16-year jail term for K2.4m drug theft of Mzuzu Central Hospital worker

Magistrate Court in Mzuzu sentences former Mzuzu Central Hospital laboratory attendant Kondwani Kanthenga, 37,  to 16 years imprisonment for drug theft.

Police busted the drug thieve
Police busted the drug thieve

Kanthenga was arrested on May 29 for stealing various medical drugs and equipment at the hospital.

His box of malaria drugs and antibiotics led to the recovery of 12 more cartons of assorted medical drugs and equipment when police raided his home on Saturday night.

The consignment estimated at K2.4 million bore Ministry of Health labels pointing to Mzuzu Central Hospital.

President Peter Mutharika recently issued a stern warning for  drug theft in public health facilities,

Mutharika threatened to fire all public servants depriving health facilities of drugs.

“We’ll deal with you, even those who steal a pill of malaria will not be spared. This is not just criminal. It is inhumane, sinful and it endangers lives. It must stop and stop forthwith,” he said.

Minister of Health, Peter Kumpalume also warned that time for suspending health workers who steal drugs is over.

“We will track you. We will fire you. We will arrest you. We will prosecute you. We will deal with you,” he said.

He thanked the police for apprehending those who steal drugs.

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Jungle justice
Jungle justice
4 years ago

The poorer you are, the tougher the sentence-think Lutepo

khwathali
khwathali
4 years ago

you mean he has been given 16 years for goods worthy 2.4 million and some who also inflicted pain to malawians by steeeling billions are just given 3 yrs in custody ? wake up judicially wake up malawi.this is not fair

Njira ya mtanda
4 years ago

Justice pa Malawi, wina kuba ma billion akupatsidwa 3 year ndikuchotseredwa chaka ndi theka ndi kumasulidwa, wina mankhwala a 2.4 million 16 years, ili ndi dziko la agalu basi

DOREEN CHALERA
DOREEN CHALERA
4 years ago

Bola uwonetse khalibwe labwino
kundendeko ubwerako
mnsanga monga mnzako uja

Eugene
Eugene
4 years ago

Nanga 577 billion ija bwa?

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