Malawi Revenue Authority arrests Yeremiah Chihana for tax evasion offences: Bingu asset valuer

The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has arrested Yeremiah Chihana, who is the owner of YMW Property Investment Company, on suspicion of tax evasion offences.

Yeremiah Chihana: Arrested

Yeremiah Chihana: Arrested

Chihana, the valuer of former president late Bingu wa Mutharika’s property, was arrested on Friday, June 19, 2015.

The property evaluator and entrepreneur also owns Vikawu Trust, Steers Auctioneers and Estate Agency, New Chikale beach, YMW International Transport/Bus Services Limited, Limex Limited, Prudential Consultants and Dutch contractors.

He is suspected of not remitting Value Added Tax (VAT)  to MRA since 2009.

Chihana is also suspected to have smuggled several motor vehicles into the country without paying applicable customs duties. The estimated amounts of taxes and duties is at K1.34 billion.

MRA is appealing to members of the general public to always report any malpractices involving tax fraud.

Last Tuesday, the Authority also arrested Managing Director of Intertrade Agency andMozimplex, a Mozambique based company, Mohamed Rafik Amad, for allegedly using false custom documents to externalize forex.

Amad presented fake custom documents to banks for remittance of $720,000 and $768,000 to Hong Kong.

The fake custom documents were presented to the banks on two separate occasions.

MRA Deputy Director of Corporate Affairs Steve Kapoloma said they are closely working with the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and other enforcing agencies to arrest more unpatriotic and unscrupulous business persons who are also externalizing forex through fake custom documents.

 

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96 thoughts on “Malawi Revenue Authority arrests Yeremiah Chihana for tax evasion offences: Bingu asset valuer”

  1. Kaporo says:

    It starts with you MRA officials just look around and see if anyone doesn’t have a good car or expensive smart phones the iPhones who works for MRA. Wanthu aku MRA ndimabwana, Chihana smrnryu walemeretsa ambiri mu MRA afufuzidwe onsewo

  2. Cashgate1 says:

    What about the obvious Masangwi? when are you arresting him? I hope politics in not playing a role here

  3. Chimani. Game says:

    Start with the stupid peter mthalika the big thief

  4. Beckman says:

    suzgo ndakuti waliyose iyo wali muboma wakunanga cha! kweniso waliyose uyo walipafupi na ma bwana waboma mukukakana cha! Manyani kuti malawi uyu ngwinu pera yayi muleke kuka bwekabweka kakani nduna izopera pala ntchito mukuyimanya, iyo 92 billion kakani.samalani kwambiriiiiiiri

  5. isaiah mponda says:

    If chihana has enough money this case will delay or end in vain…for malawian judges targets those marginalised..I hate local even international courts. If chihana is arrested ndekuti wina wake wam’boma sanamugaileko ndalamazo

  6. Alungwana says:

    Im not satisified. Net those MRA staff who are related to such incidencies!

  7. Kape Ntata says:

    Mtumbukayu amangidwe , amanyada nthawi ya mayi ake,mbava yathawira kuja ija

  8. W says:

    Net them all. Let’s tell MRA tax fraud is happening within your company or business people

  9. Wadabwa says:

    Tax fraud is a very serious crime. He is a law maker received tax money but is evading tax. He need to be punished if proven by the court. Let us all learn from this

  10. joseph dungulinya says:

    Apa nkhani is to divert peoples attention from the 92 billion issue that involves Dpp people.Arrest Chihana but the also the people involved in 92 billion should be arrested and the money recovered for developmental projects in Malawi.

  11. Denguzman says:

    Boma lili mmanja mwa agalu, what is 1.4billion, u r busy telling the nation that u have arrested Chihana while APM is hiding 92billions pansi pa carpet yake and Amalawi kumatsekelera zoputsa kuti a MRA akugwira bwino ntchito yawo. Do u kno that MRA is a family department, many of their staff are from the southern region and ambiri mwa iwo alibe mnzeru so all what MRA r doing is kumalimbana nditiana while andale amene ali kumbali ya DPP they r doing business wthout paying tax and Indians r busy paying xool fiz for MRA staff and therez no need to arrest them coz they r the 1z educating their kids bt wat u shud kno is dat ur dez r numbered, this is Malawi and god is watching.

  12. phanana says:

    kodi joyce ubwela liti nawe ur next?

