Karonga market shut down: Council force traders to pay revenue

Council officials in Karonga the northern part of Malawi on Wednesday shut down the district main market forcing the vendors to pay revenue.

Women  outside the Karonga market waiting for officials to open the trading center

Women outside the Karonga market waiting for officials to open the trading center

Vendors at the DC's office demanding the officials to open the market.

Vendors at the DC’s office demanding the officials to open the market.

The development follows Tuesday’s demonstration in which the district vendors petitioned the council that they will not pay market revenue till the office of the District Commissioner resolve the problems that the market is facing.

Among other things the vendors demanded that the district council should adhere to the agreement they signed that the 25 percent of the revenue collected should be used in the managing the market.

The decision angered the council officials who hired the law enforcers to guard the market the morning of Wednesday forcing the market users to pay tax if they want to trade.

The District Administration Officer Games Tembo said: “We called them to have a meeting but it seems they did not want to cooperate to that so have decided to close the market until they pay revenue.”

Adding that “those who will agree to pay the fee. Will be allowed to enter to do their trading.”

Godwin Ghambi the district main market chairperson said they will not allow to be intimidated.

“We will not agree and also we will not be intimidated. They need to hear our concerns as well,” said Ghambi.

Adding that: “if our belongings will be damaged, we will take them to court so that they compensate us for the damages.”

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21 thoughts on “Karonga market shut down: Council force traders to pay revenue”

  1. apundi says says:

    musapereke ndalamazo ayi, zimapita kuti akachita makani a khonsolo memanani muotche ndi kuwagenda basi

  2. Chimangenimapiko says:

    An advice to all the market vendors in Malawi: Trading at council market is not a right. If you see that the market is not conducive to you, move on to a better market. You are not forced to trade in one market for life. Karonga council, use your by-laws to punish these stupid vendors. Close the market for a week adya matope amenewo.

  3. kangaroo says:

    Comment inu Atumbuka Lipilani rentals bwanji Kodi mtudzu?

  4. Clement says:

    Akukana kupeleka revenue wa ndiaku tanzania,matayifa sia malawi.ndiye kungowawuza kuti anyamuke basi

  5. chidumayo says:

    A Khonsolo kuba mavenda amapeleka misonkho tsiku ndi tsiku koma mukulephela kukonza zimbudzi, kuchotsa zinyalala mumisika yambiri mumaboma ambiri mdziko muno. Go hard wena Karonga. Ndalama zathu za matikiti zikupita kuti.

  6. Mbanangwa says:

    Fighting for my rights, do not step on my toes!

  7. Emmatuwa says:

    Amalawi mwafika penapake kodi ufulu wa democracy ndi umenewu osalipira msonkho
    Mavenda inu ndi akuba mukufuna dziko lino likhale mu umphawi. stupid Venda pay tax nowwwwwwwwwwwwwww

  8. Winnie phiri says:

    More fire ma vendors aku Karonga. These assembly officials does not consider vending as a proffession, and yet they are renting in our houses. Ur friends in Kronga main market have shown them a yellow card. Next is Rumphi main market. All officials shall be shown a red card. They are so corrupt.

  9. Pwiyapwiya says:

    Tawapaseni boma lawo azikana kupereka misonkho awone ngati dziko lawolo lingazAyende lopanda tax.Zindere zakufikapo…

  10. its the poorest of the poor who always suffer

  11. chilungamo says:

    kutukwana ng’ona thako liri mmadzi

  12. Wagona nkhule waliwa says:

    Comment: mavenda sanalakwe. 25 percent idzigwira ntchito yokonza zapa msika ngati mmene amachitira ku Tanzania, zambia, kenya. zoona msika zithaphwi zinyasi zili thoo koma a council daily kumatolera msonkho? ndlamazo zonsezo kumangopita kumasalare basi?

    Onse amene katundu wao monga tomato, flesh nsomba, zaonongeka must be compasated. nthawi zambiri a council amaluza milandu ikapita kukhoti. Viva mavenda. vaanvwyk 0mfa 7h

  13. Mahomwa Mhango says:

    Bullshit i cant see the Market that people must pay revenue Wamuchele Wathabwanji no Mahala mumutu.

    CHIWEKOCHIWEKO mpoto hooyeeeee!

  14. Nkhun'ya Mavi says:

    I hate pple who practice tribalism. If its a specific tribe that does that then to he’ll with that tribe. That’s a sign of being brute, low self esteem, social crimer and selfish..

  15. Phodogoma says:

    Tumbukas fight for their freedoms beyond human rights. Now women and children are suffering as they can not raise money for their daily bread.Imagine California Shop is closed too.

    Remember this is Karonga saga of market vendors vs Karonga council officials and there is another tag of war between Chitipa citizens vs their DC Grace Chirwa which is also at emotional level.

    Next time the whole northern region will be on fire.

  16. John Kayira says:

    Chokani apa liplirani msonkhi, Ndalama mukulipira msonkho zithu stupid mavenda outta akukalonga

  17. Chakuchaku says:

    ZAPACHIBALE IZI,PELEKANI MSONKHO MAVENDA OR TOMATO,NSOMBA,USIPA ZIOLATU.

  18. Smoke says:

    Alipile basi!

  19. God's Favour Ministries. says:

    Vindere vaonekacha? Inu mumapanga zionetsero musanalipire msonkho,mmayesa mukanalipira kaye mkumapanga bwino zionetsero zanuzo.Kodi anayambitsa maganizo ousawo ndani? Lerotu aCouncil nawo akumathirani mukhaula,mwano ambwenumbweni mwagenda kwa alonda kunundu kali mthumbatu apa.
    Court lake liti limene likati ndiinu osalakwa kusapeleka msonkho?.

    1. MSANA WA PETURO says:

      So what are you saying here? Are you not just showing the hatred you have for the Tumbuka? Ndiwe chitsiru and ignorant because mumsika ambiri ndi akumwera kwanuko ndiye wanena zoona kuti zindere zakumwera zaonekera. MCP woyee!! Chipani chosaona mtundu. Shupiti zako dpp wa tsankho iwe….asaaa!!!

  20. M says:

    AMAYEREKEDWA MSIKA NDI WA COUNCIL NTHAWI YONYENGERERA VENDOR IDATHA

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