Malawian nurse convicted for stealing health facility tools

The Kasungu first grade magistrate courts has sentenced a 33 year old man to 15 months imprisonment with hard labour, or  pay a fine of 10,000 for stealing hospital equipment at Santhe health centre.

According to Kasungu police publicist Sub Inspector Edwin Kaunda, the man identified as Henry Kathobwa was working as a nurse at Santhe health centre which is under Kasungu district hospital.

Kaunda said the convict stole a wheel barrow and a mattress and sold them to a certain man in the neibhourhood.

“Henry Kathobwa was a public servant in the ministry of health and was working as a midwife technician at Santhe health center under Kasungu referral hospital where he stole a wheel barrow and a mattress” said Kaunda.

Kaunda further said “on 27 July 2013 at around 8 pm the convict, went to the said health facility where he stole a wheel barrow and a mattress which he sold to someone living around the premises.

And  28th July one of the committee members of the facility was tipped by some well-wishers that he saw Kathobwa selling the missing items suspected to be of the heath facility”

Later on the committee members mobilized themselves and conducted a search in the community and recovered the missing tools.

The matter was reported to Chigodi police unit and Kathobwa was arrested the following day.

On 31st July when Kathobwa appeared before the Kasungu First grade magistrate court he pleaded guilty to the charge of theft.

Passing the sentence  Magistrate Kingsley Buleya said the convict deserved punishment to deter other Health workers from committing similar offences.

Buleya therefore convicted him to pay  a fine of K10,000.00 or 15 months Imprisonment with Hard Labour.

Henry Kathobwa comes from  Nambela village T/A Mkanda in Mchinji.

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