Sunseed Oil must pay for polluting Malawi environment: No hiding in political connections! 

In 2014, government, through the Department of Environmental Affairs, closed Sunseed Oil Company Limited in Lilongwe for endangering communities around it through careless disposal of factory waste.

Country Manager of Sunseed Oil Irshaad Mahomed met Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera

I don’t know, over the years, if Sunseed cleaned up after the closure but what I know is that the company was opened and resumed its production.

Four days ago, government returned to Sunseed and closed the company, again, for the same reason they closed it six years ago.

Esteemed Malawians, what is really happening in this country? Is the problem with Sunseed or it is the problem of the regulators?

Let’s get down to the basics.

All we know, from the facts given, is that Sunseed has always been a culprit in this game of illegal dumping of wastes that pollutes communities.

If the company was closed in 2016, the assumption is that its eventual opening was after an assessment of compliance to all the laws they were breaking.

Listening to Sunseed managing director Shripad Dabholkar, you would shudder to swallow his make-believe surprise with the department’s decision, claiming the company complied with all requirements, including submitting a performance report and indicating how they were managing their effluent treatment plant.

However, the Department of Environmental Affairs visited the company and, right there, they followed the flow of the effluent from the outlet to the field which covers a distance of over one kilometer.

The department further said they have been engaging the company to improve, as such; they closed it for lack of improvement.

For all its flaws, a slight pat is deserved on the Department’s back for doing its job of disciplining rogue and wayward companies such as Sunseed who think they can do anything they want to accumulate millions at the expense of the country’s future generation.

We should not, however, not shy away from  discussion some of the issues why companies such as Sunseed always get away with their illegalities.

A few days after President Lazarus Chakwera’s inauguration, social media with amok with a picture of a Sunseed official Irshaad Mahomed shaking hands with the Head of State.

On his Linkedln account, Mahomed wrote: “Today is an amazing day in the history of Malawi. His Excellency The President of Malawi Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera was sworn in as the 6th president of Malawi… I had the honour of meeting him in person at his residence today after the ceremony… He is truly a great man and a new Malawi has been born today. A new Malawi for all.”

Its tours such as these, especially what they said in closed cameras that strengthen the resolve of these guys to keep getting away with destroying our environment.

We can’t shy to stories about how these Indian-owned and run companies always palm oils politicians as a bit to get away with crime.

Not anymore, President Chakwera.

If we want to build Malawi ‘Wokomera Tonse’, we should ensure that no one is above is the law. We cannot go on watching the future of this country being destroyed by rogue companies that stagger around with false sense of invincibility.

Sunseed must face the full wrath of the law.

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Benjones
Benjones
10 months ago

All news is old news. Malawi back to its silence no one is corrupt anymore. Cases will die a natural death.

Mphongozidana Ndau
Mphongozidana Ndau
10 months ago

It is the palmoiling of such corrupt companies that led to people like the APM, the Chisales and the Gertrudes to have un explained billions in their personal bank accounts at the expense of so many poor Malawians.

This kind of greed in our leaders must stop.

Chimwene wa Anabanda ku Joni
Chimwene wa Anabanda ku Joni
10 months ago

People seem to forget that Indians on general like to robe out our officials

kanjedza
kanjedza
10 months ago

It is now become a ritual for those in government to take with them TV , Radio and newspaper journalist with them to show everyone how sincere they are in their work, all of a sudden . But actually its media trial

Banda
Banda
10 months ago

@Wake-Up …..Has been 2 months since the election, will listen to you in 2 years. For me waiting for the day they arrest your APM Cadet.

Last edited 10 months ago by Banda
Banda
Banda
10 months ago

One has to work together Companies and Government to protect the environment without making costs so high the companies are forced to close. Everyone needs factories they buy our goods they employ our people, pay taxes but supply at a reasonable price. But environment needs to be protected over time. This case 6 years since last closure something should have been done.

Dausi
Dausi
10 months ago

Remember she won on independent ticket not Dpp that is why she is a rolling stone Section 65 is toothless on her

Peloma Pepe
Peloma Pepe
10 months ago
Reply to  Dausi

Who? Nkhani yake yomweyi or ina?

TSibweni
10 months ago

Mount Meru factory must also compensate the people around. They have polluted the environment around dowa turn off.

ERUTU
ERUTU
10 months ago

To hell with Sunseed Oil Company – apaneni

Wake Up
Wake Up
10 months ago

No leader of Malawi has the balls to make an Indian or Pakistani or any foreigners be held accountable for their crimes. This Chakwera is as corrupt if not more than Bakili, Bingu, Mama Corruption and APM were. Look at the glint in Chakwera’s eyes. He is eating big from Sunseed and Amenyes. This is one greedy leader Chakwera .

Last edited 10 months ago by Wake Up
Registrar General
Registrar General
10 months ago
Reply to  Wake Up

Mama Corruption is the new official name of Joyce Banda. Full name now is Former President Mama Corrupt Joyce Hilda Banda

Amir
Amir
10 months ago

As much as sun seed is to blame for polluting the environment, the environmental affair has not been on top of the game,sometimes the department needs to come up with suggestions that could Assist the company operate better,frequent consultations and advice etc we can create a million jobs by closing down factories.

Richard Steel
Richard Steel
10 months ago
Reply to  Amir

You have spoken. But also, why do we let cooking oil companies be run by foreigners? They use our soya beans, our sun flower, our ground nuts, and our everything. Don’t we have Malawians who can own such companies? I cry for Mother Malawi!!!!

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