A Pharmacy Technologist and Driver of Sioma Health office have jointly been charged with another person for allegedly stealing medicines believed to be property of Ministry of health valued at fifty one thousand four hundred and fifty kwacha.
The two civil servants jointly with another worker of Dynapharm company are appearing in Senanga Subordinate court facing four counts of theft and being in possession of property unlawfully obtained contrary to section 319(1)(a) of the penal code chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.
The accused are Hillary Mubita aged 46 a driver of Sioma Health office, Musango Manyado aged 39 a Pharmacy Technologist of Sioma Health office both residents of Sioma district and Isaac Njamba aged 26 a network marketer of Dynapharm Company resident of Mongu in Western Province.
In commencement of trial of the four counts by Magistrate Kebby Sebitwani all the accused pleaded not guilty to the offences.
Isaac Njamba in first count is charged with unlawfully possession of medicines namely 17 by 1000 Cafexin capsules, 72 by 1000 Amoxicillin capsules, 5 by 1000 Phenoxymethyl tablets, 222 by 3 by 28 Microgynon Tablets which was allegedly found with him on February 28, 2020.
In the second count Hillary Mubita and Masango Manyando on unknown dates in February 2020 jointly and whilst acting together did steal the stated medicines valued at K51, 450 property of their employer Ministry of Health.
While Manyando is charged in the third and fourth counts in which on March 6, 2020 in Sioma district had in possession 10 vials of Ceftraiaxone injection suspected to have been unlawfully obtained and also with failure to maintain records for medicine between January 2019 and March 2020 contrary to section 58 (2) (d) of the Medicines and Allied Substances Act number of 2013 of the laws of Zambia.
The state being represented by Counsel Precious Mukuwa and Counsel Moses Lupiya both from the Zambia Medicines regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) and defense Lawyers of Mayando and Mubita are Victor Kachaka, Joe Mulafulafu and Imbwai Yambwa.
The first state witness was National Parks and Wildlife officer David Mutale of Nalunsanga check point along Mongu -Lusaka Road.
Mr Mutale told the court that on February 28, 2020 Njamba was found in possession of the stated property during his routine inspecting of vehicles exiting and entering the Kafue National park at Nalusanga check point.
“While checking on a Shalom Bus from Mongu I found four sacks and decided to offload them and inspect. Njamba said the sacks belonged to him and I decided to take them to our office for inspection and we found hospital medicines and one sack and a few cloths together with medicine,” Mr Mutale said.
Mr Mutale said he decided to take Njamba to the police station where mentioned that he got the medicine from Hillary Mubita of Senanga during police interrogation who later Informed ZAMRA of the incident.
“On 6th March, 2020 the ZAMRA came to check the said medicine and seized it, with the team of two ZAMRA officials, Njamba, The police then proceeded to Mongu after the accused agreed to take the officers to Mubita,” Mr Mutale narrated.
The witness further narrated that while in Mongu, Provincial Health Director Francis Lywali summoned Mubita who admitted knowing Njamba and accepted having given him the medicine.
During the proceeding, the witness identified the medicine and sacks that were found in possession of the accused person
Meanwhile another state witness who is Human Resource officer at Sioma Health Office, Enock Kauseni produced copies of appointment letters as evidence before court that the two accused are employees of the Ministry of Health.
The case has since been adjourned to October 14, 2020 for continued trial with the police bond for the trio extended.