Balaka Civil Society Network chairperson John Bamusi has bemoaned police’s delay to take to court a pharmacist at Balaka District Hospital who is accused of stealing medical drugs.
In an interview, he blamed Balaka Police Station for transferring the case to Eastern Regional Police prosecution branch.
Said Bamusi: “At first police told us that the case was in court, but when we checked, we found out it was not true.
“We suspect police are deliberately delaying the case.”
He said people plan to hold peaceful demonstrations to force police to take the case to court.
But Balaka Police Station officer-in-charge John Nkhoma said the case files have been forwarded to Eastern Region Police prosecution branch.
“If people have any questions they can engage the regional prosecution team,” he said.
Group village head M’manga asked for speedy trial, saying poor people were suffering because the hospital has no drugs.
“People are being told to buy medicine from pharmacies,” he said.
Traditional Authority Nsamala agreed with Bamusi that people will hold demonstrations if police will not take the case to court soon.