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Tuesday, 06 January 2015 19:44

Husband nabbed for poisoning wife to death

Written by  George Bulombola

Ntcheu, January 6: A 39 year old man, Saini Ngwira who is a Technical Water Assistant for Central Region Water Board, based in Ntcheu Zone Office is in police custody at Ntcheu Police station for allegedly poisoning food which lead to the death of his wife, Monica Madise.

Confirming the incident, Ntcheu Police Deputy Public Relations, Hastings Chigalu, said Ngwira who hails from Dobadoba Ngwira Village in the area of Traditional Authority Jalavikuwa in Mzimba, had an affair with another woman whom he later got married to.

“It was on December 30, 2014 that he bought assorted food stuffs using a voucher which he got from his company and he sent a bicycle taxi operator to deliver the items to the deceased but Madise just kept the parcel,” said Chigalu.

He said on January 2, 2015, the deceased called for a hair dresser to her house and in the process of hair dressing, one child of the deceased asked for a Mahewu bottle which was amongst the food stuffs.

“Upon tasting the Mahewu, the child noted that the drink was sour and surrendered the bottle back to Madise who then shared the drink with the hair dresser,” said Chigalu.

Chigalu said within a short period, the deceased went to the toilet from where she started shouting for help and was taken to Chiole Health Centre as she was weak and sweating heavily.

He said after some time the hair dresser also became weak and was also taken to same health facility where they were both admitted.

“When the hair dresser was discharged, Madise asked the health facility personnel to also discharge her, only to die at her house in the night of January 4, 2015,” said Chigalu.

Chigalu said Ngwira was then nabbed by police for questioning, and that the remaining contents of the bottle were collected by police to establish the cause of the death.

He said the contents are tainted with black stuff which resemble termic, a toxic chemical.

He said postmortem conducted at Ntcheu District Hospital has confirmed that the deceased passed on due to food poisoning but could not establish the type and name of poison.

“We will be sending the remaining contents of the bottle to Bwemba Central Veterinary to establish the name and type of poison,” said Chigalu.

Madise hailed from Chandondo Village in the area of Traditional Authority Chindi in Mzimba.