Chikwawa man face charges for operating unlicenced private clinic

A 46-year-old man is currently facing court trial in Chikwawa district for allegedly operating a private clinic without a licence.

Illegal clinic

The suspect, John Mathews was arrested on February 8th this year at Beleu Trading Centre in the district during a joint operation by police and Ministry of Health officials.

Chikwawa police Public Relation Officer, Andrew Mayawo told Nyasa Times that the operation was aimed at dealing with people who sell drugs or operate hospitals/clinics without licences.

During the arrest, Mathews was found with prescription medicine, hospital equipment and test kits.

He has since been charged with five counts by Chikwawa First Grade Magistrate Court namely operating a private clinic without licence, practicing as a medical doctor without being registered, practicing as a dentist without being registered, found in possession of property suspected to have been stolen and reckless and negligence contrary to Sections 17,35 and 49 punishable under Section 61 and 35(5) of Pharmacy, Medicine and Poisons Act.


Mathews hails from Beleu village in Traditional Authority Maseya area in the district.

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7 years ago

In chikwawa visit mitondo market during market days Thursdays and Sundays. Go straight to the shops behind the butchery or a certain shop just close to it where it sells mabanzi. But dont involve police from makhuwira.

7 years ago

He is not the only one. They are many. There is one person called Kakota in Kakota Village not far from Mbalachanda Turn Off, kwa Ndembela in Mzimba district. He has taken advantage of being a health assistant to operate an illegal clinic in the village. He gives medicine to people and administers injections. Where he gets medicines and injections no one knows. The police from Euthini should go and arrest this man before he does more damage to people.

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