By Dorica Mtenje
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Consumer Association of Malawi (CAMA) has asked President Lazarus Chakwera’s Tonse government to remove fuel levies for the betterment of Malawians.
In a statement made available to The Maravi Post, CAMA’s Executive Director John Kapito observes that Malawians are already contributing a lot in levy through electricity bills, water bills and petroleum fuels.
Kapito said poor leadership has blinded Chakweras regime as it has brought in kwacha devaluation that has affected the countries economy.
He said government was aware of the fuel hiking globally and their was not need of devaluating kwacha .
Kapito claims that Malawi is only pleasing the IMF empty promises making Malawians poor.
He said Chakwera need to trim his Cabinet to minimise the expenditure and stop favoring his family and friends for the sake of the countries Citizen.
Recently Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority(MERA) announced the hiking of fuel prices which has brought in different views from several stakeholders.
But Energy Minister Ibrahim Matola told The Maravi Post during the Face the Press on Friday, June 24, 2022 in the capital Lilongwe that as policy holder can not just scrap the levies without Parliament approval.
Matola however justified other levies on fuel including road, rural electrification are key to national development.
“As much as we know that there are many levies on fuel, we cant just removal them as some contribute a lot to our local development projects. However, its the role of Parliament to review the levies, ” says the Minister.
Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) hiked fuel by 34 percent as as follows effective June 23, 2022:
Petrol: MK1 999 from 1380 (44.92%)
Diesel: MK1920 from K1470 (30.61%)
Paraffin: MK1236 from K956 ((29.29%)
LPG: MK2 956 from MK2500