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Malawi Revenue Authority says Peter Mutharika ready for TPIN questioning

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Steven Kapoloma

Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) and Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials are from this week expected to interview former president Peter Mutharika over the use of his Taxpayer Identification Number (TPIN) in the alleged importation of K5 billion-worth cement.

Two weeks ago, Mutharika was reported to be unwell for the interview and asked for a week-long rest before going through the process, which was scheduled virtually.

Briefing journalists in Lilongwe Monday, ACB Director General Martha Chizuma said Mutharika had informed them that he was healthy and ready for the interview.

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“The lawyers communicated last week that the former president is feeling better. They indicated that they would want to have the interview starting from Tuesday [today],” she said.

Chizuma said, initially, the two institutions had planned to jointly conduct the interview but, due to other factors, MRA would commence on August 11 while ACB would do the interview on August 16 2021.

“This is an issue about TPIN and it means tax issues and, for us, we are looking at the abuse of TPIN, which is the corruption side of it,” she said.

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MRA spokesperson Steve Kapoloma echoed Chizuma’s sentiments.

“The Authority is in discussions with the former Head of State regarding the need for the interview with regard to the importation of bags of cement using his TPIN. Once all the logistical arrangements are agreed upon, the parties will proceed to have the interview,” he said.

Mutharika is allegedly involved in the cement saga following reports that his body guard Norman Chisale, former chief of staff for State residences Peter Mukhito and Lilongwe-based businessman Ahmed Chunara were allegedly involved in importation of bags of cement using Mutharika’s TPIN.

Reports indicate that the interview would not settle only on the importation of cement but also dwell on other properties including building materials.

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