Ministry of Trade has said it will soon use the Business Licensing Act to flush out illegal traders operating retail business in townships or rural areas.
The decision comes in reaction to the Mzuzu Beef Butcheries Association threats to do unspecified action to Asians communities that are conducting local businesses in Mzuzu city.
Ministry of Trade Public Relations Officer, Mayeso Msokera, said Business Licensing Act bars foreigners to operate retail shops in townships and rural areas but only in Central Business District (CBD) of designated places such cities and municipalities.
“The Act empowers the Ministry of Trade to license all foreign-owned businesses whereas businesses owned by Malawians are licensed by local authorities. The ministry therefore, is discussing with the Ministry of Local Government and local authorities to forge a common approach and lasting solution to the problem.
“However, our inspection team will be undertaking a routine inspection to flush out all illegal traders,” Msokera said.
Msokera however, said those operating in townships and rural areas are only approved in a special way for specific reasons.
He then asked the Mzuzu Beef Butchery Association members to furnish the ministry with proper information of business operators plating their trade illegally so that the ministry can effectively act so that the law takes its course.
Secretary for the association, Austin Khondiwa, said it is sad that the foreigners who are opening the butcheries local us Malawians to obtain the license.
Khondowa also said foreigners are winning contracts to supply in Suppurates others even government institutions.
Member of Parliament for Mulanje Bale Victor Musowa recently spoke in Parliament against foreign investors who take advantage of local people when conducting their businesses.