Mutharika’s death: Personal doctor to late President investigated

Malawi’s medical council has summoned late president Bingu wa Mutharika’s personal physician to a disciplinary hearing over the way he handled the medical emergency when the President collapsed.

Mutharika, 78, died in April, 2012 at state house after a heart attack as he was being briefed by one of the legislators from his party. Mutharika had a history of heart problems and had suffered a minor attack in 2009.

Registrar for the Medical Council Abel Kawonga said investigations into how Dr Dan Namarika handled the emergency have completed and await government funding for the disciplinary committee to sit.

“Dr Namarika is aware that he is supposed to appear before the committee. He will be called for the committee to hear his side of the story,” said Kawonga

The Commission of Inquiry into the death of Mutharika released last week revealed that Dr Namarika had forgotten his emergency medical kit at his home at the time he was called to attend to the President immediately after he collapsed.

The Inquiry also revealed that Dr Namarika resorted to mouth-to-mouth resuscitation of the President because he did not have any medical equipment.

The release of the damning inquiry report has also led to the arrest of brother to late Mutharika, Peter and current economic planning minister Goodall Gondwe.

The two were among the eleven arrested on Monday this week for allegedly playing a role in a plot to block then Vice President Joyce Banda from taking over the reins of power as per the constitution.

The eleven are expected to be granted bail today, after spending two nights in custody.