Minibus increase fares for passengers  after fuel hike

Minibus operators have said they are  raising passenger fares following Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera)’s dramatic adjustment of fuel prices by an average of 28 percent.

Minibus fares  up

Mera announced the increase of fuel prices on Wednesday evening.

Minibus Owners Association of Malawi (Moam) acting national chairperson Felix Mbonekera Msiska  said following the fuel price hike, the association is discussing with minibus operators to revise passenger fares.

He said they are consulting  with some regional chapters to see “how best we can effect adjustment on our part.”

Passenger Welfare Association (Pawa)  has asked government to “step in and subsidise the commuter.”

In a statement signed by board chairperson Leonard Chikadya,  Mera increased the pump price of petrol  20.87 percent more from K690.50 per litre (l) to K834.60/l.

On the other hand, diesel—predominantly used for transporting goods in a country that heavily depends on road transport and currently being used to generate about 60 megawatts of the country’s electricity—is up 24.31 percent from K664.80 to K826.40. Paraffin has jumped from K441.70 to K613.20, representing 38.83 percent hike.

Mera spokesperson Fitina Khonje attributed the increase to the rise in fuel landing costs and the depreciation of the kwacha by 3.37 percent since May this year.

The move is likely to push up the cost of other commodities.

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John wadi
John wadi
5 months ago

Raising minibus fees is totally unfair
Please reverse your decision 😢😢

Kambewa ngozo
5 months ago

Foseki
Infact petrol is cheaper in Malawi than in the UK. So I wonder why some people make too much noise.

National Ceo
National Ceo
5 months ago
Reply to  Kambewa ngozo

Are the salaries of Malawians equal to those in UK?

Portpher
Portpher
6 months ago

How can malawian people to trust the political parties, during campaigns they outline their manfestal that will raise the dead Malawi, so look now, this not old malawian style people now are open their minds.

Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba

Stealing from people. Did they reduce fares when fuel prices decreased from K930 to K690? The best is to boycoat these accident prone mini buses.

Namagetsi
Namagetsi
5 months ago

This is true, John Kapita is blind, MOAM is the one stealing from Malawians, after fuel went down K240.00 the prices remained the same

Gaga
Gaga
6 months ago

That’s not good

DPP INACHOKA
DPP INACHOKA
6 months ago

when fuel was decreased none of u came forward to announce decrease of transport fees so why raise again when initialy the cost of fuel has just returned to where it was before

kutijaila eti

Kambewa ngozo
5 months ago
Reply to  DPP INACHOKA

Yes that’s right. In fact Malawi should consider of getting crude oil via pipe line into the country just like Zambia is doing. Zambia has a crude oit pipeline from Dar esaalam. We must also improve our railway line so that most of our goods should be coming into Malawi via railway

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