Malawi govt say new K5 000 banknote will not start: Goodall blasts ‘economists of doom’

Malawi government has said it has no intention to put into circulation new K5 000 banknote after the plans has not pleased some consumers and economic commentators, who argue that the move points to longer term macro economic downturn.

New K5 000 bank note will not be put into circuclation

Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe told official Malawi News Agency (Mana) that government plans to introduce a K5 000 bank note, to reduce printing costs.

But a statement released on Thursday by Treasury said  government has no plan to introduce the new bank note  which had already been christen by people as ‘Namapopa’ (bloodsucker) a year after introducing a K2 000 note.

Treasury statement said Minister of Finance Gondwe “only agreed with the supposition of a [government] reporter that the issue of K5 000 would be appropriate at this time now that the rate of inflation was in decline.”

Read the statement in part: “The general public is therefore being informed that there is no likelihood nor plans of issuing a higher bank note than the K2 000 note in the foreseeable future.”

The statement further said Malawi’s macro economy, including the Kwacha currency, is now stable and the government intends to maintain the stability.

Gondwe received a barrage of criticism on the move to introduce the K5 000 bank note.

Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) executive director John Kapito said the introduction of the note would be an indication that the kwacha has lost value as evidenced by high cost of living.

“The higher the note tells you how stinking our economy is becoming. This is something authorities need to be careful about because it can also trigger inflation and this is something they need to do wisely.

“We have seen countries where high notes were introduced such as Zimbabwe and the repercussions they have had. There are a lot of areas we could have managed the current situation, but not introduction of new note,” Kapito said as quoted in The Nation newspaper.

Catholic University dean of social sicences Gilbert Kachamba  also said  quashed Gondwe for  disclosing about the new bank note, saying “there is no justification to introduce a higher currency denomination.”

However, Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama) president Henry Kachaje said the K5 000 bank note was long overdue, considering how much the kwacha has devalued over the past years and is in line with international parameters which benchmarks the largest note to be close to a $5 (K3 670) value.

Meanwhile, Gondwe has blasted economic critics  describing them as prophets of doom.

“I sometimes get confused with these so-called experts because all what they do is to tell how bad things are going to be they never talk about how good things are going to be.

“I do not take them into account at all; I take the facts as they are and decide how best I can improve the things,” Gondwe said in quotes reported by Daily Times.

He conceded that the economy is likely to face increased inflationary pressures at the end of the year.

“We are likely, probably towards the end of the year, going to have an edging up of inflation, but this is seasonal. We have that problem every year and after that it will get back to the downward trend depending on how we will handle the economy and not the things they are talking about,” Gondwe said.

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Any Hope

How can the economy continue to run efficiently when the largest denomination note is a bit less that US$ 3.00. In a cash economy it is just a wast of time counting out so many scraps of paper.

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda

Float notices in all the local papers and the government gazette so that everyone is aware that the Namapopa bank note, as it was being referred to, will never be in circulation. It is just undesirable for the economy to release such higher bank notes into circulation, and often times it is recipe for inflationary effects.


Vuto ndi loti mwaona kuti mwakalamba nthawi yanu yasala pang’ono kutha NDE mukufuna muononge Malawi wamsogoloyu


Try and error DPP government …… two U-turns in a week….kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk……..autopilot……the pilot is asleep with the plane @ 30,000,000 feet in the air….


Total chaos, right hand does not know what left hand is doing ! what a mess of administration is this government of DPP …complete disorganization!!!!!!


I think its the 5 – 1 defeat that is confusing them. Just today alone backtracking on two fronts, the currency and the traffic fines. This government doesn’t know what it is doing.

Jesus is Lord

Lol K2000 = 35 rand… Having to draw at the ATM to pay K200,000 cash for my hotel stay all in K1000 notes was horrible. Unique experience though.

Fake Petros
Please do not rush into condemning other experts’ opinion as “prophecy of doom’ we are in fact already living in doomed economy, It’s in SHAMBLES. There is no doubt that Goodall’s academic credentials and professional reputation are inarguably one of the best the country has ever produced. However, inadvertently the guy (like his friend, the president) has passed his useful shelf-life and now he has become obsolete and irrelevant. Probably one would argue he is becoming stupid too! In fact he is not only detrimental to the country’s economy but also a lethal threat and recipe for disaster for future… Read more »
Bambo phiri

Goodall wakalamba uyu, mwayiye palibe chomwe tingapezemo choti chipindulire a Malawi panopa, nzeru zake zabwerera kuimwana. Goodall may u pliz pave way for new blood, u did ur part n others have to come n show what they can do for betterment of Malawi

Koma atolankhani aku MBC anayikokomeza nkhaniyi mpaka kukatola wosesa mu mumseu nkumati ndi Ecoomics expert akuyamikira ganizio la Gondwe loyika MK5,000 mpaka kupokosera pa TV masiku awiri. The reporter was just like a parrot, he could not even ask the so called Economics expert challenging questions to ascertain his expertise in economics. Mbuzi zaku MBC. Now you should also broadcast this nonsense that the government has swallowed its own vomit. Do you think you can Malawians these days? Anamapopa osaphunzira inu. You dont even realise that when you do this you are portraying your total ignorant and savageness to the… Read more »
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