‘Murdered’: Kottana Chidyaonga was poisoned with termik, Dzamalala autopsy findings quashes snake bite cover up

A forensic autopsy report done by expert Dr. Charles Dzamalala has concluded that 23-year-old Kottana Maria Chidyaonga of Lilongwe did not die after being bitten by a snake but rather from acute poisoning.

Chidyaonga was claimed to have died following a snake bite at her boyfriend’s house in Lilongwe  and this was the theory most people were meant to believe.

But in his assessment, pathologist Dzamalala says based on the circumstances surrounding this death, this incidence of acute poisoning is most probably due to a homicidal act rather than suicidal or accident act.

“This death was from unnatural. It was due to generalized haemolysis following acute poisoning with a pesticide called Termik, an organophosphate compound that is found in many hardware/flea market shops in the country,” explains Dzamalala in the report.

He further says in human beings, termic disables the central nervous system and also leads to haemolysis, saying both these actions are lethal.

“The story of the snakebite lacks scientific evidence and it is therefore best ignored, as a typical snakebite wound is visibly fresh, leads to swelling from a quarter of an hour after the bite and takes specific shapes (arc for non-venomous bites and linear or otherwise by venomous bites),” reads the report issued on January 13 2020.

According to the autopsy report, the snakebite wound on the body of late Chidyaonga lacked all the classical supporting features on the skin and surface both grossly and microscopically.

The story on the death of Kottana started circulating on Saturday, January 4, alleging that whilst at a party she had taken off her shoes and left them outside the home of the party’s host.

As they left, she put on her shoes not realizing that a snake was hiding inside one of them and she got bitten.

But in Dzamalala’s report, information made available at the time of the autopsy comprised a verbal narrative from Kottana’s relatives and CID Police officers from Lilongwe Police Station that told of a different story.

It is reported that Kottana knocked off from her workplace in City Centre at around 9pm on Friday, January 3 was picked by one of her friends, Diana Bhagwanji to her place at Area 11 where they are reported to have spent some time there before relocating to the home of Kottana’s boyfriend Timmy Mtilo at Area 3 at around 11pm.

Kottana Chidyaonga died of Termik poisoning, not from snake bite

Her two friends are reported to have rushed her to Polyclinic within Area 3 Township where they arrived at around midnight but Dzamalala says it is not clear what exactly was administered to her at this clinic “as efforts to get access to the medical records proved futile”.

She then began having convulsions that prompted the clinician on duty to refer them to Kamuzu’s Central Hospital (KCH) but it is believed she died on her way there because efforts to resuscitate her at KCH failed.

“The attending clinician a KCH, however, became suspicious with the death, as she could not convince herself that there was a snakebite wound on late Kottana’s foot.

“She, therefore, asked Timmy and Diana to bring the snake, which had reportedly been killed, to the hospital in the night.

“The snake was indeed brought to the hospital and a cursory search on the body of late Kottana for a related snakebite wound was still unsuccessful,” Dzamalala says.

Being a mysterious and suspicious death, the matter was then reported to the Lilongwe Police Station by her family who, together with the police requested for a forensic postmortem examination to establish exact cause and mode of death.

The autopsy was done at KCH mortuary in the presence CID police officers and two of the family members.

Dzamalala reports that he examined the following body systems — cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, genitourinary and musculoskeletal — all of which there was no traces of decomposition.

He then took several specimens for testing whose first phase was to establish poisoning through agricultural pesticides as commonly encountered in Malawi.

In the event that it concludes poisoning through agricultural pesticides “then the rest of the tests would be abandoned, as this was the scenario with the strongest index of suspicion”.

Findings of the tests included the haemolysed blood; no evidence of traumatic injury in any part of the body; no evidence of pregnancy; lack of evidence of a wound that is consistent with a snake bite and the laboratory evidence of acute poisoning with Termik, a poisonous substance of the Organophosphate group.

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Mr Fact Kaviphwisi
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Mr Fact Kaviphwisi

Rest well Kottana… Will be missed

MNENERI WA MALAWI
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MNENERI WA MALAWI

RIP But still more how long have you taken to investigate this murder case and why are we failing to find out za chasowa abino and this BRIBES TO OUR Peace loving JUDGES

The Aristocrat
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The Aristocrat

Autopsy imatenga nthawi bwana. 2 weeks yafulumila koospya.

Jonas
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Jonas

liar…..

Mandozo
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Mandozo

Chilipo chimene anadziwa mfanayu kuti amuzimitse

Research
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Research

Its without doubt that our country Malawi has NO enough forensics abilities to determine an accurate cause of death. wherever the mentioned Doctor might have studied, the fact is that hospitals here have NO special instruments to conduct every Autopsy.

Fake Petros
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Fake Petros

Says who? Mwayamba bodzatu!
Even munthu kukhapidwa in broad daylight still needs sophisticated facilities? I guess even a lay person would be able to detect a snake bite, at least bite site and limb involved. Having a well qualified individual is more than an added advantage.

Kano
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Kano

What is the point of this comment? Defence or what

Mpulula
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Mpulula

Achina Ben Wandawanda apha mwana kubisa drug trade yawo

Mr. Maliseche alephera kudyetsa ziphuphu ma judge
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Mr. Maliseche alephera kudyetsa ziphuphu ma judge

NYAOPE. Google it

asa
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asa

And the snake?

Phupha
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Phupha

Kottana rest in peace

BigMan
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BigMan

Perhaps

Mandado@147
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And where did they get the snake from? After there were told to bring the snake? from these showman we see selling herbs and other African merchandise? Lets wait for the lower courts to tell us as events will unfold…..

Ndadabwa
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Ndadabwa

But these guys brought the snake they state had bitten the victim as requested by hospital staff!! So where did they find a snake in the middle of night? Termic is poison and snake also releases poison, suppose the snake did not bite her but spit in her eyes? Will you still be looking for a wound on the body? Anyway what is the motive behind killing her? Dont rush into conclusions

Kipome
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Kipome

Still more the central nervous system would have showed signs of snake poisoning. Eyes would have showed signs of poisoning

kanchenga
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kanchenga

Apparently the plan was kill and claim snake bit. Smart so keep a snake alive in case it’s required kill it the immediately murder is committed so time of death should correspond

Mnzungu
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It means this was premeditated murder. They bought the snake during the day, bought the poison beforehand. Premeditated homicide. It means they even took time to take her to hospital to ensure she was on her way out. Very cruel. Mmene mwana amabvutira kuleramu zoona!!!

Said
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Said

My thoughts as well

Jojo
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Jojo

They said she left her shoes out side, ok the snake cozyy up in there, when she put her shoes on thus when she got bitten, 🤣🤣🤣🤣

Dawn
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Dawn

Your stupid, do you know forensics???
How are we supposed to know the motive, i think you know something the cops must arrest you too.
Youre mad

Ndadabwa
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Ndadabwa

The motive is from her friends and not forensic tests. Why did the boyfriend and her other friends want her dead? For what? That’s the motive behind. Otherwise it’s like a true crime action where an innocent girls life is cut short. Who administered the poison to her and how? The conclusion arrived at by the experts maybe fraud due to lack of adequate data. Dont call people stupid just because you are angry

Fake Petros
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Fake Petros

@Ndadabwa, eeeeh! Mudzidabwedi nokha. Zomwe mwalemba zikumveka koma? What are you trying to communicate kwenikweni, kkkkk

Alpha
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Alpha

Snake yobisala mu nsapato ikalephere kuluma phazi koma kupeza mwayi wolavulira mmaso?!
My eyes