Malawi Revenue Authority destroys K3m Zambian Chibuku Super

Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) destroyed 910 cases of counterfeit Chibuku Super beers the authority had earlier seized from smugglers around Lilongwe City.

Fake Chibuku being disposed in Lilongwe.-Photo by Lisa Kadango, Mana

The fake beers, which were valued at K3 million, were imported from Zambia in contravention of the Sections 135 and 147 of the Customs and Excise Act of Malawi.

The MRA officials disclosed that they have been receiving complaints from the management of Chibuku Products Limited (CPL) that the influx of the counterfeit beers on the local market had reduced their sales by 50 percent.

“The illegal importation of foreign beers has negatively affected our economy because it reduces the amount of revenue we are supposed to collect on imported goods. We have therefore resolved to go flat out to seize and destroy them to save our local industries, which are religiously paying their taxes,” said the officials who sought anonymity.

CPL Country Head of Sales and Distribution, Kon Scholtz, stressed that the smuggled beers pose a detrimental threat to Malawi’s economy since government cannot collect taxes.

“Furthermore, these counterfeit Chibuku products are confusing our customers thereby exposing them to health risks since the smuggled beers have not been certified by the Malawi Bureau of Standards,” he said.

Scholtz, while commending MRA for moving fast to arrest the problem, pleaded with the authority to seriously consider prosecuting the smugglers to deter would-be offenders.

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2 years ago

Which is which… counterfeit product or illegal importation, or both?

2 years ago

The MRA has made an irresponsible destruction which would have helped our fishery department. The beers would have been poured into lake Malawi for as the food for the fishes.What a blatant loss.Not even a single Malawian MRA Officer thought of it.Kumafunsa nzeru abale .Mbuli zophunziradi kkk!!They would have gone with it to Chitedze research station for measuring the alcoholic streng and then dealcohol it first kkkk.Mbuzzzziiiiiii kkkk

2 years ago

My friend it is not counterfelt Chibuku product.
It is original Chibuku product from Zambia you should test it one of this day..Not like the one that we are having here..The fake one is the one that we are having here that is why they is no market for the local one.

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