Thugs steal MRA tax evasion report

Some unknown people Tuesday night broke into Malawi Revenue Authority’s (MRA’s) auditing department at Msonkho House along Independence Drive where they have stolen computers containing final report about over K50 billion tax evasion scam.

The Authority has been probing three Malawians of Asian origin for allegedly evading tax amounting to over K50 billion.

In November last year, MRA in conjunction with the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), through the Chief Resident Magistrate Court in Blantyre, issued three warrants of arrests for the three suspects.

Three suspects, Abdul Karim Batatawala of Lido Enterprises, Aslam Batatawala and Mahomed Amin Batatawala were being hunted to answer tax evasion charges.

Karim Batatawala was wanted to answer charges on five counts namely, knowingly concealing and suppressing sales information with a view of fraudulently evading Value Added Tax (VAT) contrary to Section 49(1) of the VAT Act Cap. 42:02 of the Laws of Malawi; knowingly omitting from a statement made to the officer of MRA without which the statement is misleading in any material particular contrary to Section 47(1) as read with Section 47 (2)(a) of the VAT Act Cap. 42:02 of the Laws of Malawi; and falsification of and willfully using a falsified document required under the VAT Act Cap. 42:02 of the Laws of Malawi.

He also faces charges on intent to defraud, preparing and maintaining or causing the preparation and maintenance of false books, accounts and tax returns and falsifying or causing to the falsification of such books, accounts and tax returns contrary Section 11 (4) (c) of the Taxation Act Cap. 41:01 of the Laws of Malawi; and omitting from a return of income with intent to defraud an amount which should have been included therein contrary to Section 112 (3)(b) as read with 112(4)(a) of the Taxation Act Cap. 41:01 of the Laws of Malawi.

A text circulating on WhatsApp today says MRA’s Director of Legal Services and Director of Investigation at the time pocketed K2 billion in total and Batatawala paid nothing to the government. The entire Malawi government is a criminal enterprise.

Yamikani Chezani

Journalist by profession, I like what I do here, that is, keeping the world close to news As It Happens.

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