Officers from the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) in the company of armed police last evening invaded the house of outspoken parliamentarian Kamlepo Kalua in Nkolokosa Township, Blantyre and demanded tax receipts for two vehicles that the tax regulatory body suspects to have been brought into the country without proper documentation.
According to Kalua, another group of armed police and MRA officers also stormed the house of his son, popularly known as Fredokiss, in Namiwawa where it is alleged that the officers, who had a search warrant, broke into a garage in search of the vehicles.
A visit to Kamlepo’s house by The Daily Times crew around 6:30pm found three MRA officials engaged in discussion with the Rumphi East MP inside the house while other officers and police waited in vehicles that had been parked outside, a Toyota cabin registration number BU 6042 and a Toyota Land Cruiser.
The officers went back to their vehicles a few minutes when we tried to ask for an interview.
Kalua said in an interview that he surrendered all necessary documentation and tax receipts for his two vehicles—a silver Jeep registration number CS31MK-GP and a white Mercedes Benz RU 5473—which he claimed were brought into the country duty free as his entitlement as an MP.
“I have been telling people that the police are after me but people thought I just wanted to buy sympathy but this is now real. They have seen it, they [police] are now here. There were so many [MRA and Police] vehicles and some have gone to Namiwawa.
“Once they clear me I am going to sue the police, MRA and [President] Peter Mutharika. Even if he [Mutharika] is there or is not there, I will sue him because all this is happening during his administration and I have done nothing wrong,” he said.
Kalua who is also People’s Party vice president, further said he is not in any way intimidated by the incident and vowed to continue speaking out against what he called all ills and oppression by the ruling party.
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