PPM’s Katsonga tells Malawi govt to abolish subsidies

An opposition politician has joined choruses of economists and donors calling on the government to abolish all subsidies, saying they are a harmful to the economy.

Mark Katsonga: Malawi must stop freebies culture

Mark Katsonga: Malawi must stop freebies culture

Mark Katsonga, president of People’s Progressive Party (PPM) said Malawi is probably the only country in the region with subsidies.

“It is only in Malawi where a child is born in free hospital, attends free primary school and drives in free roads,” said Katsonga in a recent radio interview.

He said the government is spending billions of money in the subsidies thereby harming the already ailing economy.

Currently the country has a K60 billion a year farm input subsidies to which treasury bankrolls farm input for subsistence poor farmers and a K7 billion Cement and Malata subsidy for decent housing for poor people.

Katsonga urged the government to abolish the subsidy programmes and instead create policies that would enable Malawians have money that they would use to construct their own houses.

Government is struggling to fund public hospitals as most of them have completely stopped provision of food for patients whilst ambulances have been grounded due to lack of money for fuel or maintenance.

At a high level meeting this week, stakeholders in the public health sector, that included donors, recommended to government to raise taxes on alcohol and cigarettes to raise money for the collapsing public health sector.

There were also calls for the introduction of fuel levy for the public health sector.

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18 thoughts on “PPM’s Katsonga tells Malawi govt to abolish subsidies”

  1. cyyc says:

    Too much subsidy is detrimental for a country*s development. Those who are lazy they are the ones supporting this system. There is no way we can be depending on subsidy for ever, we have to wean ourselves from this. There has to be a way out for every subsidy. Our rotten system for public service delivery encourages corruption and nepotisim. Its high time we change our mindset not zaulere always

  2. No Laughing Matter says:

    Subsidies encourages corruption and laziness. Create channels for farmers to sell products at good prices and let them look after themselves. If people are wealthy they are able to pay for services. I agree with Katsonga on this one

  3. this means Malawi will have a few intellectuals and there will be dust poverty and foolishness that stinks. When Kamuzu introduced free hospital services he calculated how many Malawians can afford treatment, can not afford University fees, how on earth someone had his free education and then come from no where and says no subsidies because he wants to steal the money from the govt for his family, do you think this man thinks straight? we can’t afford foolish President in this country we need a clean man who will put all citizens first. God bless you all readers.

  4. HEHE YAAA says:

    NG’OMBE ZAZIMUNA
    KULEPHERA KUKOKA NGOLO !!!
    CHIKHALA AMAYI
    BWENZI ZINTHU ZILI
    PATALI KWABASI !!
    MUKUNGOTIPWETEKA NDI MISONKHO
    APA !!

  5. Monseriwa says:

    Even green atafika mk2,000 sindizasiya kumwa. Chakumwa chamafumu.

  6. Mphwache says:

    Kwa singanga timapeleka chipondamthengo ndi ndalama zina, koma ku Chipatala ndiulele.

  7. wawa says:

    Akulu awa anati zii pakatipa kodi alipo etc?

  8. mnyapapiii says:

    Akuulu, musadepo subsidy. Appa mwaonetsa kuti ndinu mmbuli. Kodi inu kuti mudzioneka ngati olemera si ndi subsidy yomweyo?????? Ndikunama kapena. Inu ma BUS anu a Business amalowa Mmalawi muno DUTY FREE, the duty foregone by government is a SUBSIDY TO YOU, Fotsekki. Tsono boma likapatsa anthu tima subsidy to 5,000kwacha kwa khwimbi la anthu ndi vutooo? IWEYO SUBSIDY YA BUSINESS YAKO IN A FORM OF DUTY WAIVER IS IN BILLIONS YET ITS ONLY YOU ONE PERSON????? Mbuli ndi Mbuli, boma yambani kuanyetsa nayo Duty anthuwa, akuzolowera saakudziwa kuti its a form of subsidy, nanji nanji ma economic comentators anthu ndeh Mbuzzi zeni zeni, sizingaone kuti duty waiver is a form of subsdy, all in all ALL MALAWIANS WE ENJOY A FORM OF SUBSIDY. KHISIMISI YABWINO

  9. Mr.Bambo says:

    Mukwezenso tax on beer for the sake of what? Ndingoleka ndiine kumwako,too many levies in Nyasaland.

