MP Kamlepo claims ‘persecution’: Malawi Revenue Authority used as tool of political witch-hunt

Outspoken Rumphi East member of Parliament (MP) Kamlepo Kalua, who has been at loggerheads with government over his whistleblowing on alleged corrupt practices in government, has described a Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) raid at his house in Nkolokosa and his son’s place in Namiwawa, Blantyre on Wednesday as political persecution.

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MRA seized Toyota Land Cruiser V8 registration number KA8966 and Mercedes Benz registration number RU5437 from Kalua after a search at his residential houses on allegations that he evaded duty.

But Kalua said the Mercedes Benz in question was bought by his son a musician  Penjani, popularly known as Ghetto King Fredokiss in and was cleared by Parliament in August 2014.

”The VX was locally bought in 2008 by my son and that vehicle was bought by an Indian in 1997 at Toyota Malawi. So, where did I import these vehicles,” queried Kalua.

“This is just part of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration’s tactics to politically persecute critics. It a strategy to harass and intimidate political big wigs,” said Kalua.

“I refused to be intimidated. I will never be cowed by these cowardice tactics. I fought against dictatorship before so what is this,” he said.

But government  spokesperson Nicholas Dausi said the matter is not politically motivated but that the tax body were carrying out their normal operations.

MRA officials also went to search the residence of Kalua around 10 o’clock in the morning but were sent back by family members as they had no search warrant.

Kalua said through lawyer Lusungu Gondwe an injunction has been obtained restraining the tax collecting body from seizing the vehicles.

They court order seen by Nyasa Times was issued at Blantyre Magistrate Court issued by Magistrate Viva Nyimba.

MRA director of corporate affairs Stephen Kapoloma said  documents that were retrieved during the operation were not for the two vehicles.

“The cars are not in the system and were registered as Vanette,” Kapoloma claimed.

He said the  vehicles aseized during the two operations are being kept at MRA offices while the Authority is conducting further verifications exercise regarding the allegations.

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mlowe
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an honourable member of parliament registering a Toyota vx as vannette and a Mercedes Benz with or whose registration number does not exist in the system of the road traffic directorate. this smacks of tax evasion or hiding properties unlawfully gotten. Please honourable member do not hinder investigation with political rhetoric. you made us believe that you have clean hands when you made lots of noise in the Chaponda case. interpol ikubwera konko umadrwera!

Confessions
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Everyday we hear of MRA impounding vehicles that were fraudulently cleared and MRA closing shops whose owners evade tax. Both big and small companies are penalised daily. Nobody complains or cries persecution. It is only politicians who are naturally liars that cry foul. They want to make us believe that a politician is never on the wrong. Please produce the documents and MRA will release you otherwise pay the tax like anybody else. You greedy MPs. You already have a privilege of importing two duty-free vehicles but you greedily think that is not enough.

santana
Guest

Mr Kamlepo, the issue is simple: Give MRA the papers and the vehicles will be returned. Why wasting time talking this and that. If everything is well documented why don’t you just surrender the documents and close the story. By the way where is your son? We want to hear from him. Is he a politician that he is simply being persecuted? Osamagenda ku police chamba chili mthumba.

North korea
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Am tired to hear this stories day in day out! I think the only solution lies in the guns!!! North korea style tilowa mutchire basi until DPP is gone… Tick tick boom💥💥

King
Guest

Hahaha! Fredokiss anagula VX mu chaka cha 2008?!!! This is a big lie Mr. Kalua. This year he was doing parallel education at Chanco and he was in second year! How could he buy a vehicle then when he was dissed as someone who sleeps in an old and tireless car because your house was too small to accommodate your numerous children! This is political delusion Sir! You didn’t fight dictatorship, you were just an empty tin on RSA radio!

GODFEARING PERSON
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Kamlepo let your son speak for himself the details of these vehicles otherwise you may end up very foolish.

sena
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mr kamlepo if you did not pay tax please do not blame anyone for that coz you can not spared , you are like any person of this land who is entittled to pay tax. stop your nonsense mr kamlepo do the same as others do

Trendex
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WHY MRA HAS TARGETED ON ONE HOUSE (FATHER AND SON)? THIS IS REALLY A POLITICAL VENDETTA TO SILENCE CRITICS. I DON’T KNOW IF DAUSI, AN MYP PROFESSIONAL TO HOLD THAT POSITION. ALL HIS FRIENDS ARE GONE. WHAT IS HE WAITING FOR? DESTROYING THE COUNTRY? THAT IS THE PROBLEM OF ELECTING EXPIRED PEOPLE IN OFFICE. LORD HAVE MERCY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joseph M'bama
Guest

KK OR MWANA CHWEEEE!!!, THE GUILT ARE ALWAYS AFRAID IF THIS WERE NOT TRUE WHY RASH TO OBTAIN AN AN IMPROMPTU INJUNCTION. COWARDICE OR DYING KICKS OF THE HORSE. BY THE WAY WHERE ARE YOU TWO VXs REGISTERED AS KAMLEPO 1 AND 2. DO YOU STILL REMEMBER YOUR TOYOTA CRESSIDA

phyuta
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Ndale zili pati apa a Kamulepo. Ngati simunalipiredi munyera kuto pyeee !!!

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