Commissioner General of Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) Lloyd Muhara has been replaced by NBS Bank’s Chief Executive John Biswick, Nyasa Times understands.
Muhara has been sacked after MRA image has been bruised when it was revealed that it did borrow money from commercial banks to paint a picture that the infamous zero-deficit budget was on track.
Nyasa Times learnt that Muhara handed over the office to Biswick on Thursday and the new boss will start his work on Friday.
“There has been a smooth handover between Muhara and Biswick. The new Commissioner General will start his job on Friday,” said a source at the tax collecting body.
But a good number of former DPP government functionaries – including Finance Minister Ken Lipenga – are still holding public office in the current administration despite the scandal.
MRA board chairperson Dr Charles Mataya resigned and President Joyce Banda appointed Thomas Mpinganjira to be the chair.
The scandal was unearthed by Balaka South MP George Nnesa who told Parliament that the minister had presented cooked up figures after government borrowed money from banks. Government side then dismissed him.
Meanwhile, Nyasa Times has learnt that MRA Head of Customs Operations, Enock Tchinga is suspended for facilitating the smuggling of a Container belonging to DPP regional governor Noel Masangwi which was disguised as imports for the Malawi University of Science and Technology University being constructed un Thyolo.
He was suspended on Wednesday has written the tax collector that he will not leave as he argues that Human Resources manager has no authority to suspend him.
Tchinga has since refused to hand over the keys of office.