Malawi suspends import duty on maize flour: Govt heed Uladi advise

Ministry of Trade and Industry has suspended duty on maize flour just days after People’s Party (PP) acting president Uladi Mussa asked the government to do so in view of critical food shortages in the country.

Uladi:  Advise heeded by government

Uladi: Advise heeded by government

In a statement, the ministry says the suspension is of immediate effect.

The ministry is therefore asking maize flour traders to get imports certificates for clearance and is urging border customs officials to take note of the suspension of import duty.

This means imported maize flour from Zambia which Malawians are relying upon will now be sold at a more cheaper price than before.

Mussa said he was pleased with the development , saying as leaders they give advise to help the nation.

“We will keep on advising this clueless government to serve our nation better,” said Mussa.

The removal of the import duty also comes a day after the World Food Programme said Malawians will harvest a month later than normal because they planted late due to scarcity of rains.

Unicef says there was need to help children in Malawi as there are several cases of malnutrition and stunted growth as they eat one meal a day or no food due to the biting food shortage that has also hit hard Ethiopia, Somalia and Zimbabwe.

Atleast two children died in Dedza this week after eating poisonous cassava due to hunger whilst in Chiradzulu a man is police custody answering murder charges after he hacked to death his step daughter for cutting a sugarcane which she chewed as hunger takes its bite.

Some people, especially women are sleeping days on end at Admarc depots in anticipation of maize arrival.

President Peter Mutharika insists no Malawian will die of hunger whilst his Agriculture minister says the country has enough maize stocks to last until the next harvest season, a claim vehemently disputed by civil rights groups.

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25 thoughts on “Malawi suspends import duty on maize flour: Govt heed Uladi advise”

  1. Kamukhaty says:

    mahala mbusambazi wonani sono dada muzomera Ngwira

  2. Kadziotche says:

    Too late to be saved.A nation of jokers.A people who work too hard in the wrong direction.fOOD SHORTAGE IS REAL AND YOU BLOCK FOOD IMPORT!Zambia has suspended maize exports to Malawi.

  3. dan says:

    in Malawi voting to choose a candidate is like being offered a plate of manyi and masanzi and asked to choose which one u like……. nose mavota mavotela manyi or masanzi…….not matter how u defend yo manyi or masanzi……nde nose amene mavota musalile….that’s how u bought yo freedom of suffering…….. am rasta …na deal wit politricsters

  4. Dule says:

    Did it really have to take Change Golo to voice out to these clueless people? We really have no leadership, we must accept. Even a Village headman cud have made a proper decision right from the start, pano Change Golo akuoneka dolo just becoz tikulamulidwa ndi mabulutu. Bola ine sindidampnyere voti ndimadziwa kale

  5. Mlale says:

    It would be really good if these said licenses could be found in district so that even a local trader can have access, rather than these Indians corrupting officials to bar locals so that they monopolize business.Where is FAIR TRADE and COMPETITION===== malonda?

  6. zack says:

    You agriculture minister watch the life of people you messing around because of your lies saying you got enough maize for the malawians while people a sleeping by the admarc

  7. zack says:

    This is what we call freedom?make it easy to the local Malawians for them to get food easy ‘please for deck of almighty

  8. zack says:

    You must do something to help the locals

  9. zack says:

    Dziko sililamulilidwa ndi mbuli zosadziwa chilungamo .why chetting on poor people while there is no maize.Mr president solve the problems of your certificates.

  10. zack says:

    Those India’s are trying monoprise things where by the government official are gaining from them

  11. wawa milanzi says:

    lifting importation ban and scrapin off duty are two different things olemba article osaphunzirawe check properly with facts from the ministry coz in all radios the announcment is about lifting the ban on flour imports osati zaumbuli walembazi it wont be fair for the consumers if govt scraps off duty before its dictates the selling price, pple r becomn millionares already at the expense of our poor ralatives ku nthalire. K20000.for a 50kg bag of flour thats sacriligioius!

  12. alex says:

    Mr Uladi cannot say a thing today and gvt implement the same the following day. Uladi overheard the plan from informant and cried aloud like Nanthambwe so that he gains political mileage.

  13. McGoodson Ngoma says:


  14. Achimidizimidzi says:

    Thank you Mr. President and DPP government for acting immediately and positively.

    That’s all we need, sir.

  15. Mitu yayima Pa Nyasaland says:

    There are too much bars.Why do you bring all these obstacles in Business .Cement you need certificates ,why//// D D P enawa akuwoningerani Dziko.Why not send these import lincense to Districts and people should buy from DIstricts? Is true that someone from Chitipa should travel to Lilongwe to get LIcense just Because INDIANS who manufacture cement Have complained.Is There sense here.Indians dictating us in our country,Just imagine ,a small scale business from Chitipa .You are just promoting foreigners to make more monies ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  16. HPB says:

    The dire shortage of food in Malawi is a national emergency. Like any emergency situation, it calls for extraordinary measures. It is a time when Government uses or should use all resources its disposal to ensure that available food is distributed very urgently to all ADMARC deports. The Army should be mobilized to facilitate the distribution and ensure that the people are served. It cannot be business as usual relying on
    Inefficient and corrupt employees of ADMARC and some Party officials.

    In an emergency the Head of State and Ministers tour the affected areas and learn first hand what is happening on the ground. This should be done. It is not enough or comforting for the President and relevant ministers issuing statements from the comfort of air conditioned offices in Lilongwe when people are dying of hunger.

    This is the time to show leadership in action.

  17. GODFREY LYMON says:

    Thats what we call umunthu.Thank u Mr President and ur Government for listening to Mr Change Golo’s advice.

  18. BOKHO says:

    Stupid govt

  19. Malawian!!! says:

    Thanks for the briliant advice Mr. Mussa, but this government is not cruel.

  20. niho says:

    yes zilibwino! Government should listen to good advice

  21. So indeed Mr Ibu is clueless of a president as it had to take the wisdom of change golo to tell his government to stop charging import duty on maize flour from Zambia in order to save the people from hunger. What a clueless president MW has. Ukomera kwake ine sindidampatse voti.

  22. Boliwoli2 says:

    O! Yes! I would like to thank the minstry of trade and industry pokumva ganizo la acting president wa PP HON mussa pochosa msonkho

  23. chiwa kogoya says:

    Bravo Hon Uladi mussa /change goal!!! keep it up we are proud of you and we need more like him.

  24. Mr.Bambo says:

    Uladi i congratulate you for being rational,Government i congratulate you for listening and taking action swiftly on the same.We are, in this case, all winners as Malawians.One Malawi one Nation!!!

  25. Zapadziko says:

    This is how gvt should respond to urgent matters.

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