Malawi second-hand tyres trade: Govt urged to ban foreigners

The Indigenous Second Hand Tyre Dealers are pressing Malawi government to ban foreigners from selling second hand tyres by February 1 this year failing which they will hold demonstrations.tyres

In a petition sourced by Nyasa Times addressed to the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the indigenous dealers say they are not comfortable with foreigners who have ventured into their business saying it posing a danger to their existence.

The traders say most of the local dealers operate on a small capital and grow slowly and with the coming in of foreigners with large capital therefore it is becoming difficult for them to compete on the market.

“Most of us operate on the small capitals and grow slowly from the those small capital, in contrast the foreigners venturing into the business with large capitals that are not even comparable to ours it is making us difficulty to compete on the market,” reads part of the petition.

The dealers are also surprised on why government issued a permit to this kind of foreigners to conduct such business which can be ably done by Malawian small medium enterprises.

Commenting on the petition Chairperson of the Indigenous Second Hand Tyre Dealers, White Ali Imran, said they have been discussing with the government officials for a quite considerable period but it seems the authorities are not ready to respond to their concerns.

“We have been in talks with Southern Region Trade Officer Brenda Bvalani who has been assuring us the her ministry is doing everything possible to stop foreigners selling second hand tyres but up to date there is nothing to that course,” Imran said in interview.

Imran said through their business they are able to look after their families and pay school fees to their children hence providing an alternative source of income to many people who have been jobless and idle.

“We started this business during the Kamuzu Banda era, the idea was to help poor Malawians who could not afford to buy the brand new tyres. The business has helped many young men to have a source of income for their daily living thereby providing an alternative to employment. We also pay taxes through the profits we realize from the business which contributes to the development,” Imran said.

He said they are now failing to hold their patience therefore they are asking government to order foreigners to stop the business.

Nyasa Times has established that most of the shops selling second hand tyres are owned by Nigerians, Somalians, Burundise and Chinese.

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Nachipanti
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Nalawi walero seems to have very intelligent people koma enanu ndinu anzeru mopusa kwambiri..

omeck peter
Guest

Wake up Malawi…..there is no need to allow them ventured on small busness if we can let them who can invest a high companies….stop fuck comment

CY
Guest

Imran or what ever you call yourself, stop deceiving local Malawian’s as you said, with these your senseless ideas. Please I will like MRA to visit these so called Imran and his association to provide any document showing that these people are paying duties or Tax when there importing the stolen tyres from truck drivers and company cars drivers.. Stupid and fake name Imran. Even self your name sounds foreigner as you said.. Mind you stop addressing us as a foreigners, coz where not. Call us investors. Because everyone in Malawi is a foreigner. Basii.

Bwantasa Gomdwe
Guest

Asilamu inu ndinu opusa kwambiri simudziwa kuti bisiness ndipikisano? Mukufuna akawaletsa muzitibera mitengo kkkkkkkkkkk. Malamulo a Malawi amakana kupanga restrict business kwa munthu modzi iwonso ali ndi ufulu ogulitsa ngati wina aliyense. Why do moslems always think of shalia law. Stupid idea.

A MPINGO
Guest

GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSIDER BUYERS AND SELLERS NO NEED FOR DEMOS

Imraan Sadick
Guest

If the idea is stupid like others may suggest,why government moved all Chinese from districts to big Cities?

musisipala
Guest

Govt should NOT restrict this busness to Malawians only.let those who have the capacity do the busness in a fair trade. We are in a global village. Imran Ali is using a foreign name and is againist the owners of his name. He is a racist

Dominic
Guest

Let Malawian dealers know that we leave in a global village. Malawians charge highly. Let the foreigners do business here for they give us fair prices. Malawian dealers only want to rob us of our money by hiking prices.

Chawanangwa Mlori
Guest
Malawians wake up, you always want to sound very clever and intellegent. You are too quick to judge your fellow Malawians. To me it seems you speak first and think later . It should be visa versa. Every democratic Country has free market economy but in many developed nations there are products they will always protect no matter what. This is to protect the interests of their Countries. and their citizens in particular. Do you know what big and power nations would do if their interests were jeopardised. Search me. Mtedza wathu opita pita ku misika yakunja umakanika malonda akuti… Read more »
zikujaza
Guest

I THOUGHT YOU WOULD PROVE THEM ON SAFETY. WE CRY CHIKANGAWA BECAUSE OF FOREIGNERS , DONT WORRY ABOUT TYRES START SELLING MANDASI

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