Outspoken independent Karonga Central Parliamentarian Frank Tumpale Mwenefumbo has urged government to protect indigenous Malawian businesses.
He said in parliament that foreign business persons were being given preferential treatment over indigenous Malawian businesses.
“Malawians are living like destitute in their own country. The government should not alienate its own people. The government should not be ashamed of its own people.
“South Africa did it with a policy empowering the black population. Why can’t we do the same?” Said Mwenefumbo.
Minister of Industry and Trade, Joseph Mwanamveka in his response said Government will table a bill in the coming months aimed at empowering indigenous business persons.
“I agree with the Member of Parliament for Karonga Central and I can assure the house that a bill on the same will be presented in the house soon,” said Mwanamvekha.
The Trade Minister assured Malawians that the bill preparation was at an advanced stage and would be brought before the house in due course.
“We have several areas to be looked into, for instance, issuing of business licenses and several other issues,’’ said Mwanamveka.
Several other parliamentarians spoke against the domination of businesses by foreigners.