Health Minister Confirms Global Fund Medical Store Thieves Are In Custody


Zambian Health Minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya has revealed that seven suspects have been arrested over the theft of drugs and medical supplies at Medical Stores valued at US$ 1 million.

Dr Chilufya criticised social media bloggers who have blamed the government for the scandal and described them as rumour mongers who lack effort in finding out the truth.

Addressing a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday, Dr Chilufya said seven suspects have been apprehended, some of whom where employees of Medical Stores Limited over the scandal. Dr Chilufya said a further two Congolese nationals, have also been arrested and that they are appearing in the courts of law.

The Health Minister also disclosed that existing security contractor was terminated and a new one engaged and that the Zambian Police Service has been deployed at all Medical Stores Limited Warehouses in Lusaka.

He said all high value products are under kept under stringent lock and key and retained in severely restricted areas.

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