US suspends tobacco imports from Malawi

The United States on Friday suspended imports of all tobacco and tobacco products from Malawi for alleged forced labour practices, including child labour.

Malawi child tobacco pickers

CNN says Customs and Border Protection, which holds the authority to detain imports, has recently ramped up its efforts to hold companies and suppliers accountable for forced labour practices.

The CNN says the agency issued a “withhold release order” on tobacco from Malawi on Friday, allowing it to detain goods believed to have been produced with forced labour.

“Malawi tobacco is one of the areas where we are trying to send a message,” CBP office of trade executive assistant commissioner Brenda Smith told the CNN.

The report says forced labour in Malawi has been well documented, saying despite some advancement in prevailing child labour, children in Malawi are still engaged in the worst forms of child labour, including in the harvesting of tobacco and in commercial sexual exploitation, according to the US department of Labour.

Government spokesperson Mark Botomani asked for more time before giving his comment on the matter but this comes at a time when some lawyers have taken British American Tobacco company in the British courts for child labour.

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mpilu
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mpilu

cimodzimpdzi tea ku.mlanje,cholo

Macnab
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Macnab

But on the other hand americans find it ok to bomb hospitals and villages in afghanistan iraq syria and sell weapons to country that are using them to kill innocent people creating this mass migration problem around the world??? I think that we and other countries around the world should issue the same order all american goods should be ceased and not allowed into our countries !!! By taking a picture of a couple.of.children working at a tobacco field is not proof of forced child labour they are assisting their familie. I have seen pictures.of.teenagers working on their parents ranch… Read more »

Mboba
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Mboba

Kaya ine ndi green card yanga phee basi

Kadzanja
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Kadzanja

You just waste your time blaming America. Dont you see that enganging children in farming is actuary killing our nation. Instead of sending our children to school you are busy defending Russia. With this blame game which is deep rooted now in Malawi, we will be beggars forever. We should work hard and earn money deservedly, osati ma cashgate, which lead to the suffering of the masses.

Mutumwa
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Mutumwa

This is a punishment for attending Russia-Africa summit.
Tobacco farmers in Malawi have been employing children in their farms since time immemorial. Have they noted it in 2019?
They want us to shift our attention back to them and not to Russia.
These are sanctions in the making. They want to keep Russia out of Africa.
They have equipped Islamic Jihadists in northern Mozambique who have killed Russian mercenaries and 20 Mozambican soldiers 48hours ago, so that Russia should retreat from Africa.

#NotMyPresident
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#NotMyPresident

It is nothing to do with Russia. After all they are all imperialists. Be it China, Russia, or America none o them will develop your country, get to work and do something about yourself. Chilb labour is not right regardless of who practices it.

kanchenga
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kanchenga

I am an eye witness of the malpractice and I tell you it’s inhumane. An average Malawian family works for a full growing season and the first child in that family and is of age she will be forced to work as a househelp for bwana liston and automatically becomes a hand bag for bwana liston. What do they get at end of the season MK100000 And yet people make a lot of noise on tv radios of what they have achieved in getting rid of child labour Well I can only say well done Yankees. As for Malawi we… Read more »

James Chibwana
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James Chibwana

Even Ivory Coast have such the same fate for using child labor in Cocoa plantations

Muthalirenji
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Muthalirenji

Vuto laChewa ndaTumbuka ili. Kuzitama kuti ndolemera chifukwa cholima chafodya chomwecho akugwiritsa ntchito ana thangata. Munamvako kuti kummwera tea, mzimbe ndi thonje zabanidwa kwazungu chifukwa cha forced and child labour? AChewa ndaTumbuka sindikumvetsani mpake u knowingly like to vote for a losing candidate, mmasuta fodya kwambiri.

wisey k
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wisey k

Shut your f**en probosis if you have nothing to comment. what does this has to do with tribes? You better go and see who is running some of those estates, you will be shocked

kanchenga
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kanchenga

And inu mumavotera owing amene amalorera kuti ife achewa ndi atumbuka tizikugwiritsani thangata. Ohoo paja mudazolowera ndi bwana liston. So kwa inu sibvuto. Ife tizilimabe azipita ku china ndiku Russia paja bububu mumu wakatiperera msika ku Russia
Ndipo muzitilimirabwe popeza malo mdapatsa confonzi ndi azake. Koma inu ndiye akapolodi opanda kwawo. Ukulira mma farm.

APM akundiyamwa shaft 🍆👅
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APM akundiyamwa shaft 🍆👅

Basi tingoyamba ulimi wa chamba apa

Omwami Mangoche
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Omwami Mangoche

The problem is that the tobacco companies will just take the tobacco from Malawi to neighboring Mozambique and ship it to the US from there. By the way they already do this in Tete

kanchenga
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kanchenga

Limbe leaf has a sister company in Kabwe mkushi and kapri mposhi areas.They call it Zambia leaf. I once worked their Kasungu tobacco via Chimwankango and Kalanga basi problem solved. Mchinji tobacco via tembwe and Waliranji basi problem solved imwe wa MRA shauri yako. You people know this problems are not our enemies they are there to develop us

Nabanda
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Eiiiiish🙆🏻‍♂ nothing is working in Malawi. O Lord Jesus! bring back our “Warm Heart of Africa.”