3 Indians fined K0.5mil for illegal production and selling of liquour

The Nkukula Magistrate Court in Lilongwe on Monday convicted and fined three  Malawians of Indians  origin after they were found guilty of illegal production and selling of liquor sachets.

Trio fined by court

The three were arrested in September and appeared before court on Monday 2nd October 2017 where they pleaded guilty to all the two charges levelled against each of them thus that of failure to comply with the provisions of Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) Act as well as selling of liquor in plastic bottles which is contrary to Section 44 (9) and Section 27 (3) of MBS Act.

State Police Prosecutor Sergeant Vasco Magwaya from Kanengo Police told the court that the three namely Patrick Patel (40), Ragesn Raju Kanumuri (31) and Vishwath Reddy (29) who were running JAISAI Investiment  got arrested during the night of between 9th and 10th of September following a joint operation between Police and MBS Officers around Kanengo Industrial Site.

During the exercise 19 jerrycanes containing 460 litres of super strong liquour packed in 973 cartons were confisticated.

After all the suspects pleaded guilty to the charges, First Grade Magistrate Cecilia Onsewa proceeded to slap the three with a K500,000.00 fine or in default spend three years in jail.

In 2015, activists pushed for the ban of liquor satchets after noticing that the beer was accessible even to school going children.

The Malawi Parliament thereafter followed suit by enacting a law banning the selling of liquor in plastic bottles.

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These injuns were supposed to be jailed without an option of a fine even if it was just for 1 month. That would have taught them a lesson rather this stupid fine of less than $1,000.00!

waoza phiri

I deplore the bad of plastic bottle liquor as the scarce of cheap liquor has forced a boom of Kachaso production and consumption. Now each town cheap has two or more kachasu distillers with huge patronage. Lets see if Chokazinga and MBS have balls to crackdown on Kachasu

rabecca masina

what is 500,000.00 after all. kma amalawi simudzatheka

Mopiya Mulupare

The much needed investors?

Nox Nthambi

After all the noise that parliament and MBS made on this liquor, 500,000 kwacha is the only fine that the court can fine these Indians. Much as courts have levels in terms of grades/fine limit I think the war is yet to won on this beer called midoli.

mercy phiri

I think we still have a lot of homework to do because after banning these liquors, those who brew Kachasu have also intensified their businesses. Can someone come to area 36/phwetekere and just see how young Malawians are being destroyed because of kachasu.


Useless laws. They can not ban kachasu which is more harmful and much more available to the majority. Fools!!!


I suggest the courts should rule that they should drink their concoction as punishment. Amwe 973 cartoons okha, tiwone ngati safa naye. Why are these creatures bent on killing Africans

Isaac Kazanga

These people want to kill the young Malawian generation so that they easily rule us. The Midoli staff is really dangerous and young men have died or they have become useless. I support the suggestion that they should in future be forced to drink themselves or the staff be given to their youth. Talakwanji nanga abale? Kodi ife titapita ku India angatilore kuchita nkhanza zimenezi?

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