Officers clash with commissioners at Malawi Revenue Authority, threatening unspecified action

What started as a grievance galore where taxmen and women expressed their years of abuse in the hands of politically connected leaders has now turned into a full confrontation between junior officers and commissioners at Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA).

Malawi Revenue Authority commissioner

Nyasa Times interviews conducted revealed low morale as the officers say supervisors and station leaders were subjected to insubordination that was subtly sanctioned by the commissioners and has resulted to losses of billions of public revenue.

“Most of these unruly staff that even the public complain of at the borders and our offices were behaving so because the commissioners were using them as spies and some deemed themselves as coming from powerful families.

“They are the ones that had so much power engaging in corruption, overruling, bypassing, intimidating their supervisors and station managers. Some were even clearing cars and truck of goods by just pocketing cash, MRA Internal Affairs department has files on them we want them to act now,” said some of the workers.

They have told the commissioners point-blank to stop using spies and using divide and rule tactics, arguing that they are very patriotic because regardless of their abuse and prevailing economic challenges, unprecedented records of tax revenues in excess of K1 trillion was collected for the public service in the past 12 months.

“You have over the years systematically planted ‘spies’ among us who feed you with a lot of unfounded rumours to their benefit. Unfortunately, they are our fellow officers who have greatly benefitted from this heinous and diving act.

“If you do not trust your own managers to give you credible assessments there is something very wrong. Stop using officers as personal spies and stop making decision based on hearsay and gossip,” reads part of the officers’ letter to the commissioners.

What has angered the workers more is that the tax collection body has gone miles and installed a machine that is intruding into their privacy by listening and monitoring messages.

“We have heard that there is a spy machine at Head Office that taps into phone conversations. If this is to any good effected, please inform all officers because in a democratic Malawi we all need to know it is there,” the officers letter read.

Most of the interviews at stations along the borders said Nyasa Times is also a victim of the machinery  because the commissioners have used it to block viewing of Nyasa Times  from all MRA computers under orders of deputy director general Roza Mbilizi.

The  commissioners had not yet responded to the workers demand.

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Mathew chirambo
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Mathew chirambo

Look now Henry Ngutwa is coming in as Deputy commissioner genera and yet Mr Steven Kajombo is the ine who orchestrated the removal of Ngutwa and another fellow manager so he could get the position of Director of tax investingation.look how tables have turned.now the evil Kajombo will be reporting to Ngutwa tione nyekhwe

Sam Kams
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Sam Kams

Been reading comments .The only solution to stop corruption in Africa is to pay staff decent salaries e.g. police and customs officers and other organisations. The previous governments been in power why didn’t people expose the corrupt staff? Give time the new government to sort out mess. It’s time to rebuild our Country. I’m not Malawian but I love Malawi. I am coming to settle there. Brothers and sisters lets put positive and constructive ideas and rebuild the country. Let’s show rest of Africa that Malawian people are genius and constructive. Investors will come .Thanks

Najere Chitekwe
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Money is never a satisifier. Even if salaries are tripled, those who are corrupt will continue to be corrupt. The more you have, the more the appetite. MRA staff are highly paid but remain highly corrupt. A rise in salary comes with a rise expenditure.

Malawi belong to the citizens
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Malawians learn to expose bad people, they should know that you know them, don’t be afraid ,the truth shall set you free report them to the president direct if you can don’t miss this opportunity, there is the office of the president and vice president just report them.We want malawi wokomera tonse osati few people.

Ambele Kwacheni Banda
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Ambele Kwacheni Banda

Nothing has been disturbed, it is the thieving system that is now shaking. Officers go on expose them

Bakali
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Bakali

Disband and restart this organisation. Kuli mbava zokha zokha. Yes am painting everyone with the same blush. I would go on to say if you throw a stone at a congregation of MRA officers it is bound to fall on a corrupt person. If Jesus came and asked them, who here has not been corrupt can cast the first stone, onse azitsutsa mumtima. Disband and restart! Employ by merit and integrity

Wikleaks
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Wikleaks

Please collect all the Tax on import of beers cleared by Honey K clearing agents. My estimates is that this company connive with a certain Chilobwe smuggler who is well connected to the DPP has disadvantaged government of over MK1.2 trillion over the years and the guys boasts that even UTMMCP can not touch him as they also benefit from him

National CEO
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National CEO

It does not need a machine to block a website. This is the duty of the IT officer. And for your own information most companies block social media from their employees. If the IT officer at MRA did this, he/she knows his/her job.

Nkuzilire
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Nkuzilire

boss koma mwawelenga bwinobwino?

Chiswa B
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Chiswa B

stupid. MRA, ROAD TRAFFIC, EVERY ONE WORKING THERE IS A THIEF

Mpakateni
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Chikulamajembe, are you sure you can’t read the news in any form be it online or paper at the office? What if there is serious allegation against your organisation or certain individuals within the organisation, it is not necessary to read, so you find ways of addressing the allegation to protect the image of your organisation? If you think one should not read or access the news at the office why do organisations including the civil service subscribe to the newspapers that circulate from one office to another? Even our leaders including President and VP do the same. I don’t… Read more »

Jesta
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Jesta

Ku MRA asayambe kusambirana mmanja. This organisation is rotten from the top to the bottom. Inside out. Just cleaning the top will not help. It needs a thorough scrub down across the board.

nafundo zalo
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nafundo zalo

koma nde ma Jontena ogula za munyumba yose zipangila nyumba zose duty free and pokagula free air tiket and on business class out of my hard earned money.
akwidzingeni.
this under the rule after Kamuzu Banda.
PLEASE UNEARTH MORE.
TOO MANY GATE THIS GATE THAT

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