The Nselema Third Grade Magistrate Court in Machinga has ordered two men to pay a fine of K40, 000 each for operating a pharmacy without a licence.
The two, 41 year-old Dyton Chiponda and 35 year-old Madi Chitera, acted contrary to section 17 as read with section 65 of Pharmacy, Medicines and Poisons Act.
When presenting facts in court, Police prosecutor Inspector Richard Kandeya who is based at Nselema Police Post said on 11th June the two were found selling assorted medical drugs in their respective shops at Nselema Trading Centre.
The medical drugs which they were found selling include Indocid, Magnesium, LA, and Amoxicillin.
The two pleaded guilty to the charge of operating a pharmacy without a licence and admitted that they were doing this out of ignorance.
In mitigation, they prayed for leniency saying they were first offenders and bread winners for their prospective families. Chiponda added that he suffers from Asthma.
When passing judgement, Third Grade Magistrate Kamanga ordered the two pay a fine of K40, 000 each.
Kamanga said she exercised leniency becausE the two were first offenders, that by pleading guilty they did not waste court time, and that they were remorseful throughout trial.
Chiponda hails from Majaja village while Madi Chitera hails from Nkupa village both from T/A Nyambi in Machinga district.