Malawi Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) has finally donated to Lilongwe Technical College parts of machines confiscated from a Lilongwe-based Chinese company, Qingdao Plastics.
Aubrey Matemba, Director of Technical and Vocational Training in the Ministry of Labour, received the equipment on behalf of the college.
The machines were confiscated in January last year following a court's determination delivered in September 2020. Chief magistrate Violet Chipao, now a judge of the high court, ordered forfeiture of the machines after establishing the company had flouted the 2015 platics regulations. Ma Xiao Ping, the owner of the company, was given a one-month suspended sentence.
Earlier this year, the Ministry of Justice included the machines on the list of items that were earmarked for disposal through public auction but later changed tune after some consultations.
Presently, MEPA is unable to enforce the ban following a court injunction obtained in July 2021 by Golden Pastics of Lilongwe. Attorney General Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda challenged the injunction in December 2021 before Justice Lovemore Chikopa but has yet to make a ruling on the matter.
Last week, environmentalist Elias Gaveta pleaded with the courts to expedite the case. Companies have used the injunction to make a lot of the plastics that are against the law.