MRA Seizes Kamlepo’s two ‘hot’ cars for evading duty

The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has confirmed that’s its officers on Wednesday pounced on vocal and controversial politician and Parliamentarian, Kamlepo Kalua and seized two vehicles for allegedly failing to pay customs duties.

Cars seized from MP Kalua

Kamlepo: Two cars seized

MRA seized Toyota Land Cruiser V8 registration number KA8966 and Mercedes Benz registration number RU5437 from Kalua after a search at his residential houses following a tip-off from concerned Malawians.

The two vehicles according to MRA were not cleared through customs, and duty and Kalua who is Member of Parliament (MP) for Rumphi East constituency, will answer charges in relation to evading customs duty contrary to Customs and Exercise Act.

Information in Nyasa Times possession indicates that the Land Cruiser V8 was registered as Nissan Vanette in the Directorate of Road Transport and Safety Services’ MALTIS system while the registration number for the Mercedes Benz RU5437 does not exist in the system.

Kalua, who is vocal on social media while indirectly commenting on the issue, accused government of intimidation and cooking up cases against the opposition political parties’ leaders.

“They are now planning to use the police to raid houses of opposition leaders (MCP and PP), and some civil society organizations to search us and plant criminating things,” wrote Kalua on his Facebook page.

“They want to create a similar scenario like that of the former ministers for opposition members. Wrong move! We will search the police first before they enter our houses. All this to intimidate us. Tell your master that he cannot even intimidate a child!”

Experts say such cases of dubious registration happen when the vehicle is suspected to have been stolen from another country. It is what is popularly known as “Hot Cars”.

The process of registration of a car involves physical inspection at MRA, Interpol Police and Traffic Directorate.

His case raises suspicion that he may have bitten the system using a corrupt syndicate in all three institutions.

Kalua, who has been at loggerheads with government over his whistleblowing on alleged corrupt practices in government,  denied any wrong doing.

He has been vocal on corruption in Parliament and the media especially on maizegate scandal involving fired Minister of Agriculture, George Chaponda and Admarc.

In a related development, the tax body on Tuesday, 25th April, 2017, conducted a search at the business premises of Pafs/Peks Auto Spare Parts & Accessories in Blantyre on suspicion of non-remittance of various types of Domestic taxes and Customs Duty.

The search resulted in the seizure of some financial source documents from the companies.

MRA says the operation follows tips from well-wishers, alleging that  Pafs/Peks Auto Spare Parts  owened by Ferdinand Okafor, Celestine Okafor and Patricia Jiah Okafor  are not remitting correct amount of taxes to Malawi Revenue Authority in form of Customs Duty, Value Added Tax (VAT), Income Tax, PAYE and Withholding Tax.

The vehicles and files seized 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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53 thoughts on “MRA Seizes Kamlepo’s two ‘hot’ cars for evading duty”

  1. martin j says:

    To some of us is not surprising,Kamlepo is not a real politician or leader,he is a first class opportunist and a great liar of all time.All the rhetorics we have been hearing from him since he was elected into Parliament was a prelude to his real political target thus,to sell himself to Malawians as a competent new leader.Now,the people of Malawi have seen and known who he is.He is greedy,ambitious,below intellectual level and a misguided deranged self-seeker.To majority of Malawians,strongly believe that he goofed on those two HOT vehicles and by the way,where did he get that billions of KWACHA to purchase such expensive machines? We smell rat here!! The government must not leave any stone untouched,let the tax-payers know the whole story.

  2. peoplo says:

    Let justice take its course. Tione amene atuluke clean pa nkaniyi MRA or Kamlepo. Isathere panjira film imeneyi. Zimandinyasa zomaonesa ma movie osamaliza. Ndimalipira tax mu hall ya Malawi kuti ndizionera ma movie onse to the end. Pali ma movie ambiri M’Malawi muno amene anali pa part 1 . Ndikufuna ma part 2 ama film onsewa. I am waiting

  3. Gogo says:

    Be careful “Cadets “.. We know someone was busy doctoring the documents somewhere. But the problem comes in you fail in these cases. That’s when people start questioning and you lose your propaganda mission

  4. Benjamin says:

    Cheap government propaganda you think malawians don’t think.

