Third Bogus Doctor Senteced to 7 years

Written by  Sam Phiri

The Lilongwe senior Magistrate court has sentenced Rassford Gogoda to seven years imprisonment for impersonating a medical doctor.

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Gogoda was arrested at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe on 3 February 2015 after a patient tipped a guardian that he was not a medical personnel.

Lilongwe Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) Inspector Kingsley Dandaula confirmed the sentence and said Gogoda denied the charges but was found guilty after the State had paraded witnesses in court.

“Gogoda denied the charges but after the State paraded its witnesses he was found guilty on two counts, first for personating a public officer and for theft of medical instruments and drugs meant only for theatre use and also various items such as cell phones, cameras, laptops and dongles,” said Dandaula.

According to state witnesses, who testified against Gogoda, the man was normally seen putting on a white dust coat with a Stethoscope dangling around his neck.







In mitigation Gogoda asked the court to be lenient on him because he looks after his wife and a sick child.


But state Prosecutor Superintendent Damiano Kaputa told the court that Gogoda deserved a stiffer sentence because he was putting peoples’ lives at risk.


He said Gogoda was not a first offender as he was arrested before and where he was punished for 320 hours of community service at Chipasula secondary School in Lilongwe.


Senior Resident Magistrate Paul Chiotcha then sentenced Gogoda to six years on the first count for personating a public officer and one (1) year on the second count of theft.

Gogoda is the third bogus doctor to be sentenced after two other Wongani akuzike Kandulu and John Ben Kamanga who were both handed with a six year jail sentence by the Blantyre magistrate court earlier this year.

Gogoda, 26, hails from Simon village, Traditional Authority Simon in Neno district.

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