‘Rat on the highway’ man on the run after police raid his chemist
By Wanja Waweru
A man who gained fame in 2016 after being captured on camera protesting his arrest for drunk driving by traffic cops is now on the run after his pharmacy was discovered to be unlawfully stocked with Sh5 million worth of government medications.
On Sunday night, the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) conducted a search at Mr. Alex Sadi’s Kadunguni Pharmacy in Mtwapa, Mombasa, and seized drugs.
Dennis Otieno, the head of the agency’s Crime Investigations and Enforcement Unit, claimed that they had learned of unlawful activity at the pharmacy.
“We have been in Mombasa for the last week for our routine inspections and on Sunday we were within the Mtwapa area. The person is well known and we have been gathering intelligence on him,” he said.
According to Mr Otieno, the store has a storage facility at the back where they found the goods.
“Upon entering the pharmacy, we headed to the storage area which was open and found a number of medical items branded Kemsa GoK,” he said.
Among medical items recovered were disposable boxes for sharps, disposable bags, ARVs, Fluconazole, Flucoxacillin and Paracetamol tablets all labeled Kemsa GOK.
“The owner of the pharmacy is a well-established person who witnesses reported stocking the drugs. If we had impounded him earlier on, we would have also found Augmentin labelled Kemsa, which we were told he had already sold by the time we arrived,” added Mr Otieno.
The PPB team is working with the area’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers to pursue Mr Sadi who managed to escape the raid.