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MRA Commissioner General visits Ludzi roadblock, Mchinji Police station

MRA Commissioner General visits Ludzi roadblock, Mchinji Police station

The Commissioner General for Malawi Revenue Authority, Mr John Biziwick, has visited Mchinji district, barely few days after the Police and communities around Ludzi turn-off prevented a mob from destroying a camp belonging to the Authority’s Flexible Anti-Smuggling Team (FAST).


During the visit, the Commissioner General was accompanied by MRA Administration Manager Lovewell Mwikho and FAST Manager for the Central Region Ganyavu Nthara.

At the camp, the CG thanked the community through Village Headman Chimutu, for their vigilance to protect public property when the MRA camp was attacked.

He said the act was a clear message from the community that they are not going to allow any exploitation by smugglers.

The delegation also visited Mchinji Police Station and held a meeting with senior officers there who were led by Station Officer Senior Superintendent James Mpezeni. The CG hailed the partnership that MRA has with the Malawi Police Service and commended the station for professionally handling the matter.

The Commissioner General has committed that the Authority will continue to increase engagements with communities along the border and players in the business sector to ensure more compliance to tax laws.

Taxpayers can also obtain information and guidance on importation of goods and any tax issues by calling MRA Call Centre on 672 for free.

Smuggling is a serious offence under the Customs & Excise Act. Besides depriving the Government of revenue for public investment and services, smuggling distorts market prices thereby robbing local businesses of fair competition. With time, this malpractice leads to the collapse of local industries.

MRA is encouraging the public to report suspected cases of smuggling, tax evasion and tax fraud using the Toll-Free Line 847 for Airtel, TNM and ACCESS and 80000847 for MTL. Those providing relevant tips are rewarded under a robust Informant Scheme. Rewards range from a minimum of 10 percent of the taxes recovered to a maximum of K500,000.


BY DOROTHY MATAYA

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