Nyasa Times can reveal that employees have been working in fear for the last seven months at Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) as commissioner general Ralph Kamoto is wreaking havoc at the tax gathering institution first denying taxmen of their due bonuses and thereafter firing people at will.
Kamoto has also brought in dictatorial measures by withdrawing numerous contracts with suppliers and invading employees’ privacy by monitoring even personal emails and every internet log-in. As it stands now websites like Nyasa Times, Facebook have been blocked from MRA network.
Since his appointment in July 2014 Kamoto has single-handedly fired; commissioner customs and excise imports Agnes Katsonga, management accountant Majora Somba, finance director David Loga, tax investigations director Henry Ngutwa, estate manager Clement Kamuangala and of late policy research director Josephy Milner.
Kamoto has also sacked over 20 officers and impeccable sources at MRA have confirmed that more may be relived of the duties to pave way for the hiring of CEO’s cronies.
Apart from this, the commissioner general has suspended human resources director Alice Konyani, procurement director Magdalene Mambiya demoting head of administration Elton Sapato to be internal audit deputy director and has appointed former chief immigration officer Elvis Thodi to be the new head of administration.
Just last week commissioner customs Shadereck Namalomba was also suspended but has since sort the court’s redress on the matter and he is now back on duty.
The firings, suspensions and demotions has shaken morale for employees at MRA and has already started to negatively affect operations.
Tax targets set by Ministry of Finance are likely to be missed since people are not sure if they will have their jobs the next day.