Malawi court reinstate MRA commissioner Namalomba: Judge Kenyatta says Kamoto’s decision to suspend unlawful

The High Court in Blantyre has reinstated Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) Commissioner of Customs and Excise Shadrick Namalomba who was suspended for alleged misconduct.

Ralph Kamoto. MRA boss:  Decision to suspend Namalomba unlawful

Ralph Kamoto. MRA boss: Decision to suspend Namalomba unlawful

Justice Kenyatta Nyirenda in his determination, ruled that MRA Commissioner General Ralph Kamoto acted illegally to suspend Namalomba, saying the power to suspend him lies in the hands of MRA board.

“The decision of the Commissioner General is unlawful, unprocedural and or unreasonable,” said Justice Kenyatta.

“The Commissioner General acted illegally by proceeding to suspend the applicant when the powers to suspend a commissioner lie within the authority of the board.”

According to the Judge, MRA chief acted contrary to Namalomba’s legitimate expectations in that he expected the board to meet and make proper recommendations to the Commissioner General and that would have been the basis for suspension.

Kamoto in a letter to MRA staff notifying them of Namalomba’s suspension said the commissioner had been suspended following a preliminary report alleging gross misconduct from his office.

It is reported that the suspension stems from Namalomba’s clearing of eight trucks of ruling DPP strongman Noel Masangwi involving illegal timber for export.

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Reading all comments here, I have a clue why malawi is poor.


Kodi Kamoto akachotsa mbava akulakwanso? Namalombayo ndi wabwino kapena saint? u never know, no wonder malawi is the poorest in the world amene adzidya bwino ndi mbava bola know how to play your cards right.


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Point of correction. The story about mukula logs is a mess up of the Dept of Forestry. These logs are from Zambia. Nobody understands why Forestry issued export licences on foreign products. MRA has no powers against an export licence issued by central government. It is at the Dept of Forestry that heads should roll. Ralph Kamoto is just using it to get even with perceived competitors at MRA. Kamoto was never in good terms with Denis Kambalame at PCC. In fact he crucified Kambalame. Kamoto was never in good terms with MJM Phiri when he was Deputy to Phiri… Read more »
Kamoto , the writing is all over the wall that your conduct in as far as managing people is concerned is very unprocedural. REFLECT ON THIS. CONFINE YOUR DEEP ROOTED NEPOTISM AND TRIBALISM TO ARCHIVES OF HISTORY. MUYALUKA SIMUNATI MUKAPITILIZA. Some of us didn’t know that you are there coz of matako amzimayi wina whose BUYA is mercilessly terrorized daily by a nonsense guy from NU. Now some of us have impression that transferring of Mrs Katsonga us unprocedural too, just as it is unprocedural for the appointments of Steve Kajombo, George Mankhwala et al. The best thing now is… Read more »

Kamoto ndi mbuzi yeni yeni ku MRA ko.
Palibe chichita iye other than NEPOTISM


Opposition parties and CSO’s in the economic sector should move quickly to ensure that order is restored at MRA. This is the country’s major organ for collection of revenue – it must not be paralysed due to greed by DPP functionaries like Namalomba and Masangwi. We have seen NAC collapsing just recently, but MRA is too big and too important to go the same way. It needs to be run professionaly; and as a first step Namalomba needs to be kicked out before he inflicts more damage…


Ralph amachotsa ntchito even munthu wakumudzi kwake.mwaiwala mmene anayambanilana ndi Denis Ku pcc


It is the Boards decision to suspend or fire a member of the senior management team, doesnt MRA have a lawyer?


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