Real reasons behind MRA missing targets: Job cuts at Malawi tax body

Although analysts of the economy are arguing that challenges of collecting tax in the fiscal year is because the economy is not performing well, Nyasa Times can  reveal that fear of job losses and frustration of staff at the public tax collector Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) are the reasons in-chief for below par tax collection.

MRA Commissioner for Domestic Taxes Mrs Nellie Jimu: Facing chop

Staff have confided that there is a programme to remove established positions at MRA a thing that also happened in 2010 that swept away 200 staff.

In defence not to retrench anyone but retain and re-allocate staff,  director of human resource at MRA Blackson Kayuni is the first casualty and has been fired.

His truthful argument was MRA cannot afford another storm with staff when it is struggling to settle in excess of K1 billion ruled by courts to pay employees who were unceremoniously retrenched in 2010.

Documents that Nyasa Times has in its possession confirm the prolonged decry showing MRA brass is ready to chop off positions.

“It all started two years ago that management wants to implement a new structure and they are calling it realignment. Our fear is confirmed that many positions will be scrapped off especially at officer, supervisory and junior management levels. And many staff are nervous and have withdrawn their concentration making us miss targets by over K40 billion now,” said one of the sources.

Another one said the same staff have shown capacity to beat tax targets by tens of billions of kwachas for years but find it hard to work because they are not sure of a future as taxmen.

“Because they are hiding the truth capacity and dedication is diminishing. We are the same people who know our work and get taxes all the time. How can we enforce laws of tax and work properly when we are told that our positions will not exist by June 2018? It is hard because already MRA is paying billions to the 200 staff illegally dismissed in 2010 and they are at it again,” said the source

MRA over collected tax by over K40 billion last year after getting taxes of over K750 billion.

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Nkonsana
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Nkonsana

MRA. It now makes a reasonable sense. MRA has now posted allot of women away from their husbands. In the past 10 months more than 15 ladies transferred away from their husbands. I think it is a reason enough to let them leave MRA by themselves. This is demoralising to employees and you can’t expect efficiency in operations. How do you operate like an organisation with no moral values of HIV/AIDS? And the Government is sitting pwii just watching you do the unthinkable? Remember “do to others what you would want other people to do to you”. God is watching.… Read more »

Zabura
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Zabura

Not efficience kuyelekedwa kwambiri pogwira ntchito kuchita kunyengeleredwa choncho dziko lingatukuke. Too much central region relationship .Makolo ndi a human.
Ndipo organisation yozunza ma kasitomala ngati iyi sindinayiwoneko

Zabura
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Zabura

Asadandaule anthu amenewa amazunza a Malawi anzawo ndi misonkho kuwipyseza ngati anabadwira momo Lilongwe inland port conduit yobera ndalama ena ma container kuwonedwa ena ayi same stuff same everything different duty anthu oyipa inu the majority ndi central region frustrating the government or what.Ntchito yokhawulisa anzanu ndi values abodza kuti mukambirane za mmanja .Alot of cash mu ma pocket not to government thats why people at inland are building houses.Will come with the list ya anthu aba kwambiri ku inland ndipo ndikumene amanga ma nyumba .Wina ankachita kulandira ndalama pa kanengo ma million. That was the meeting and collecting point.… Read more »

Mary
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Signs of times

Pedegu
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Pedegu

Very flawed reasoning

Tenzi Mzungu
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Tenzi Mzungu

You just open your mouth and vomit things without facts at MRA many employees are northerners

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT

MRA
MACRA
ESCOM
COUNCILS THIEVES —DPP OPPERATIVES —

Central
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Central

Mapemphero a anthu osauka sangapite pachabe…………………..!! Mwazunza anthu anganya inu kwambiri…………….!! Mumkayesa akuchemelelani ataaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!! Achotseni amenewo anachulukitsa ndi chifukwa chake amakama yoondaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!

Nalingula
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Nalingula

I beg to differ .You milk a Cow for 24 hours koma ngati sitodya bwino mkaka Umachepabe basi.Its the Economy.Production has shrank due to power outages. Anthu atogula mwathayiming’i therefore Surtax yochepa.Boma silikuwapasa makampani ndalama zao.Ndie olo angapange bwanji expand.

getrude
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getrude

MRA Guys, what are you worying about?????????? olo atakuchotsani. anthu oipa inu mumatikhaulitsa ma border mu inu kumaoneka ngati dzikoli liri manja mwanu. akuchotseni kumene muone moyo mmene umalimbiira pa malawi pano. Mwatibera kwambiri, talira ife ba border ngati ana inu kumaseka kumatiuza kuti katundu timusiye ngati tilibe zoombolera. Lero mwaziona. achotseni kumene

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
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Hlabezulu Ngonoonda

I concur with you Getrude. They need not worry much about losing their jobs. Those employees working at border posts are super rich. Their personal bank accounts are always inundated with cash. Some even do not bother about their monthly salaries which at most are peanuts. Visit their places of abode. Look at their payslips and compare to what they have amassed. You will be shocked. Others have built mansions in the far areas of urban. Others built private schools as well as motels. Others own a fleet of vehicles. All these are accumulated because of penalizing poor people in… Read more »

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