A prominent businessman with close links to Attorney General and Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara has found himself in hot soup following revelations that he swindled close to MK110 million from Peoples Trading Centre (PTC) on behalf of the country’s tax collector Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA).
The business man identified as McHellings Ackson Tinkhani Kayala is a revenue officer for MRA and used his status to defraud the country’s largest chain store by collecting money and depositing it in his personal companies’ accounts.
According to information sourced, Kayala has been collecting the huge sums over a period of time without being traced.
However, when PTC’s internal audit department smelled rat, an enquiry was instituted where it was found out that Kayala embezzled huge sums of money which was being deposited to the accounts of his two companies namely; The Institute of Business Administration and Your Choice Investments.
He managed to do this by disguising that the money was meant for MRA’s VAT collections.
This forced PTC to sue Kayala at the High Court of Malawi where he was eventually convicted and ordered to pay back the money.
Meanwhile, he was interdicted and later dismissed by MRA on a different case of absenteeism where it is reported that he was concentrating on his business instead of working for the tax collecting body.
While under investigations by the PTC-McConnell, it was further found out that Kayala registered a limited company and transferred the money to the new company’s account so that it is not easily retrieved.
One of the documents in Nyasa Times possession show that Kayala registered a limited company called ‘Blessings Senior Academy’ and the particulars of the company show that the list of directors included Kayala, Ralph Kasambara, People’s Party senior official Ian Nankuni, Gracious Suzgo Kayala and Paryala Chunga. This is where Kayala is undeniably been linked to Kasambara.
Ironically, a search at the Registrar General found that the whole file of the limited company has gone missing.
This is raising eye brows considering the fact that Kasambara is the overall Minister of Justice and Attorney General where the department falls under.
Since Kayala’s conviction, he has not made any effort to pay back the money. This has forced the PTC management to file for bankruptcy against him according to High Court file no. 21 of 2011. The case is being presided over by Justice Frank Kapanda.
Meanwhile, a cloud of uncertainty is also hovering over Kayala’s return to MRA where reports indicate that MRA senior officials received a call from a man sounding dubiously who identified himself as Kasambara.
The man on the phone is reported to have instructed MRA senior officials to immediately reinstate Kayala.
Currently, Kayala is back to MRA’s Lilongwe offices where he is reported posing as a very high risk revenue officer.
His fellow officers are disgusted to see a ‘financial convict’ being left to collect revenue for MRA simply because of political strings that are being pulled.
The 37-year-old entrepreneur hails from Kalusa village, Traditional Authority Mbelwa in Mzimba district.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :