Malawi Police confiscate liquor sachets, close shops

The growing number of youths taking illegal liquor sachets around Nkhotakota has forced the police in the district to respond to public out-cry to confiscate thousands of heaps of such sachets and close some shops.

Young man enjoying liquor  satchet

Young man enjoying liquor satchet

The police have also arrested eight people for illegally operating the shops that were selling the illicit sachets.

Just like in other districts, the number of young boys and girls taking sachets in Nkhotakota and its surrounding areas has become a serious issue following the rampant shops selling the sachets.

This week Nkhotakota Police, led by its Crime Station Officer Senior Superintendent Mwiza Nyoni, embarked on an operation aimed at confiscating all liquor-sachets which were being sold illegally and arrested eight suspects for operating liquor-shops without licenses.

The exercise was conducted at Nkhotakota Boma and old market, Kalimanjira and Mkaika Trading Centres, among other areas.

The operation followed a series of meetings the police has been holding with people who are complaining about the trend of shops owners who are selling the sachets to youthful school going children.

Some people are operating such shops near school premises a development that enhances the increase of sachets intake by students who end up dropping from school.

According to Nyoni the exercise will continue until change is achieved in the district which has seen the number of teenagers indulging in crime increase sharply over the few months.

Nyoni said out of the eight suspects, one is a woman while the rest are men including a Burundian national.

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a polisi opepera inu why nkhotakota only ku limbe market bwanji. operation yanu yopepera that why mumakhala timanyumba tangati toilet. apolisi akuba. masana operation ya masacheti usiku mukuwate anyamata omwa masacheti akakuthandizeni kuphwanya manyumba agalu inu

Msangaambe Phiri

Corrupt Government officials you failing to hit a nail on its head by closing those companies which manufacture those sachets.Bcz they pay tax and on top of that they pay top officials for their illegal business of these sachets.Leave those small stinking shops to operate bcz they are not the cause of the problem.

Msangaambe Phiri

very stupid operation,why leaving behind manufacturers if you really intending to stop this.The police are directionless as Government,lack of consultation.


Extend the operation in all districts


Why dealing with the ones who are selling instead of closing the companies .


Mbava zimenezo. Zizikamwa izo ndani sadziwa izi?

Reuben Jere

Dats Gud


Please this compain should continue and other districts to follow suit. Watch out for brundians and Asians.


It’s illegal because the beer is put in sachets. But if the put it bottles it be legal.

Or its illegal because most consumers are young people but if adult consumes it’s acceptable.

Please, explain why its illegal.. Is it substandard?


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