Following the recent ban on liquor sachets by government, the Malawi Bureau of Standards (MSB) has said it will now work will all law enforcing agencies to ensure that liquor sachets are history in the country.
MSB Director General Davlin Chokazinga said his organization is expecting total compliance by liquor manufacturers as a sign that they are law abiding corporate citizens of this country.
“Following High Court ruling (Judgment) Case No. 18 of 2011 in favour of the Malawi Bureau of Standards (respondent) on the 11th February 2015, manufacturing, packaging and sale of liquor is illegal in Malawi.
“It is against this background that all manufacturers of liquor shall comply with Cap 51:02 as stipulated in the Malawi Standard MS 210:1990,” said Chokazinga.
At its meeting held on 16th February, 2015, government decided to promulgate regulations under Section 96 of the Liquor Act to govern the production, marketing and distribution of liquor.
Following the decision, Government is not allowing the packaging of liquor in sachets and in quantities lower than the prescribed minimum.
Industry and Trade Minister Joseph Mwanamvekha has said liquor in sachets is a social and health problem, as well as an economic issue.
“If we do business as usual, we will lose a generation, because sachets are now being consumed even in schools,” Mwanamvekha asserted.
While there is the ban, small shops in townships and residential areas continue cash in on liquor sachets as people – especially the poor – continue to demand it.