Minibus operators have announced and started to implement a 10 percent hike in bus fares.
The hike effected today March 10, 2021 across most parts of Blantyre, has been attributed to the fuel price upwards adjustment made on Monday following a world market surge as a barrel now costs US$69.
Secretary General for Minibus Association of Malawi Coxley Kamange confirmed the hike.
Kamange called the adjustment upwards "unfortunate" but explained that their business has taken a beating.
He said: "The pump price rise and restriction to sitting capacity have led to a suffocation of business."
The sitting capacity reduction was given by the COVID-19 task force as a preventive measure.
This comes just hours after Consumer Association of Malawi (CAMA) asked traders and business people not to adjust upwards prices.
Cama's John Kapito said Malawians are facing hard times with the impact of COVID-19 and there was need to be considerate.