MCP embroiled in duty evasion scam over imported t-shirts, caps

A container—with t-shirts, caps and golf shirts— that some Malawi Congress Party (MCP) die-hards protested for its release at Malawi Revenue Authority’s (MRA) Kanengo warehouse in the capital Lilongwe has reportedly been “seized” after a plot by the former main opposition “to evade duty” was foiled, Nyasa Times understands.

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On Friday, spirited MCP supporters took to the gates of MRA demanding the release of the container a development which forced the revenue collecting body to call for police support to disperse them.

During the fracas, police deployed teargas resulting in running battles which injured many including a woman, Kate Hussein, who is presently battling for her life at Kamuzu Central Hospital.

According to an impeccable source privy to Nyasa Times, MCP imported the t-shirts, caps and golf shirts through the party’s sympathizer, Sam Mwale, and the container was referred for physical examination at Kanengo on Thursday, May 1.

“MCP did not declare all the caps and under declared quantities which is like smuggling. They also undervalued all the goods that they declared and misclassified some to evade duty.

“MRA seized the goods in order to do paper work for the serious offense committed by MCP and a seizure notice was immediately issued,” said our source.

But Nyasa Times understands that Mwale—in whose name the goods were imported—refused to receive the seizure notice and, instead, called five MCP youths who refused to leave the office until the goods were released as MRA officers were detained until after 8:30pm.

“The police was called in and they left on understanding that they bring a restoration letter explaining why they committed the offense because without this letter the goods would remain under seizure and thereafter detained and auctioned,” said our source.

But, according to our source, instead of bringing the letter MCP decided to bring a crowd of supporters to protest at MRA offices to force them to release the goods.

“They were not allowed to come on MRA premises and instead resorted to singing insult songs outside our gate. The police had to be called in again to restore peace because this is an industrial site and other importers were being delayed. And, because they were stubborn, teargas had to be used again,” explained our source.

The source added that the MCP has finally lodged in the restoration letter having noticed that MRA officers “could not succumb to their savagery threats but stick to the law.”

Said our source: “A  case file has been opened, extra duty determined plus fine. This has to go to the headquarters for approval and final determination of the case. The fine for such an offense is 10 times the duty plus 3 years imprisonment with hard labour and the Commissioner General uses his discretion using evidence, intention and behavior of the taxpayer.”

When contacted for comment, MCP spokesperson Reverend Maurice Munthali, referred this reporter to the party’s secretary general, Eisenhower Mkaka, saying he was away in the village.

“I am in the constituency…but I have heard of the issue. Can you reach out to the secretary general [Mkaka] who might have substance to say on the matter please,” said Munthali.

Mkaka said Saturday  that the party will seek court relief on the matter.

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Khwalala
Khwalala
2 years ago

Nthawi ndiyo yawathera a DPP akuona ngati ife sitikudziwa kuti MRA yomweyo idalora ma container a DPP ambirimbiri alowe muno osalipira tax…? Nde DPP idzalipiratu after 21 May ili kotsutsa and ma boss aku MRA you should know kuti you will answer why you allowed the sso many DPP materials pass without paying taxes… tiulkuonatu dont think we in 1993…ita 2019 uno our eyes are open

MBUMBA
MBUMBA
2 years ago

MRA need clean up operation ….it is full of CROOKS …..Most if them freinds of NTABA ….are involved in dangerous criminal activities

mulumuzana
mulumuzana
2 years ago

ife a UTM tili pheee ndi mpeni wathu mmanja tiphe tambala pa 21 pano….chiwaya chathu mmanja tikazinge chimanga pa 21 pano basi

Toka
Toka
2 years ago

With or without that container released MCP is winning…… I can’t wait to see my President Dr. Chakwera being sworn in as State President…with UTM as main opposition party followed by DPP.

Nicholous
2 years ago

MCP should not pay duty this is for political campaign. DPP Party bwanji zawo sazigwira. Your time is running very slowly but surely. DPP is getting out from government this year. Yes

Mjiba
Mjiba
2 years ago

A Yufi ligi us Malawi Congress Party ayamvapo kuvuta nanga akaeina chisankho nyakula ibwelela vote wisely chenjerani mayo MCP

Chopi
2 years ago

That’s mispresentation of facts. MCP paid MK2.5 Million duty. But MRA received instructions from above not to release the container.

How can a big party like MCP fail to pay duty?

Even I could have paid it. What is MK2.5 Million?

Mra
Mra
2 years ago
Reply to  Chopi

MCP paid this amount using false declaration. That’s why the system triggered a physical examination of the goods at kanengo. If you don’t know the clearance system just shut up!! It’s self
Assessment!!!

UTM Last Born wa DPP of UDF
UTM Last Born wa DPP of UDF
2 years ago
Reply to  Mra

You should shut up yourself and your family @Mra

Kambuku
Kambuku
2 years ago
Reply to  Chopi

The same way they were failing to pay City rates and water bills amounting to Millions Duty ikhoza kuvutanso

SACHABE
SACHABE
2 years ago

So they opted for mob justice instead of just bringing the letter to the MRA offices? Ukambelembele you sure

Make Malawi Great
Make Malawi Great
2 years ago
Reply to  SACHABE

Yeah with Dpp impunity what do u expect! Even Sudan, Algeria, Egypt upraising would work! folks Fucken tired now

Central
Central
2 years ago

As per this report it appears the seizure letter was addressed to the importer of the goods Mr Sam Mwale and not MCP? Sincerely, to me my understanding is that from commencement of import of the said goods till to-date the goods belong to Mr Mwale. And they shall belong to MCP till handover immediately the importation procedures will be over. Based on the above I am surprised that MRA has rushed into bringing the name of MCP into the equation? Is it because the goods are in MCP party colours or the change of goods ownership has already been… Read more »

Hermis
Hermis
2 years ago
Reply to  Central

U seem not to understand the story if the goods were for Mr mwale why mcp supporters were demonstrating at MRA offices?

Mwe'ene
Mwe'ene
2 years ago
Reply to  Hermis

“Central” has issues with understanding the English language.
Azingolemba Chichewa basi; ndi JC yacheyo.

Mra
Mra
2 years ago
Reply to  Central

It’s MCP itself that got its thugs and supporters into the issue of Sam Mwale not Mra!! Including their whole SG!!! Sad…..
Yes other parties are paying including DPP. UTM, UDF pays!!
We will auction as per law for sure!!

Mirella K
Mirella K
2 years ago
Reply to  Central

It is rather MCP that rashed to embroiled itself into teh equation. What bringing supporter to harrass MRA staff? Vomerezani anthu ononga inu. You will further destroy Malawi with impunity. I pray you shld never see the presidency again!

Galumtsukwa
Galumtsukwa
2 years ago

Fake news aimed at derailing MCP campaign bt its not going to work. The work of the cadets and sell-outs,,,, Ife tivoterabe MCP and tikuwonani pa 21 May.

Mra
Mra
2 years ago
Reply to  Galumtsukwa

This is the real story take it or leave it!! You can vote for who ever you want akawina atipeza. We remain professional!! I hope your party will not stop it’s supporters from paying tax ndiye mudzaliratu

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