The Center for Development and Economic Initiatives (CDEDI) together with the Lilongwe Small Scale Business Operators (LSCBO) have given government two weeks to flush out what they call illegal immigrants plying businesses in the country’s cities.
The two organisations have told journalists in Lilongwe that if authorities fail to act on their demands, they will opt for nationwide protests.
According to one of the business operators in the city Jessy Magalasi, government is failing to address concerns of the country’s citizenry citing an example of charcoal business.
“We truly understand that charcoal business is illegal in the country, but we don’t have any option we still have to do it, what we need is government to consider putting some effective measures on our businesses,” suggested Magalasi.
And on his part, CDEDI Executive Director by Sylvester Namiwa said the immigrants are threatening the country’s small-scale businesses.
“CDEDI is appealing to President Chakwera and his Tonse Alliance government to immediately intervene on the matter by swallowing their pride and getting on board all the suppliers that have the capacity to deliver the job.”
“Regardless of their political affiliation, if the Tonse philosophy is indeed anything that is practical,” said Namiwa.
He added that the Tonse led administration has two weeks to address their concerns.
“This is the reason why CDEDI is giving Dr. Chakwera fourteen working days to fix the mess or to publicly accept that he has failed Malawians.”
“If the situation does not improve, CDEDI will not hesitate to lead Malawians into national wide demonstrations to seek justice from the leaders whom they trusted with their votes,” Namiwa said.