Malawi govt now to regulate liquor sachets production, marketing

Months after the Young Achievers for Development (YAD) petitioned Malawi Parliament to ban production and packaging of liquor in sachets, government has announced it will not allow packaging of liquor in sachets and in quantities lower than the prescribed minimum.

Nankhumwa:  Govt to regulate

Nankhumwa: Govt to regulate

According to government spokesperson Kondwani Nankhumwa, who is also Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture,  this regulation will be published under Section 96 of the Liquor Act as means of enforcing the cabinet decision.

“At its meeting held on 16th February, 2015, Cabinet decided to promulgate regulations under section 96 of the Liquor Act to govern the production, marketing and distribution of liquor.

“The Ministry of Industry and Trade shall work in consultation with Ministries of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Local Government and Rural Development, Health, Labour and Manpower Development, Youth and Sports, Gender, Children and Social Welfare, Home Affairs and Internal Security, Malawi Bureau of Standards and Malawi Revenue Authority in order to enforce compliance,” said Nankhumwa on Tuesday.

YAD petitioned Parliament and asked President Peter Mutharika to use his constitutional powers to ban packaging of spirit liquor in sachets in the country.

According to YAD President Jefferson Milanzie, alcohol is estimated to cause about 20 to 30 percent of oesophageal cancer, liver cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, homicide, epileptic seizures and road traffic accidents worldwide.

“In any country where there is heavy alcohol use, whether on occasion or over extended periods, alcohol related problems can be expected.

“A number of conditions have been identified that by definition are caused by alcohol use, such as alcohol psychosis, alcohol dependence syndrome, alcohol abuse, alcohol polyneuropathy, alcohol cardiomyopathy and alcoholic gastritis,” reads the petition in part.

He also claimed that alcohol packaged in sachets is made from cheaper and unproved ingredients.

“We have lost many youths, others can’t perform as human being. As a country we can’t afford to continue burying alive the youthful generation,” said Milanzie.

Meanwhile, YAD is planning to launch what they call ‘Red Card to sachet alcohol campaign’ in malawi.

To YAD members, Malawi is not a dumping site.

There was no immediate reaction from alcohol manufacturers on the matter, but they are on record to have challenged calls to ban production and packaging of liquor in sachets.

They even obtained a court injunction retraining the Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) not to take action against them.

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41 thoughts on “Malawi govt now to regulate liquor sachets production, marketing”

  1. wilfred malunga says:

    I need government to ban this type of liquaor because problems emanating out of this drink are not reason enough to allow this liquor in big botle why? You are saying the liquor brings illness so why let it come in big and durable botles? Ban this type of the beer oompletely I will agree with you not to be jealousey

  2. mtaya says:

    How many can afford Carlsberg which is ever rising in price, each and every day.Let carlsberg compnay reduce thier price since the price of fuel has been reduced almost twice now, above all even the kwacha has now started gaining power against the U.S dollar but look prices are not being lowed down.We malawians are being taken for granted always.

  3. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    At least on this office work Nankhumwa seems to be working. But as minister responsible for tourism how can he let an investment like the 5 star hotel by Mota Engil slip through his nose. Our fellow countries even in SADC are developing fast, yet Malawi is deteriorating. How can a customary land issue fail the whole ministry. And, including, Ministries of Lands and Housing and Local Government.

  4. changatomba says:

    Komanso inu aboma musangonena kuti ma sacheti okha komanso muwonesese kuti mowa umenewu asakhale ndipulani yoyika mabotolo ndikumagulisa motchipa koma alimasacheti omwewo chifukwa agalu amenewa akutiwonongela tsogolo lathu ngati akufuna azikaphika kwawo zimenezo

  5. Titus Skoti says:

    Thumbs up to the government! However, more work is to be carried out by parents and teachers sensitizing the youths about the dangers of alcohol. Today it may be fun for them to drink, but the generation that will be there in the next fifty years will be a feeble, unhealthy, unproductive, poor and troublesome one. When you see the way minibus drivers behave on the city roads you know what controls their minds. it is this poisonous liquor. It is quick money for the businessmen today koma the danger is, tikuononga mtundu wa aMalawi.
    May I also take the opportunity to ask the clergy to take a leading role in warning the youths about the dangers of such drinks they way they do with HIV/Aids messages. Anawa sakudziwa kuti akuotcha nthutumba, impsyo komanso mphafa zawo and they are slowly or softly killing themselves.

