Tipper Owners Angered By Mining Firms
A group of owners of Tipper Trucks has grown frustrated over what it calls monopolization by some mine owners who are now transporting products such as quarry from their mining sites.
This according to the group under the banner, Tipper Owners Association of Malawi is against the 2020 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) order that demands a share of 60 percent to natives and 40 percent to foreign nationals when supplying goods and services.
The group’s spokesperson, Richard Kokolilko told Zodiak online, Chinese nationals are those dominating in the transportation of the products and fear of being pushed out of business.
“The mine owners are doing transportation which is illegal, the license which they are given by government is only to do with mining, they are not support to transport the products. More especially the Chinese mine owners are the ones that are doing the transportation,” said Kokoliko.
Another member of the group, Judith Ngwira is asking the ministry of transport to respond to their concerns.
Said Ngwira, “If the law is restricting something to MSMEs, leave it to the MSMEs, don’t deal with it. What’s happening now is that they are trading illegally because those items are restricted to the locals.”
The group is also asking government to consider waivering duty when importing tippers just like mother foreign nationals.
“They come, they don’t even pay duty because they buy the tippers as investors but when we were buying our tippers, we paid tax,” she added.
Ministry of Transport is yet to officially receive the complaint from the group and this is according to spokesperson, Gizani Liwewe.
“We are yet to hear officially from the association regarding their concerns and in the absence of specifics of the law that is being broken by the Mine Owners, it is difficult to provide a comment,” said Liwewe.