Woman arrested for selling fake HIV/AIDS cure medicine

By Chisomo Phiri

Malawi Police in the lakeshore district of Mangochi are keeping in custody Mary Julius, 25,on allegations that she was selling gentamicin injection as an HIV/AIDS cure through her TikTok page.

Mangochi Police Spokesperson Inspector Amina Tepani Daudi says Julius was arrested over the weekend at Abuja Bus Depot within the township.

Daudi says the suspect, who bears the TikTok username “Gammora,” had been advertising and offering for sale Gammora injection medicine, claiming that it was the cure for HIV.

She furtherĀ  says Julius was selling and administering a dosage of three bottles at a sum of K120,000 and that a number of HIV patients have been duped by the suspect, which prompted them to report her to the police, leading to her arrest.

“Upon being quizzed, the suspect has revealed that she was buying the gentamicin Injection medication from pharmacies within the town, removed the original stickers, and rebranded them with the Gammora label. Police also found bottles of gentamicin and Gammora stickers in her house,” adds Daudi.

Meanwhile, the medicine has been taken to the medicine laboratory for examination.

The suspect has been charged with being found in possession of medical drugs without a license and theft, and will appear before court after the completion of paperwork.

She hails from Kalonga Village, Traditional Authority Mponda in Mangochi.