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Medical personnel arrested for drug theft

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Machinga Police is keeping in custody two Health Surveillance Assistants (HSAs) for allegedly stealing assorted medical drugs from a government hospital and selling them to avendor who has also been arrested.

The HSAs have been identified as James Chikaonda aged 53, of MtubwiVillage, Traditional Authority Sitola and Peter Mkwate aged 44, of Nsamati Village, Traditional Authority Kalembo in Balaka. The arrested vendor is John Sibweje aged 34 of Makwemba Village, Traditional Authority Kawinga in the district.

Machinga Police Publicist Davie Sulumba explained that on May 12 this year, police received information from well-wishers that the third suspect was selling medical drugs in his shop at Namanja Trading Centre.

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This prompted the law enforcers to conduct investigations which resulted into the arrest of the suspect and he was found with, 990 tablets of bactrim, 144 tablets of LA, 2,000 capsules of ampicillin, 157 syringes and other assorted drugs.

“During interrogation he revealed that he bought the drugs from the said HSAs who work at Namanja Health Centre, hence we arrested them inconnection with the found drugs,” Sulumba said.

All the suspects are in police custody pending court appearance where they will answer the offence of theft by public servant contrary to section 286 of the Penal Code.

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While the third suspect will answer the offence of being found in possession of Medical Drugs Without a Licence, contrary to Section 35 as read with section 65 of Pharmacy, Medicines and Poisons Act.

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