The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) on Tuesday, 17 January, 2017 seized over 2,000 kilogrammes of vandalised cables, water pipes, bolts and taps from a fuel tanker in Mzuzu.
The development follows patrols mounted by MRA Flexible Anti-Smuggling Teams (FAST) in the city.
The items were concealed in sacks inside the tanker, registration number PE 7146 belonging to Petroda Malawi Limited which was heading for Tanzania.
Driver for the tanker Patrick Chitsime of P.O Box 226 Blantyre has been charged with conveyance of prohibited items.
The seized items which were to be smuggled out of the country have since been identified by Escom, Northern Region Water Board and MTL.
MRA is currently working to determine the value of the items in liaison with the concerned parties.
“MRA appreciates the support it is getting from the public to curb malpractices such as smuggling and tax evasion,” said MRA’s Head of Corporate Affairs Steven Kapoloma.
The authority further encourages anyone who notices such malpractices not to hesitate but report through toll free number 847 for Airtel and TNM subscribers or 80000847 for MTL subscribers.
Informants can also send their tips through email address: [email protected] or fax to 0182 229.