  6. Yankees says:

    Mowa monday to Friday udzimwedwa from 4pm to 12pm to those non 24Hrs pubs, while 24Hrs bars shouild mantain their usual 6pm to 6am scenariol, Sachets and this hard untested standardised liquior must go, inunso a MW beural of Standad mumangoti ngwindi waiting, yet U know and mmakaphulako kenakake kwa amwenyewa, ndinu opusa kwambili mukutionongela ana shupilt, Liquor Gate basi!!! Bravo APM ndizimene tidavotela zimenezo Go Go Go bwana!!!

    1. ayu says:

      Mr man, did you understand or read through the whole story?? nkhani ya ma sachet izi not about MBS but policy, government. the MBS fought for the ban of the sachets through many forums with the government but the government was just interested with money, tax from these manufacturers. when tested against MS 210, a standard for spirits, these products pass. most fail on packaging as they are packaged in sachets. MS210 says all spirits must be packed in glass bottles. most if these manufacturers were chased from Zambia and Zimbabwe when these countries banned these products in their respective countries. the MBS through the Min of Trade tried to warn the government then but couldn’t listen, money was their main interest. the manufacturers later obtained a court injunction when the MBS tried to act on these products. What could MBS do with an injunction hanging at the courts?? Nothing. Greed and love of money on the part of government is what led to all this nonsense

  7. bright says:

    Nkhani ndiyabwino

  8. emmanuel mofolo says:

    The issue here is not about more police officers are taking sachets, its about the law and after it has been drafted then thats when a police officer can enforce it. Be of sound mind when reasonig. The develpment is good so far.

  9. mmang"anja says:

    so are u reducing the price of carlsberg? most of you have bars in your homes loaded with a wide range of liquor. think of the poorest man in the village, he also needs intertainment. nde population ikakwela musazatifunse.

  10. onels says:

    ndiye mudzitipatsa yomwelayotu ndinu

  11. sabiti says:

    A complete ban on satchets is what is very much appropriate

  12. harrinya says:

    timvanso za injuction apa….

  13. Yesaya Dziko says:

    We are talking about sachet only, yet other alcohol substances can still be sold to the youth. We need to preach JESUS to the society for behaviol change

  14. Think Tank says:

    my appeal is to our learned High Court Judges ,please look at Malawi at what she is going though with these satchets. Reject injunction on this one. Those who manufucture this poison drink tea and well brewed alcohol. Reject all the arguments from their lawyers. Our youths are dying slowly.being poisoned

  15. Tunthumbwana tambewa says:

    Ana sakuphunzira ndalama yanthochi pa break akugura masachet(jiraz), azibambo akungotupa zinkhope, chinkhope chamunthu unenepa chonchi koma timiyendo ting’onoting’ono. Azimayiso akudandaura amuna wawo adawayiwala kalekale pano sangakumbukeso mmene amavekera chiyukwa cha jirazi. Zimenezi ziyambe mawa lachinayi bwanji? Maburundi ndiwo anyanya uhulitsa jirazi kwa ana asukulu. Ma video show muikeso lamulo wapezeka walowetsa ana osakwana 18yrs azimangidwa zukulepheretsa ana kusukulu.

  16. malawi says:

    Am supotn de point of jx razn de price nt completly baninin it

  17. Mmodziyenkha says:

    There is no story without but,unless there is one, couldnt be sweet poizon.

  18. Gimbogo says:

    Ban the sachets don’t even think of regulating

  19. Sothini. says:

    early 80s-90s, when govt said no, especially to something which had bad results, l remember of Bibida, the stakeholders understud, thistime policies are not effective atall.

