CAMA demands answers over sugar scarcity in Malawi

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Consumers Association of Malawi (CAMA) has asked Illovo Sugar Malawi Limited to explain to Malawians why sugar has become scarce in the country.

Through a press statement signed by its executive director John Kapito, the organisation has expressed shock over failure by Illovo to explain to the nation why the commodity is not available on the market.

“Sugar is one of the essential products and its importance to the country’s economy cannot be over emphasized.

Scarce on the market.

“It is therefore surprising that despite assurances by the company that it is producing enough sugar to meet the demand, the sugar scarcity situation is getting worse by the day and there is no effort to address the scarcity,” CAMA says in the statement..

The organisation says the scarcity has led to a hike in the commodity’s prices. CAMA notes that the hike of the price of sugar has contributed to the high cost of living among Malawians.

“Consumers across the country are now being forced to pay between K950 and K1000 for 1kg packet of sugar than the recommended retail price of K750,” says the statement.

According to CAMA, sugar remains a protected product against imports and it is disheartening that Illovo is taking advantage of that protection to punish Malawian consumers.

CAMA has since asked the ministry of industry, trade and tourism to allow other traders to import sugar from other countries to address the crisis which has undermined the Buy Malawi campaign.

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  1. malawi 24 nde page yabwino yasiyana ndi dpp midori peters voice , akungorimbana ndi bushiri kapena chakwera ,page izikamba zinthu zopindurira amalawi nthanks malawi 24 koma sugar nde eeeee zafika posauzana kodi presindet arimonuno? rikanankhara boma ra mcp bwezi ritarowererapo koma boma rikankhara rakatangare sirima ganiziraso za anthu osauka tizawonana 2019

  2. Tsiku lina mutalephera kukhala ndi mwana mudzanamiziranso Dpp. Apa vuto ndila Illovo basi siza ndalenso ayi. Illivo inasiya kupanga sugar wa brown so that agulitse kwambiri wa white yemwe samayenda malonda kuopa akanaonongeka coz analipo wochutuka zesi

  3. Amalawi vuto lawo kuiwala aaa inu ndiliti lija timauser sugar wa kuzambia kkk kumakhala pa line ku shoprite for hours just to get 2pkts..tinaziona kale zimenezi

  4. Dpp,we will still remember u on this scarcity of sugar come 2019..How can we buy a packet of sugar for such an exorbitant price of k1100?Dpp..ur decampaigning ursef..Kamlepo woyeeeeeeee

  5. But the big fuck is this you are selling sugar which is fake at high prices eee people we are sick and tied of our stupid federation

  6. zokulira maiko enazi zitidzuza tipangepo kathu guys chionesero chikhalepo achoke achoke achoke achoke munthu waku zimbambwe kukavotera kumalawi zoona

  7. I remember early 2012 before Bingu died sugar was also scarce,government used to import sugar from Zambia.I used to drink tea but i stopped for 2 wks bcz sugar was expensive.Lets just put our country in prayers

  8. Kodi Mesa nthaka mukulima sugar ndiya amalawi? Ngati sicholinga chanu kuthandiza amalawi siyani kulima sugaryo amalawife tilimemo chimanga nanunso akumipando mwangoti dyooo simukuona kuti aja mumati ndima vote anu aja akuvutika kumangokwela manzidayo basi inuyo ngati muli nzikadi Ku sukulu mumadya chani mmesa mumadya phala lothila sugar? Koma masikutu amathela kuchiseko sakubwelela mmbuyo ayi kapena mwinatu munakulila kwina

  9. Illovo is from South Africa and in South Africa there are so many sugar industries… While in Malawi the same Illovo manipulated your government to ban other competitors with an aim of punishing poor people. Wake up Malawi, stop corruption and map the way forward to help your people. Food for thought…

  10. This is real,our own produced product buying it as if it z being imported from america,take care somebody will pay for this mistake.

  11. chonde yesetsani sugar apezeke msanga chifukwa zayamba kusokoneza matchezedwe a kachasu. Pano azimayi amwasenti akweza mtengo wa velemoti moti dzulo ndinachita kupita kwa mgona kuti ndikamwe wa mtengo otsika. Chonde chonde chonde a CAMA kamba nawoni a Illovo zisanafike povuta, sugar akasowelatu tivutika kwambili, zikomo.

