkulu says:

    I dont understand about these maggots dont you have identity cards? this is fanny ,guys please you hospital administrators you need to make plan B for these cydicates this is a big threats to lifes of people,whats hell is this.AAAaaaah izi ni mbuzi nadi ntchito kwiba na utesi ..aaaaaaakeeeeeeee

  5. MCP GVT says:

    Munthu akufuna udotolo. Muthandidzeni kuti lotho lake likwaniritsidwe.

  6. Musa says:

    zikuvuta kuvetsa, kodi wogwila ntchito sadziwana?

  7. pipsy says:


  8. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    Can check if the driving lincese which was found in his bag is really his ?

  9. samarakwa says:

    This is a serious offence,wa Soldier (Honarable) mwana,setence should be death

  10. Bertha says:

    Big hospitals like QECH and KCN must do a lot of homework on identification of their officers. It appears anybody can go their and claim that he is an officer and move around wards attending to patient.

  11. mwale says:

    @mtaya, so who are you asking this question?

  12. GooNgayikosya says:

    Stupid Gogoda, and laziness nurses. I know the nurses were busy drinking tea and gossiping while these rubbish doc busy stealing. I pass my judgement in refer to section……………… sub section …………. Gogoda serve 29years for stealing and 33yrs fro impersonating. In total 62yrs and should serve separately no concurrently YAYIIIIIIII

  13. clement says:

    Well written story with all facts included. That’s what readers want. Don’t rush with half baked news

  14. tilembeni ntchito ulova ukutichimwitsa ngati dziko likusauka kuli bwanji ife

  15. Yankees says:

    Madaika thupi lamunthu pophuzitsila anthu udotolo, munthu akamwalira ndima lenalawa mumati adadwalika chauta wamukondetsetsa yet u are puting Lives of people under high risk U Doctorate Teachers, Todoy U are crossexamined by a Real Doctor by profession, tommorow a Student is also examining U of the same and unnessesary Dossage (treatment) is given by this stupid lenala! Kumaiko akunja anzanu amaphuzilira pa anyani, aGalu, Nkhumba, pa Nkhuku, ngLombe ndizina kuno mukutuma Lenala azikabeleketsa mzimayi wa Munthu, Lenala azipanga operation munthu zoona? Remove that School from KCH sitikufunanso treatment yochokera kwa Student ayi, those are Feggie Bogus Doctors too and this is where the Loophole of these Notorius Feggie doctors, pakhale anthu omawapanga check ma Doctors pakhomo paliponse with IDs and suaping machine pakulowa ndi pakutuluka ngati ku Bank, plus CCTV cameras mudzamuona akunamiza Pentient mwaitha!!!!!?

  16. Neutral says:

    Kkkkkkkk koma Gogoda ndiwamisala ndithu!

  17. Havez al Sahalaaw says:

    Well articulated story WITH DETAILS. By the way, I have discovered that you are from MANA.

  18. freespch says:

    Endangering lives of people. Very serious crime by all means and inconsiderate. Scary behavior. Gives me goose bumps to imagine the consequences of such behavior.

  19. nyamusideni says:

    At least olemba walembako moti munthu osaidziwa nkhani aimve bwino ndi kuitsatira sizina zolemba mwachidule mukumatipatsa masiku ambiri zija.

  20. mtaya says:

    A sign that doctors in Malawi are few to attend to ever increasing number of patients.This is very dangerous to patients. How can laymen attend to patients.Where were the nurses at this moment.

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