26 August 2016 Last updated at: 6:00 AM

Mutharika is right, Malawi is a land of thieves: Man arrested over govt drugs

Days after Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika publicly outcried of the tendency by Malawians to steal everything that comes their way, Police in the country’s capital city of Lilongwe are keeping in their custody a 34 year-old man for being found with drugs meant for use in public hospitals.

Mutharika turned his ire against Malawians for having a habit of stealing every time, everything, everywhere.

‘’There is theft everywhere. This is very bad and my government will not relent to iron out theft which is becoming the normal life in Malawi,’’ he said.

But a man has now been arrested for possessing drugs meant for public hospitals.

The development comes at a time when the government is on a campaign to end theft of government drugs in public hospitals.

medicineAccording to the city’s police public relations officer Inspector Kingsley Dandaula, the suspect has been identified as Maxwell Mshanga who got nabbed earlier this week.

Inspector Dandaula said the man has been selling medical drugs for a long time at Senti in Area 18 and other surrounding areas.

He said on Sunday, August 21, Lingadzi police received a tip from the general public that Mshanga was selling drugs which were suspected to have been stolen from a public hospital.

The police in the area later launched an investigation to find the truth of the matter and on Tuesday, August 23 they nabbed the suspect.

According to Dandaula, at the time of his arrest Mshane was having in his bag over 150 tablets of amoxicillin, over 100 tablets of Indocin, and 82 tablets of Panado.

The suspect is being kept at the Lingadzi police waiting for when he will appear before court of law to answer charges of government drug theft.

Meanwhile Dandaula has warned all people who steal drugs in public hospitals that they will be dealt with accordingly when caught.

Maxwell Mshanga hails from Galima village in the area of Traditional Authority Zulu in Mchinji district.

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