3 remanded over Lilongwe girl’s death


The Chief Resident Magistrate’s Court in Lilongwe has remanded three suspects in connection with the death of Kottana Maria Chidyaonga.

Timothy Ntilisanje, aged 28, Gilbert Kamaliza, 29, and Diana Bhagwanji (23) have been remanded up to February 4 2020 on the murder charge.

Lilongwe Police Station Public Relations Officer, Joseph Kachikho, said the suspects will be on remand waiting for the State to sort out paperwork to commit the case to the High Court.


Kachikho said the State, through Prosecutor Inspector, Griffin Luhanga, pleaded with the court to give them a one-month period but the defence counsel pleaded for a week.

“Apparently, Chief Resident Magistrate, Violet Chipawo, has given the State 14 working days to complete the committal processes,” he said.

The three were last week arrested in connection with the death of Kottana who was reported to have died of a snake bite on January 3 in the Capital City.


The arrest followed a report that was released by forensic pathologist Charles Dzamalala on 13 January 2020 that Kottana died of acute poisoning with termik—which he said was an unnatural cause of death.

The issue has attracted a lot of debate on the social media.

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