CDEDI executive director Sylvester Namiwa

By Tawonga Sesani

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-The country’s Centre for Democratic Economic and Development Initiative (CDEDI) has given the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) seven working days to hear from them on the progress that is being made on the Mapeto wholesale saga.

In a statement released on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 signed by CDEDI executive director Sylvester Namiwa addressing John Biziwick Commissioner General of MRA, CDEDI says is concerned that foreign nationals are being favored in enforcement of various tax laws.

Namiwa said the grouping has written the MRA on behalf of the Malawians from different parts of the country who have raised concerns through CDEDI offices on the MRA’s selective application of the tax laws and regulations.

The statement said two cases that would help to illustrate and validate the matter are contained in the letter from a concerned citizen and is on the incidents of the late Denis Katsache and Latifi’s which MRA treat the traders in a different manner.

On September 24, 2020 angry business people in Mzuzu city dumped a casket containing the remains of an indigenous business person Denis Katsache at MRA offices.

The dumping of the remains was in reaction to the circumstances that led to his death saying he died due to hypertension after MRA officials impounded his vehicle for tax evasion.

“After MRA officials reportedly demanded extra money even though he had paid the required MK3 million at Songwe boarder for the goods he had imported”, reads the statement.

Vocal rights Campaigner, CDEDI said it is worth mentioning the case Faizal Latif, the proprietor of mapeto whom MRA released his goods even before the tax evasion issue were concluded.

Namia added that MRA is hiding behind the covid-19 pandemic yet the search warrant for mapeto was issued in August 2020,eight months prior to the COVID-19 situation in Malawi and MRA is dragging its feet long.

He said now that the Covid-19 travel restrictions are slowly being lifted MRA can now travel to china to finalise the investigations to conclude the Mapeto Saga.

“CDEDI and all Malawians are waiting with bated breath to hear the conclusion of Mapeto saga,failure which CDEDI will judge that MRA treats some business people specifically the Malawians of indian origin as sacred cows”, he said.

MRA is due to respond to the accusations

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