MRA ATTACKS EVADERS

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MRA is contradicting assertions that the crackdown is targeting government critics

AUTHORITIES in Malawi have confiscated an automobile owned by youthful politician Louis Ngalande in an ongoing tax evasion crackdown.

Officials of national tax agency, MRA seized Ngalande’s Toyota SUV in an operation conducted this morning in the commercial city, Blantyre.

An official from the Malawi Revenue Authority told The Express that Ngalande’s case is among numerous evasion cases that the tax collector has unraveled in the past two months.

The MRA is contradicting widely held assertions that the prevalent crackdown is targeting critics of President Peter Mutharika and the governing Democratic Progressive Party, DPP.

Ironically, Ngalande is a sympathiser of Vice President Saulos Chilima.

Vice President Chilima’s relationship with the DPP remains uncertain following his decision not to contest at the party’s elective convention set for sometime this month.

In defense, MRA says it is conducting the crackdown following the establishment of a special internal affairs department that seeks to reduce the loss of revenue through evaders.

It also says that the general public has proven to be very vital in the onslaught as members are providing the tax collector with anonymous tips on 847, a cross-network toll free line.

The initiative is helping the MRA to seize property from evaders located in areas that were somewhat hostile towards authorities.

Since it embarked on the intensive clampdown, the MRA has impounded evaders’ property in border districts of Mangochi, Nsanje, Nkhatabay and Karonga.

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