Health worker arrested over drug theft, granted bail: Updated

Malawi Police in Phalombe on Monday 25th January, 2016 arrested a 22-year-old medical assistant for allegedly stealing government drugs worthy over MK 841, 500.00.

The suspect Chimwemwe Maurisu of Mphonde village T/A Ngabu in Chikwawa was working under Phalombe District Health Office as a Medical Assistant at Kalinde Health Centre.

According to Phalombe police Public Relations Officer, Augustus Nkhwazi told Nyasa Times that Maurisu was arrested after he allegedly failed to account for 69 boxes of LA (Co-artem) of different packages and sizes.

”This took place in the period between July 2014 to May 2015. The medical drugs  valued at MK841, 500.00,” explained Nkhwazi.

The drugs are said to have been sold to a former sales representative of the Population Services International (PSI) Adriel Jumbe, 36, of Kolore village T/A Santhe in Kasungu.

”The said medical drugs were then being sold to private hospitals across the country by the second suspect (Jumbe)”.

Jumbe has also been arrested and is currently being held at National Police Head Office in Lilongwe.

And on Tuesday, Phalombe First Grade Magistrate Court granted the suspect  Chimwemwe Maurisu bail after he pleaded not guilty to the charge of Theft by Public Servant contrary to Section 283 of the Penal Code.

Maurisu paid a bail bond of K10, 500 cash, and has been ordered to be reporting to Phalombe Police once every week.

The case goes for hearing on 17th February, 2016.

Meanwhile, Maurisu’s accomplice, Jumbe is under National Police custody

The country’s public hospitals continue to face drug shortage due to pilferages orchestrated by public servants.

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6 thoughts on “Health worker arrested over drug theft, granted bail: Updated”

  1. a 2 Ellias , wapenga misala ndithu, yemwe ukumunenayo amagwira ku Dream ufufuze kuti amamulipira ndalama zingati and wagwira ntchito zaka zingati ndi salary yakeyo kuti sangagule galimoto. Just try to work hard man ndizotheka.

  2. alhomwe atilaula says:

    Just imagine muthu zaka 22 nkumaba pantchito chonchi? What more komwe atadzafikire zaka 30? Kenaka aziti boma likulephera kugula mankhwala nzipatala! Its really sad ofunikadi anthu amenewa kumangoachotsa ntchito basi. Abusa chonde tithandizeni mdziko muno muli mzimu wachilendo wakuba pena pali ponse, even christians chonde tiyeni tepemphererane, Malawi is in great need of healing, mzimu umenewu uchoke otherwise dziko lino silizapita patsogolo! Shame on all you people who r busy stealing mankhwala mzipatala! May God punish u severely!

  3. Rift Valley says:

    Thefts will never stop as long as we target ‘small fish’

  4. Dikisan says:

    ACB nkhani ndi imeneyo yambaniponi. Ngati mufuna umbani wina forum ndiyomweyino. Tikuuzani.

  5. Ellias says:

    Alipo ambiri ogwira ntchito mu zipatala omwe akumaba mankhwala nkukagulitsa ku pvt clinics. Wina ndi mwiyeriwa ali ku balaka within a spate of 2 years has managed to buy 2 cars and a house. How much is his salary? Pitani kuseli kwa Mulanje district hospital, you will find big and neautiful houses zomangidwa ndi ogwira ntchito ku chipatala. Monitor pliz no wonder mankhwala akusowa.

  6. B MATSAUTSO says:

    Mufuna mutimphimbe kumaso tikuziwa mumusiya ameneyo. Woyamba siameneyo wina kuphalombe komweko anaba masolar panel apacipatala ca nazombe anagwidwa nawo koma pano anamusiya amupasa transfer kupita kuciteketsa health centre. IFE TIKUKUWONANITU ZIMENE MUKUPANGAZO. A ACB TAWAONANI BWINO AMENEWA.

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