Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) Thursday detained seven vehicles belonging to former Chief of Staff for State Residences, Peter Mukhitho, on suspicion of tax evasion, the authority’s spokesperson Steven Kapoloma announced in a statement.
“The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA), on Thursday, 30th July, 2020, conducted a search at Mr. Peter Mukhito’s residence in Lilongwe for suspected tax evasion involving motor vehicles,” reads the statement.
The seven detained vehicles are a Toyota Land Cruiser (VX8) registration number BW 6060, a Range Rover with no number plate, Toyota Land Cruiser (VX8) with no number plate, a Mercedes Benz registration number CPM 2, a VW Passat registration number CP 7074, a Toyota Fortuner registration number MH 950 and a Bentry registration number FW16LS-GP.
“The Authority is calling on all people who have information on any suspected tax evasion to share it through tip-offs anonymous line 847 or submit tips to any MRA offices across Malawi,” reads the statement.
A private practice lawyer, Jai Banda, said it is unfortunate that sometimes people in top positions evade tax when the country has well laid laws which have to be followed when people are importing goods into the country.
Meanwhile, police arrested United Democratic Front (UDF) Publicity Secretary Ken Ndanga Thursday for being suspected to have been involved in the torching of UTM offices in Lilongwe.
National Police Deputy Spokesperson, Thomeck Nyaude, said Ndanga will be taken to court within 48 hours.
The offices were petrol-bombed in May this year by unknown people, leading to the death of three people of the same family who were sleeping in the building.
“The report that we have indicates that he was involved in the torching of UTM offices. We will comply with the rule of law which says a suspect should be told the reason for his arrest,” Nyaude said.
The offices were torched on the night of May 4 as a family of seven slept.
They were severely burnt, resulting into the death of the parents and a family member a few days later.