Five arrested in Chikwawa over theft of medical drugs

Malawi police in the district of Chikwawa have arrested five people in connection to medical drugs stolen from Nyamithuthu Health Centre in Nsanje district.

Gondwa: Suspects tried t run away

Gondwa: Suspects tried t run away

Two of the arrested are medical assistants at the health centre.

And the three others namely Precious Phiri, 40, Jimmy Taulo, 30, and Madalitso Sandram, 30, were arrested at Miseu Folo snap roadblock mounted by Chikwawa police on patrols.

National police Media and Public Relations Officer, Nicholas Gondwa said the three attempted to run away when stopped by police.

”They were in a Toyota Rav4 BR1829 and being stopped by officers they ran away, leaving the car behind,” said Gondwa. ”But the officers managed to arrest them”.

The suspects had in the car 25 cartons of neogloves, two cartons of Malaria antigens and a 50 kilograms bag containing assorted medical drugs.

”All the cartons were labelled Nyamithuthu Health Centre, an indication that they were stolen from there”.

Police also arrested custodians of the drugs at the health centre, Martha Kamphanda, 40, and 25-year-old Tapiwa Zakaza.

Further police investigations at Central Medical Stores Trust confirmed the stolen drugs were supplied to the health centre by the office according to the batch numbers.

Kaphanda of Kaomba village in Kasungu and Zakaza of Sitenala village, T/A Kachere in Dedza have been charged with Theft by Public Servant under Section 283 of the Penal Code.

And Phiri, Sandram and Taulo have been charged of theft.

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13 thoughts on “Five arrested in Chikwawa over theft of medical drugs”

  1. Ng'ona says:

    And those found with the drugs have been fined by the First Grade Magistrate court in Chikwawa after having been advised by thd Prosecutor to plead guilty. The two ladies have been bailed.They are all walking to their freedom while our relations are dying for wa,t of medicine in our hospitals. How do we expect drug thefts to end? Silly Judiciary.

  2. samuel says:

    these thieves should face a stiff pinishment.we are fed up with unpatriotic so called civil servants.

  3. La 40 Lakwana says:

    All the stealing of government money was through fake deliveries invoices by Mulli with Bingu government and Mulizi had his own boys doing the deals with his boys .

  4. Eye Witness says:

    Check Mate

  5. Safari Wakumudzi says:

    The custodians of the health centre in question weren’t responsible enough hence the need for maximum penalty like the other three. Such acts are jeopardising lives of poor Malawians whose only source/place of hope is always out of drugs!

  6. Achanda Atonga says:

    These guys (Marther and Tapiwa) should face the law no matter what. Dr Alexander Chijuwa, DHO for Nsanje u should make sure these 2 uneducated Medical Assistance amangidwe and should have their certificates stripped off. Komanso inu a Marther, u were recently picked as a national supervisor ku HIV unit, u r paid alot of money for 2 weeks, wy stealin again…is kunenepa makin u more hungry for money or it is ur usual uhule to make u still drugs? Lock the stupid guys, with 42 points each and charge them 10 yrs each.

  7. Wagiwa says:

    Gule Wamkulu At Work

  8. Zachison says:

    PLEASE GIVE THEM NO LESS THAN 10 YEARS EACH.

  9. bwanankubwa says:

    I know that they will b finned with k20,000 each only then posted to other duty station

  10. Kuip mtima agalu inu mukuona mudziko muno mankhwala mzipatalamu mulibe ndiye inunso muli busy kuba mankhwala omwe alipo ochepa lale umeneu ndiye timati ufiti mukupha anthu omwe ali mzipatala mukachoka apo ndiye muziti boma likulephera mankhwala mzipatala mulibe agwape inu

  11. Kenkkk says:

    Excellent. To be consistently, persistently very vigilant against medicines thieves is what is required. Theft of medicines has always been committed by insiders medical staff in collaboration with outsiders.

  12. boba fett says:

    i’m really loving this american ambassador. she’s getting things done and has got people jumping, and this isn’t even her country!

    imagine how much we’d get done if we didn’t have to be pushed and threatened to move our asses all the time. i’d like to buy you a drink mme. ambassador. please think up another chess move quickly before the new year!

  13. Nancy says:

    Good job. Mbava

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