Yeremiah Chihana’s ‘politically motivated’ tax evasion case adjourned

The High Court in Blantyre on Thursday adjourned a judicial review of a case where public tax collector Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) is accusing property valuer Yeremia Chihana of tax evasion to a date yet to be communicated.

Yeremiah Chihana:  Valuer of Bingu's billions
Yeremiah Chihana: Valuer of Bingu’s billions

“The case has been adjouned to another date to be set by the court,” said lawyer representing MRA, Chiwala Chipeta.

And Chihana’s lawyer, Lusungu Gondwe , said High Court judge John Chirwa adjourned the matter because of delayes to file case bundles.

“Some documents were filed late and the judge said he didn’t have enough time to go through them,” said Gondwe.

Chihana, a politician-cum -businessman, came in the limelight when he valued the estate of former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika to be worth K61 billion.

In June last year, MRA in partnership with Malawi Police Service (MPS) arrested Chihana for alleged tax evasion of K1.3 billion.

The arrest came three months after MRA impounded Chihana’s computers and files at his YMW Property Investments Company offices in Lilongwe in what was seen as defeat of justice to destroy what he assessed on Mutharika’s estate which Mutharika’s family disputed as not true.

Chihana denied the tax evasion charges, saying his arrest was politically motivated and applied for judicial review.

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Haswel Bandawe
Haswel Bandawe
5 years ago

Criminal conduct knows no ethnicity or race or religion or place of origin. There are simply good people and bad people; criminals and law-abiding citizens. Even in one family, it happens that some members of the family are law-abiding while some siblings are jai birds. Therefore, any attempts to broad brush people and pigeonhole them into one character is not only fallacious but also detracts from the essence of the issues being discussed or points being made. I wish the editorial policy of Nyasatimes enforced certain codes of conduct and ethical standards in publishing views on its pages. Such codes… Read more »

Winston Msowoya
Winston Msowoya
5 years ago

You Scotland Yard Moron,why can’t you just say what you want to say without mentioning the word Tumbuka?Yes Yeremiah Chihana is a Tumbuka as well as a Malawian.Why not mentioning the ethnicities of myriad of corrupt leaders who are devouring the economy of our country? No matter what,Tumbuka is a Supreme ethnic society that has vanquished the odds and they are learned and Civilised people.To hell with your naked jealousies,go to school.

Scotland Yard
5 years ago

See…. another Mtumbuka had wanted to tarnish late Bingu with a fake Wealth Assessment Report only to fight him back with TAX evasion ..kkkk. Davide The King wrote in The Famous Psalms that when you dig a deep pit to trap someone into it….you fall into it yourself..see….you Atumbuka…now when the MRA wants TAXES from the payment he thinks it is POLITICAL……MRA and ACB arrest him and throw him in Maura

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