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Pathologists Sparring: What Really Killed Kottana?

Kottana: Her death continues to spark controversy Kottana: Her death continues to spark controversy File Photo

Diana Bhagwanji, one of the suspects in the mysterious death of 23-year-old Kottana Maria Chidyaonga of Lilongwe, has hired a pathologist who is challenging the accuracy of an autopsy by another pathologist suggesting this was a homicide.

The hired pathologist, Dr. Steve Kamiza, also disputes that there autopsy presents evidence implicating Diana Bhagwanji.

“…from my objective reading the said post-mortem report I did not see any conclusive evidence suggesting a case of homicide let alone implicating Diana Bhagwanji,” reads part of a four page affidavit to which a post-mortem report is attached.

Dr. Kamiza is reacting to contests of the autopsy by Dr. Charles Dzamalala which suggested that Kottana died due to ingestion of a chemical pesticide commonly known as termic.

Dr. Dzamalala’s postmortem contents have attracted as much public attention have done events leading to Kottana’s death.

“I am more than willing to defend my position in court,” said Dr. Dzamalala to Zodiak Online in a brief interview.

The two pathologists, both practicing privately but also teaching at the College of Medicine share different expert opinions in what observers say will be an interesting contest.

Meanwhile, the Medical Council of Malawi says it will launch an investigation into the death of Kottana Chidyaonga, after some quarters also disputed the autopsy report on the death.

Acting Registrar, Richard Ndovi, says the move has been necessitated by counter arguments by some experts, in contrast to pathologist Dr. Charles Dzamalala’s report.

Dr. Dzamalala has told us he stands by his findings that suggest the girl died after ingesting the chemical tarmec.

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