Drug vendor escapes jail

BULAWAYO - A  Bulawayo man was lucky to escape jail when he was given an option of a fine after he was caught selling specified medication to a client in the city centre.

Moyo Matsanza, 55, of 160 10th Street in Makokoba who is self employed as a vendor was found in possession of more than 500 sachets of various specified tablets.

Matsanza pleaded guilty to two counts of selling unspecified medication without permit and possessing prescription preparation while not in a class of authorised persons.

He was sentenced to six months in prison or $200 fine when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Tawanda Muchemwa.

The court heard how Matsanza’s luck ran out when detectives from the CID drugs and narcotics saw him selling the drugs to Thabani Nyoni on January 20 at corner Fifth Avenue and George Silundika in the city centre.

Upon approaching the two, the detectives discovered Matsanza had sold 10 doxycycline tablets to Nyoni.

A further body search was done and an assortment of specified medicines was discovered, prosecutor Vivianah Chikomo told the court.

The police further discovered that Matsanza had in his possession tablets which can only be given to patients via prescription yet he was not in a class of authorised persons.

Some of the tablets that the accused was found in possession of include cotrimoxazole, amoxycyline, MMT, Indocin, erythromycin, penicillin, salbutamol in different quantities.

The recovered tablets were forfeited by the State.

Comments (5)

So which is which? specified mnedication? unspecified medication? And doxycycline as well as amoxicillin are formulated as capsules not tablets. please a little more research before running of to print will help

Donald - 27 January 2014

grammar pliz ..........forfeited to the state not buy the state

afhashklh - 27 January 2014

its becoming painfull and people are putting their lives at risk why should i opt for drugs outside without prescription from relevant authorities please . vanhu vakadai ngavasungwe now they are paving a way for fack drugs

ALFRED - 28 January 2014

we are told by Chinamasa and Mugabe that a new economy is emerging. One where everyone is either a part-yime farmer or a street vendor. One where everyone is reduced to destitution and desperation just to put food on the tables. One where ZIMRA or the govt will earn very little, but the corrupt will be very rich! Ndiro bhora mugedhe! Kutongwa nezvipoko kunonetsa mhani!

Tongogara - 28 January 2014

its becoming painfull and people are putting their lives at risk why should i opt for drugs outside without prescription from relevant authorities please . vanhu vakadai ngavasungwe now they are paving a way for fack drugs

ALFRED - 28 January 2014

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