Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) is chasing a total of K21.2 billion which is stuck in courts in various cases of tax evasion by Malawian businessmen of ‘Asia origin’.
Nyasa Times investigations at the High Court in Blantyre has revealed that most of the cases are being deliberately frustrated by the Asian businessmen of Malawi origin by getting injunctions and seeking unnecessary adjournments to buy more time.
Ironically, it is the same courts that complained that they do not have funds to even buy stationary, yet there is more than K22 billion which is stuck with them through various court cases.
A file which Nyasa Times has seen, the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal is yet to make a ruling on a case where MRA is demanding a total of K950 million from Mapeto DWS through Value Added Tax (VAT) income tax and other taxes that it has not paid to MRA.
Just last week President Peter Mutharika commissioned a weaving machine with pomp and fun fare at Mapeto DWS.
Another file that caught Nyasa Times interest is that of Nazir Ayub Omar who owes taxpayers K1.2 billion in various unpaid taxes and this case is awaiting the Supreme Court to set a date for hearing.
Another interesting case is that of Abdul Batatawala involving K16 billion.
Batatawala went to court stopping MRA from registering their interest over Batatawala property for the tax collecting body to collect unpaid taxes from Batatawala.
Politically connected Batatawala is contending that government owes him money too and that he should be paid his money from government first then he will pay MRA.
Nyasa Times perusal of this court file did not indicate when the case will come up for hearing.
Another case is that of Mike Appel & Gatto involving K1.2 billion in unpaid taxes, at least this case is coming up for hearing at the High Court in Blantyre on July 28, 2015. Whether it will continue is another matter.
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