  10. Janjaweed says:

    It is high time Malawians stopped expecting freebies,the same FISP programme and malata subsidies where the Government invest billions of kwacha are prone to many abuses,for instance,most people sell coupons that entitle them to subsdised farm inputs and the money earned is used to drink kachasu, malata and cement are abused in the same name.The question is, can we expect these drunkards to farm and build better houses? as per govervent intention in implementing these programmes.Besides that,the government lose a fortune sum of billions in FISP programme to poor and un unreliable rainfall which comes in low or heavy or even no rainfall at all! causing damage to crops.Considering the should just creat an enabling economic environment that can lead to wealth creation to its citisens other than offering freebies.

  11. namagetsi says:

    kodi a Katsonga alipo?

  12. Sake Chilling says:

    I don’t think Government should suddenly scrap those subsidies. A balanced act needs to be implemented. And please do not compare with what happens in the region. South Africa started building houses for people who “qualify” according to the criteria that was put in place – that’s just one example. Remember that Malawi is categorized as one of the poorest countries in world, therefore a balancing act needs to be put in place before the “wholesale” scrapping of subsidies is implemented.

  13. Akasonga mwayakhulako zazeru pano tauzeni a DPP akupaseni u minister chifukwa simudzakhalapo apresdent mwakalamba 2019 adzalamurira ndi Mcp ndibwino zeru zanuzo zigwire tchito pano.

  14. Patriot says:

    Subsidies don’t benefit the poor – in my village the bulk of subsidy recipients are ruling party functionaries who can easily afford to buy fertilizer by themselves. Trying to stop subsidies is almost committing political suicide – mind you all supply and distribution of subsidized inputs is a preserve for the select few rich individuals with connections with ruling elite.

  15. Alshababu says:

    People who lacks leadership they always thinking of punishing the poor,mwasowa zokamba kapena misala!u can not compare Malawi to other countries, stupid ideas

  16. The Analyst says:

    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    “Akuti ndisiye kukuthandizani inu anthu osauka, ine sindizasiyaaaaa kuyenda mmidzi kugawa chimanga kwa inu anthu ovutikaaa.” – Joice Banda

    Despite countless voices of reason, she went on to distribute 20 chickens or goats or ducks, one per family and blow at least K50 million on each of such exercises. Such was Amai of the Azungu-akuti fame. What transpired later on, about the real beneficiary of such myopia was something else!
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    . . . Ever wondered why nobody in government seems interested in this topic of reducing or stopping these subsidies?; despite numerous calls for the same?
    . . . These subsidies are nothing but schemes to steal money from government. The ones who distribute the subsidized fertiliser are companies owned by politicians in govt. Nobody even accounts for the proceeds therefrom. The same is also true for the descent accommodation cement malata subsidy; money-siphoning schemes!

    . . . The idea of a subsidy is not a bad one per se if it benefits the target and has an exit strategy; but ours is so adulterated hence abused that the main beneficiary is only the source.
    . . .These politicians are a sore in the a** ndithu! Malawi needs a complete overhaul of its political system. Its too infested with these good-for-nothing parasitic recycled politicians.
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

  17. Galu says:

    Katsonga you are very right. The problem is that Malawi is full of mad people who can’t see and listen to the truth. Repeat this and one time adzamva

  18. Truck says:

    KATSONGA TELL THEM MAY BE THE GOVERNMENT WILL LISTEN YOUR GOOD IDEA

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