Cement mixed with soil: Crooks duping construction sector in Malawi

Some dishonest traders are busy packing compromised cement mixed with soil in Lafarge’s used DuraCrete bags and selling it.

Members of the construction sector have been complaining about the practice which is rampant in Area 25, Kawale, Lilongwe Old Town, Likuni, Area 49, Zomba, Ndirande, Bangwe, Blantyre Bus Stands, Machinjiri and Limbe.

The practice has led to losses of many from builders and other consumers who are involved in construction projects such as homes,
schools and various community development projects.

Some cement being mixed with soil
Some cement being mixed with soil

Such developments has prompted local cement producer Lafarge to make public appeal calling for information leading to discovery and arrests of those selling the fake cement.

“The tampered bags have weak seals, easy to peel and you may notice traces of glue. Genuine bags have very strong seals. You may struggle to open or peel off the seal. Attempts to open the seal shall break or tear it. The fake cement bags are also underweight and most of the times not full,” Lafarge says.

The company says Malawians must always buy cement from appointed distributors who are identified by Lafarge signage and that brands are also found in chain stores such as AGORA, Kulima Gold, Chipiku and ATC.

Lafarge strongly warns everyone involved in theses act that they will be tracked, exposed and prosecuted for such illegal and unethical


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