  12. Dziwani zonsezi is because of politics or politicians they go and owe money from these companies so chifukwa cha mkwiyo wa company amabisa sugar nkumakagulitsa kunja

  13. they need to answer akutidyesa sugar osakhala bwino woziwa wokha sugar wachilendo wa green this for the first time here in malawi and zachilendo kwa malawi ambili

  14. That is because that so called illovo of yours is so greedy that it doesn’t allow foreign companies to supply the product,they are good at manipulating all the business opportunities.dyela too much

  15. kkkk a Malawi kudandaula tinangozolowela basi osamangophika kansima ka m’mamawa bwanji ngati sugar wasowa, chimanga chati mbweeeeechi

  16. Even blind pple can see that Malawi is on fire ,we dont have gud leaders in malawi,just imagine the money that chaponda stole but today he is a free man but these guys r busy trying to murder kamlepo bcoz he is speaking out about corruption

  17. Inu Simukuziwa Kuti Chikufuna Kuchitika Nchani? Chithu Chikasowa Ndekuti Chikufuna Chikwele Mtengo. Sugar Tikugula K1000/Kg 4m K800/kg. Kumati Mukufuna Muthese Uphawi Ku Malawi Pamene Mukuwalanda Zonse Amalawi Alinazo Ncholinga Zikhale Zanu Zonse Ife Tizipepha Kwainu. Inu Kumitima Kwanuko Mbeeee. CAMA Just Wait & See After Sugar Found.

  18. Koma anthuni mukudandalaula chiyani? Osamadya mzimbe bwanji,enafe tidatiwala kale za Cup ya tea ndi sugar life goes on .Zinthu zoyambitsa matenda a sugar ngati zimenezi nkumazidandaula. Just try to stop drinking tea for 6 months then you will join my group.

    • Mbuli ndiwe Mimosa ukufuna kutiuza kuti mpaka lero suziwa kuti zakudya zomwe zimayambitsa matenda a sugar ndi sugar yemwe mumadyayo, panopa madotolo akulangiza anthu kuti adzichepetsa kadyedwe ka sugar komanso zakumwa zoziziritsa kukhosi zizikhala ndi sugar ochepa kapena sugar free. Uyende mma shop lero ndipo ukapeza zakumwa zolembedwa sugar free.

  19. Zinazo ndi kuba kwa ma vendor chabe, ngakhare mukuti sugar akusowa afuseni anthu ali ndi ma shop wo kuti kodi kumene amaoda sugar ko amagulaso mokwera mtengo?

  20. Dont Worry Malawi!!! Tym Is Coming When All This Will Be Song Of The Past When Christ Jesus Rules, By Then W Will Share Our Economy Equally, There Shall Not Be The Poor And Rich, All Of Us Will Sing Song Of Joy, That How We Over Come.

  21. l wonder why 1kg of sugar is so higher as if we are importing from outside Malawi or even the sizes don’t change any from 2006 sugar price k80 ,2017 sugar 1000 same size kwacha yomwei pofunika subsidy boma litibele ndalama we are still poor why why? oh! Malawi the warm heart of Africa

  22. dziko la malawi ndi okhawo amene ali achuma osauka onse ndi ongokhala nawo ngati akapolo chomvetsa chisoni ndichakuti adzakaziwo ndiye ambiri m’malo mwake achumawo basi kumangozuza osaukawo mpaka zidzuku zawo zolilitsa kwambiri

  23. malawians we are too docile shamefull citizens timadikira anthu awiri atiyamkhulire mkumadikira kut zinthu zisinthe ..tikafolaso paline kukagula sugar anthu awa sadxatheka ….wakumwera wapakat wakumpoto aliyese akuvutika.

  24. Peaceful county, the worm heart of Africa.
    The gap between the haves and have nots still widening.
    Eeeeesh….
    Ulemelero mwina uli kumwamba.

  25. AM REAL CITIZEN OF MALAWI WHY TREATING US AS FOREIGHNERS???? Zoona sugar 1000 yet u pay us less than million per month!??? Muli pampando pwiiii osafunsako olo kufufuza zasugar!!!!! Umunthu mulibe thangata still going on!!!! Am applyng Assad chemical bomb now ikupezeni konkhoooo

  26. This is not the first time to experience these type of situation under DPP government, even during late Bingu’s R.I.P leadership we also had the same situation…. next will be Fuel I guess

  27. My country why exactly? Why why why? Poor people are really really suffering. I hope should is being manufactured in Malawi. Ohhhh my country. I can not even understand this situation

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