Malawi Bureau of Standards, Police burn illicit liquor, fake and expired products: Suspects arrested

In a bid to crack down on the illegal sell of liquor spirits packed in plastic bottles, police in conjunction with the Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBShas  burnt K6 million worth of the beverage and also destroyed various products which were found counterfeit while others were found passed their expiry date in different shops within Lilongwe.

Some of expired and counterfeit products. Picture by Daniel Namwini

Some of expired and counterfeit products. Picture by Daniel Namwini

Some of expired and counterfeit products. Picture by Daniel Namwini

Some of expired and counterfeit products burnt by police Picture by Daniel Namwini

The Burundian–Ndiho Alphonse–and a Malawian–Alex Paul–were arrested and later released on bail for being owners of the illicit beer nicknamed ‘kill me fast’ for quickly getting people drunk. The beer is mostly sought after by low income earners..

The two have since been fined K500 000 for contravening the MBS Act Number 14 of 2012 and the subsequent ban of the spirits packaged in illegal plastic bottles.

If found guilty, the two are likely to serve three years in jail

Chikwawa police station publicist Foster Benjamin told Nyasa Times that the products were intercepted by officers manning the checkpoint at Thabwa in the district.

“A total of 300 cartons which comprised of 1,200 bottles of the illicit beer were set alight between the grounds of district council and police in an operation which had attracted scores of people,” he said.

He said according to an official from MBS, the two are likely to serve three years in jail.

In Lilongwe, police destroyed some of the expired products which includes Heins tinned beans, mayonnaise, biscuits, Ingram’s Camphor Creams, Monis grape juice, Jungle Oats, Halls fruit juice and dish-wash liquid.

The Police intercepted the counterfeit products during an exercise popularly termed AFIYA; a Swahili term which means health.

The cops carried out this operation in various locations within the city such as Chigwirizano, Area 24, Chinsapo, and Mtandire.

The Police carried out the operation in collaboration with other stakeholders such as Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA), Copyright Society of Malawi (COSOMA), Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS), and Pharmacy Medicines and Poisons Board.

According to Central Region Police Spokesperson, Superintendent Nolliettie Chihana Chimala, several individuals were arrested for various offences during the exercise.

“We have managed to arrest 12 suspects with different offences such as piracy, found in possession of counterfeit products, operating business without documents, conducting pharmacy business without license,” she said.

Some of the suspects arrested were identified as Eunice Phande 33, from Devete village, Traditional Authority (TA) Chindi, Mzimba, Ken Nyirenda 33, Chiweta village, TA Mwamulowe, Rumphi, Abel Chande 25, Mwauluka village TA Makanjira, Mangochi.

Madalitso Gauti 21, Liphava Village, TA Makwangwala, Ntcheu, Somaliya Elias 20, Juma village, T/A Liwonde, Machinga; Maliamu Jafali,30 years, Jumbe village, TA Makanjira, Mangochi, Steila Masada 25, Kawiya village, TA Malili, Lilongwe, Mwai Dila, 29, Mew village, TA Mwambo, Zomba,

John Mayeso 40, Misolo village, TA Chowe, Mangochi, King Jelomy 40, a Democratic Republic of Congo citizen Rodrick Ntchomo 30, Mtambo village, TA Kabudula, Lilongwe and  Yamikani Nawanga, 25 years, Chimpesa village, TA Mpama, Chiradzulo.

In a separate interview with one of the business lady who opted not to be named said they operating a business without documents in Area 24 markets in the city because it is expensive to have documents such as business license.Additional reporting by Daniel Namwini, Mana

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Mada
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Mada

Surprisingly most of the illegal business in the country are owned by foreigners, this simply mean that security and law enforcement is weak. Now news of hard drugs business is common in areas of Lilongwe city and Nigerians are the most involved, they are in our locations getting rich and rich but their work or business remains unknown. I hope the Foreign Affairs Ministry will act, we want to live in a security free and healthy nation.

Chriss
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Chriss

MBS go to shoprite also

Samuel
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Samuel

MBS why are you silent on soft drinks like coke, fanta, cocopina, shlyplum utc. We are given a raw deal. Please act on this company

Mhone
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Mhone

were chemical and microbe test done on products to ascertain if indeed expired. Expiry date printed on product is just a number for caution but does not necessary certify that a product is reached end of life. some unfortunate product expires even way before the specified date

Alhomwe Genuine
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Alhomwe Genuine

K500,000 may not be enough when compared to the damage done to the lives of the many Malawians who might have already consumed the expired goods which are also mostly smuggled into the country. Government might have to sooner or later spend a lot to cure those consumers who are likely to get sick from the consumption of the expired products. Don’t we have deterrent legal provisions which can be meted out to the perpetrators other than the K500, 000 which in my view is just too little? Life is precious and we allow these people to continur killing us… Read more »

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