BY CHIMWEMWE MANGAZI:
Cross-border women entrepreneurs are calling upon the government to engage stakeholders within the region to tighten security in border posts and other routes used by the traders.
This follows news that a Malawian female entrepreneur identified as Flora Chathyoka was stabbed to death at Beitebridge, South Africa, in the early hours of Sunday, when she was travelling to that country for business.
Female entrepreneurs, who spoke to Business Times in Lilongwe, said the development has raised fears among them.
The entrepreneurs felt their colleague was not protected.
One the entrepreneurs, Marienne Chawo, said the best way to deal with such problems is by establishing one stop centres in border posts whereby, once goods are cleared, they will be allowed to enter any other country.
“This is really sad and a threat to the cross-border business. There are security lapses in our borders. The only way we can protect ourselves is by travelling in groups,” she said.
Another entrepreneur, Florence Mwanza, said both the Malawi and South African governments should address the security issue with the seriousness it deserves.
“Security lapse is a big concern. There are a lot of stakeholders involved and I do not know if there is collaboration of all these stakeholders, but this problem has to be addressed now,” she said.
Remains of Chathyoka are expected to arrive in the country today for burial tomorrow in Lilongwe.
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