  5. ntapasya says:

    If you live in a glasshouse don’t throw stones, if you can’t throw blows my brother don’t throw blows….Peter Tosh

  6. Maliseni says:

    Let me agree with KING SOLOMON, when you are an ADVOCATE you must be a CREDIBLE messager. MRA is just doing its work but its influenced by the advocacy of Kamlepo. Its a lesson to all advocate, clean your houses before you can throw a stone. However you are doing a commendable job replacing the Chair all the time.

  7. winston msowoya says:

    What Iam reading about Kamlepo Karua,is both unbelievable and shocking in the sense that he has been in forefront in the fight against national treacherous corruption.Let’s deduce that the matter is preconceived and will be judged according to the law of the land.I wsh him all good ending.

  8. Chaponda says:

    Hot cars are all over .The treat Kamulepo would receive would be the same as others who had been caught with the same case,We should not think that this is the first case in Malawi.Is it?Chaponda naye alinazo Hot Cars

  9. Chalo gogo says:

    Kamlepo akafusa Lucius Banda ndi certificate yake yakuba kapena kasambara kkk. Kodi Kamlepo ndalama azipeza liti- Oooh paja anali ndi amayi eti (cashgate) Kodi mmesaso ameneyu posachedwapa ma track ake agwidwa atazembetsa chimanga. Andale onse ndi chimodzimdzi. Lero siuyu Chaponda akunjoya pamene atatibela misonkho yathu kkk

  10. Bilimankhwe says:

    Don’t defend this man. He has caused many people to suffer. Kamlepo owe munganya it’s now your turn to start dancing to your own tune.
    What goes around comes around. We have more and grace issues to drag you to court until you go bankrupt
    Tikufinya uona munapita mbali.
    Your days are numbered we are there to get you. We will fish you out

  11. mulowe says:

    KOMA U MP upitilira? ask Lusiasi Banda. ndikukayika. Koma kadauluka kdateradi. koma katera mwachangu bwanji?

  12. bimbi says:

    Cash rich Kamlepo. umaloza anzako ndi chala chimodzi zitatu zikuloza iwe . talk the shame ,

  13. shasha says:

    Ma hot cars alipo ambili pa Nyasaland apa. Anthu ngati Frank mbeta ma hot cars mbwee koma sanamagidweko bwanji?

  14. jijo says:

    Kodi galimotozi zinabwera mu container kapen zinayend apolowa pa boarder. Failure ya ntchito ya wina wa MRA and Police omwewo analolera kuti izi zichitike enafe bwanji amawona kaye cap link to prove kuti galimotoyo yomwe unagula nd yomweyo. Anthu enawa aku user system yanji. Mra police do you have different systems. Things are not adding up here until when should we be hearing about hot cars. Who is wrong here.

  15. chwee mwana chwee! says:

    AMATENGERA NKHANI ZA ANZAKE PA MGONG’O OSAMUSIYA TIYENI NAZONI, muyesowomwe amatengera anzake naye ayesedwe chimodzimozi

  16. chwee mwan chwee! says:

    chweee mwana chweee!!!! makiyolobasi chew mwana chweeee musamusiye ndi kamunyamaa koyerekedwa amatengera za amzake pa mgong’o

  17. Thekerani says:

    Malawi sazatheka

  18. glingo says:

    Vehicles cant pass borders without paying duties and if they do it means MRA authorised the cars

  19. Abit says:

    Komatu koma osamaayamba dala a Malawi mavuto achuluka muno. Salary yatha kale.

  20. BMW says:

    Kaluwa already has two vehicles on duty free status as MP besides the two cars seized by MRA. He was therefore supposed to pay duty on these two cars.

