Ngutwa demands K142m compensation: Won’t leave MRA for Justice Ministry

Director of tax investigations at Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA), Henry Ngutwa has refused   redeployment to Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and is asking government to compensate him accordingly for constructive dismissal.

MRA reassigned Ngutwa to ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and also seconded Agnes Katsonga Phiri, who was the commissioner responsible for customs and excise, to Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Ngutwa:  Tax lawyer had been moved to Ministry of Justice
Ngutwa: Tax lawyer had been moved to Ministry of Justice

But according to a letter by Solicitor General Janet Banda to tax collecting body, Ngutwa redeployment is not legal as MRA “did not consult” the ministry before the redeployment.

Ngutwa, a lawyer,  feels he has been constructively dismissed and, therefore, claiming damages for unfair dismissal, according to MRA sources.

He is demanding his compensation up to K142 million.

Katsonga, however, will have to go to Trade Ministry as her reassignment is a secondment, Nyasa Times understands.

MRA spokesperson Steve Kapoloma said they reassigned the two senior staff to help in establishing a one-stop investment centre under Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (Mitc) to give potential investors all answers and assistance on various matters such as acquisition of land, permits and customs and tax incentives.

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