Four suspects have been arrested in the running counties of Nandi and Elgeyo Marakwet in connection with administering prohibited substances to Kenyan athletes.
Over the weekend, the Multi Agency enforcement team led by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK), Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) together with the Pharmacy and Poison Board inspectors raided two premises suspected to be promoting doping.
According to ADAK in a statement they said that acting on intelligence about a pharmacy used for unlawful purposes such as storage and administering prohibited substances with the intent of doping.
“The pharmacy by the name KAPSABET RIVERVIEW PHARMACY is located within Kapsabet town, a search was conducted in the premise and it was discovered that the three suspects were operating a Clinic without a license, without medical records, using Kapsabet County Government letters head and other documents. Also the certificate of registration is questionable. The three suspects were booked and documentation done and later released on a cash bail of Ksh 20,000/- each so as to give the Multi Agency investigating team time to verify the documents, licenses and health officers certificates so that they may prefer the right charges against the three accused persons,” read the statement .
It further stated: “It is wrong for a person who uses premises as a health institution whose premises are not licensed as a health institution commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding ten million shillings or imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to both.”
In Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County, the same team raided a chemist by the name KIRECH PHARMACY which is within Iten township and found one pharmtech by the name James Cheruiyot Kipsainai administering suspected prohibited substances to an athlete by the name Koech Aden Kipkosgei.
“Samples of blood and urine were collected from the athlete, scene documented, the pharmacist taken and booked at Iten police Station for the offence of Unlawfully administering prohibited substances to an athlete c/sec 42(4)(b) of the Anti Doping Act and further interrogation while the athlete will face rule violation as per Sec 42(6) of the Anti Doping Act. Also the Pharmacy was closed by Pharmacy and Poison Board as per their Act,” read part of the statement.
Following the two instances, the Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba has hailed the team for the breakthrough saying that the fight has to go on and should not be a media show in arresting the suspects.
“The multi-agency has shown that it is possible to end the menace and have zero recordings in terms of doping in the next few months,” said Namwamba.