  21. kalimbo says:

    kamlepo did not evade duty as per say but the person/people who sold him the car are the ones who evaded duty by conniving with officers at road traffic he ignorantly thought he was buying those vehicles already duty paid but for anyone who wants to buy a car verify the vehicle documantation with MRA and road traffic and interpol you end up buying a hot car corruption at road traffic is rife

  22. shooter midori says:

    after TIMES munapita kwa DULANI now muli kwa KAMLEPO kod chifukwa akudzudzula boma nde kuwapekela nkhani, nanga zanu za a CHAPONDA zili pati kuli ZIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII Pa mtu……………………………

  23. North korea says:

    There is too much corruption at Road traffic , immigration , anthu tikuvutika heavy , the chisi, gunsalu , the kauma and others are always demanding money treating us as stupid munawapanga chani Acb , stupid acb and stupid mra to hell with you!!

  24. king solomon says:

    mr Kaluba ,remember the old wise saying” if you are leaving in a glass house dont throw stones”? it applies to you here.

  25. mkuziwaduka says:

    Kamlepo musiyeni musalimbane naye

  26. Chimbano says:

    Why is the DPP govt using MRA to persecute innocent citizens. The said vehicle was duly cleared on Duty Free Status by MRA in November 2015. The letter from MRA was signed by Eleanor Chaima (Mrs) . Inu a Maganizo Chinkono mungoziwonongera mbili why allowing to be used like this by politicians. You are still young dont let your future be ruined by these selfish DPP idiots.

  27. observer says:

    Do seize houses and hideouts of Ministers and top government officials please do not wait to catch some one who becomes a government critics please!

  28. G20 says:

    if you live in a grass house, don’t throw stones. Apa mwaoneka kuti nonse andale ndiakuba and nobody is is more clean in this field. Akakugwilani don’t hide kumakaka achipani. Chipani chanunso chinayetsedwa kale chinalephera . Mukunena kuti boma silikupanga chitukuko mukuti ndalama zichoka kuti if you are invading tax. Bwana Kamlepo mwandikhumudwitsa. Parliament ikupangeniso investigate

  29. Donald says:

    If it was a Lhomwe or government MP mukanamumva Billy Mayaya ndi Gift Trapense. Gentlemen lets learn to play fair. Now that it is Kamlepo Kaluwa, its all quiet. Everything is okey. Palibe nkhani apa.

  30. It said you dont argue with the authority. Kamulepo should slow down on attacks to the mutharika administration. He will go down
    ….

  31. Mwankeyula says:

    Bwana clean man Kamlepo. Politics aside. What do you comment on these vehicles? We just want to know.

  32. ANALYST says:

    OK. Tiyeni tisiye nkhani ya registration ya galimotoyo apo – tikambe za “evading duty/customs”. I thought aphungu a ku nyumba ya Malamulo ali exempted from paying duty when importing vehicles? Is this not the case?

    1. Mhesha K says:

      The vehicle was not cleared by Customs. The V8 at RTD is registered as Nissan Van. The Merce is not even the MRA and RTD Systems!

  33. Mgoloso says:

    Kalua – do not throw stones to the police station when you are in possession of Indian hemp in your pocket. You want us to sympathize with you – forget it.

  34. gule says:

    Kamlepo should not think that because he is a vocal politician then the law should spare him. If found on the wrong side of the law, he should face the full wrath of the law.

  35. juju says:

    ZOKOMERA ALOMWE

    IFE KWATHU NKULIRA !!!

  36. phiri says:

    Anyani sasekana zikunduuuuu

  37. chigo says:

    ndale za pa Malawi izo.

