Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) stormed the residence of former Malawi budget director Paul Mphwiyo who was shot outside his home at the time he was a whistle blower to the corruption “cashgate” scandal, a systematic looting of public money, and impounded his mercedenz benz.
MRA officials confirmed the impounded black Merc GL 500 in it its ongoing operation to crackdown on vehicles that were registered in its data base without clearing the due tax liabilities.
The tax body suspects Mphwiyo’s vehicle was not cleared for tax.
MRA said the crackdown is not targeted at Mphwiyo only but that they will cast the net wider.
A source in MRA, who did not want to be mentioned because of the sensitivity of the matter said most of the “high end” vehicles belong to the senior members of government, high profile politicians and businessmen.
Mphwiyo and his wife Thandizo were recently arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau on charges of theft, money laundering and obstructing the course of justice.
To everybody’s surprise, the report into the 24 billion kwacha ($48 million) of missing funds, handed to the government on Sept. 25, has not mentioned Mphwiyo in anyway.
Malawians are beginning to wonder how and why the name that was central to cashgate has not featured in any way directly.
His lawyers are convinced the arrest was the work of some “cashgate shenanigans” who have infiltrated ACB to discredit Mphwiyo who is the key witness in the heist.
Our sources in ACB have revealed, on condition of anonymity, that a cashgate related camp that was at the core of Mphwiyo’s shooting are the ones spinning the shots to ensure that Mphwiyo is branded as a masterminder of cashgate and not as the person who should be the hero for exposing cashgate.
It is now believed that some compromised officers in ACB, under the influence of the mentioned cashgaters, are trying to connect the youthful Ivy League Graduate and technocrat to the infamous cashgate scandal in a bid to silence him.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :