The Malawi Confederations of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), on behalf of the Motor Traders Association, has questioned governmentâ€™s recent directive that parastatal chief executive officers should only use Toyota Prado TXs.
In a letter dated August 17 2012 from the Comptroller of Statutory Corporations, Nwazi Mnthambala, government revised motor vehicle entitlements for chief executive officers with immediate effect and that they will now be using Toyota Prado TX only.
But the move has not gone down well with the association and has since complained to the private sector lobby group, MCCCI, describing the directive as an unfair trade practice.
In a letter dated August 13 2012, MCCCI wrote the Comptroller of Statutory Corporations, arguing the directive is discriminatory and lacks credible basis for choosing one motor vehicle franchise.
â€œIt is the view of the association that the issues presented in this letter would be addressed in order to promote a fair play in all government transactions and promote fair competition in the country. We would like, therefore, to get clarification on the issues raised in this letter and seek a redress on the same,â€ wrote MCCCI public private dialogue coordinator Hope Chavula.
Mnthambala could not be reached for comment, but he earlier told The Nation that the directive came from Cabinet.
When contacted for comment, deputy chief secretary responsible for Cabinet, Hawa Ndilowe said she was busy and asked to be called later.