First Grade Magistrate Court at Liwonde in Machinga convicted and sentenced 39-year-old, Odis Kanjira Savimbi, to two years imprisonment without an option of a fine after he was found guilty of rescuing medical drug dealers who were arrested by the police who accompanied Medicines and Poisons Board officials during a search for illegal medical drug sellers.
The court heard that the police and Medicines and Poisons Board officials were conducting a search for illegal medical drug dealers at Katuli in Mangochi where they apprehended three people in connection with drug possession without valid documents.
Savimbi who is also United Democratic Front (UDF) Young Democrats chairperson for Katuli area was supplying medical drugs to the three unnamed people who are currently at large.
Savimbi was arrested after creating deliberate disorder which enabled the three people to escape as the police were interviewing them.
The police arrested Savimbi instantly after noting that he deliberately rescued his accomplices to disturb evidence regarding the medical drug deal.
First Grade Magistrate, Jones Masula said the court found Savimbi guilty of the offence of rescuing the medical drug sellers which is contrary to Section 114 of the Penal Code.
Savimbi comes from Saiti Kadzuwa Village, Traditional Authority Mponda in Mangochi.
In a related development, police in Mangochi arrested 37-year-old Innocent Mussa Mkwalura for possessing medical drugs without government permission.
The Magistrate Court at Liwonde in Machinga ordered Mkwalura to pay K325, 000 or in default serve two years imprisonment.
He was answering two charges, of being found in possession of medical drugs and selling or supplying medical drugs without permit.–Mana