Written by YAMIKANI SIMUTOWE
BLANTYRE—Malawi police in Blantyre have arrested a medical assistant and his three accomplices for illegally selling ARVs suspected to have stolen from Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in the city.
They were found in possession of 29 bottles each containing 30 tablets of the life prolonging drugs.
Police spokesperson Lameck Thembachako identified the QECH medical assistant as Dambudzo Huwa, 29, from Chiradzulu while his accomplices are Charles Gweta, 26, from Blantyre; Phillip Kambuzi, 23, from Lilongwe and Patrick M’bale, 35, from Karonga.
Gweta also works at the referral hospital as a translator, according to Thembachako.
“We received a tip off that the second suspect, Charles Gweta, was selling ARV’s within Blantyre city. We arrested him around 18:00 hours and upon interrogation, he alleged that the first suspect, Dambudzo Huwa, gave him the ARV’s for sale,” said Thembachako.
He also said Gweta asked Philip Kambuzi and Patrick M’bale to find buyers for the ARVs.
They suspects are expected to appear before Blantyre Magistrate Court on Friday, March 1, 2013 to answer charges.
(c) The Maravi Post 2013