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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aDeaconsss
Guest

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.

Mack Banda
Guest

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!

Kalonga Gawa Undi
Guest

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

Gerald Kanjex
Guest

Chilichose chouluka chimateraaaa!!!

Gogodus
Guest

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

Amaona kuchedwa…….mapeto ake ndende

pansi
Guest

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

Chatola Chinjoka
Guest

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

BalakaGuy
Guest

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

PIERRE
Guest

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

Mtupatupa
Guest

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

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