BLANTYRE (MaraviPost)-Barely a year after The Maravi Post exposed Carlsberg Malawi Limited’s of polluting Nankhaka River in the capital Lilongwe, the company has once again been accused of heavily contaminating Mudi River in the commercial city of Blantyre.
The pollution of Mudi River has prompted an eco-monitoring non-governmental organization (NGO), The Institute of Sustainable Development (ISD) to petition the company.
The petition is asking the beverage firm to take action on the mess it has inflicted to communities who use the river for domestic purposes.
Mudi River passes through Blantyre Water Board’s Mudi dam with portable water but as it flows part of Makata industrial area, the water gets polluted with effluents from manufacturing industries.
Carlsberg Malawi has been labeled as the main curtail of industrial chemical discharges into the river, the similar conduct it has been doing to Nankhaka River.
In an open letter signed by Godfrey Mfiti, ISD’s Executive Director addressed to Carlsberg Malawi’s Managing Director, Philip Norley which The Maravi Post has sourced dated August 2, 2016; is demanding immediate action from the company “to stop this practice” describing the conduct as a gross violation of human rights.
This is the second time ISD raised concerns over pollution of Mudi River after in April this year it petitioned Blantyre City Council (BCC) to address the river’s mess which in response the council invited the organization to a meeting.
It was during this meeting when it was revealed that the beer Company Carlsberg Malawi Limited has been a main polluter over the years.
Warning letters were sent to the company but nothing has been done.
The only response the company has done previously is providing tree seedlings in exchange for bottle tops.
The company’s continued indulging into environmental pollution defeats its reputation and brand across the global whose headquarters is in Denmark.
In a defensive approach, the company’ Malawi Director Norley told the local press that his firm conducts regular checks and thorough dye tracing.
Norley even ambitiously disclosed that waste water treatment plant would be established by 2017 as commitment on social corporate responsibility.
Unfortunately, The Environment, Energy and Mining Ministry has been dilly dallying in dealing with the company despite media reports of its gross violation of people’s rights and aquatic life.