Malawi should brace up for fuel price hike with kwacha losing value – Cama

The recent slump in Malawi kwacha’s value and the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in most parts of the world will eventually result in Malawians  paying for more petroleum products , Consumer Association of Malawi (Cama) has warned.

Kapito:  Malawians should prepare for fuel price hike

Cama executive director John Kapito told journalists in Blantyre on Monday that Malawians should prepare for an imminent fuel hike that will trigger prices of other commodities to go up too.

“There was no demand for petroleum products globally because of Covid-19, therefore the prices of petroleum products went down,” observed Kapito during a workshop to update journalists on petroleum pricing trends.

He said that now with easing of lockdown restriction around the world   “there is demand where prices internationally have started going up and Malawi will be affected.”

Kapito also noted that the Kwacha currency is currently weakening, trading at around K756 against the US Dollar in authorised dealer banks.

“The consumer should now prepare to pay higher prices,” said Kapito.

Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) spokesperson Fitina Khonje said decision of prices of fuel can only be made when the regulator’s board has been instituted after it was dissolved in June this year.

When making its price determination, Mera assess the combined effect of the movement of Free on Board (FoB) prices, kwacha exchange rate against the dollar and changes in the local factors such as inflation.

Reserve Bank of Malawi Governor Wilson Banda recently said there are impending significant inflationary pressures emanating from a gradual pick-up in food prices.

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Bamusi
1 year ago

Muchoseni galu uyu Kapito, where was he during Dpp regime?

Ndata Boy
1 year ago

someone seeking fame again kkkk no not this time just shut up

Chautaamalanga
1 year ago
Reply to  Ndata Boy

Kapito should close his proboscis and stay quiet.First and foremost, the gentleman does not understand Economics. Secondly, where was he when DPP was looting the economy? Akagwere uko

Truth
Truth
1 year ago

gwetsani kwachayo basi. the real value is 800 that is why the black market is extremely active.

FORGIVE THEM
FORGIVE THEM
1 year ago

Kapito, lero wayamba kale kuyankhula, 6 yrs za Peter olo komodzi, shame on you

Phwisani
Phwisani
1 year ago

But we can not expect fuel to go up because if Malawians remember Chilima, during campaign when DPP Govt reduced fuel due to Convid Chilima said the fuel should have reduced further. And therefore is still room for the fuel price to be maintained.

Fine
Fine
1 year ago

Kapito was silent in 2019 and some parts of early 2020- interesting!

FEW GOOD MEN
FEW GOOD MEN
1 year ago

Kapito anali kale. Banzi inalowa pano

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