Zodiak, Times Group owe Malawi Revenue Authority billions in tax

Malawi private media houses, Zodiak Broadcasting Services (ZBS) and the Times Group are reported to be owing Ms tax collector, the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) billions of the much needed Kwacha, Nyasa Times understands.

Kazako :Zodiak boss

Kazako :Zodiak boss

For over two years, Malawi has not been receiving budget support from her international partners and the country has been relying its public service provision from revenue collection.

Zodiak owns a radio and television station and the Times Group is the country’s oldest media house with business interests stretching from newspaper, radio, television and courier services among others.

According to documents seen by Nyasa Times, Zodiak owes MRA MK1.2 billion whilst Times Group owe the revenue collector MK463 million.

The outstanding dues are reported to have accumulated for at least the last 3 years and range from VAT, PAYE and Surtax.

In the documents, the MRA accuses the two media giants of not respecting the country’s tax regulations that they so much talk about in their news bulletins and programmes.

The documents warn the two media giants to settle their debt with the tax collector or face stern action from the MRA.

According to the documents, Zodiak is accused of not remitting to MRA monies for VAT, Surtax and PAYE.

MRA said it was shocked to see that even on PAYE, Zodiak was not remitting what it had collected from salaries of its employees which the revenue collector says it’s illegal. The same is on VAT and Surtax.

Similar accusations have been levelled against the Times Group.

When contacted for comment, MRA spokesperson Steve Kapoloma said he was not in a position to comment on the matter.

“We don’t discuss information  of our clients in the media,” he said on Tuesday.

ZBS is owned by youthful entrepreneur, Gospel Kazako  and the Times Group has its roots from Malawi first President the late Hastings Kamuzu Banda and his family.

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22 thoughts on “Zodiak, Times Group owe Malawi Revenue Authority billions in tax”

  1. kia says:

    The analyst…please keep your identity tight and continue showering us with blessings of truths

  2. Nkhulandi says:

    Just shut down these two institutions because what they are doing is criminal in nature, people are dying in hospitals because Government cant pay for Medicines – ine Ndalama mumathela kupanga BRIBE A NAMISA so that they put you on number 1?? 1.3 Billion?? This money can build the whole Cancer Centre that Malawi want to construct.

  3. James Phiri says:

    This is govt machinery to frustrate media houses and DPP has targeted to close Zodiak so that by 2019 it should not be able to control the airwaves as it has reporters in all the districts. A good example DPP through MBC has been offering jobs to Zodiak staff without attending interviews and a good example is Wahara who is currently with MBC. I don’t blame him his decision, as cost of living has gone up. Komanso pena Zodiak mmmmhhh, kuwumira makobiri. Kaya ziwoneka. Lucy Chimwaza and Joseph Mwanoka were also offered the job but Zodiak had to kneel down for these guys to turn down the offer

  4. Smmify says:

    Whether these institutions are being targeted or not is none of Mw’s business. If they did not evade taxes, let them defend themselves in court. The fact that others are doing the same shouldn’t be reason enough why they shouldn’t be punished. If u knw of other institutions, then come forward. Kawauzeni a MRA so that thy crack down on them so that they too face the law. Politicising every matter won’t take us anywhere.

  5. Central says:

    For the past what? ………..what? Where was MRA during the past 35 months, less this month when they have now decided to say this? Zoonekeratu izi kuti mwatumidwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! You are disturbed with the exposures they are releasing daily………………!! MRA is headed by regional governor for tax diversion paja!

  6. kanzedza says:

    It is easy to attack non malawians and take away their cars, computers , etc.

  7. Sindi says:

    VAT and Surtax. Nde kuti chani? These are one amd same thing.

  8. Kapoloma says:

    If truth is to be told, all defaulters of tax shouldn’t be excused, but if we can read between the lines, MRA is now targeting only fellow outspoken individuals or institutions just to silence them from exposing what government wouldn’t want Malawians to know. While we should not condone the malpractice of evading taxes, but at the same time we should check against this abuse of law by selective justice.

    Of late we have heard of same MRA rushing to speaking to media about a certain young politician and his finding himself in alleged bad books with MRA, now the same foul-mouthed spokesperson is telling the media that MRA does not speak on issues affecting their client.

    Evidently ACB and MRA have always turned a blind eye to those with ruling party connections, once the party is out of grace with Malawians, the next party uses them to finish the imaginary opponents.

