Malawi Bureau of Standards starts confiscating Nkalabongo


The Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) has started confiscating spirituous liquor in plastic containers popularly known as ‘nkalabongo’ following their ban on 11 April.

MBS Director General Davlin Chokazinga said the bureau has so far confiscated about 10 tonnes of the illicit liquor.

Chokazinga said the bureau is working with the police in enforcing the ban.


“As we are speaking, these spirits are being confiscated all over the country starting this week. We have confiscated about10 tonnes which we have destroyed,” he said.

He said the bureau has written the Inspector General of Police asking the police to mount roadblocks across the country to stop the distribution of the spirits from Lilongwe where most of them are manufactured.

Chokazinga said the bureau has also written manufacturers of the spirits to stop producing the liquor which he said is against the law.


He said the bureau will drag all non-compliant manufacturers to court.

“We are not only targeting the selling points but manufacturers as well. Producing the liquor is against the laws of the land. If they do not stop producing them then, we will drag them to court to explain why they should continue manufacturing the illegal liquor in the country,” he said.

MBS banned manufacturing and distribution of spirituous liquor in plastic containers following a court’s order on January 4.

MBS made a directive in July 2010 to ban manufacturing and distribution of the spirits but some manufacturers obtained an injunction stopping the bureau from effecting the ban which Justice Rowland Mvundula of the High Court vacated.

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