Minibus fares increase following Malawi fuel price hike

Commuters will have to dig deep into their pockets as Minibus Owners Association of Malawi (Moam) has increased minibus fares by 10 percent  following Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera)’s upward adjustment of fuel prices.

Minibus operators raise fares

Coxley Kamange, Secretary General for MOAM has described the rise in pump prices as unfortunate saying it has come at a time when there is a reduction in minibus sitting capacity due to Covid19 regulations.

With this, Kamange has said minibus fares will be raised by 10 percent.

As it is Petrol is now selling at 899 Kwacha per litre from 834.60 kwacha per litre  representing 7.74 percent adjustment.

Diesel has moved from 826 kwacha per litre to 898 kwacha per litre representing 8.66 percent price increase whilst Paraffin is now being sold at 719 kwacha per litre from 613 kwacha per litre which represents 17.35 percent.

In separate random interviews with Nyasa Times, commuters expressed concern with the increased fares, saying the adjustments will trigger price increases of basic household items.

In an interview, a Bangwe resident Grace Thupi, said the fuel price hike will likely deeply affect consumers.

In a separate interview, Johny Kalakasi Jnr of Zingangwa also expressed fear that the adjustments will negatively affect consumers.

In his reaction, Consumers Association of Malawi executive director John Kapito described the increase as a sad development.

But Minister of Energy, Newton Kambala said  government has been increasing the prices so that they reflect the international trends but also to generate money to clear the debt which he accused the previous Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government of depleting the fuel stabilization fund and in turn, accumulating a K40 billion fuel debt.

According to Kambala, it will take a long time to clear the debt and build the stabilization fund.

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John Michaels
John Michaels
4 months ago

The only way out is for the government to introduce electric minibus, along with electric and solar infrastructure (charging points) for electric minibuses. This will save on fuel costs, and reduce diesel pollution of the atmosphere while getting a good jumpstart on climate goals. Next could come electric trucks (like Tesla mini) and world class, efficient and corruption-free (like Botswana) goods transportation sector. Lets do this together.

Kudya katatu patsiku
Kudya katatu patsiku
4 months ago

Pa ulendo opita kudziko lolonjezedwa lija

gogo
gogo
4 months ago

boma lakanika ili, iwe chilima ukuti bwa ndevu chabe mbuu mgati wathila chipala

Steven
Steven
4 months ago

A Malawi timakonda kudandaula mafuta akwera pafupifupi makiko ambiri .Ngati mayiko ochita bwino ngati south Africa akwera kulibwanji Malawi

nsundwe Boys
nsundwe Boys
4 months ago
Reply to  Steven

Wasnt is Chilima who told people it is only Dpp that raises fuel prices,that everywhere else prices go down? That Tonse government wont raise prices? what the hell are you talking about?just shutup!

Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
4 months ago
Reply to  Steven

Check their GDP and compare that of Malawi. You will find why Malawians are crying. Someone right in the parliament has argued that this price hike can be cushioned to protect Malawians.

Bauleni
Bauleni
4 months ago
Reply to  Steven

Where were you with this opinion when Chilima was busy castigating Apm for raising fuel prices??

laws
laws
4 months ago

The reason of increase as per the responsible minister are naive,and shows his shallow mind.You mean you are punishing people for the sake of paying the outstanding debit?then why are we paying the taxes for?

Justice for all
Justice for all
4 months ago

Shame Malawi government 6.2b could bailout the fuel but they choose to eat few this what happens

Wakwiya ndi kadeti
4 months ago

This is a dying business. There is no money in the minibus business and you end up paying high insurance premiums, you pay the police who have eyes on the business and you end up losing more money on tyres and other services to maintain the vehicles. It’ s a very frustrating business. The traffic police reap where they never sowed.

Don Master
Don Master
4 months ago

Mafuta akwera ndi 7% koma minibus prices akwera ndi 10%. Moam kodi mmaganiza bwanji? The 10% increment will be borne by all commuters individually when in actual fact minibus sinyamula munthu mmodzi. The increment by moam was supposed to have followed this logic.

In any case it’s minibus owners that benefit from fuel price increase by making additional profits.

Anzanufe
Anzanufe
4 months ago

Lack of timing, why not use the funds you are distributing to tonse members to caution the fuel fund. In that case it will benefit all Malawians.

That’s what happens when you have full of dunderheads at the helm. Too much talk as if they are brainy.

PelomaPepe
PelomaPepe
4 months ago

Ifenso tingoyamba ma strike for salary increase basi, that’s the solution. We can’t survive on the same salary ya makedzana.

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