Irate people torch Malawi Revenue Authority checkpoint in Mchinji

Angry people on Sunday razed down a Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) checkpoint at Ludzi Junction in Mchinji in protest over measures the authority is implementing to curb smuggling in the district.

Police officers back in action at the checkpoint

An eyewitness, Evance Chikhawo, said the mob, comprising men and women, torched the blockade and tents manned by MRA officials on Sunday afternoon.

“The mob was chanting songs against the officials for mounting the checkpoint at Ludzi Junction,” he said.

Mchinji Police Station officer Charles Mpezeni said the mob was reacting to an incident which occurred on Saturday in which an MRA vehicle was involved in running battles with a minibus suspected of carrying smuggled goods.

“On Saturday, a Nissan Caravan minibus registration MH 7256 loaded with assorted goods was involved in a fatal accident at Mumba Village along the Mchinji-Lilongwe M 132 Road. It was reported that the driver was running away from MRA officers,” he said.

Mpezeni said due to speeding, the driver failed to control the vehicle and it overturned. The driver died on the spot.

He said in retaliation, a mob believed to be people involved in smuggling, attacked MRA officers at Ludzi Junction checkpoint.

Meanwhile, police quelled the situation and operations at the checkpoint returned normal.

MRA spokesperson Steve Kapoloma yesterday asked for more time to provide more details. Mchinji is one of the border districts in the country which have intensified security against human trafficking and smuggling of goods between Malawi and its neigbouring coutries.

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Kudu hunter
Kudu hunter
5 months ago

Maybe MRA should bring some tariffs / duty down instead of charging heavy duties to feed the corrupt outfit licenced by the government to make struggling Malawians more poor go after the big boys instead ooops sorry forgot you cant someone got paid

Mzakwacha Nixon's
Mzakwacha Nixon's
5 months ago

A question to MRA..
Kodi mumayamba kutchaja custom pa katundu yoyambira mdala zingati?
ACan any concerned MRA or someone who knows answer me please before i tell MRA my views..?
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Angoni apaphata
Angoni apaphata
5 months ago

Taziuzani muli izi. Zokuti there is a thing called cost benefit analysis kaya adamvapo kaya

Kumz
Kumz
5 months ago

Koma simutitha,mpaka muchoka basi.uyo wakutumani akupweteketsani.

Anzelu ndi Anzelu
Anzelu ndi Anzelu
5 months ago

OSAOPA!!!! The New Dawn of violence, lawlessness, property destruction and savage brutality. This is the language that people must use to be heard. No more contact and dialogue. Kugenda, kuswa, kutema, kuphwasula, kutibula, kunyenya, kuotcha, kuononga and kupha is the new language that Tonse Alliance taught the people. Malawi wabata ndimtendele tinameza ndikumwela madzi.

ERUTU
ERUTU
5 months ago

BOMA ILO 👊🏿🇲🇼

Chalo
5 months ago

Sometimes a MRA akuonjedza.
They need humane approach.

Jah
Jah
5 months ago
Reply to  Chalo

Smuggler safuna human approach aye kwake kuthawa basi

Desmond Kaunda
Desmond Kaunda
5 months ago
Reply to  Chalo

I feel MRA is killing small businesses ndimsongo. Mabig businesses pay bribes and survive

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