MRA confiscates 280kgs of chamba at KIA
Malawi Revenue Authority at the Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) seized a consignment that was supposed to be exported belonging to Derrick Kambuzi of Sembuza Engineering which concealed 64 bricks of chamba.
MRA Head of Corporate Affairs Steven Kapoloma said Customs officers at the airport were conducting physical examinations on goods.
“As per routine checks, we wanted to verify the description of the goods. The agent handling the consignment informed the exporter of our officers’ intent to examine the goods. However, the owner did not turn up.
“We became suspicious and engaged the police. Examinations were conducted where 64 bricks of chamba (cannabis) concealed in 2 metal flat boxes were discovered. The bricks weighed 280 kilogrammes and each of the boxes had 32 bricks of the illicit drug,” he said.
The seized chamba was handed over to the police.
Kapoloma said apart from the mandate of collecting tax, it is also MRA’s responsibility to protect the general public from hazardous goods and products along the country’s borders.
Members of the general public have since been advised to avoid criminal activities by practicing just and legitimate trading activities.BY HENRY MCHAZIME