Tough times for Malawi: Cost of living up by 27 percent


Malawians across the country are to suffer the effects of weak currency that has forced an upward pricing of goods, according to a survey by Center for Social Concern (CFSC).

The survey discloses that the cost of living has gone up by 27 percent in the month of October this year.

Goodal Gondwe

Goodall Gondwe, Malawi’s Finance Minister will not smile to this.

According to the survey, a family of six members is expected to be spending K172,519 in Mangochi in a month, while a similar family in Blantyre is to spend K175,900.

In Karonga district, a six member family is to spend K149,329 while in Zomba the families are to be spending K156,972 per month.

In Mzuzu the families are to be paying K159,806 for their basic needs with Lilongwe families having the highest amount of K185,744 for six members in a month.

Among the goods that have pushed the basket price up include maize, charcoal (due to persistent power interruption), tomatoes, and Kapenta.

The CFSC has also predicted that the cost of living is likely to go up in the month of December due to fuel price adjustment.

The unstable fuel price has led to the hike of minibus fares within Malawi’s four cities with Lilongwe residents paying from K500 to K1000 while in Mzuzu fares range from K450 to K500.

In Zomba residents are paying from K370 to K400 while in Blantyre the fare is at K358.

The CFSC carries out research into the cost of living for people in Malawi.

This is done every month through gathering information for the “Basic Needs Basket”.



  1. zinali ngati nthabwala pomwe end amanena kt.amalawi ayembekeze mavuto ndiwe yani.pano nthawi ija yafika wa DPP,MCP,AFORD kuli kulira ndi kukuta mano

  2. Even you can claim here that you are wise, I think you are just wasting your time, bcz other people are out side Malawi it’s bcz, there is no enough Jobs to cover everyone in the country so, if they work there it means they’re even contributing the economy for Malawi, & it’s where they came from. They are concerned about their country too, if she is falling down

  3. We r suffering just becoz of politics , they r there just to enrich themselves, they r selfish. For Kwacha to gain its strength it also need good politicians who can think of their people and country not these thieves

  4. Vuto ndife anthu akummwerafe penapake ndife anthu opanda chilungamo sitifuna kuvomereza kuti Boma ili lalephera timangoti zilibwino komatu akunjoya dzikoli ndi nduna ndi ana awo komanso amene ali ndi mabisiness chifukwa mitengo akungotchaja momwe angafunire koma mulimi ndi munthu wapantchito ali pa chipsinjo ndiboma ili ndipo ndunazi ndi anthu akunyumba yaboma sadziwa kuti kunjakuno kuli anthu ovutika osauka ,iwo amati mmene akunjoyera iwowo onse ndichoncho ndipo amene amdandaula kuti zinthu sizilibwino ndi okhawo otsutsa boma

  5. Chachikulu apa ndikukonzaso zintu kuti zibwerereko pakale pang’ono Osatayilathu ntima amalawi tikhoza kuzikonza mulungu akuona, kuvutika ndikusauka kwathu dziko lathu likulowera Ku phompo chifukwa chakuyipa kwa msogoleri amene tinamsanka kutisogolera mziko lathu, ndiye ndifenso tingakonze zintu Pano, Tikuona tokha apa kuti zintu zikuonongeka sindife mbuli tonse ayi, Zuka Malawi konzaniso dziko lanu ili mukapanda kutero palibe angabwere kuzathesa Umbava, ndiumbanda zimene zalowa mboma ili sopano. Abortion ndi umbanda umene, Tasegulani maso amalawi musagone tuloyi dziko lanu layamba kuonongeka. Remember there is great change in Jesus name.

  6. mbwampini anangokhala kuti munthu okani , opanda nzeru koma choti tiziwe ndichokuti New world order is coming one world lender , one world government , one world currency and one world religion osadabwa nazo izi !!!!!!!!!!!

  7. open yr eyes 4 once malawians. a country is not ruled by 1 man. if we had better leaders things would go better. if the president is foreing then how about the finance minister. how about the reserve bank governor. how about the atorney general. how about the PS’. how about the secretaries to the tresuary. how the IG of police. how abput the deffence in the millitary body. how about the commissioners in all government bodies are they all foreighners? even de commissioner 4 MRA? o r answerabl

  8. Its only God kingdom that can transform things human rulership has failed to bring changes they are now worsening things instead of ameriorating them what they do is to steal money and make themselves more rich

