Kenani’s Covid-19 initiative appeals for tax waiver on items to be bought

Social media influencer and writer Stanely Onjezani Kenani, who is leading a fundraising initiative for urgent Covid-19 relief in Malawi has applied for a Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) tax waive through the Minister of Finance, Felix Mlusu on equipment to be bought using the public donations.

Kenani: The needs remain immense

The initiative plan to use the donated funds to buy medical supplies and equipment for frontline medical workers and patients, including oxygen cylinders, oxygen pressure regulators, medicines, non-rebreather masks with reservoirs, enoxaparin,  nasal prongs and personal protective equipment (PPE).

Kenani has written the appeal to Mlusu saying “with fellow Malawians and well-wishers of other nationalities on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms, we have embarked on a fundraising campaign to contribute to the Covid-19 pandemic fight”.

The fundraising initiative enters its fourth day on Tuesday approaching K22 million .

The campaign is  also expected to buy drip stands, patient monitors, pulse oximeters, 3-sided bed screens to erect around beds when health care workers examine and do procedures.

According to Kenani, the supplies will eb donated to  Queen Elizabeth, Kamuzu, Zomba and Mzuzu central hospitals

“However, we have noted that there is tax on some of the items [and] I hereby write to you to seek a waiver of the tax so that we maximize the number of items we can buy to save lives,” Kenani wrote Finance minister.

Kenani then disclosed  that to enhance transparency and accountability, he has applied at the Registrar General for a business licence, in the name of ‘Covid Response Private Citizens’.

“With the business licence, we can open a bank account that does not belong to any individual. Airtel can also open an Airtel Money account for us with a limit of K100 million, as opposed to using individuals’ accounts, which have a periodical limit of K1 million,” he said.

According to Kenani, the  fundraising initiative, which started on Sunday was triggered by a social media call by late Paul Msoma who was admitted at Kamuzu Central Hospital for Covid-19 and raised an alarm about shortage of  flow meters at the facility.

Msoma succumbed to the virus on Monday.

The target by Kenani, who initiated  the campaign with his personal K100 000 donation, is to raise 55 000 euro (about K50 million).

Kenani posted on his Facebook page that “ the needs remain immense and we are calling for everyone’s support. We assure you that we will act with great speed, transparency and accountability.”

The donations are coming through the GoFundMe  page and through mobile money platforms.

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Mai a Mzati
Mai a Mzati
3 months ago

This is a true need for tax waiver. Those in authorities dont wait this issue of covid is known all over. Lets act there and then

Nyoni
Nyoni
3 months ago

Chakwera must donate his salary for Covid. We already feed, clothe -and everything else for him at state house. Be a good president lead by example, ministers and mps could follow suit with 2 million kwacha donations each.Adya zokwana

Timveziti
Timveziti
3 months ago

Yes this is most deserving of a tax waiver. Please authorities do the needful asap. We dont have a minute to waste. This shouldn’t require meeting upon meeting all over the country with no decisions.
Thank you

Africa
Africa
3 months ago

192 MPs x MK1million donation=MK192,000,000 ($256,000)…make it done.

CULTURE
CULTURE
3 months ago

Thanks Kenani asiyeni enawa azingoyankhula. Ali busy kuzilemelesa pozilipila ma 5 billion pamene inu mukufuna ndalama zofuna kupulumusa miyoyo ya amalawi. I wished you were the type of people to be our state president because of your actions osati enawa talk, talk and siku transport.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
3 months ago
Reply to  CULTURE

matumba angati a cement analowa no tax paja! mukumva enanu??
mbale ndi kapu yacitsulo k83 sauzande
nkhuku k3.5 pin . mwanva enau?
koma nde mukazimunyula zosezi a malawi kumangofa nthawi isanakwane.
Japie n botomani dovu cucucu pamenepo. ai
KENANI WAONETSA NZERU. ZIKOMO AKULU MULUNGU AKUPATSENI NZERU ZOPITILILA APA.
TIYENI TITHANDIZANE. MMA KAMPANIMU TULUKANI TIMENYERE LIMOZI NKHONDOYI.
A MA TRUCK TYENI TITHANDIZE KATUNDUYI AFIKE MUNNTHAWI YOYENERA.
ZIKOMO ZIKOMO ZIKOMO

Mpakateni
3 months ago

It would be better to extend the gesture to Zomba General Hospital as well. The facility caters for the whole Eastern Region and its services should not be underrated. This is a messages to all individuals of good-will that are pooling resources to support the fight against Covid-19. This is the only time to do so, there will be no other time for another contribution specifically for ZGH. Well done.

Wawo
Wawo
3 months ago
Reply to  Mpakateni

It is already there.

Mpakateni
3 months ago
Reply to  Wawo

Thank you Wawo,I had missed it.

PelomaPepe
PelomaPepe
3 months ago
Reply to  Mpakateni

Koma mwawerenga article yi? Zomba is already listed among the beneficiary hospitals.

Dausee
Dausee
3 months ago
Reply to  PelomaPepe

Fans ina ndiyongoshupa basi. Osawerenga kudzangofikira kulemba zimene akhala akusungira mmutu mwawo for decades

Liars exposed
3 months ago
Reply to  Mpakateni

Do we really have a region called Eastern Region? Do we have 3 or 4 regions in Malawi ? If there can be an exam question about how many regions are there in Malawi, what will be the correct answer? If the eastern part of the southern region is to be delinked from the south let government bring the matter in parliament to change the law that says no regional boundaries shall be changed.

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