An environmental rights activist has called out Carlsberg Malawi Limited for polluting rivers in the country by throwing wastes into the water bodies.
The activist, Godffrey Mfiti of Institute of Sustainable Development-ISD, criticised Carlsberg in a letter addressed to its bosses in Malawi.
Mfiti said reports show that Carlsberg has over the years been the main polluter of Mudi River in Blantyre.
“In April, 2016 we wrote Blantyre City Council a petition detailing the alarming pollution of the Mudi River. In their response they invited us for a meeting where the City Council explained efforts being made to control this pollution.”
“During the meeting it was revealed that Carlsberg Malawi Limited has been a main polluter of the Mudi River over the years and warning letters have been sent to the company. We have noted with regret that the situation has not changed despite this approach to the Blantyre City Council,” wrote Mfiti.
He then demanded action from the company saying its actions are putting lives of millions of Malawians at risk.
“We are aware that polluting the environment is contrary to Carlsberg Malawi’s reputation and brand all over the world.
We therefore demand an immediate action from your office to stop this practice,” said Mfiti in the letter.
The activist also urged Carlsberg to act swiftly on the issue in order to protect its brand locally and international.