Cama cautions opposition leader Nankhumwa against ‘fuel politics’

The Consumers Association of Malawi (CAMA) has cautioned the Leader of Opposition in parliament, Kondwani Nankhumwa to stop politicizing fuel in the country especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kapito: Why should our politicians pretend to be clever only when they are in opposition on matters that are supposed to be handled by themselves?

CAMA executive director, John Kapito said in a statement made available to Nyasa Times that Nankhumwa’ s recent demands for government to reduce prices of fuel raises more questions than answers.

“We wonder whether they themselves are not part of government, politicians including those in opposition understand the pricing of fuel in the country and they can easily go in Parliament to remove all the levies and taxes that are added to the cost of fuel, levies and taxes constitute above fifty percent of the fuel pump prices.

“We wonder why they should use a political podium when the powers to remove and add taxes and levies on fuel are within their powers, why should our politicians pretend to be clever only when they are in opposition on matters that are supposed to be handled by themselves?” said Kapito.

The consumer rights activist said most Parliamentarians are confusing Malawians by suggesting that fuel prices can be reduced without Parliament debating such tax removals on fuel, adding political leaders mislead Malawians on a product so sensitive to the lives of many consumers by pushing blame when the powers to reduce fuel price rests with them.

“Is it just seeking relevance or popularity? The pricing model of fuel in Malawi is not a secret to any interested person including our politician and it has two components which is the FOB price and levies or taxes that are added on top of FOB prices.

“Unfortunately, the Government levies and taxes constitute almost 50% of the pump price and indeed if any politician and mostly those that sit in parliament would wish to have fuel prices reduced all they have to do is to remove all the taxes that are imposed on fuel and Malawi would have the cheapest prices of petroleum products and make consumers and opposition members of Parliament happy.”

Kapito has since warned Nankhumwa to refrain from making careless statements that are just to make them relevant and popular at the expense of the poor.

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Mwinithako
Mwinithako
6 months ago

wHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT eDUCATION IN mALAWI IS JUST A WASTE OF RESOURCES.I HAVE SEEN DOCTORS WHO RE IDIOTS IN MALAWI INSTITUTIONS.mARE DEGREE HOLDERS ARE EVEN BETTER THAT THEM.OSANAMIZILA EDUCATION HERE.DOCTOR CHILIMA ,MBUZI,DOCTOR CHAKWERA ,GALU,DOCTOR MLUSU ,BAKHA,DOCTOR USI,GWAPE WENIWENI KKK.

Mwinithako
Mwinithako
6 months ago

John kapito should not attack Nankhumwa on this fuel issue.Did not Chilima uttered a lot on fuel pricing last time during campaign.Zisakomele Mbuzi kugunda galu yapa.Kapito and Kachaje have turned into supporting evils of Tonse Alliance for them being the Chewa and Ngoni.Tikuona apa zomwe a Tonse akuchita.HRDC is quite like a sick pig.But Malawians have now seen that the Tonse did not come with good things but just wanted to ouster DPP out of goverment for them to rudely rule Malawians. Prices are so high.Peter reduced fuel prices due to the Covid 19 disruptions.Why Kapito defending these Tonse idiots.Kapito… Read more »

Form Form BBME
6 months ago

Nankhumwa was just in cabinet to steal. He has shown us that he is a Form Form guy as well. I thought he knew the fuel economics. The prices of fuel are not stable on the market. It depends on demand and supply. OPEC controls the supply to increase the prices. Zinazi ndi ndale zopusa.

Sindyeka Dekhani
Sindyeka Dekhani
6 months ago

Afunseni kuti what is Agriculture akuyankhani, koma za FOB izi palibe akutolapo.
Mwamasula bwino a Kapito ngakhale patenga Nthawi kuti muyankhuleko za nzeru!!
Ma degree azidindo za Blue awa mmmh!

guest
guest
6 months ago

koyambatu kumumva kapito akukamba za nzeru chonchi. mumazisiya kut nzeru zimenezi, kapena mwazindikila kut being used by dipipi will never take u anywhere….

Parallel Market
Parallel Market
6 months ago

Mr Kapito has generated a brain wave only that it can be understood by the by educated few. Anthu a form form sangazimvetse izi. Mudzazindikira bwino patsogolo!!!

maganizo kaloza
6 months ago

mr kapito,where were you when chilima asked the then rulling party to reduce fuel prices.you remained quite and this time you have resurrected after being given bans.nankhumwa has the right to ask the government or question them whenever it is necessary

Cairo
Cairo
6 months ago

Maganizo Kaloza, walasa pamenepo kwambiri, ayankhe pamenepo.

APM
APM
6 months ago

Chilima was not a parliamentarian, in fact he has never been a parliamentarian…….so you can not compare Chilima and Nankhumwa…….Nankhumwa should know better how the fuel pricing works, the president or government does not dictate fuel prices in Malawi no.

Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
6 months ago
Reply to  APM

It doesn’t only need a parliamentarian to understand the fuel price methodology. Chilima being the VP at the time was better placed to understand this. He was a politician and still is. He must condemn the price hike and easy the burden facing Malawians.

Cairo
Cairo
6 months ago

Kapito is just a useless person these days, he used to be energic and was talking sense, but now its over. This time because its opposition who are requesting the government to listen to the plea of the people to reduce pump price, its not in order. The same Tonse Alliance government when it was in opposition, Chilima demanded the reduction of pump prices ( a clip is available in circulation) by the government which he was part of. Now today, ukatiuze kuti it should be political, nonsense and fotseki.

Chechamba
Chechamba
6 months ago
Reply to  Cairo

NAKHUMWA AS UNEDUCATED AS HE IS, HE WILL REMAIN A CHEAP POLITICIAN. HE MUST FORGET ABOUT STATEHOUSE.WELL, FUEL PRICE WILL AUTOMATICALLY COME DOWN AS DEMAND WILL EASE DOWN AGAIN WITH THE INCREASE IN COVID RELATED LOCKDOWNS ACROSS THE GROBE

Cairo
Cairo
6 months ago
Reply to  Chechamba

Iweyo Chechamba, you are very stupid and you are wasting oxygen. What has education got to do with what Nankhumwa has said, uli chipuwa iweyo. You dont even know the definition of being uneducated, foolish Chechamba, iwe ndiwachambadi.

Lego
6 months ago
Reply to  Cairo

Whats wrong with what Kapita has said about Nankhumwa?Indeed the guy just want popularity nothing else.

Sindyeka Dekhani
Sindyeka Dekhani
6 months ago
Reply to  Cairo

Kapito is not against Fuel reduction He’s asking why the right people are not doing it. The right people includes Nankhumwa himself the current and recognised Leader of Elections losers in Parliament!

Form Form BBME
6 months ago

True Nankhumwa is seeking popularity and he has already forgotten what dpp did to most Malawians. The name dpp scares us very much. In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Squealor used to ask the animals if the wanted to go back to Mr. Jones. We don’t want to go back to the thieves of certificates. The form forms.

Mike Bamusi
Mike Bamusi
6 months ago

Tell him, nankhumwa is such an idiot ,no knowledge of economics but you want to use cheap propaganda to be popular.idiotic thinking

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