Malawi flagship newspaper Nation closed in tax dispute

The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA)  has shut down the flagship  newspaper The Nation, which is  critical of the government, accusing it of failing to pay taxes.

NPL’s  chief executive officer Mbumba Banda: Newspaper targeted because of its objective and critical stand

Mbumba Banda  chief executive officer  of Nations Publications Limited (NPL) founded by former political stalwart late Aleke Banda  confirmed the closure of its main office in Blantyre over a tax compliance dispute.

But Banda  and  Managing Editor Ephraim Munthali did not comment on the matter as the publication’s lawyers were seeking redress at the courts.

Media practitioners said the newspaper had been closed because of its critical editorial policy and accused the authorities of trying to silence it.

Tax officials have not commented on the matter, but  a government spokesman said the MRA were only trying to recoup unpaid taxes.

Malawian government spokesman Mark Botomani denied assertions that the regime is on a media clamp down.

Freedom House, a non-governmental organization which ranks press freedom worldwide, classified impoverished Malawi as “partly free” in its 2017 ranking.

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Nzika
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Nzika

Koma Peter amalipira msonkho? Chomwe amadziwa ndi kutapa ndalama za misonkho yathu nkumampatsa Gertrude kumakaseweretsa ku UK. Had it been that he pays tax, he wouldn’t be doing these silly things!

mphepo zinai
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mphepo zinai

Does Mulli payvtax? I doubt.

Dies Ben Phiri pay tax? I doubt?

Hulw waku MRA uwona polekera.

Mtete
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Pay taxes we must but what that tax money is used for is something else. Believe you me Malawians would dutifully pay taxes if only the money was utilised for the benefit of ordinary people. Definitely molesting helpless women of Msundwe, Mbwatalika and Mpingu is not on.

wakalekale
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we all need to pay tax but its a fact that stupid MRA is always selective in its actions

Kambewa chisale
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Foseki
I know a number of Amwenye they don’t pay correct taxes but MRA can’t tauch them Chifukwa they get Kickback
Eeee katangale Alipo MRA ndi Amwenye.

Ndyambewa
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Ndyambewa

How much do they owe?

Machendekhwepe
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Machendekhwepe

You want them not to pay tax. Who are they? Ask Castel Malawi they are paying tax through their nose

Tan
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Tan

Nyasatimes what you should be investigating is if they really paid their taxes. Now what do you want us to do with this kind of journalism. This is not informative, it’s speculating.

Kapado Chimulirenji
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Mahule aku Nation muaone ayaluke mtaunimu tsopano. Azingokhalira kugona ndi mavenda pali ponse, nthawi iri yonse.

Kambewa chisale
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You must be very stupid. Amwenye don’t pay correct taxes

Mulopwana
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In all fairness, lets all pay our taxes before push by GOM. We all shd contribute.