  38. phiri says:

    Kodi ndiye kuti moto ukupita kwatsala tchire eti? komatu osamaitukwana ng’ona iwe mwendo uli mmadzi mwake ingakulume. Those whose palm kelnels were opened by a benevolent spirit should not forget to be humble. Ineke the bird said if hunters have learnt to shoot without missing, Ineke the bird will be flying without perching. ukatambatamba uziyang’ana kummawa kungakuchere. kadauluka kadzatera pangakhalitse. Kamlepo woyeeeeee

  39. chikoti says:

    Misonkho wavuta pa Malawi.ndi ” mwana chweee yemwe kuzemba ? Abale hmmmm

  40. Katswiri says:

    “..the Land Cruiser V8 was registered as Nissan Vanette” lol A Malawi sazetheka katangale.

  41. phiri says:

    sadyeka wadyeka ndi mafupa omwe. Mthanga kunena anapisa likongwe wa apongozi. chiri kwa mzako mkumati chigwire nyanga. nyalungwe mchepsa kamzake akapha kachiwala achita kokoka. usamanene za kachitsotso ka mmaso mwa mzako mmaso mwako muli chimtengo. waidziwa bangwe Kamlepo

  42. Wakumana nazo Nandawu,chili ku mzako mkumati chigwire nyangayooo

  43. Trendex says:

    IT’S NOT ONLY KAMLEPO KALUA. THE WHOLE MALAWI IS ROTTEN FROM THE HEAD TO THE FEET. THIS IS A PROPHECY OF ISAIAH. LET THEM PAY THE CHARGES AND MONEY SHOULD GO TO RENOVATE ROADS KWA CHE MUSA AND JALI. KOMA NKHANI YA NDATA FARM YINATHA? NANGA YA IG NDI MARY KACHALE YINATHANSO? YA CHIMANGA YILI PATI? VUTO LA UTSOGOLERI KU MALAWI NDILAKUTI AMANGOPALAMULA NDI KUSIYA. FOR EXAMPLE, CASE OF CHASOWA, NJAUNJU, MBENDERA, JULY 20, TRACTORS, MIDNIGHT SIX, 23 MILLION YA NANKHUMWA, 550 BILLION CASHGATE…… START WITH THE OLD CASE FIRST OR DROP ALL. DZIKO LOPANDA MALONGOSOLEDWE. ATSOGOLERI ENA MUMASANKHAWA ALI NDI MA PASSPORT AWIRI. ADZAKUTHAWANI AKALUZA MU 2019. TULO A MALAWI MPAKANA PANO????? EISH

  44. KB says:

    Ngati zili zoona ndiye kuti Bambo Kamulepo zakuvutani kwambiri.

  45. Dum Magulajena. says:

    Kodi nkhani ya wamkulu wa apolisi inatha bwanji paja naonso amakhuzidwa ndi zakuzembesa chimanga mdziko muno.

  46. witchhunting. kamlepo osamusiya choncho bwampini. do not let this kunda to intimidate you!!!!!!

  47. Independent says:

    My Question: Why do MRA people say Kamlepo did not pay duty? We pay duty at the border as far as i know. why did MRA allow kamlepo to go out of border?. is it not some one somewhre has tried to change the particulars. I am not a Judge. Kamlepo can not throw stones to police while hes keeps weeds. Osati tangoti tonse tioneke okuba. search me!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. kathyali says:

    nde mwati chaponda apita liti pa court.cimanga tikucifuna kuni ku nsanje

  49. petermustfall says:

    akuti to shut them up…..HA HA HA HA HA this government got jokes. Ma boma ambuyomu anapanga zimezo koma analephera, instead mumangowatchikisa zazi…..Kamplemo knows very well ndondomeko of purchasing the cars

    I can mwatha plan

  50. sapuwo says:

    Tit 4 tat bambo

  51. Waakuba uyu Kamulepo. He must pay TAX. No man is above the law. We are all bound to pay taxes to government.

    1. Chakwiya Chasekelera says:

      Umapita m’mbali Kamulepo, palibenso za ndale apa, a PAC mumuitane akafotokoze bwino , na ngati komitiyi simakondera.. Kang’oma koliritsa, ine ndimadziwa kuti akuluwa too vocal.. umenewu ulendo basi wanya nayo… musamusiye wakubayo

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