By Imam Wali:
Three State witnesses that testified on Wednesday in the inquest into the death of Malawi Police Service director of Criminal Investigations Bob Mtekama denied that he died of Covid-related complications.
Mtekama died on August 4 2020 at Blantyre Adventist Hospital.
One of the witnesses, late Mtekama’s close friend Frackson Njoka, told Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate Patrick Chirwa, who is sitting as a coroner, that, when he met with his friend at Lilongwe Clinic in Area 10, he only complained of a wound he had on one of the legs.
“I went to the hospital where I met with his wife, his driver and cousin. We spent three days at the hospital and were discharged but after two days at home, things were not improving; so, we went back to the hospital. This time, we were advised that the leg had to be amputated.
“When we broke the news to Mtekama, he refused and decided to go to Blantyre Adventist Hospital, where he was immediately put on a drip,” said Njoka.
According to Njoka, it was at Blantyre Adventist Hospital where a doctor told them that Mtekama had kidney and diabetes problems and that the doctor suggested he had to go into the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
“He went into ICU around 4pm but, moments later, we were informed that he did not make it. Only later were we told that the death was due to Covid,” he said.
Mtekama’s wife, Caveness Mulumbe, who married Mtekama in 1994, told the court that her husband did not die of Covid.
But she said that she was surprised when a welfare officer visited her husband at the hospital which was restricted to family members.
The third witness, Andrew Mulumbe, a brother-in-law of the deceased, said, according to the death report issued by Blantyre Adventist Hospital, Mtekama died of acute kidney failure and diabetes, not Covid.
Senior State Advocate Limbikani Msiska said he was impressed with proceedings.
On August 22 last year, High Court Judge Annabel Mtalimanja granted the State an order for the inquest into the death of Mtekama.
The State asked for the inquest as Mtekama’s relatives were not satisfied with reports that he had died of Covid complications.
The inquest started last month.