Police in Mulanje have arrested three people for allegedly being found in possession of government drugs and other medical equipment meant for public hospitals.
Police have since identified the three as Felix Madeya, 32, and his wife Mary Binesi Madeya, 27, both from group village head Mabuka and Ernest Kalunga, 38, from Mkupiza Village all from Traditional Authority Mabuka in Mulanje.
The couple was arrested at Milonde where they were keeping drugs such as antiretroviral therapy, LA, Amoxyline, Panado and other types of drugs in their house which they were using as a drug store and were also offering private health services. On the other hand, Kalunga was arrested after he was found selling drugs in his hawker at Makupiza.
Mulanje Police Station spokesperson Gresham Ngwira confirmed the arrest of the three suspects.
He said Felix and Mary were arrested following a tip-off by well-wishers.
“After the tip-off, we carried out a search in the house where we seized over 27 different kinds of drugs and other medical equipment belonging to Malawi Government, including ARVs, but we are yet to find the value of the drugs,” Ngwira said.
He said Kalunga will answer charges of selling medical drugs without licence while the couple will answer charges of unlawfully conducting a retail pharmacy business contrary to Section 45 (1a) and 45 (2a) of Pharmacy, Medicines and Poisons Act. n