Mwenefumbo calls for carbon tax imposition: ‘Malawi doing little in climate change issues’

An independent member of parliament for Karonga Central, Frank Mwenefumbo, has proposed that Malawi should consider introducing a carbon tax.

Mwenefumbo,  Independent MP:  Carbon tax

Mwenefumbo, Independent MP: Carbon tax

“I would like to propose that there must be an imposition of carbon tax,” Mwenefumbo told parliament.

“If you go to our neighbouring countries and when you are driving, you are asked to pay something towards carbon tax, and the revenue realised from the initiative, goes a long way in raising funds for supporting in road maintenance endeavours, the environmental pollution preservation is enhanced. I, therefore, ask the Executive to take this proposal seriously so that it should help to preserve our environment,” he said.

He was contributing to a report on Natural Resources and Climate Change.

Mwenefumbo bemoaned that the issues of climate change and natural resource are not receiving the required attention in the country.

“We have just passed a bill here on emergency recovery. I look at the floods that occurred recently and the droughts as a result of negligence and also due to carelessness in the way we have approached our natural resources,” said Mwenefumbo, warning that “if we are not careful, these disasters or calamities are here to stay with us for a long time to come, unless we take a stand to address them.”

He said the disasters occurred because of the country’s carelessness on the environment in upland areas of Malawi.

“We have wantonly cut down our trees in upland areas, as it has been said earlier, our rivers are silting and the river banks have been destroyed through cultivation and we don’t have sustainable agriculture because of the practice. May I therefore, request that, government should mainstream issues of environmental preservation in all sectors of our economy and irrigation farming practices,” said the Karonga central MP.

Mwenefumbo also told parliament that the generation of power at Wovwe is being affected by “wanton cutting down of trees and carelessness in general on the environment at Fulirwa.”

Her asked government to “heavily invest” in the conservation of Uliwa River so that power generation capacity at Wovwe Hydro should be normalized.

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vilimmwera
Guest

A 25 samva chizungu cha mwenefumbo, that is why angomutukwana, sibwino kusonyeza umbuli pa media. mwenefumbo has talked or written sense, werenganinso zomwe walemba kapena funsani kwa ozindikira akutanthauzeni, kutukwana mukusonyeza umbuli mapeto. be polite to some issues and emotions without direction palibe akutameni a Mr 25

Frank mwenifumbo
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Thank you people for all your comments and feedbacks. I have viewed and received all comments in a positive way . It is is very heartening to note that I have partners who are passionate about issues of the environment. However , I realised that my statement on the issue was not put in its right perspective as to who was liable to this carbon tax , but for those who are well travelled may have understood me instantly . In countries where this tax is levied it’s done only on foreign vehicles . This is why I used the… Read more »
Botawkaju
Guest

this guy is full of shit.akukhala ngati akuyankhulira pamunyero bwanji.ngati ukufuna pita uzikakhala ku neighbouring country.kuno ayi.lipira ndalama zako zathu ayi.nyani ameneyo.

Alfred Munduwabo
Guest
Do Malawians really need to have to pay more than what we are already paying on so many levys on energy especially fuel apart from what we already paying. This going to be too much for a poor Malawian , let’s not be coping what our neighbours are doing , the one open pit mine called Kayerekera should not fool Malawians at all , our friends have had mines in their countries for over 100 years ago and when they are talking about carbon tax they know what they are talking about , not just trying to punish poor Malawians… Read more »
Kenkkk
Guest

Very commendable suggestion. No need to throw insults at the mp. We need to start somewhere to combat the effects of environmental abuse and climate change. Even Peter is now an advocate of environmental protection, why are you not throwing insults at him?

JCInLA
Guest

What a fool! This guy is drinking the wrong cool aid!

mai wathu
Guest

hon mwnenefumbo you know very well that MRA has no capacity to collect taxes. So you want to introduce carbon taxes for you to CASHGATE, if MRA could collect taxes you would not be a billionaire.

Daniel Phiri
Guest

He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. What’s Malawi’s contribution to carbon emissions? Negligible! Why tax malawians more? Will carbon tax stop the corrupt government from giving Paladin a license to pollute our rivers and lake?? Will it stop people from using charcoal? Will it bring affordable and reliable electricity to all?

Tim Masamba
Guest

This man was a Deputy Minister? What a fool!!!!! In a country that depends heavily on petroleum fuel and coal to drive the economy who will you be punishing? Idiot………….

Chikopa
Guest

Anthu amene amalandira ndalama from our taxes such as MPs, Judiciary, Ministers etc are so obsessed with taxes so that they can milk us more. This is very shameful. Floods which hit Malawi early this year had nothing to do with environment. We were in the path of tropical storm and it landed (died) in Malawi – period! Most affected people were those who built houses where ground water was passing through. Iwe MP wa ku Karonga impose tax in your district where there is radio active waste and give the rest of us a break.

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