Shire Highlands Hotel suspended – Malawi Bureau of Standards

The Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) has with immediate effect suspended operations of Shire Highlands Hotel situated in Limbe.

Shire Highlands Hotel

Shire Highlands Hotel

Suspended Shire Highlands Hotel

Suspended Shire Highlands Hotel

MBS on Monday said the hotel has been stopped from offering its services to the public due to non compliance with hygienic conditions.

Malawi Standard Number 21; Food and Food Processing Units – Code Of Hygienic Conditions- empowers the bureau to close down institutions that do not comply with stipulated hygienic conditions.

“The MBS wishes to advise the general public against patronizing Shire Highlands Hotel situated in Limbe until the hygienic conditions have been improved and the suspension lifted by the MBS,” reads in part MBS’s statement.

Shire highlands is a second hotel to face the wrath of MBS following Malawi Sun Hotel and Conference Centre Bakery situated at Ginnery Corner in Blantyre which was also closed
down by the bureau last week due to non compliance to hygienic conditions.

Recently, MBS also suspended operations of Bakers Pride (New) Bakery (bread and Bun)
located in Area 3, behind Lilongwe Post Office due to non compliance to hygienic conditions.

Superior Halaal Meats Butchery, Superior Food Market – Catering Services, and Superior Food
Market Bakery (Bread and Bans), Situated at the North Gate Arcade along the Masauko
Chipembere Highway in Blantyre was also recently closed down by MBS for failing to comply with hygienic conditions.

And in the past week, MBS in conjunction with Police, Health and Environmental officials disposed off Spirituous liquor packed in plastic bottles at the Mwanza district disposal site as well as in Muloza in Mulanje district.

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30 thoughts on “Shire Highlands Hotel suspended – Malawi Bureau of Standards”

  1. Tim says:

    THAT IS WHAT MALAWI CALLS A HOTEL?

    DOG HOTELS IN THE USA ARE OF A MUCH SUPERIOR STANDARD!

    MY DOG WOULD NOT ENTER MUCH LESS EAT FOOD THERE!

    CLOSE ALL OF THEM DOWN

  2. Unjikani says:

    Bwinotu kwatsala amenewa azibwera mzipinda mwathu nkumapanga suspend every service offered there due to unhygienic conditions kkkkkkk lol

  3. namasina says:

    What about Chilembwe Lodge? Last time I was there there were ants in the rooms and blocked shower rooms!

  4. Zinja says:

    is that what you call hotel really serious?????// no!!! no!!!! no!! that’s death trap

  5. Bristone Mabichi says:

    Bravo MBS!! This is progress, people should not just be interested in making money at the expense of peoples health, I mean those in the food and beverage industries.

  6. Wa BB says:

    So its Health for the Rich only? As others have already asked. When you going to places like Ndirande, Zingwangwa, Chigwiri…….?

  7. Zilani says:

    I wish we had such a bureau to suspend DPP from running this country.

  8. Modie longwe says:

    And most of these owners are Asians.too much uchisi

  9. Ze Roberto says:

    Good job Devin Chokazinga and team. At least there a sense of regulation. Please continue the good work to protect unsuspecting Malawi citizens.

  10. namasina says:

    With respect to the owner who is no longer here, the place was no better then than it is now

  11. Mphwache says:

    Way to go, Devlin. Hit them more – Sportsman Bar at Mt. Soche has big rats as big as my knee.

    1. November Rain says:

      Am not sure that you are sure that we are sure how big your knee is. Are you/we?
      Coz ine ndaonapo miyendo ndi maondo ochepa kuposa diameter ya mimba ya rat mukukamba apayu. Nde the reference to your knee is not as informative.

  12. MAVURUVURU NATHAKHURU says:

    MBS, the Suspension is overdue and not enough. You should have just closed the place.
    I once slept there but was shocked to see that the room had no running water which was a serious healthy hazard. There was also no electricity as there were no Units. Very Sad.

  13. Observer says:

    Please inspect all lodges in Malawi.

  14. namasina says:

    Well well I am not surprised! We stayed there me and my family but had to move out after only one night! The toilets were stinking and when we pointed out these issues, the staff ,including labourers who worked there, came at the reception ready to do battle with us ! We vowed not to go there again and told our friends as well.That place used to be nice when it was in the hands of the previous owners.The trouble with Malawi business owners is that they really do not know how to maintain, in this case,the standards of hotel management. That place should be closed altogether. It will take someone with the knowhow of hotel management to restore the glory of Shire Highlands!

  15. mlauzi says:

    A few months I made the mistake of having a meal at this place. I thought it was just like old times. I was shocked with the filthy state of the toilets and I knew it was just a matter of time before the authorities pounced.

