The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) says Malawians who want to import maize flour from Zambia have to get a permit from government.
Due to the maize crisis in the country, Malawians and their government have been looking for alternative sources of maize and maize flour.
As government has looked to Zambia for its maize, Malawians have also been travelling to the same country to buy cheap maize flour.
However, in a Facebook post MRA says while it is legal to import maize flour, it is against the law to smuggle it into the country.
The tax collector further said Malawians who want to legally import the commodity should get an import permit from the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
But commenting on the post, Malawians criticised MRA for trying to block ordinary people from importing maize while there is hunger saying the tax collector want to kill the country’s citizens.
“So you will let people die of hunger because they are smuggling food from other countries?? This is the same as killing. Teach your officers to have good manners. Katangale too much ku office kwanu [there is too much corruption in your organisation],” said Ngumbi wa Mkwaila.
Another commenter suggested that MRA should let Malawians import the maize without restrictions considering that there is hunger.
“Just waiver with your procedures, for now. Politicians are bringing in stuff free of duty under your nose but you are concerned with food stuff to bail out people beaten by hunger. What about dealing with Admarc [Agriculture Development and Marketing Corporation] officials conniving with vendors to make the precious commodity scarce to the average Malawian. One Malawi, one nation. No one is superior than the other, ” said Thom Chipinda.