    We have serious and grave scandals of ” Amwene” evading taxes in billions and others clearing duty with 45,000 Kwacha on Mercedes Benz as expensive as 150 Million Kwacha, yet their stories are forgiven. But check how the MRA is planning to finish these local Malawians. Just watch the space on MRA-DPP persecution about to take place of these three Malawians.

    1. emmanuel moyo says:

      this is very true, and its so pathetic but one thing for sure God is watching.

  9. wanda says:

    zikachitika mumvela kwa ife

  10. Mkulu Zikaoneka says:

    @ Analyst.
    Very true, I agree with you 100%

  11. The Analyst says:

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    MRA is the bigger problem here . . .
    . . . No any rational being wants to pay taxes, this everyone must know!
    . . . Put it differently, if people were given a choice of paying taxes or not paying; they would choose not to pay.
    Now . . .
    . . . When MRA noticed that the two dishonest media giants had not paid taxes in the first month; what did MRA do? Nothing!
    . . . Ok, perhaps one moth is too short a period; but when this happened for a whole year, what did MRA do? Nothing!
    . . . Did it have to take 3 years for MRA to realise there is a problem?
    ………………………………………………………………
    One thing is very clear from this story . . .
    . . . Just as the MRA officials, the management of these two media giants are not only dishonest, but also corrupt.
    . . . Certainly, MRA noticed right from the very first month that taxes were not being paid; but they did not act because they must have been bribed to keep shtum.
    . . . As the taxes started to accumulate, the MRA officials must have kept advising these media giants to pay; but each reminder was met with a further bribe.
    . . . Now the MRA officials know that there is a limit to which they can keep covering this up, as the risk (of continuing to cover up) is now higher than the marginal benefit they would get from a further bribe hence this revelation. Otherwise, MRA is a problem.

    We can safely infer that this is what MRA official do with many other institutions and business owners. No wonder they are consistently undercollecting. This country has a veeeeeerrrry big problem!

    ACB, ntchito takupatsani apa.
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    1. Vincent says:

      Even ACB is toothless too

    2. Racist McTumbukaFace says:

      I have just discovered the true identity of The Analyst, it is Henry Kachaje and Blessings Chinsinga!

      1. The Analyst says:

        Ha ha ha ha . . .
        . . .the Analyst laughs.

        1. Mapwevupwevu says:

          Kikiki! The Analyst more fire! By equating you to the said guys, Racist Mctumbuka face is apparently one of your admirers

          1. The Analyst says:

            Kikiki,
            Greatly, appreciated!

      2. Generation of vipers says:

        NDIYE??????

        1. Mapwevupwevu says:

          Choka kape iwe zisakukhuze!

        2. Angella ku 43 says:

          Ine I want to know Analyst ameneyu, nde iwe ukuti chani? The guy is intelligent and I like him. Any one with idenity, help me.

    3. Leonnard Chikadya- MD Times Group says:

      For the record Times Group does not owe any taxes to MRA. If you have such information advice MRA to bring it to me! The Group settles all its taxes as they become due!

      1. The Analyst says:

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        . . . and I quote . . .
        “According to documents seen by Nyasa Times; . . . Times Group owes the tax collector K463m.” – 4th Paragraph

        Damaging as these revelations are to a companies reputation hence corporate governance;
        . . . Can NyasaTimes just make up the story? I dont think so!
        . . . Don’t you think Nyasa Times would be afraid of a lawsuit (from you) if these revelations were untrue?
        . . . Is there any indication that Nyasa Times is jelous of Times Group or Zodiak, and wants to damage your reputation? Certainly not!
        We can keep on asking such and other questions but time is of the essence.
        …………………………………………………..
        Now, having established that the revelation by Nyasa Times is true . . .
        . . . is there any logical explanation as to why MRA kept quiet despite you Mr MD not paying taxes?
        . . . are we wrong, therefore; to conclude that you Mr MD and Zodiak have been bribing these bribable MRA officials so as to make them keep quiet, at least for some time?
        …………………………………………………..
        . . . Just tell us that in that 1st month; you had no money to pay MRA and you asked them to check on you again the following month kuti mukokere kaye; of course you had to bribe them for this.
        . . . Then the same thing happened again and again until these MRA official are tired of your mundidikire-ndikokere-kaye-pang’ono song; and we will believe you.
        . . . But even if you dont tell us, we already know!
        “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time; but you can not fool all the people, all the time.” – Abraham Lincoln
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