  13. peter mshali says:

    MRA nice job evading tax is ilegal,u politians do your things well.cashgate is a process of syphoning cash from gorvenment acount NO1 injecting it into private sector to be vibrant resulting to high infrastructure development in cities and rural areas in any country,its not ilegal,forget about 92b and 23b courts release all curprits eni ake akunjoya masulani lutepo ndi anzakewo

  14. Ntheura says:

    Vuto la a Malawi ndi limeneli, mukumanga Chihana for tax evasion ya K1.34 billion pamene Paladin yatibera pafupifupi K20 billion($43m). Bwanji osawamanga kapena kuwaumiriza kukhoma msonkho?

    Tikudziwa ife a kubanja la a Chihana kuti amangidwa chifukwa cha ndale makamaka pochita evaluate katundu wa late Bingu.
    God is watching………

  15. Kaligongolo says:

    Galu Y.Chihana,mbuzi mwana wakuchibwenzi wachihana,unamanga chibulding chako kuno ku Mzuzu pa clock towel ndindalama zakuba,ukafela kundende ndi Edzi yakoyo.

    1. Nyasatimer says:

      @77, Kalingondo
      Ife benampoto timamunyadila Yeremia Chihana pomanga chi building chamakono mu Mzuzu. By the way, ngati Yeremia ali ‘galu’, iweyo ndiye ndiwe chiyani?

  16. CHEJALI says:

    Kkkkkkkk apa basi loveness ndikutenga basi coz ndakhala ndikumukhumba chomeneeee ndiye yeremia ukangolowa ine basi zanga zayelaaaaaa

  17. Malawian says:

    By The Way How Much Does A Folk In MRA Earn In A Month? Does That Equate To The Many Mansions Built In Just Few Days In Dedza, Karonga, Mchinji, Mwanza LL, BT, MZ…by them? Why in Malawi Should Our Own Government Through The ACB fail to launch investigations into such squandering of tax payers money By These Hypocrites? I Tell You These People Can Build Houses In Just Few Days.Iam Straggling To Finish Mine,it Has Taken So Many Years But An MSCE Holder In MRA Can Do That In 2 Months.Some Do Not Do Any Busness.Malawi! Malawi! Malawi!

  18. pitala says:

    Izi ndindale chifukwa anapanga evaluate chuma chabinguladen kkkkk koma malawi

  19. Msundu wa Gwalawala says:

    Stupid MRA is full of corrupt staff. Koma mukumanga anthu wamba. Even apolisi amachita bribe mabwana awo kuti akagwire pa road block mounted by MRA because they make a lot of money especially during the night.

  20. Chihana says:

    Msowoya, I Think U R a Confused Body,is Yelemia The Same As Enock? It Is Enock Who Is A True Son Of His Father Chakufwa And Not Yelemia.At The Same Time U R Masquarading As Msowoya When U R A True Mulakho.Msowoyaz Know Who Yelemia Is Very Well.It Is Bingu Wa Mthalika Who Owes MRA K62billion And Not Yelemia.MRA Joining Dirty Politics.Shame!

  21. Changoima Boy says:

    Eish!!!! koma dzikoli,what goes around comes around,yah!! ndakhulupira.

  22. From 2009 to date where was MRA? Msiyeni

  23. Winston Msowoya says:

    It is very disgraceful and unpatriotic for Y.Chihana to involve himself in a national scandal of that nature.Suppose let’s say his late father Chakufwa Chihana was alive and leading the nation,how deep in corruption could Yeremaya go? It is a fact that the dad also would have taken the same path taking into account his unprincipled love for power which led him into egregious political prostitution.Finally,I congratulate the workers of anti corruption bureau for their tireless endeavours in bringing the culprits to justice.You deserve outright promotions.

  24. kes munthali says:

    This is a very simple case just show the receipts that you have been paying tax from 2009 to date. Otherwise ask Lupeto, soon you will be pretending to be wheelchair bound along with mental illnesses. Peter Munthalika is not joking kikikik….
    When you are.on top be careful don’t shot on those at the bottom in case you fall, you wanted to be clever mr Chihana to gain favour front Abiti Namaloko….Abiti is living large in Manhattan iwe like lupeto are right in the deep end kikikiki…
    Vuto laketso once you head to prison these wife’S are just being shagged all over…kikikiki
    These whores int royal bambo kikiki…

  25. John Yosefe says:

    MRA should develop a system of detecting a thief early not after accumulating billions. Where were u MRA? Was he protected by JB? If so how many are protected by Peter now to be arrested when the boss leaves office in 2019 or 2024?

  26. MARTIN MUBISA says:

    MTAYENI YELEMIA AMADWALA BP AKAKUFELANI TIDZAKULEKELANI MUSUNGE NOKHA. MUKUBISA 92 BILLION MUKULIMBANA NDI KA ONE BILLION , KUPUSA ETI BOLA PINCODE

    1. mwadoh says:

      give him the dues he charged after valuation ya property ya bingu,zikwana misonkho mwamumangilayo.inuyo mwapoila mumaona ngati mukamumanga achotsela apapa wawina ndi iyeyo coz mukamulipila kenako misonkho ayamba kupanga remit mwa ndondomeko,mumayenda mmbali mwakumana ndi mbala zoiwelenga osati uyu akunamizila u mentex

  27. mwadoh says:

    tose tili akavu na muila ila swii,enock even 1 tenth to jah jah,waona sono

  28. mwadoh says:

    nkhani yabwinotu iyi tiyamba kuunika anyamata anu a MRA kuti misonkho ikuyenda bwa komanso katundu mwampeza kuti ndi awa a imigration apo bii tizitolela kwainu misonkho kapena!!

  29. Big brain says:

    Money ilipo

  30. mona says:

    Mbava masangwi ndi mulli agwidwa liti

  31. Only Mclum Siwande is happy with this. Yemeria snatched his wife Loveness.

  32. Alufeyo says:

    Dont make empty threats take action. Northeners will never ever get a fair deal unless you take appropriate action. Unfortunately every govt knows that Malawians are daft and stupid. Mantha kwambiri. How can one eat the whole cake while the rest are just watching. Why do you thing the Arab spring took place?

  33. Wadinkhula Wa Yiwona says:

    When did MRA become police and Start arresting people. Kkkkkk

  34. Twaniche says:

    ACB, why cant u just stay quiet?? U r just making noise. Whats the purpose of making millions of arrests yet theres nothing that comes out? We r tired.

  35. gogoda says:

    What about DPP Masangwi abale no arrest yet we are whatching tu MRA

  36. Munnyabu says:

    Tax evasion imadikila 92bn report! Kikikikikikiki when shall these parastatals stop being used to perscute political opponets? U might have done it in good faith but wrong timing indeed! Let me remaind u again 92bn report no:1 budget no:2 muisova mbava inuu

  37. Patriot says:

    Witch hunting. Imeneyo si 5% ija anakayenera kulipira achina mutharikawo?

  38. nthawi yafika says:

    Ananyera mu ufa aweneyu. Adya mabi ache omwewo.

  39. Kizito says:

    amalawi tisamapuse. kubelekana kumbuyo chifukwa cha chani. zamitundi sitipita nazo kulikonse. ngati munthuyi anaba basi mlandu wake upite ku court basi. ndi mbava. kupatsidwa contract yopanga value chuma cha Bingu kunali kulipirana ndi nzimayo anathawa nziko muno uja. misalayi tisiye kaye.

  40. Monseriwa says:

    Guys you mean Yelemia has billions kkkkkkkk. I hope MRA has enough evidence against him otherwise I see Govt paying him for defamation. Why I am saying so is that this guy is a big time crook. I hope the arrest is in good faith.

  41. Peter says:

    I don’t usually comment these issues but I think this guy is arrested because he valued Bingu assests wealth 60 Billion and not sure if he got his dues. This is a revenge from Peter.

    He might have been involved but the question how many rich people invade taxes which MRA knows very well. We had people like Masangwi (MRA) knows very well. This is a selected justice.

    In my view, Malawi will remain the same for ever. Politics of revenge, pointing at someone while another finger is pointing at you.

  42. Kapenandiye says:

    All These Companies For One Person Yet U think other pipo are more crooked than u? I wonder how much his worth is. He must not be left free. He must know that uka ala nyanda usalumphe moto.

  43. Atsogoleri says:

    The involvement of ACB means something fishy happened ndiye all involved parties akwenyedwe osangoti iyeyu poti anachita evaluate chuma cha malemu pingu!

  44. Boy says:

    I dont see any witch-hunting here, nobody is above the law, period. Life is very interesting, the time he was given that assignment of the K92b case by Joyce Banda adiministration, he enjoyed it and I have data which showed that he exegerated the figures so that he gets more money. Now, its his turn, let him face the law. And it has been a long time indeed, anayambira kale kuchita evade tax, as someone pointed out, he felt he was untouchable. Someone, a fool, commented about aLomwe, thats utterly nonsense, there is no tribal issue here, its a matter of his actions!!!

