By Chisomo Phiri
The Malawi Police in the capital Lilongwe are keeping in custody four people for stealing assorted beer manufacturing materials at their workplace while four other people have been arrested for buying the stolen materials.
According to Kanengo Police Station Public Relations Officer, Sub Inspector Gresham Ngwira, Navaneeth Kumar who is the General Manager for the company which manufactures spirit beer, told police that on 17 January 2024, he discovered that brand stickers, flavours, empty cartons and bottle tops were missing.
“Working on the complaint, the law enforcers launched investigations leading to the arrest of the suspects, four of whom are the company’s workers who allegedly sold the items to the other suspects,” says Ngwira.
He says during the investigations, police also recovered some of the stolen items and it had been discovered that the receivers were using the materials to make unlicensed beer.
“The eight suspects are expected to appear in court soon to answer two respective charges of theft and receiving stolen property,” adds Ngwira.
Meanwhile, police say investigations are still underway to arrest other suspects and recover the remaining items.
The law enforcers have since warned people against making unlicensed products including beer as this is punishable by the law.