Chaos in Chitipa: Communities, Malawi Police clash over MRA  roadblock

Malawi Police fired teargas cannisters to disperse an angry crowd who were marching in Chitipa Friday morning demanding the removal of Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) officials at Mbilima.

Looting at Chipiku Shop
eople held demonstrations to push Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) and Police to remove road blocks on the road.

The people are blaming the government for the poor state of the five kilometre stretch of the road from Chitipa boma to Mbilima where they say the MRA is collecting huge sums of money for the government coffers.

The people gave the MRA officials up to today, Friday to close their offices until the road is rehabilitated to tarmac standard.

The situation went out of hand when a female journalist who was taking pictures was mistaken for an undercover police officer.

However, the march proceeded to district offices at Chitipa boma where a representative of the people, Dave Musopole, presented a petition to the MRA officers.

Other ill intentioned citizens took advantage of the situation to cause more mayhem and looting around the Boma.

When a picture of the looting at Chipiku Chitipa branch circutaed in social media in triggered debate.

Daniel Mkandawire wrote: “We are nothing but simply thieves. This is very wrong and needs to be addressed immediately and collectively.”

Robert Masakatira said: “Whatever justification we may have, this is wrong — whatever theory we may apply, this is not right. We are a sorry state.

The petition to Chitipa MRA officer in charge was signed by nine concerned citizens and copied to the District Commissioner.

It said: “We feel it is hypocrisy of highest order and daylight robbery that you collect revenue from us at the said border post and yet the road network connecting is in bad shape.

“You, therefore, have no basis whatsoever for benefiting from us when your (government) service on the road leaves a lot to be desired.

“Do not civic educate us that road construction or upgrading is not your responsibility. The Malawi Government is one and all the services by governmental agencies and up in the OPC. Simple and straight forward.

“We, therefore give you 7 days to get rid of your officers from Mbilima Border Post or we will react in a manner you will not like.”

The concerned citizens also requests MRA to construct offices at the border post and not tents where the officers are currently operating from.

“What do you do with all the revenue that you are failing even to build your offices?” questions the petitioners, who all appended their signatures as well as provided phone contacts.

The petitioners acting on behalf of fellow citizens are Dave Msongole, Mernard Mwaungulu, Fred Mwanginde, Moir Simengwa, Alick Kalagho, George Nyondo, Raphael Kalinga, Nichoras Sinyangwe and Daniby Mubisa.

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John Gray Gufa
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John Gray Gufa

Ndiye muzidandaula ATUMBUKANU kuti ku mpoto kulibe chitukuko. Kwanu ndi kuononga basi.

GRM
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GRM

Whatever one can say, Malawians can no longer be taken for granted. We will rise up and fight injustice. Thanks to the citizen awareness by Mtambo and team.

GOLOLO
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GOLOLO

FUCK MRA FUCK GOVT FUCK ALL THESE THIEVES

thengo lanu
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thengo lanu

These northerners are idiots man, THEY ALWAYS THINK THEY ARE CLEVER just because they favoured each other before and alot of them went to school this is over where that idiot comes from the first bush when he took a bus from Burundi, that Mtambo, Munthu osamva revolution adakalibe NYANI, he looks like a monkey, these mbwenumbwenus are a cancer to the nation you can not bit about the bush about it, these pple need to remain in the northern bush thank God for Quarta, WE NEED QUARTA AT WORK PLACES AS WELL. clearly the leadership dont like you only… Read more »

Masuzgo
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Masuzgo

Yes you might hate the Northerner in whatever form but what you have to know that they are freedom fighters so that cowards like you and your kahuna should take advantage and start enjoying the freedom.

Kaka
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Kaka

Freedom ya chani. Kubaaaa

KakaREvrnue
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KakaREvrnue

Indeeed. These are idiot s. ANTHU OSAYANIKA. MAJANI NGATI MACHENDE NDI MBOLO ZOMWE SUZIOPA NGAKALI MJSXI SLI NDI MATENDA. MULUZI DEVELOPED THS REGION , REMOVED QUOTA SYSTEM BUT THEY NEVER THANKED MULUZI. BINGU CAME AND CONTINUED DEVELOPUNG THE REGION BUT THEY SSID CJONDETE CSKUFIKAPO. THRY ARE DTUPID. THRRE ID NO COUNYRY TGAT HAD NO REVENUE SUTHORITY. KOMA IWE MTAMBO. TIDUKITE CKURT. TIONA KUMENE UTAEIRE. CHUPID

Atokwene
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Atokwene

Stupid thieves of chitipa. Boarder yo yabwera lero? Why didn’t you react during JB administration?

Atokwene
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Atokwene

Typical of uneducated chitipa people. What else can they do? kuba basi

Matcheso
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THE MONEY collected by MRA goes straight Into DPP cadets accounts —WAKE UP MALAWI !! That’s why that MRA Officer was mocking MALAWIANS in a viral video

Msukwa dan
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Msukwa dan

Now it is becoming clear, European style democracy is not for Africa because the majority of the citizens are poor and illiterate. democracy doesn’t work for Malawians. We urgently need to suspend some of these extra rights which instead of enjoying people are now abusing. the only reliable shop in the whole of chitipa district has been looted, now we will have to buy goods from karonga which is additional suffering.

Roadking
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Roadking

You mean democracy Malawi style is : The big headed stealing from account number one and the poor loating Chipiku Stores?
Strange understanding from democracy…!?

CITIZEN
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CITIZEN

THOSE CALLED THIEIVES HERE ARE PETTY THIEVES, THE BIGGER THIEVES ARE IN MALAWI REVENUE AUTHORITY AND GOVERNMENT,