Medical Council sets up inquiry on Kottana’s death as doctor challenges Dzamalala autopsy

Officials of Medical Council of Malawi  say they are setting up an inquiry on the death of Kottana Chidyaonga following conflicting reports on the cause of her death with some saying she died of snake bite whilst others say it was due to termik poisoning.

Dzamalala: Conducted the autoposy
Kottana Chidyaonga died of Termik poisoning, not from snake bite
Medical Council of Malawi chief executive officer Richard Ndovi said the council will meet pathologist Charles Dzamalala to find out how he reached to the conclusion that Chidyaonga died of termik poisoning.
“There are arguments and counter arguments, contradicting reports on her death so we want to get to the bottom of this,” said Ndovi.
But Dzamalala said he is ready to defend his findings even in a court of law.
“I know some people have issues with my report but I stand by it, am ready to defend it in court,” said Dzamalala.
An associate professor at College of Medicine  Steve Kamiza is challenging the Dzamalala autopsy report in the court after he was engaged by lawyers of one of the suspects in the death of Chidyaonga.
Among others, Kamuza says Dzamalala did not say whether the purported snake wound did not have snake fangs buried inside.
He argues that Dzamalala did not say whether the brought snake had its fangs  on/inside to rule out snake bite.
“That the laboratory tests should not have been deferred due to positive tests of termik substance in the system because positive tests are not uncommon in lab practice,” says Kamiza.
Three suspects, including Chidyaonga’s boyfriend, have been arrested in connection with the death.

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National CEO

Corruption in Malawi is rampant, even my cat is now playing and sleeping with rats right in my house instead of catching them. I will evict this cat next week if it does not comply to my house laws.

Msambanjati
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Msambanjati

Nyaope overdose

Flamingo
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Flamingo

When has ever the medical council come up to challenge autopsy let alone verify Dzamalals autopsy. I smell a rat here!

Autopsy
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Autopsy

Get the facts clear, she might have been bitten by a snake yes. But the question is, is the snake a poisonous one? How about the temeki?

George Malemu
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George Malemu

how can we trust Dr Kamiza once he does his autopsy, is he not corrupted like the lawyers who are pursuing the matter. Ma lawyer akufuna podyera January wavuta uyu

Kuswa Kuswa
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Fangs or no fangs, the type of snake that was brought and alleged to have killed her is non-venomous. This means that the snake bite could not have caused the death. So this Kamuza idiot just wants to eat their money for nothing. His argument takes the issue nowhere.

Jona
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Jona

Just invite an independent Dr to do another autopsy. Hoping that the body was not contaminated

Mandado@147
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Beat the suspects they will tell the truth they obviously hiding something i.e the termik might be in the drug mixuture of Nyaope (dagga) they are alleged to have be suppliers of all this is a cover of something. Why was Diana trying to flee? The Boyfriend should narrate nothing but the truth only that can save him if hes not a drug dealer then he might go done on that charge. Snake bites are easily detected! Hope Doc you took photo shot during your examination to school the doubters and the corrupt.

Patricia
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You can’t say they should be beaten up to tell the truth…that is injustice…some people admitt to doing something they haven’t done coz of verbal and physical aggressiveness…shocked to hear such barbaric medievil way of thinking in this day and age…can that really happen…

Ndendeuli
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Ndendeuli

What injustice? Awakoke mabatire aulula pompopompo!

Kuswa Kuswa
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You fool, do you know that a life was lost,?

Hy gmail
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Hy gmail

In a sad case scenario, tje body has to be exhumed. Painful to the relatives. Malawi is becoming a joke of a Country. You cannot trust anybody. Even the animals have become corrupt.
I hope you kept the blood samples and the snake.

Knowing how corrupt it is in tjis country , as we discuss the file is missing already.

Chimulirenji
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Chimulirenji

I also support this point by the new doctor. The issue of Termik needed to be corroborated by other doctors, especially where you have possibly innocent people languishing in a police cell. It is too much of a coincidence to think that the snake story was fake.

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