Vendors to take unspecified action over the continued ban of secondhand underwear clothes

By Phillimon Backson

Vendors based at Tsoka Market in Lilongwe have threatened to take  unspecified action if Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) will continue imposing a ban  on the secondhand underwear clothes.

In 2022, the MRA imposed A ban on the importation of the second hand clothes particularly underwears saying these clothes are contributing to outbreak of skin deaeses in the county.

However, Chairperson for Tsoka flea market Steven Magombo insists this saying that there is no evidence that second hand clothes contribute to transmission of skin deases because they clean them with washing powder before put them on sale.

Magombo wonders why MRA imposes the ban without the knowledge of the vendors.

“There is no way to ban such clothes because currently no evidence that show thar  they contribute to the transmission of skin deases, and we believe that the move by  MRA  is to interfere our business,” says Magombo.

MRA officials denied to comment on the matter.

Some few weeks ago, Tsoka flea market  Vendors staged a strike and stormed MRA offices to deliver their petition.