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