  45. He must just pay fine that’s all

  46. Trevor Manyi says:

    92 BILLION bwanji

  47. Chigumbuli says:

    Shame, it’s that old Malawi again with same tactics of 1980’s; how about the K92billion!!!! This guy is being persecuted because if my memory serves me well, something like Bingu assets what??? That is the main reason and you have this new government preaching reforms my foot! we need Federalism in this country.

  48. zimatheka says:

    ndivovikawako eti shaaaa

  49. chibwaiko mbekamachuni says:

    Now that it involves one of our own, we think MRA is trying to divert us from 92billion issue. if Chihana evaded tax let him face the law

  50. hoza john. says:

    U r deviating from the normal. Shame. 92 bilion mikuti mayo bwanji?

  51. The Truthful One from the West says:

    MRA is being misdirected. MRA should not be and is not in the business of arresting tax evaders. Court cases take a long time to be concluded and revenue is tied up. That is why revenue laws provide for penalties, fines and distraint action to quickly collect taxes. Let ACB to be arresting akatangale.

  52. Hope Magwira says:

    Good wrk for MRA.Continue doing dat.

  53. malawian says:

    This guy, Mr Chihana is a thief and big crook. Is it wrong to hunt a witch like him? He has to be taken to task in the same way MRA took to task Mr Masangwi.

  54. kantiki says:

    Please also get to book the big time tax evaders and forex illegal exporters who are sinking the country economy. Build capacity and competency to track these criminals rather than just thinking of imposing draconian taxes on the poor masses.

  55. Lydia says:

    That’s good news. However, how about Peter Mutharika et al????

  56. Guys let’s just fight for a federal government. These Lomwes have stolen K92 billion and they think they are above the law. We are now fed up with selective justice.

  57. Hitler says:

    No sympathy for Mtumbuka. Kaya ndiwolakwa kapena ayi just lock him up. Kamtundu koyipa pa Malawi Pano. Malawi yayipa Pano chifukwa cha mitundu iwiri, a Lomwe ndi a Tumbuka. Your thinking is the same. Mitundu iwiri yotsalira m’Malawi muno ndi aTumbuka ndi aLomwe. Alomwe nanunso idzafika nthawi ndi nyengo yowawitsa pa miyoyo yanu. Tasani chifukwa nthawi ndi yanu. When I say Tumbuka I mean you from Mzimba and Rumphi only. When I say Lomwe I also include you the Sena. My writing is out of context but I’m happy because you got the message.

  58. Are you telling me Chihana is wealth billions kikikikik

  59. kambwali says:

    Political which hunting. I c government paying this guy some millions for arresting him wrongly

    1. kes munthali says:

      Atchitsiru inu….how will government pay him millions, when he has paid tax since 2009.
      Tax avoidance is a criminal offence my friend.
      Stop thinking like a goat.

      1. Msundu wa Gwalawala says:

        Kesi its you who is afool. Tax avoidance is different from tax evasion. Many people avoid tax legally but evading or dodging is illegal. pepa mwanawakwithu

  60. Karonga says:

    He shud b jailed. Amawona ngati akhala shasha mpaka liti?

  61. KUNGOTI says:

    Why should this be witch hunt is it because is Chihana, sanapangedi mulandu apa? Mai Joce Hilda Mtila adati “Wapezeke ndi ndaramayo ndi amene atayimbidwe mlandu” apa tikuti cha? nanga a Muhamadi Rafiki wa nawonso witch hunt, wapezeka kuti sanapereke kwa Ceasor, sanakonde Dziko lake, a fiti ena akuombera mmanja, sorrowful Nation.

  62. Balamanthu says:

    When are you going to arrest Mapeto David Whitehead and all indians trading without paying VAT and duty?

  63. Ndaninso says:

    Do you know why Yeremiah Chihana has been arrested? It is his company that audited Bingu’s worth and unveiled the 92 billionMK. The idea is to arrest him sothat his report should be rendered as false in court. DPP people will now say that how can you trust a report from someone who is a tax fraud himself?

  64. White Rabbit says:

    This is what is called bullshit!
    Small boy peter is VERY scared! VERY VERY scared!

  65. A DPP….zimakuwawani za MK 92 bil…

  66. VYOTO says:

    THE REVEALATION AND VALUATION OF LATE BINGU MK61 BILLION WEALTH ACCUMULATION IN JUST 8 YRS FROM A MK150 MILLION INCLUDING UNPRODUCTIVE ESTATE IS BEHIND YEREMIA CHIHANA ARREST FOR SURE AND OUR EYES ARE WIDE OPEN. SURELY,PETER MUTHALIKA WAS AND IS STILL VERY ANNOYED WITH THAT REVEALATION

    IS MRA OWNED BY THE MUTHALIKA,S???????? WHY IS MRA NOT CLOSING ON THE NOTORIOUS TAX EVASION MASANGWI?????????????????WITCH HUNTING AT ITS BEST!

