Tension brewing on Asian businessmen and indigenous Malawians 

There is tension which is brewing between Asian businesspersons and indigenous Malawians over economic dominance and political power connections.

Asian businessperson Mapeto (right) with former president Joyce Banda 

Citizens have been taking to social media and closed groups of indigenous Malawians to push government to liberate its people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation and economic inequality.

There has been talk that government should economically emancipate its people from living below the poverty line and ensure economic empowerment through participation in government procurements fairly.

The government business, according to information seen by Nyasa Times, most of the contractors are of Asians from the Indian subcontinent.

From supplying materials to government to supermarkets to shopping malls, Malawian Asians have the prominent role in the country’s economy.

Former legislator Frank Mwenifumbo is on record saying  government should ensure there is a  deliberate policy,  “where we should make sure that a certain percentage of those procurements must be given to Malawian businessmen, that is only when we can grow this economy. “

He said the economic hardships that Malawians are going through are “uncalled for and unnecessary.”

Said Mwenifumbo: “Most of the monies are in the hands of foreigners.  When it comes to this kind of a situation, you hardly see them bringing back that money into the economy. “

He continued: “I can assure you if you give a black man, a Malawian, some business, the first and foremost, he will think of building something in Malawi here especially at his village.

“But look at our friends, they are making billions, and if you ask them as to what they have invested in Malawi, it’s zero.  That’s very unfortunate.”

Nick  Yiannakis this week took to Facebook to attack Asians that they are looting the  country’s resources, land property .

But Yiannakis provoked many when he inserted the religious card to his post, calling on Malawians to “remove all Muslim Asians will ill intent for Malawi, from Malawi.”

He later apologised for the post. But the racial tensions continued.

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Joni's kadijose
Joni's kadijose
1 year ago

Let Malawians come first

dalo
dalo
1 year ago

Its high time amwenye anatilowa kwambiri chifukwa cha boma,boma litabwele likuyenela kuona mbali imeneyi.Ife sitingapite ku indian zinthu zathu kukayenda ai koma amwenye akubwela kuno mkumatipangilanso mwano.Sikudana nawo ai koma anapatsidwa mphamvunso kwathu ku malawi.

Gas Machine Head
Gas Machine Head
1 year ago

Muslim Brotherhood! Crooks but very prayerful five times a day facing Mecca! Absolute hypocrites

Kachala
1 year ago

This one of the most interesting story I have ever read on this Tumbuka forum,. In fact mawa lest target the Indians

THE APOSTLE
1 year ago

MUAMAR GADAFFI CHASED INDIANS OUT OF LIBYA ASK ME WHY..

THE DUBAI PRINCE IS IMPLEMENTING A POLICY THAT WILL EMPOWER DUBAI NATIVES DUE TO THE SAME INDIAN . THEY ARE TERRIBLE TO ANY ECONOMY HENCE GOVERNMENT SHOULD PUT IN PLACE A DELIBERATE POLICY TO EMPOWER ALL THE LOCAL PEOPLE.

namatetule
1 year ago

Tell me how you can develop yourself if you are marching 2 days a week on the road?

Mbwiye
Mbwiye
1 year ago

The fact that asians particularly pakistans and indians are crooks. Amabwera mmodzimmodzi kenako enawo kumabwera on temporary permit residence permit kenako kukwatira ndikupeza chiphaso chokhalira kenako mkudzabweretsa mkazi wake weniweni wachimalawi uja kukhala wantchito then zinthu ndikukhala. The best is boma likhazikitse ndi kumatsatira malamulo akuti eni nthaka azitenga business yayikulu otherwise we are sitting on a time bomb. Kodi these asians amaberetsa 250000 dollars yodzapanga invest akamabwera kuno?

nachisale
nachisale
1 year ago

Ndipo nkhani ya ma vote tikuvutikana nayo tokha , iwo ndikuvota komwe savota ayi. koma ntchito yawo ndiyopita kuseli kukahonga mapoliticians basi. Tatopa nazo zimenezi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
1 year ago

In fact I dont like the policy of giving contract to Asians, A Malawian ca not win a contract in Asia, so let the Asians leave my country alone. And Procurement Act should be put in a way that Malawian businesses of Malawian origin should benefit.

Kalekeni Kanene
Kalekeni Kanene
1 year ago

The Asians have a saying ‘DZKO NDI WANU, NDALAMA NDI WATHU’ Govt must come out with a proper policy on empowering the local citizens economically. Local citizens must also work hard when such opportunity comes. I remember Kamuzu removed Asians from rural districts in order to create space for the indigenous Malawians to do business, but people failed, instead the shop buildings left by the Asians were converted to Tobacco barns or Chibuku tarverns. This resulted to hardships to the people in the areas as they had no where to buy essentials like clothes, bicycle parts, etc. Tiyeni titukule dziko… Read more »

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