  20. I like the decision and The Executive should pay a deaf ear to any contrary idea.

  21. Jack Ruby says:

    Its now 3 yrs since Zambia banned sachets and its fine,dont know why it has taken so long to enforce the ban in Malawi,is it because a lot of Police officers drink sachets? Or the Asian producers bribe govt officials

  22. M'Malawi Wokwiya' says:

    Much as the calling for sachet ban is loud and strong, I choose to differ because the solution to alcoholic sachets is not to ban them. Obviously the calling is not in the best interest of Malawi’s economy. The answer is to raise the price of sachets so that it becomes accessible only to those with money. MRA should work hard and find a way of taxing and collecting the right figures from anybody involved in the manufacturing, distribution and selling of sachets. Sachets can contribute effectively to the economy of this country but there is need to change game plan and uncover areas which are making sachets to be cheap.

  23. Tengupenya says:

    Alternative method is to target consumers and convince them not to buy the product

    1. Gogo says:

      Remove satchet packets so that children are not able to carry alcohol in pockets while at school in homes big containers are can discouragge children to carry alcohol in classes and homes

  24. prinquo says:

    mukalesa ndesopano ife tizimwa chani?

    1. Udzimwa fanta iwe timuikanso mmasachet

  25. wakukaya says:

    That is what is needed in our beloved country Malawi

  26. Mwama Du says:

    This a very good development. I wish it happens tomorrow.

  27. bigman munthu waMulungu says:

    thats welcome idea. now as for you manufactures of such kind of deadly liquor,why injuction!

  28. Patrick says:

    Seriously Malawi has been marked the poorest country in the whole world and alcohol is one of the main contributors to Malawi economy and now Hon. Nankhumwa wants to ban the production of alcohol,I guess this man doesn’t feel the pain Malawians are feeling cause if he stops alcohol then Malawi’s economy will continue to go down and a lot of people will loose work,please Hon Nankhumwa stop thinking about yourself and now start to think about our fellow Malawians.

    1. sukutumpwelembwe says:

      # PATRICK
      HOW CAN ALCOHOL CONTRIBUTE TO THE ECONOMY OF MALAWI AND YET MOST OF THE YOUTH INCLUDING YOURSELF ARE BUSY DRINKING AND NO PRODUCTION TO THE COUNTRY?
      KODI IWE NDI ANZAKO AMENE MUKULIMBIKIRA ZAUTSILU ZAMOWA WAMUMA SACHETIWU , WHAT DO YOU DO FOR YOUR LIVING?
      IN THE TIME OF DR. BANDA THERE WERE NOTHING LIKE BEER SACHETS AND WERE WE RATED TO HAVE THE WORST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD LIKE TODAY? TAPITANI PA ZAMBIA POMPA MUKAWONE M’MENE AKUPANGIRA FAIR ATACHOTSA ZIMOWA ZAMUMASACHETIZO ?PLEASE LEARN TO BE PRODUCTIVE AND NOT DESTRUCTIVE

  29. hohoba says:

    thumbs up Boma

  30. aphiri says:

    Have u ever find an Indian drinking sachets? Be careful we ll perish all of us

  31. THOPYA says:

    Thanks , that’s what I have been praying for .

  32. CHIYAMBA says:

    GOVT SHOULD ALSO BAN SELLING OF BEER FROM 6 am to 1pm. if malawi is to develop. Govt should also close completely all unlicenced drinking joints. let the help as they do (close beer clubs). people should go and work first then do the rest after 1 pm.

    1. Truth says:

      With you on this one. Works ok in TZ and Botswana. Here you find that people are already drunk by 9 am. Very unproductive habits

  33. Lazy Tiger says:

    Thats the new Malawi we need!!!!

  34. Patriot says:

    Just BAN that shit basi

  35. dangira says:

    Mwawanthu nkhamwechi pera? Apa ndiye zavuta koma poti atiukira ndiomwe timamwa nawo pano iwo aliku cabinet…. Tiona basi

  36. ASAAAAA….CAN SOMEONE PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT SACHETS? FOR YOU PEOPLE LIVING IN UPSCALE AREAS THIS MAY JUST BE A STORY. YOU GO INTO LOCATIONS AND YOU SEE THE DAMAGE BEING DONE TO THE YOUTH. SOONER OR LATER DONT BE SURPRISES IF MALAWI IS AGAIN NO. 1 IN THE WORLD IN ALCOHOL ABUSE, ON TOP OF BEING THE POOREST!

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