Malawians find relief in Bwanoni after Bonya

Malawians  have now found relief in bwanoni(seasonal grasshoppers), a delicacy commonly found in cool months of the year.

The poor – 39% of the 13 million citizens, living on less than one dollar a day – suffered much from the devaluation, which economic experts say it was a necessary evil to lure the International Monetary Fund support and donors to resume aid payments.

Many people have been founding solace in  small fish called Bonya  for being cheap besides its easy availability in almost every market across the country.

But the chilly weather over the weekend in some parts of Blantyre came with an infestation of bwanoni, according to published reports.

Oh Bwanoni style!
Oh Bwanoni style!
A boy capture in tree catching bwanoni in Blantyre. -Photo credit NPL
A boy capture in tree catching bwanoni in Blantyre. -Photo credit NPL

Bonya has been making headlines and also featured on BBC which quoted economic experts saying  the fact that more Malawians have resorted to buying Bonya is a result of how badly the economy has declined.

President Joyce Banda took office in April 2012 following the sudden death of controversial Mutharika whose relationship with Western governments and aid agencies had deteriorated after refusing to devalue the Kwacha.

The first female Head of State in the developing southern African nation has since launched a drive of measures including an economic recovery plan

According to Malawi Confederation of Chamber of Commerce, and Industry (MCCCI) Chancellor Kaferapanjira, who notes that the economy was already showing signs of revival, saying the Banda administration needs “time to implement some of the measures put in place.”

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