Total compliance on liquor sachets ban, urges Malawi Bureau of Standards

Following the recent ban on liquor sachets by government, the Malawi Bureau of Standards (MSB) has said it will now work will all law enforcing agencies to ensure that liquor sachets are history in the country.

Man enjoys sachet liquor

Man enjoys sachet liquor

Sachet liquor banned in Malawi

Sachet liquor banned in Malawi

MSB Director General Davlin Chokazinga said his organization is expecting total compliance by liquor manufacturers as a sign that they are law abiding corporate citizens of this country.

“Following High Court ruling (Judgment) Case No. 18 of 2011 in favour of the Malawi Bureau of Standards (respondent) on the 11th February 2015, manufacturing, packaging and sale of liquor is illegal in Malawi.

“It is against this background that all manufacturers of liquor shall comply with Cap 51:02 as stipulated in the Malawi Standard MS 210:1990,” said Chokazinga.

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

Following the decision, Government is not allowing the packaging of liquor in sachets and in quantities lower than the prescribed minimum.

Industry and Trade Minister Joseph Mwanamvekha has said liquor in sachets is a social and health problem, as well as an economic issue.

“If we do business as usual, we will lose a generation, because sachets are now being consumed even in schools,” Mwanamvekha asserted.

While there is the ban, small shops in townships and residential areas continue cash in on liquor sachets as people – especially the poor – continue to demand it.

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Kkhomererana basi osangotisiya tizimwa bwanji… Mesa they pay nsonkho a lot

Ernest Banda

MBS good move

…Frankly speeking,We are just jubilating on the ban of sachets without checking whats on the market.If we are to think critically we are to see that it should not be an issue of sachets but the package quantity and price…The sachet price was around K80 – 100,now the manufactures have just changed into packaging the hard drinks in small bottles that are sold for K180.00…Really?? are we making any progress in the fight against this deadly drinks?…You mean even a standard 1 pupil can fail to have K180.00 to buy this?…..I SERIOUSLY THINK WE NEED TO DO MUCH AS A… Read more »

Let’s not create a sachet generation,the fine should above a million not K1000


Good move


What about Kachasu?. It can make more sense if close monitor and such regulations extend to rural areas where brewers are around children. The young ones are given Kachasu to sleep e.t.c


thats agood move big up to malawi b of standards.

take care malawi

The only solution to protect our lives is to close all the companies that produce all forms of intoxicating drinks. Failing which, the young men are dying.




We kno the move!calsberg n chibuku akupasan ndrama coz we nearly lost them…..koma Malawi sasiya kuwaza ma rider…ngat mukufuna tsitsan mitengo ya mowa winao or make it Fr free

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