While Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) is struggling to explain itself on the role it played on the ‘budget-gat’ scandal, the tax collectors are also stuck with three cheques they were drawn in favour of Callista Mutharika Safe Motherhood foundation days before the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika.
Once thorough investigation are made MRA officials are also expected to explain a donation of K68 million the tax collecting body made to the then ruling party, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
Nyasa Timessources said, despite the Minister of Finance Ken Lipenga announcement of the K15 billion loans which MRA obtained to sex up the Zero Deficit Budget figures, the minister was also aware of some other dirty dealings which were at MRA.
“Few weeks ago they [Ministry of Finance officials] were discussing the K68 million MRA paid to DPP and also the three cheques closer to a million each that were made to Callista Safe motherhood Foundation,” said the source.
The source said the three cheques for the Callista Mutharika s foundation are stuck as nobody is coming forward to collect them.
“We don’t know where to send the cheques to as we were awaiting for an official from the Foundation to collect them,” said the source.
On the K68 million donation which was made to DPP, ministry of finance officials who visited the institution to investigate the matter met stiff resistance from the MRA Commissioner General Lloyd Muhara and Rosia Mbilizi who kept on circumventing on the issue.
MRA image has been bruised this week after reports that it illegally borrowed money from commercial banks to present a picture that the late president Mutharika’s experimental Zero-Deficit Budget (ZDB) was working.
Finance minister Ken Lipenga has said MRA boss and some officials in his ministry went behind his back to borrow the money.