National Democratic Congress NDC Secretary General Mwenya Musenge has asked Government to immediately suspend all officials at the centre of the theft of drugs at medical stores limited.
According to the Global Funds, drugs worth over one million united States dollars have gone missing at the medical stores in a period of over two years.
Mr. Musenge is demanding that Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya releases a detailed report on the theft of the drugs in question.
Mr. Musenge has further expressed concern on why the Zambian Government has remained mute over the medical stores saga.
The NDC Secretary General is asking Government investigative wings to expedite investigations into the medical stores scandal.
He added that all erring officers at the centre of the scandal be prosecuted.
Mr. Musenge has also asked the Drug Enforcement Commission DEC Anti money laundering unit to forfeit all properties and monies from persons involved in the missing of public drugs.
The NDC Secretary General is demanding for accountability in the management of donor funds and drug supplies.
He added that President Edgar Lungu should not hesitate to fire any senior Government officials linked to the disappearance of drugs at the medical institution.
Mr. Musenge added that there is need to put in place stringent measures to curb the pilferage of drugs in public health institutions.
According to the Global Funds, the pilfered drugs mainly ARVs were sold to private health institutions with some being sold to the Congo.
The Global Funds is demanding that the Zambian Government pays back the stolen funds.
The supplies stolen include 5,790 HIV test kits valued at US$416,379 and 67,967 bottles of antiretrovirals (ARVs) valued at US$423,209 and bottles of antiretrovirals (ARVs) including 11,442 artemisinin-based combination therapy packs (ACTs) valued at US$214,486 and malaria rapid diagnostic test kits (MRDTs) valued at US$10,714.
The investigation also found that stock quantities recorded in Medical Stores Limited’s electronic warehouse management system were negatively adjusted to reflect missing stock identified during annual stock takes.
The Global Funds says these losses are noncompliant expenditure, as per the terms and conditions of the relevant Global Fund grant agreements and concluded that internal controls at Medical Stores were ineffective and resulted in multiple opportunities for theft and misappropriation of assets.
Issued by: Misheck Moyo. NDC National Chairperson Media and Member of the Central Committee.