Kaliwo speaks on duty-free imported car syndicate: Says allegations ‘politically motivated’

Gustav Kaliwo—opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) secretary general—has said there was nothing hazy in the manner the party’s vice president, who is also Speaker of the national assembly, Richard Msowoya acquired a Volkswagen Tourag that was cleared by the Malawi Revenue Authority duty-free.

Kaliwo:  Parries away allegations

In an interview with Nyasa Times, after we run the story, Kaliwo laughed off the allegations as “politically motivated.”

He insisted that there was “nothing wrong.”

According Kaliwo, the allegations are aimed at targeting him and his vice president, Msowoya.

“The truth of the matter is that the alleged vehicle belongs to Msowoya who bought it from him even before he had cleared it with  Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA),” said Kaliwo.

He added: “The truth of the matter is [that] I bought the said vehicle which a 2004 make at the price of K3 million hoping that it would be cleared at a price of K3 million. But when it arrived I was told that it clearance would cost me K7 million. And because I couldn’t manage to clear it I thought of just selling it at the same price to reclaim my money.

“I; therefore, offered it to my vice president [Msowoya] who showed interest to buy it from me and gave me K2 million through his personal assistant, Mr. Chitimbe, who deposited the money in my NBS Bank account on 31st January, 2018.”

Kaliwo said after Msowoya agreed to pay him MK3 million he wrote an email to Be Forward telling them to change the ownership of the vehicle from him to Msowoya in an email dated 6th November, 2017

“We have made the necessary changes as requested. Please find amended profoma invoice in the attachment and double check to make sure the details are correct. Since your B/L (Bill of Lading) has been lodged in to TRA (Tanzania Revenue Authority) so we cannot change at this stage but please check the invoice” read an email dated 7th November, 2017 from Zakiya Bobat of Be Forward in response to Kaliwo’s 6th November, 2017 email

Investigations by a Nyasa Times reporter at Malawi Revenue Authority corroborated Kaliwo’s sentiment that the car belongs to Msowoya as the blue book is registered under Msowoya’s name.

The vehicle was registered under his name on 7th December, 2017 and the vehicle’s registration number is KA 9469—standing for Karonga where Msowoya comes from.

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Stupid laywer. You should have consulted an accountant to cook up a good lie. MRA mwadzimveratu


Kwacha! Kwacha! MCP corruption at its best. Nyasa Times, talowani mkati mwa chipani chotsutsachi.


Ndiwedi ndawa ndamvetsa, ndipo sindinganene chili chonse, nanga ndiyankhe ndawaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa iyayi! Paja amakomoka uyuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!! Mwezi paja uli pafupi………………………………..!!

Timvê ziti

This has not only been done by these 2. If the authorities were interested to check it’s happening all the time and has been happening. For a long time. Total abuse of the duty free status


So importer was changed after the car had already been imported and had reached destination? Clever lawyer or idiot? Kauze ana zimenezo. Vuto la ARV akalowa mmutu


So why does the car remain in the physical custody of Mr. Kaliwo?!!!!


Anthu akuba inu mumazemba msonkho. Mumapanga change of ownership ikafika kuno Galimoto. Misonkho mumapweteka nayo ife akapopa ngolo fe.

Concerned Malawian

Malawi, Malawi. This is very interesting, the previous article quoted contradictory side of Msowoya

“Msowoya said he bought the vehicle and gave Kaliwo to be using it sometimes for political errands as he had to assist as party Vice President .”

This is last paragraph of the article below

Something is fishy here. Anthu awa amangidwe, akafotokoze bwino.


Sangawamanje my friend! Why? its because they are operating under DPP!! Achewa amati ukaona wa khungu akuchita makani udziwe kuti pamene wayimapo waponda mwala akugenda1 inu mukuganiza kuti chikuwalimbitsa mtima ndi chani amenewa/

Country man

Oh it’s that what happened?


The first importer was supposed to pay duty, osazemba


When the vehicle is cleared duty free, only the entitled person and his immediate family members can use the vehicle. Hon Msowoya being the speaker of the house of parliament knows this very well. S0mething fishy here starting from MRA clearance to Kaliwo using the vehicle when it was cleared duty free. The case should be open and the vehicle must be confiscated. This is not politics but dealing with law breakers. Ma crook achuluka my Malawi.

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