The Lusaka Magistrates Court has fined a man of Kanyama township K2, 000 for running an unregistered pharmacy and failure to keep records of allied substances.
In sentencing Gift Daka, 23, Resident Magistrate Alice Walusiku said Daka would serve six months imprisonment if he fails to pay the fine.
Daka was facing two counts. In the first count, he was charged with operating an unregistered pharmacy or health shop contrary to the laws of Zambia.
Particulars of offence were that Daka trading as A.G Enterprise Drug Store between April 1, 2015 and June 10, 2015 in Lusaka unlawfully operated an unregistered pharmacy or health shop.
In the second, Daka was charged with failure to keep records of allied substances contrary to the laws of Zambia.
Particulars of offence are that Gift Daka trading as A.G Enterprise Drug in Lusaka failed to keep records of two pairs of sterile latex surgical gloves and one roll of absorbent cotton gauze
When the matter came up for sentencing yesterday, Magistrate Walusiku said the K1, 500 fine was for operating an unregistered pharmacy while K500 was for failure to keep records of allied substances.
Magistrate Walusiku said operating an unregistered pharmacy was illegal and was putting lives of people at risk.
She said Daka could have followed the law when setting up the pharmacy and could have consulted the Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) which was mandated to regulate the sale of drugs before engaging in such business.
Ms Walusiku said Daka should blame himself on his sentencing because he knew that it was wrong to do business without following the law.
She also ordered that the medicines and sterile latex surgical gloves should be surrendered to the State so that they could be destroyed while the cloth gauze should be surrendered so that it could be donated to a Government clinic for use.
In mitigation, Daka pleaded with the court to be lenient because he was a breadwinner as his mother and father were sickly and that he was looking after young children.
ZAMRA prosecutor Kabika Muwanei said upon conducting an inspection of the shop it was established that Daka did use it as a pharmacy or health shop without registering it with ZAMRA.
“The accused failed to provide records of two pairs of sterile latex surgical gloves and one roll of absorbent cotton gauze that were found with him, the gloves and absorbent cotton gauze were found to be the property of the Ministry of Health,” he said.