Crackdown on looters: Malawi police arrest MRA’s Roza Mbilizi

Malawi Police Service fiscal department has arrested controversial   deputy commissioner general at Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) Roza Mbilizi on allegation of abuse of office and bootleg deals at the public tax collector.

Mbilizi: Face law enforcers grilling

National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera confirmed the arrest, adding that Mbilizi was being kept at Blantyre Police Station.

Among other issues that Mbilizi is being probed is sale of MRA houses and how she facilitated   clearance of the duty-free 400 000 bags of cement worth K3.2 billion which  immediate former president Peter Mutharika imported from Zambia and Zimbabwe between 2018 and 2019.

Legal experts questioned  the volume involved on the “personal use” provision in the Presidents (Salaries and Benefits) Act and called for an investigation.

The Presidents (Salaries and Benefits) Act allows the President “duty free importation of items for personal use”.

Many goods were reported being cleared in the name of Mutharika and involved in bootleg deals with Asian business persons such as Farook Gani of Victoria Hotel and Victoria Pharmaceticals.

In the initial transaction in November 2018, the President bought 20 000 metric tonnes (MT) or 200 000 bags of cement worth $2 240 000 (about K1.68 billion) from PTC Zimbabwe Limited duty-free. In the second transaction. in July 2019, Mutharika bought the same quantity from Prestige Export based at Chipata in Zambia.

In a letter responding to the State Residences request, dated November 28 2018, MRA deputy commissioner of technical customs and excise Abigail Kamwamba approved the transaction and advised that the cement should be allowed into the country from previously Lilongwe Port to Dedza and Mchinji.

The arrest of Mbilizi comes after President Lazarus Chakwera has already named her “provisional” replacement in tax lawyer Henry Ngutwa responsible for revenue.

The President has also appointed  John Bizwick as MRA Commissioner General and Agness Katsonga as deputy  responsible for administration.

The appointments are subject to approval by a MRA board.

Chakwera said the appointments are only made to  function in an acting capacity “until the Board is reconstituted and in place to make permanent appointments.”

Said the President: “I have made these provisional appointments to stop the free-for-all pilferage of taxes and the destruction of evidence that have been taking place there in the last few weeks, crimes which need to be stopped as a matter of urgency.”

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Muhariwa
Muhariwa
7 months ago

Even if sent to prison her and brothers have bought houses and built flats which in any case cannot be grabbed by govt of the day,this is her property.

Ex Malaeian Indian
Ex Malaeian Indian
7 months ago

Please prosecute the Indian businessmen as well.
Doctor Hadtings Banda always said the Indians are termites eating the country away. So far none of these Indian thieves have been prosecuted and put behind bars.

Chautaamalanga
7 months ago

Arrest Godfrey Itaye as well from MACRA. The records are there for his large looting for the mighty DPP.

goodson
goodson
7 months ago

Please get all the Asians behind this nonsense before airports open up

Chautaamalanga
7 months ago
Reply to  goodson

Good point.Lots of Asians-specifically-Indians, Pakistanis, Chinese and some Burundians have grabbed traditional land through dubious and corrupt means.Arrest them and throw away keys before borders re-open.On top of that arrest dangerous people like Ben Phiri and Vuwa Kaunda for conniving with them

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
7 months ago

We were unable to BREATHE WITH HER
Sisitimu yaduka.
Getu muthandizeni nzanu

Remnants of APM
7 months ago

Rosa Mbilizi (nee Fachi) was untouchable at MRA because of her close ties with Gertrude. She thought she was above the law. Being arrogant has been her life style from her school days.

Neno
Neno
7 months ago

WELL DONE TONSE ALLIANCE..
THIS PEOPLE ARE HOLDING ALOT OF TAX PAYERS MONEY AND THEY HAVE BECOME BILLIONS WHILE THE TAXPAYERS ARE DYING IN THE HOSPITALS BECAUSE THEY IS NO MEDICINES

Minister without Portifolio

Just send the mob. Quick. Efficient. Cost effective.

Nkuzilire
Nkuzilire
7 months ago

kkkkkkk

Nyirenda Tobious
Nyirenda Tobious
7 months ago

The law has to take its course, to deter the would be offenders. Clear the robble, for our better Malawi

#Better MW
#Better MW
7 months ago

Overnight Billionaires Club, the day of reckoning hath come.

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