Bushiri tells private traders to stop hoarding maize: ‘You are creating hunger in Malawi’

South Africa-based Malawian prophet Shepherd Bushiri has appealed to private maize traders in the country to stop entertaining self-creation of hunger which is having impacting the economy.

Bashiri: I will continue to help with maize to those in need

The leader of Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church  made the statement on Monday in Sandton, South Africa, through a televised address aired on Zodiak, Times and Rainbow TV.

Bushiri said he made the statement after noting a serial rise of maize prices in the country.

In the past two weeks, the staple has seen the 50 kg bag soar from K7000 to K16 500.

In his statement, Bushiri challenged that there is no shortage of maize in Malawi, noting that the shortage is a deliberate creation by private traders who are hoarding the maize to sell it an expensive price during the lean season.

“In addition, maize prices will remain at a typical high, throughout the country due to influence by large purchases by traders and institutions immediately after the harvest as well as production shortfalls in neighboring countries.”

He underlined that this hoarding of maize by private traders need to be challenged.

“The current price shock cannot be left unchecked if we are to overcome the challenge against food insecurity which contributes to acute poverty levels in Malawi.

“My main concerns are on the ripple effects the situation will bring on the already struggling economy, these are; but not limited to: One, Sharp rise in inflation which will in turn lead to influencing rising interest rates—something which will trigger weakening of the Malawi Kwacha against foreign currencies.

Such a move will graduate more Malawians into a vulnerable group. If not handled well, people may die of hunger because the state-owned ADMARC has limited capacity to service all vulnerable Malawians,” he said.

Bushiri has since proposed that the solution lies with the reach of key market players. He has since called upon the Government, Developmental Partners, My fellow Religious Leaders, Human rights activists, The Business community, Farmers, Fellow Citizens, all relevant institutions and Patriotic Malawians to Join hands and say.

“I am informed that Government has called on Traders and Farmers who have maize, to sell to ADMARC at MK230-250 per kilogramme with a specific deadline.

“I will continue to directly help Malawians with free maize distribution under Shepherd Bushiri Foundation. However, should the traders fail to supply by the deadline, I am offering to source maize for the Government at the suggested prices. I trust that this action will help stabilize the market.”

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chapunthuka
chapunthuka
2 years ago

Is he really a prophet? how come he now come after the problems and cheat people he has a solution. He can only buy and build one or two economic structures, building the nation requires a sound political and economic plan. the country is missing these two at the moment. the problem of hunger in malawi is bigger than any one individual in the world can think of resolving.

Lazarus Kappata Njikho
Lazarus Kappata Njikho
2 years ago

Where are you PAPA SHEPARD BUSHITI Malawi need you more than you think , You are the God’s sender and I pray that God will give you more years to live in this world as most of us , our spirit depend on you . Thank you PAPA

Kwabisi Ncube
Kwabisi Ncube
2 years ago

I have a question

Proverbs 18 V 17
Proverbs 18 V 17
2 years ago

Thank you man of God!!! May GOD continue to richly bless you as you help your nation!!!!!

Kaphiza
Kaphiza
2 years ago

What about you, you don’t want to be richly blessed like him?

Geoffrey
Geoffrey
2 years ago

That’s brilliant idea….I really support that move.
Let their bad business plan suffocate themselves.

Kaisi Kaisi
2 years ago

Malawian businesses behaves like a cartel. Milking the poor Malawi. That’s why during Kamuzu prices were regulated from Msanje to Chitipa. Kamuzu was a wise man

gunduze
2 years ago

Malawians anthu omvetsa chisoni kwambiri

Kainga
Kainga
2 years ago

I think bushiri talking sense and we support such kind of ideas.some malawians leaders the behaever as if the are not malawians.malawi is not poor but the create the problem because they think low. Malawi is not poor,Malawi is not poor.please come up with creative ideas not stealing from the poor.

Madubeko
Madubeko
2 years ago

Hes right The Warehouses are Full of Maize in Kanengo, these guys are dangerous, we need to do something about it, creating hunger delibarately is an offense inhumane.

Kharika doziya
Kharika doziya
2 years ago

Thank you Major1 for providing options and solutions to Malawi

Kingjoe
2 years ago
Reply to  Kharika doziya

Thank you major1 for ur concern u really made a brilliant point God loves Africa

Cafiffa kedi
Cafiffa kedi
2 years ago
Reply to  Kharika doziya

Even des bushinyana wakhona ..yes his a fake prophet he must contribute will some of his money so that malawi will be better..

Vuyo kay
Vuyo kay
2 years ago

I feel bad for my country!!Anthu timanyoza Prophet Shepherd Bushiri yet he is helping the economy of the country.South Africa is benefiting alot from him just because they respect him and accept him to contribute in their economy. Kathu kuno every time kutukwana ndikumunyoza munthu.Now see what is happening in Malawi, a bag of maize going at Mk16,500?????Like seriously? ???Let us think of the people who are less privileged, how can they survive? This is the high level of witchcraft! To them the government officials sakudandaula coz akudya nsima yaulele,everything is for free,using our own tax yet people out there… Read more »

Cafiffa kedi
Cafiffa kedi
2 years ago
Reply to  Vuyo kay

De poverty will continue in Malawi if your leaders do not participate..God is looking your leaders, you must act , sacrifice with what you have ..do not feed your stamach , learn to share with other poor Malawians be unit even bushiri ..as he is generating money here in south Africa ..do not show off us about what you have in your pocket or how much you make a week ..we do not care, all the leaders in Malawi country who can afford to help must do so..do not wait make it ..Even those who think they are better than… Read more »

mundu
mundu
2 years ago
Reply to  Vuyo kay

THANK YOU!!! Very glad Malawians are seeing this guy as a the crook he really is…living In posh SA off peoples tithes while being a messenger for the govt. The traders do not have to trade if prices are low…thats econ 101.
Bushiri, you fake prophet you long lot the peoples goodwill. You snake

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