Former first lady Callista Mutharika has said MBL Holdings owned by Mulli Brothers can sail through the current turbulent waters it has found itself in.
Mutharika said this at Horo Village in Phalombe on Saturday during commemoration of the founder of Mulli Brothers, Lacton Mulli, who died in 2006.
Said Mutharika: “This company is now facing problems, but it is employing a lot of people; about 5 000. We need to give support to the company, especially you people from Phalombe. I urge you to depend on God when things are tough.”
She asked the gathering to emulate the late Mulli’s example by sending their children to school.
“Entrepreneurship requires education. Even kugulitsa mandasi requires education,” said Mutharika who was flanked by Mulanje West legislator Patricia Kaliati, Phalombe North MP Anna Kachikho, Zomba Thondwe MP Anne Lemani and former Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) commissioner general Lloyd Muhara, among others.
Speaking in an interview, MBL Holdings managing director Leston Mulli admitted that the company is facing challenges.
“There is deliberate attempt by government to stifle our businesses, but we shall survive. They are wasting their time,” he claimed.
Malawi’s Minister of Information Moses Kunkuyu is on record denying government’s efforts to squeeze Mulli Brothers company.