31 January 2013

Zambia: Mufulira Woman Convicted for Selling Prohibited Drugs

A KITWE magistrate's court has convicted a woman of Mufulira for unlawful selling of prohibited medicines.

Senior resident magistrate Daniel Musonda convicted Leslie Shakumeta, 40, of T192 Kamuchanga Township in Mufulira for selling prohibited medicines.

Shakumeta was jointly charged with Mercy Mukenu, 24, and John Mumba, 33, for unlawful selling of prohibited medicines, contrary to Section 7(1) (3) of the pharmaceutical Act number 14 of 2004.

The trio was accused of selling Enzoy Vitamin drink, a prohibited medicine without lawful authority on October 8, last year.

More than 60 sachets of the prohibited medicines were recovered from Shakumeta's shop.

Mukenu and Mumba were, however, acquitted by the court.

Shakumeta denied the charge and stated that she had the authority to sell the prohibited medicine.

In his ruling, Mr Musonda found Shakumeta guilty of the offence and that she had no authority to sell the prohibited medicines.

He, however, said he had taken into account that the accused person was a first offender and deserves lenience.

Mr Musonda fined Shakumeta KR9,000 to pay immediately, or in default serve nine months simple imprisonment.

"I have taken into account that you are the first offender and I will exercise lenience, You will pay a fine of KR9,000 to pay by 17:00 hours today (yesterday) in default nine months simple imprisonment," he said.

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