NKHOTA-KOTA--A 50-year-old man in Nkhotakota died Thursday after a day of heavy drinking. Nkhotakota Police spokesperson Kaitano Lubrino said the deceased, Danitoni Malala, drank Kachasu, of a locally distilled spirit kachasu (moonshine) on an empty stomach, Wednesday without eating anything.
“Due to heavy intoxication, the deceased failed to reach home [and passed out] along the road.” Lubrino said the man died the next morning. “But before his death, members of the community prepared porridge to give him…but the man died on the spot before consuming the porridge,” he said. Lubrino, quoting a postmortem conducted on deceased, said death was caused by hypoglacemea which is low blood sugar in the body due to excessive consumption of alcohol.
Also this week, another man died after drinking moonshine in Lilongwe. In another development, a man who went missing on Lake Malawi was found dead this week.
Nkhotakota assistant spokesperson Williams Kaponda said Akwao Jolam had gone fishing night of Monday July 16 but didn’t return the next day as he normally does. “For several days the search yielded nothing till July 22, 2012 in the morning when he was found dead by another fisherman. This fisherman went and mobilised other fishermen who sailed the dead body to the shore. Because the dead body was in a decomposed state, his remains were buried in a nearby graveyard the same day,” Lubrino said.
A postmortem conducted by Nkhotakota District Hospital said suffocation caused the fisherman’s death. Police didn’t say if they suspected foul play. The deceased was from Mankhwazi village, T/A Mwadzama, in Nkhotakota district.
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