Demo set against influx of Chinese traders in Malawi

A peraceful demonstration has been organised in Blantyre   against the  ‘influx of Chinese traders in Malawi’ who are accused of employing unfair and non-competitive trade practices.

Limbe vebdors protests against Chinese ‘investors’

The demonstration is being organised by vendors at Limbe Market who  have since written Blantyre City Council (BCC), for permission to  hold their  peaceful protest.

The vendors argue that government, which claims to protect and support growth of indigenous traders, has failed to put in place policies that protect indigenous small businesses from foreign traders.

BCC public relations officer Anthony Kasunda confirmed receiving the letter dated  October 18 2018.signed by market chairperson Mbisa Limbe.

The vendors plan to hold their protests on October 25 2018.

Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism has been querried on the criteria it follows in categorising foreign investors, citing some Chinese that are involved in general trading such as bottlestores.

Indigenous Businesses Association of Malawi (Ibam) president Mike Mlombwa said the organisation has taken the concerns  to government, but to no avail.

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phwisa
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phwisa

Za zii! Ask Malawian traders of Malangalanga in Lilongwe. They have tried in vain. Only knives like what is done in South Africa can work

Patrick
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Malawian traders must just compete.That will be good for the consumer.Knives will not solve anything.The world is one single village bro

Kanyimbi
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Kanyimbi

We are not doing South African way ife sitikuwathamangitsa koma kupempha boma liwasamutse ma chinese omwe ndi opanga shop business asale opanga zinthu ma factory basi.

Patrick
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Then factories will also complain

Kassan Kaselema
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Kassan Kaselema

That’s what happens in a country where more policies are written without implementation…… so many vacancies in govt yet there are many policies with none to complement them.

Shaft Sachapandimadzi
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Shaft Sachapandimadzi

lets tolerate one another plz. when South Africans do that you condemn them. now u want to do the South African way. Please leave them and lets have a snake free Malawi, frog free Malawi, dog free Malawi etc

Patrick
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You have given the best answer,Shaft

Zedidi!
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Zedidi!

Nice one! Its high time!

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

One of the smartest approach to foreign investment should have a provision that they bring production/manufacturing capacity (including plants) into Malawi. Our political leaders should never have allowed the Chinese and Indians to come into the country to set up a retail shop to sell Chinese or Indian-made retail products. Get the Chinese to produce, manufacture or assemble goods right in Malawi. This is what Rwanda, South Africa and to a less extent Kenya have put in place. Movement of labour should be done on a reciprocal basis. How many Malawians would be allowed to set shop in a marketplace… Read more »

James
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James

How I wish I were in Malawi. Joining this demonstration is best one can do. These people are not good in their country. You can’t buy a piece of land in China even if you have a billion dollar. You can marry but never become a citizen in China. I wonder why we are very soft on them. Next time we need to pressurize our Parliament to pass a law so that we take back our land from all foreigners.

Kibaki
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Kibaki

I support it 100%. up to selling beers in our own country.

Awize
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Awize

Dziko liri m’manja mwa agalu. Everything in Malawi is sold out. In fact we don’t know, what belongs to Malawi and not. Next time we will wake up in the morning and told “this piece of land you is ours, We bought it 25 years ago by your authorities”. Authorities don’t care about Malawi. They don’t even keep their money in Malawi banks, their children are learning outside the country. Malawi problems are for us not them. That’s why they take too long to solve our social challenges, they know they have nothing to lose. One day they will fly… Read more »

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