Gani duty free Merc stinks of corruption

Shabir Gani, director of Victoria Pharmaceuticals Industries Limited has been reported to Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) to investigate possible leads of corruption for his evasion of customs duty evasion totaling millions.

This type of Mercedes- Benz was cleared duty free

This type of Mercedes- Benz was cleared duty free

Gani had applied to government during the Peoples Party administration for duty free status of importation of two commercial vehicles- a pick-up and a saloon. The application was refused on the grounds that it was economic transgressions.

But Gani re-applied when Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) came to power in 2014 and it was approved.

Instead of importing two commercial vehicles, Gani cleared for duty free a Mercedes Benz chasis number WDD2173772A00718 and a 4X4 vehicle.

According to Malawi Revenue Commission (MRA) correspondence to Gani – a letter which Nyasa Times has – signed by MRA deputy commissioner, technical-customs and excise, Edwin Starch, the tax body did not receive the chasis number of the 4X4 vehicle whose approval for duty free status was extended to March 31, 2016.

The Benz which was cleared duty free – model 2015 S63 AMG Auto – was bought in UK with a total value of K105, 205, 671.00. It came to Malawi with only 100 miles mileage.

According to the commercial invoice by Lilypeck General Trading of Dubai, the vehicle was shipped from London port of loading through Beira, Mozambique.

Gani only paid sundries amounting to K41, 285.92 avoiding paying duty which could be in millions.

Nyasa Times understands MRA were against clearing such a luxurious car duty free by there was “political” pressure to have the car cleared free.

According to customs and excise experts at MRA, to have a car like that duty free it requires involvement of top government officials including Minister of Finance has to approve.

MRA reported the matter to ACB on suspicion of corruption in the matter.

ACB could not confirm nor deny if they have launched investigations into the matter.

When Nyasa Times contacted Gani, he could not grant an interview.

President Peter Mutharika recently told national broadcaster MBC that that tax evasion is an evil that is fast-killing Malawi financially.

He said some people are “selfish enough to think for themselves only by evading tax.”

The President said Malawians should learn to pay taxes voluntarily and warned his government will do everything to root out tax evasion.


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31 thoughts on “Gani duty free Merc stinks of corruption”

  1. Nthumbo yauka says:

    Who let the cat out of the bag to begin with?
    I supposed MR employees who are very corrupt. What it means is that the person who handled and processed the docs for this vehicle expected to pocket the kick backs. But because the Duty Free status a non negotiable Mr Gan just paid vat.

    What Mr Gan did is not different from waht one Mzomera Ngwira did on clearing his Range Rover to of the art car. Rhe very same MR employees cheated on declations after pocketing some bribes. Where in Malawi can A Range Rover Vogue import taxes be less than a one million Kwacha?

  2. Triple S says:

    What difference does it make either way the money was going to make its way into someone’s pocket. MRA collects money to fuel the extravagant governments spending and if he didn’t pay he fueled his own. It doesn’t matter either way. For those who don’t understand see how rotten the country has become and all u see is one person because he has a nice car. what about the cashgate issue????? Already forgotten.

  3. MKWAPU says:

    What acb
    Muona zitheremo
    No action
    Instead bwana wa acb adyelapo apa and life goes on

  4. Eve masiyano says:

    Sapanga choncho ndalamazo zachuluka.apereke apo bii anasainayo akalowe ku maula.

  5. Myao says:

    a level headed, ndinu a errand boy amwenye/boma inu, keeping quite would’ve earned a little respect than proceeding to vomit rubbish transformed in an assumption state.
    Let ‘Gun’ clear himself, si mufti kuti inuyo muyipupute!

  6. levelheaded says:

    Malawians! Malawians! How many times have I called you?

    Can’t you smell a rat in this article.
    Can’t you make an accurate guess? Who bewitched you that you can no longer use your heads for reasoning?

    From the writing one can come to terms that Gani did not run from duty of his porsh car. Regarding the year model of the car, the duty cannot even reach 3 million but I think he must have won a government contract in which the government was supposed to provide his transport but due to some internal problems, say government did not meet that, the tycoon had to negotiate for the purchase of one to be used for that purpose under the duty free condition. You can’t purchase a 100 plus million car only to run from duty estimated at less than 3 million.

    The only problem in Malawi is that, it seems being poor is a case. When you are poor you have limited thinking. You can’t even judge the truth from a story. While you chase the rich people, they just smile and say, they are cursed dogs. We will keep on accumulating our wealth while anguishing in their poverty.

    You are cursed when you envy the rich. Being rich is an anointment. You fight the anointed, you will never touch a million in your entire lifespan.

  7. Chimuzanga Majoti says:

    No wonder Malawi satukuka. We have humans and super-humans in the form of these Asians who feel they are more human than indigenous |Malawians and so should not be subjected to the punitive taxations the rest of us Malawians are going through. The economy is on its knees and somebody abets tax evasion where is the logic here? Yet the indigenous Malawian is being taxed right to the bone those with the resources avoid paying taxes just because they are well connected politically.

  8. Hassan says:

    I would like to see what lucas kondowe is going to do about this since his appointment was by saulos who hates gani.
    Mwanaveka is the culprit but i powerfull in dpp
    What reason was the duty waiver approved upon and who signed this approval at the ministry of finance.
    Heads must roll period.
    Corect treatment;
    Mwanaveka,gani and official from ministry of finace to be arrested for corruption.
    If above does not happen cso to demand the same untill demonstrations will force the same result

  9. Benjones says:

    These Asians call themselves superior and bost that every politician is in their pocket this includes the president. There must be some ground fir them to bost about.

