The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) is saddened by the passing of an importer, Denis Katsache who presented himself to MRA as Wakisa Mwenefumbo, and the subsequent public display of his casket at our offices in Mzuzu.
The Authority has since released the goods belonging to the deceased pending further engagement with his family and traders on the matter. The late Katsache had imported a truck full of beverages through Songwe Border Station in Karonga and submitted a declaration that he was importing 500 cases of Embe Drink in respect of which he paid Customs duty amounting to K2, 755,011.90.
However, upon being intercepted by the Authority’s Flexible Anti-Smuggled Team (FAST), it was discovered that the importer had committed two Customs offences namely:
The importer accepted the offences and was making arrangements to pay the duty and penalty thereof.
Sadly, we received reports that he had passed on while staying at one of the lodges in Mzuzu. In the morning of Thursday, 24th of September, 2020 some traders and members of the deceased family invaded MRA offices in Mzuzu.
They alleged that Mr. Katsache died because of the seizure that MRA had issued in respect of the goods. They proceeded to dump his casket at the offices.
The matter has been resolved and the bereaved family have since left the office. The Authority will further engage the traders in order to enhance understanding of Customs work and improve our working relationship.
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