  9. End times tinanva kale za matsiku osiliza.JESUS is still calling you,all of you kuti one can fix what is happening but prepare yourself for worst times popeza ichi ndi chiyambi chabe.satana amagwiritsa ntchito mantha kuti akokele anthu ambiri kwake komatu ndikainetsetsa it is working,satans idea is working ambiri taopa.akatero abwelesanso zina kaya ndi tima ebola anthu ndi njenjenje..musachedweyi zinthu sizizakhalapo better mukakhalabe kunjako kwa oipayo ko koma mukabwela kwa Yesu, yes zizakhala better…take it or leave it its your take but Jesus is asking you to choose HIM

  10. Come on people in charge pull your drugging fingers out you backsidez!!! You run a country with unbelievable amounts of potential….this is inexcusable! If you’re not interested give it to the amazing Malawian people who are….I’m sure they will do a better job!

  11. Even if fourty thousand southerners can die of hunger,,,, bt as long as DPP features a candidate frm their region, they wil stil vote for their fellow southerner in the name of wakwathuu,,,

  12. Malawi yathadi timainyadira, koma sipano ayi ndi wase tsopano vindalama vankaninkani mthumba koma kungokwanira kugula 1 packet ya sugar basi, oooh! What kind of the nation is turning to be now???

  13. But 27% it doesn’t reflect what’s on the groun,d things are just too expensive what we get as salaries is just peanuts it must have been 39% inflation rate, let’s be realistic here, we shouldn’t pretend!banks intersts are as high as as 46% so how can you put inflation at 27%

  14. Don’t worry my fellow malawians, you voted for this mess, we won’t stop complaining up to 2019, but what iam asking you nw is to make a real change in 2019 Elections never repeat the same mistake you made 2014 on 19 May!

  15. So, I’m just appealing to you all my fellow Malawi citizens; #For how long we’ll gonna stay asleep, in our own country to support the robbers &thieves to destroy our country, by robbing us & kicking us down, as we can see ourselves now, where are we going now???? (Remember I’m not apolitician) but I try to warn my fellow Malawians as we’re facing some big difficulties in our country!!

  16. When I heard @ first that, these M’thalikas are foreign nationals in Malawi, they came from Zimbabwe and open afarm in ndata ithout that was just lies. But now if I can see the way they’re treating us, Indeed I can agree that, they doesn’t care no matter Malawi can fall to an end, its ok they came for money not to save the nation!!!

  17. Tazolowela kuvutika ndikuzunzika ndi boma ili….maso Ali kumwamba kwa ambuye kuti alowelelepo coz atsogoleri athu chinyengo 2 much

    • Usanamize anthu apa, ngakhale atatenga dziko anthu amene ukuwaganizirawo kapena chipani chimene ukuchifunacho. Mavuto awa akuba ndalama sazatha, chifukwa iwowonso akuona zomwe zikuchitika pakalipano. Ndiye usazinamize kuti tiona 2019 bodza limenelo, iwe ndiye ukhalira kuona basi palibe chimene chingasithe ngakhale chipani chako chitawina. Atsogoleri akowonso, azakhala akuba anthu azaliranso chofunika apa ungogwada pansi ndikupephera kwa Mulungu basi wamva iwe.

    • That’s my thinking and my post..prove that what am talking is not true not attacking me

      U are away from Malawi running away from the same poverty and u are making noise abroad,, your behavior simply shows how coward u are and don’t know how to use fb

    • U think all people here can belong to dpp just because u are no no no …learn to respect others views and nobody will notice that you are a num

    • This tribalism and regionalism politics is killing Malawi and people like you plus being uneducated which already you have displayed
      I blame your father for not using preventive ways during sex with your mom …otherwise you are a problem

  18. What do they expect us to do? Hw can we survive in a situation like this? You promised us that things gonna be better, so is this what you call better life? When you keep on raising and raising the prices of things for your beneficial? Just to live a luxury life and drive fancy cars now you victimise us, senseless. What’s the price of our lives worth? We can’t allow this anymore, ndipo anthu akamagulitsa chamba musamagwire coz they also deserve a better life

  19. So sad for mother malawi after a stealth stint in the ironic mining industry.A country that belongs to political elites and their demagogues.

  20. same salary bt higher prices of commodities,Amalawi tikuonatu mabvutowa ikafika 2019 muzayamba kunyengereredwa ndi masilipasi ,zigege kuti muavotere yet they are still killing us.we want our fellow Malawian to rule this country not foreigners those who call themselves malawians yet they are zimbabwians

  21. As usual, we will suffer patiently and happily bcoz there is nothing we can do apart from just waiting for the second coming of the son of man, Jesus Christ!