  10. Ellias says:

    Kodi bwanji a Malawi timazunzana tokhatokha but the foreigners are enjoying duty free? We are being chased and forced to pay for a Vits koma look at this…. Can we find freedom in their countries? Where are we going to enjoy and when? Its unfair!!!

    ALIPILE BASI, who is he to deserve this VIP treatment?

    So painful

  11. leza says:

    That’s why a lot of Malawians owning small businesses evade and will continue to evade paying taxes. If millionaires don’t pay why should they?. This story has emboldened many tax evaders, trust me on that.

  12. dzina langa says:

    a mere clerk at MRA can not do this, there is someone big in this. if it was in some other country heads could have roled koma poti ndi Malawi zintha choncho basi and a poor person in Mbalachanda, Swang’oma, Lobi, Ehehleni will continue to suffer.

  13. Gadama says:

    Takhala tikunena nthawi zonse kuti eni ake a cashgate ndi a DPP. A PP anangoyipezerera koma ku Malawi tulo kwambiri. Ma donors akudziwa bwino zimenezi ndipo sangayerekeze kubwerera DPP ili m’boma. Kutereku pa nkhani imeneyi a Mwanamveka analandira kenakake kumbali. Mmalo moti ndalama imeneyo ikanathandiza kugulira mankhwala kapena chimanga. Muwonanso ACB palibe ichite. A Malawi nawo Azingowonerera. Dziko lomvetsa chisoni.

  14. Mathyola says:

    Joseph Mwanamveka was on top of cashgate when he was ST

  15. Bokho says:

    A bokho simudziwa boma mmene limayendera zonsezi amaziwona musunge messageyi mudzandivomereza tsiku lina

  16. MKWAPU says:

    Yikabuka ku parliament nkhani iyi

  17. Mapenji says:

    Billions of Malawi Kwachas are being paid to this fake Malawian known as Gani for the fake contract of catering which he signed with Malawi Government for the all the cooking of meals which he is involved at Malawi Armed Force Traninig College at Salima .

    Gani the owner of Victoria Hotel is making a furtune with his catering services in the army , there is big monies being claimed through big political DPP and Army Officers. ACB please invastigate this man dipper , a lot of tax payers money is being siphoned by this called Malawin Asian Man known as Gani ( Gun ).

  18. Sapitwa says:

    Wondering on what ground does an influence work on declaring an import duty free? Impound the car if clearance of Duty Free was illegal.
    If Gani has a Diplomatic status for a Duty Free, we need to know. If not then let heads roll. Some one must face the music .

  19. ulula says:

    Its not only Gani but a cartel of super rich Indians who have duty free posh cars in Lilongwe and Blantyre! They have 2015 model Mercs, Lexus, BMWs, VXs most of which r hot cars. The worst culprits r our MPs who use their duty free status to import these vehicles as their own when in actual fact they belong to Asians, they receive bribes. ACB check the MPs and find out if they r driving the vehicles they ordered on duty free status.

  20. Namachende says:

    Mwananveka is a big crook…..mzake ndi sawonda wamangidwa uja…

  21. Ad Phiri says:

    The president said “Malawians” must pay tax. Perhaps meaning non-Malawian can evade

  22. skopion says:

    the chais number is not correct…chassis numbers have 17 digits not 16 mabodza tu awa …nsanje kapena?

  23. leza says:

    If there’s truth in this story then it’s very disgusting. How does the government expect the little people who run small businesses to be honest about paying taxes? This story alone has emboldened hundred of tax evaders to continue not paying taxes.

  24. Jonas phiri says:

    Mr. Gani is so clever n clean he can never ever do a such stupid think

  25. wodandaula says:

    zonvetsa chisoni MRA ikumavuta aMALAWI okaoda ti ma weave, handbads, socks, mapeg ndikumalipila misonkho yokwera ma boarder mu mpaka azmai athu kumalira minsonzi kumuchonderer wa MRA. Koma mwenye kumaseweretsa ndarama zathu za Malawi kugula galimoto yodura choncho komanso osalipira nsonkho.Pamene a bale athu odwara mzipatalamu akundya kamodzi patsiku.shame on you mumapereka ma busness akuluakulu kwa mwenyewa.Malawi sadzatukuka ndithu.



    Why Mwanamveka is he the minister of finance to influence the ACB or MRA? How many people are bringing luxurious car`s on duty free status ? Do you know? if the car has got all the documentation then why making noise.!!!!

  27. The Partriot says:

    Go Nyasa times, go uncover these Asians and their corrupt behaviours! If the DPP government does not bring this crook to book, then Chakwera will do it in 2019! We will put Mr Gani on the list of things to do once our MCP gets vited into office.

  28. jah rule says:

    Amwenye awa koma! !tingo pondedwa pano!

  29. Patrick nyasulu says:

    Gentlemen why are we so stupid here do you think Gani would just clear without any proper documentation and drive such a expensive car in town common brothers think
    He must have got an approval even bfore ordering the car from wherever
    Lets b civilized guys lets not jump to ACB they have enough cases of positive cashgate cases

  30. James Tsamwa says:


  31. BOKHO says:

    PP Govt refused to clear this is no to corruption and DPP govt cleared through Minister of Trade and Industries this is yes to corruption. Which govt is corrupt. DPP govt has let us down since Bingu wa Muthalika took over. They are not leaders these people and those who comment in favor of DPP or you are DPP, let me openly tell u that you dont have any chance any more to rule this country again even if you plan to rig elections. I even dont know if you will reach 2019.

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