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Court fines businessman over illegally imported medicines

A LUSAKA businessman has been fined K100,000 for being in possession of 480 bottles of Benylin with Codeine worth K72,000 suspected to have been illegally imported in the country.

Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority senior public relations officer Christabel Iliamupu said this is in a matter where the authority took Humphrey Mushili, 35, a resident of Woodlands Chalala, to court for importing medicines without an import permit and failure to produce records for 480 bottles of Benylin with codeine contrary to section 35 (1) (3) and Section 58 (2) (d) of the medicines and allied substances Act (No.3) of 2013.

Iliamupu stated that Mushili appeared before magistrate Mutinta Mwenya in Kafue district on November 1, 2019 and pleaded not guilty.

She stated that trial commenced which led to Mushili being convicted on March 18, 2020 and fined K100,000 on two counts in default 18 months’ imprisonment with hard labour.

“As ZAMRA, we wish to issue a stern warning to all those engaging in illegal importation and sale of medicinal and allied substances to refrain from such vices or risk being prosecuted. We remain committed and steadfast in ensuring that only medicines which meet the set standards are legally imported and placed on the Zambian market so as to protect the health of the Zambian people,” stated Iliamupu.

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