  67. aaaa says:

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  68. maganizo wa maganizo says:

    WHICH CHIHANA IS THIS ONE.UYU NDIYE MWANA WACHIGOLOLO.INU SIMUKUONA NKHOPEYO.MBAVA YENI YENI YA MTUMBUKA. MMANGENI BASI

  69. Bob says:

    Honestly this is politically engineered. Leave him alone or you will face God’s rath. Mwazindikira liti zimenezo?

  70. NYANI WAMKULU says:

    Mutiuza mene zithers.

  71. Sapitwa says:

    Umadya wekha ndalamazo ndi banja lako ndi abale ako. Unyera wekha kundendeko.
    Ndani angakumvere chisoni iwe ochita overvalue chuma cha anzako!

  72. exactly GOD knows the truth about this

  73. Kizito says:

    Mangani zimenezi tombolombo ameneyu amajaira. mzingeni ndi zingwe

  74. vavlov says:

    This Chihana thief, snatched somebody’s wife – a senior government official. Now let the law deal with him.

  75. Cheyo the real northerner says:

    Those of you who are for Chihana, you are just too rubbish. Tax envasion is a big offence. So you think the govt should just watch because he valuated Bingus worth. If he is smart as he claims to be why envading tax. Come on Malawians, you are backing someone who is a millionaire by mistake. Anyway munthu uyuso akukhala ngati akudwala koma he should face the wrong arm of the law.

  76. Alick says:

    Only fools will say witch hunting. Kaya Chihana,, kaya Mulli they shud face the law if they are found guilty of any offense. Abweze tax yo basi.

  77. captain says:

    92,000,000,000 first then budget second munya muona

  78. Boyd Kilembey says:

    If he was evading tax, MRA are right to arrest him. The issue is not yet about Masangwi etc. The issue is about Chihana. Each dog has his own day to eat its own vomit. Today is for Chihana. Maybe tomorrow it will be Masangwis day to eat his vomit. Well done MRA. Keep it up.

  79. Tiyanjane says:

    Loveness, yimirira nga nga nga. Boma ili likudimbika.

  80. ade says:

    2009, 2010, 2011 ,2012, 2013, 2014 ——-Arrested 2015????? How and who allowed this to happened? And who has authorized arrest now?

  81. philosopher says:

    Witch hunting basi. foolish!

  82. hm lwesha says:

    i can smell a rat here. typical political witch hunting. ACB you value MK 1.4 bn than MK 92 bn???? GOD IS WATCHING

    1. Denguzman says:

      Thats true bro, politics is circulating wthin ACB and MRA.

  83. bob says:

    Chihana must be locked up for ever because he thinks he is untouchable. These people must realize that other people see their wicked ways of living. They should not think they are too clever for everyone. Nonsense

  84. Zeze says:

    Masangwi mumumanga liti kodi

  85. Ambele says:

    what happens when a car suspected not to have paid duty is found ? they seize the vehicle
    koma apa akuti akungoganizila kuti aaaah weak tax collectors !
    Mulandu uwu ngati MRA ingawine ndiye ndi ndale basi. Koma Chihana uyu naye ndi munthu wamadilu bwanji

  86. Khwethemu says:

    Amutulitse

  87. vyaya says:

    Hahaha why arrest him now? Because he revealed you on the mk92b???? When are you arresting Peter, Chaponda and cronies for externalising k92b???? Monthly mk20b eiiiish Alomwe inu munadatsa no wonder God had to take away one of your own.

    Mbava zoopsa dziko lonse lapansi ndi Lomwes…

  88. ujeni says:

    Witch hunt iyi. Don’t try to divert attention on stolen computers which had information of big fishes who have been evading tax for a long time. How coincidence it is that before the K92bn Audit report comes out, the one who was involved in valuing Bingu’s property is arrested. Smells cow dung and totally crookedness by DPP thugs.

  89. Kasungu says:

    This is tit for tat arrest u know he is the one who assessed the k92 billion for Bingus swindled worthy.

  90. Afumu Phiri says:

    ngati kuli body ya uchitsilu ndi MRA, pls don’t leave Masangwi

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