Malawian tenants threaten protests over Asian landlords over Chinese takeover

Malawian tenants who occupy shops owned by Asians in Limbe have threatened to go on the streets to protest against decisions by their landlords who evict Malawian businessmen from shops in favour of Chinese tenants.

Limbe business  area  now taken over by Chinese

The Malawian shop owners say the Chinese are coming up with lucrative offers for shop space in Limbe.

One of the evicted shop owners Khwiliro Kalimbuka said the Malawian shop owners are very vulnerable because they cannot match high shop rentals which the Chinese are offering.

“The government should have deliberate policies to ensure that the interests of Malawians are safe guarded,” he said.

Denis Kalekeni from Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) said the organization would be interested if the eviction of the Malawian tenants leads to loss of jobs.

“We would definitely support the protests; we wouldn’t want this to lead to loss of jobs for Malawians. If Malawians are evicted from shops, where do they go? This is their country,” he said.

He said MCTU would not condone such behavior by the Asians living in Malawi.

Spokesperson for the ministry of Trade and Industry Wisikesi Mkombezi said his ministry did a fact finding mission on the matter and discovered that the issue was all about tenancy.

“I am told that those evicted were renting a shop which the owner, an Indian sold to another Indian and the new landlord decided to raise the rentals, that is beyond my ministry,” he said.

This comes at a time when some people are expressing concern that the government is encouraging the use of the Chinese currency in the country as opposed to the local currency, kwacha.

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CESSPOOL SIMALOTO
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CESSPOOL SIMALOTO

Why? Why raise an alarm now? The Indians have been pumping monies into our parties just to influence our policies on estate ownership today the ordinary are crying foul but our politicians are mum on these highly explosive concerns. The locals are being pushed into a Xenophobe’s corner the sparks from that zone won’t be a civilised roundtable talk. Dithering won’t be our solution the victims whose voice is that of the indigenes need urgent attention the locals can’t be refugees in their own country. No! No! Where do we go from this Asian colonialism? The dragon’s claws are holding… Read more »

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

Gold is definitely making a valid point. We Malawians need to change our mindset and start dreaming being owners of capital. The reason why Asians and all other foreigners have taken advantage of the situation is the gap they have seen. We are very sleep and not aggressive at all. For example, we have a vast lake with massive potential and yet we don’t do anything worthwhile with the resource to make money for ourselves. Once gain, foreigners will come and buy the land along the lake and put up 5-star hotels (and l;edges), restaurants, entertainment facilities, international standard airports… Read more »

Goli
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Goli

Build your own shops- dont depend on Asians

winston msowoya
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winston msowoya

Malawians,how would Asians become the landlords of our own land while the owners of the country are landless? Are you really people with brains? Tanzania and Kenya have millions of Asians in their both countries but,they do not own lands to profit their own businesses and leaving the African owners of the God-given land.The MCP under the high Priest Chakwera,has not taken this issue gravely,the UDF,PP and DPP have all kept themselves outside the fence.Likewise,all these Parties are the die-hard supporters of the discredited,misguided and tribalistically motivated QUOTA SYSTEM that was imposed on the northerners by the former murderous MALAWI… Read more »

HT
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HT

Kkkkkkk Chaka chino tichita ma China ndithu kkkkkk

phwisa
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phwisa

Ask the Malangalanga vendors in Lilongwe. They demonstrated several months ago but up to now no response from Government. Thats Malawi

Yufuzai
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Yufuzai

Chinese currency????

dodo
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dodo

these foreigners are killing this nation.

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