  16. Gerald says:

    IF MSB WAS REALLY SERIOUS THEY WOULD CLOSE ALL THE LODGES IN MALAWI..
    IF THE TOURISM DEPARTMENT WAS SERIOUS THEY WOULD CLOSE MOST IF NOT ALL THE GUEST HOUSES, BACKPACKER LODGES AND NUMEROUS HOTELS IN THE COUNTRY..
    MOST OF THESE PLACES ARE NOT FIT FOR DOGS.. IN FACT WHEN I PUT MY DOGS IN A DOGGIE HOTEL IN USA THEY ARE FAR ABOVE THE STANDARDS OF THE HOTELS AND LODGES IN MALAWI..

    A FAILED STATE!….

  17. Gra Mta says:

    Serious Mwaitha Akumawonjeza

  18. Dr Manga says:

    THE CLOSURE IS WELCOME BUT MBS SHOULD NOT ONLY PROTECT RICH PEOPLE .MOST OF PLACES THEY INSPECT ARE IN URBAN AREAS YET WE HAVE A LOT OF RESTAURANTS WITH UNHYGIENIC CONDITIONS IN RURAL AREAS. WHY DONT MBS INSPECT AND CLOSE LOCAL RESTAURANTS IN AREAS WITH A LOT OF POOR PEOPLE LIKE MBAYANI,CHEMUSA NTANDIRE,NDIRANDE,ZOLOZOLO ETC.

    IN THESE AREAS WE HAVE THINGS LIKE COOKING OIL WHICH IS NOT PACKAGED AND NOT SUITABLE FOR CONSUMPTION .THATS WHY WE HAVE A SICK NATION BECAUSE WE ARE EXPOSED TO SUBSTANDARD FOODS WHICH ARE HAZARDOUS TO OUR HEALTH.

    DOES MBS INPECT AND CERTIFY BREWERS OF BEERS LIKE KACHASU,CHIKOKEYANI AND OTHER LOCAL BEERS.

    WE APPRECIATE THE EFFORTS BY MBS BUT WE HAVE A LOT OF FOOD AND NON FOOD ITEMS WHICH ARE BELOW STANDARD AND IF MBS IS TO ACHIEVE ITS GOALS THEY SHOULD REFLECT AND SEE IF THEY ARE REALLY HELPING POOR MALAWIANS.

  19. Kabinda says:

    Kwawiliratu.

  20. Gwape says:

    Mukuitha a Chokazinga Big up we nid more ppo like u

  21. johni says:

    I recently went to this hotel and I was wondering why it is still being called a hotel. It is no better than any run down Lunzu rest house. The place has been abandoned not even neglected.

  22. The Analyst says:

    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O
    “What can go wrong, will possibly go wrong.” – Murphy’s Law

    Reading the story you are greeted with Shire Highlands thinking that they are too big or too important to even have their operations suspened by anybody.
    . . . While they well know the cost of non-compliace with the law and rules, people often underestimate the probability of being caught doing wrong/not-complying.
    . . . But truth is, if caught, the once-off cost/payment for non-compliance is more often than not; significantly higher than the cumulative benefits of non-compliace or cost of compliance. You can read the case of Enron (American Energy company), and you will understand.
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    . . . For Shire Highlands, in the short-run, revenue is lost as they remain suspended. In the medium to long-run, business will be uncertain as people (anthu enieni tu) will think twice or trice before making a decision to consume their services. This is no small cost, good people!
    . . . The wisest thing one can do therefore; is simply comply or do right – as individuals or as business entities; not just because we are afraid of the consequences, but because we know that doing right, is the right thing to do.
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    This is very commendable MBS and whoever is at the helm of this institution needs a pat on the back.
    . . . you see, its not that this issue of non-compliance with hygienic standards is new – it’s been there and known but drowned in the sea of language which only the hands and pockets understand.
    . . . We just hope they will be consistent in space and time; and continue to apply this blind justice for the good of Malawi. Otherwise, it will be painful for some of us to realise later that tidafupa chinyau chosavina when you become bribable.
    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O

  23. Desire Gracious says:

    That’s true the Hotel is not even good please poor standards take it to mtopwa township

  24. sikusinja says:

    Kodi whose standards are MBS interested in. The rich only?
    Because if hygienic conditions were very important I dont think BT Market should be open at all.
    How about these people who cook chips chapachiwaya? Are you saying those are more hygeinic than places like superior halaal, Malawi Sun, Bakers pride etc. How about these people who sell vegetables and other foods next to heaps of rubbish.

  25. therere says:

    bad development, you want to say the demise of the owner there is no one to meet these standards

  26. Winyo Chikapa says:

    It’s high time this action took place. The name hotel does not befit this colonial lodging place.
    Bravo to MBS for this action but I would like to urge MBS to exercise this sort of action to all service providers not just selected few.
    For example MBS has received various complaints concerning products from Carlsberg Malawi / Southern Bottlers but there has been no stern action against this company. Consumers have found pieces of wood, trash etc in unopened bottles and reported to MBS but nothing has happened.
    Could consumer association of Malawi and MBS take this seriously and protect consumers.

  27. ellias mponda says:

    mmmmmmmmmmmm?

  28. ellias mponda says:

    Good move! Health for all by the year 2020

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