The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) Commissioner General John Biziwick has sounded a strong warning to members of the general public and business people against exportation of goods especially maize without proper documentation to avoid penalties.
The warning comes after MRA seized 300 50kgs bags of worth a K1. 4 million from unlicensed maize exporter who wanted to export the consignment from Malawi to Tanzania which is contrary to section 50 of Customs and Excise Act.
“Maize is a restricted commodity and it is prohibited at present to be exported as such whoever export maize is doing it against the law and they will face its penalties,” said Bizwick.
Biziwick said the law provides the opportunity for MRA to donate the seized commodity to the needy people.
“It is for this reason that we are now donating 300 bags of maize to three District Hospitals of Karonga, Rumphi and Chitipa and each hospital has received 100 bags,” he said.
The Commissioner General further said the donation will help to cover the food shortage that the hospital faces in feeding the patients.
He reminds the public that smuggling of goods is serious offence and the Authority will not hesitate to seize where necessary.
Bizwick then appealed to the general public to report to MRA offices or the police if they see anyone who is doing the malpractice so that the Law should excise its duty.
Medical Officer for Karonga District Dr. Charles Sungani said the donation will help to alleviate the shortage problems which hospitals were facing.
“We are very thankful to MRA for the donation they have given us. This maize will help our patients to receive enough food at the hospital,” he said.