Malawi Prison Chief died of poisoning-postmortem

Autopsy results into the death of former Head of Prisons in Malawi, Macdonald Chaona, reveal that he died of poisoning which led to respiratory failure. It has been established.

The former Commissioner of prisons was found dead at his house on April 12, 2012.

The Malawi News on Saturday reported that an autopsy number PM/CPD/ANAT/041/12, stated that the cause of the death was: “Respiratory failure due to or as the consequence of acute poisoning by a carba-mate in the form of ‘Sevin.’

Meanwhile, medical experts have described Sevin as a chemical used to kill insects in vegetables.

Chaona: Died of poisoning

According to Prison’s doctor Henry Ndindi, his former boss’ family has been briefed on the outcome of the post mortem.

“Mr. Chaona died of poisoning but we don’t know if he took the poison himself or that the poison was administered to him. As a hospital we were just identifying what he died of.

“On other issues I suppose it is the duty of the police to investigate since they were involved from the beginning as you know Mr. Chaona was just found dead,” said Dr. Ndindi.

And commenting on the issue, pathologist Dr. Charles Dzamalala, who conducted the post mortem, said he is not required to give out further information to the media apart from the one he sent to the Malawi Prisons Services doctor, Ndindi.

In another interview, late Chaona’s brother Rodrick said as a family all they are looking for is the truth of what killed his brother.

Late Chaona is one of the longest serving prison Commissioners and according to Rodrick; the police should also investigate late Chaona’s two wives who he said were not seeing eye to eye.


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