Pharmacists fined for operating chemists illegally
12 August 2016, 19:23
Nairobi - Four pharmacists have been charged in a Murang’a court with operating pharmaceutical shops without valid documents.
Caroline Wangui, David Njoroge, Nelson Kimani and Mary Njeri were charged that on August 9, they were found operating pharmacies without pharmaceutical licenses and lack of registration from Pharmacy and Poisons Board.
They were arrested at different shopping centres within Murang’a County during a crackdown by the board officers.
The accused who pleaded guilty before Chief Magistrate Ruth Oganyo were nabbed between 11am and 2pm in Kigumo, Muriranjas, Kairi and Gitutuini shopping centres respectively.
Particulars of the case were that the accused were arrested when officers from the Board accompanied by police raided their shops in effort to close those operating illegally.
Prosecutor Rodgers Aloo presented confiscated drugs worth hundred thousands of shillings before the court as exhibit.
In their mitigation, they all pleaded for leniency claiming their licenses had expired and they were in process to renew them.
They were each fined KES.60, 000 or in default serve 18 months in prison.
The court ordered that the confiscated drugs to be donated to Murang’a county hospital
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