Mutharika goes angry again: People running away from taxes in Malawi

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Barely days after he spoke against the tendency by Malawians to steal everything that comes their way, President Peter Mutharika has come in the open to state how much harm tax evasion has done to Malawi’s economy.

Mutharika has said Malawi is losing a lot of money through tax evasion and his government will put up mechanisms to halt such malpractice which he said is crippling the economy and development of the country.

President Mutharika made the remarks on Thursday at Luwerezi during a development rally in Traditional Authority Khosolo in the district.

He said government is aware of other foreign investors who evade paying taxes to the country and externalize forex, a thing which is bad for the country’s economy.

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He said Malawi has the potential to do better economically if people and other investors in the country can abide to pay their taxes effectively.

“I am aware that some people evade tax and they also take forex outside the country which is very bad for our country’s development.Malawi would have been rich if people and other investors would honour their taxes. My government will make sure that this malpractice is dealt with accordingly,” said Mutharika.

The president hinted on the importance to have a new law which will check against mineral exploitation in the country saying Malawi has a lot of Minerals but the country do not benefit.

He said in the next sitting of parliament he will make sure that such law is passed to ensure that the minerals are positively contributing to the economy and development of the country.

Speaking of Chikangawa Forest the President highlighted the depletion of Chikangawa forest which he said is in bad condition.

Mutharika said his government is aware that licenses were being dubiously awarded mostly to foreign nationals and has not benefited the local citizenry.

He said even Traditional Authority M’mbelwa do not have control over the forest, hence the need to put the forest under local control to ensure it is protected and benefit the people.

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Malawians in serial tax evasion.

On hunger, Mutharika assured people of Malawi saying his government is leaving no stone un-turned to make sure that no one dies of Hunger.

He said he his government has bought over 1 million tonnes of maize from outside and through Admarc to make sure the hunger situation is put at ease.

Apart from maize, Mutharika said the government has intensified irrigation farming as well as green-belt initiatives in Karonga, Salima, Nsanje among others to achieve food sufficiency.

On development the president said government is committed to uplift the lives of rural Malawians and that is why there has been construction of rural growth centers such as Nthalire, Jenda among others in the country.

He said about 95 percent of Malawians live in rural areas and that is why his government is bringing development to such areas, citing rural community colleges, and even good roads.

Speaking earlier, Minister of Information, Communication, Technology and Civic Education, Patricia Kaliati said the DPP-led government is committed to develop the northern region through a number of developments such as a new TTC in Rumphi, Stadium in Karonga, an airfield in Likoma among other notable developments in the region.

Kaliati further urged those who failed to be as Member of Parliament in 2014 not to bring confusion in the party but work with the President.

Traditional Authority Mabilabo thanked president Mutharika for considering to cheer up people of Luwerezi.

Inkosi Mabilabo asked the president to consider providing people of Luwerezi with a rural hospital to cut the distance of 97 kilometres that people travel to access medical attention in Mzimba Boma.-Mana

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  1. KOMA MSOKHO BWANA TIGANIZILENI KANDALAMA KOLANDILA KOCHEPA KOMWEKO KUDULA MSOKHO WAUKULU KOMANSO NDALAMAZO NDIKUGAWANA.KUNAKAKHALA KUTI ANAKAGULIRA MANKHWALA SINDIKANADANDAULA AI MOYO UMANDIWAWA ZEDI. SINDIDAYANKHULEPO KOMA ZAONJEZA.

  2. Ndipo tithawabe kupereka misonkho ngati simuthetsa umbava waukulu omwe mwauvomela kale uja. Who would be happy to be paying thieves? I don’t think my money should also be for campaign which shall lead thieves into government. Mwaupondaaaaaa ife tilibe polobulemu

  3. Mr president we respect u,muyambe kuthana ndimbava zitibomazo kenako mudzilimbana ndienafe,nsonkho ukutipweteka kwabasi ndiye ena adzingosolola ndichifukwa umphawi ukungokula mukulimbana ndiobq nkhuku pamene zenizeni zikuchitika bomamo,if I were u,I should disolve my cabinet and select another new blood

  4. akuchita bwino bwino kuzemba mitsokhoyo,chifukwa ndalama zake akuwononga ndi imweyi bwampiniyi kumachititsira misokhano akuti deveplomental rally mkuti komwe mudavapo zimenezi koma kumala kulidi anthu autsi.anthu okonda malawasi zamanyazi

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  6. ndibwino ndizipeleka misonkho kunu ku south africa coz zinthu ndizotsika kufafana ndi ndalama yake . hehehe. president wasowa kokaba anthu amuchenjelera uyoooo( sujuwe bwana)

  7. Iyeyo amapeleka taxi, The flamers of our laws cheated us how can one be first citizen and you except him from tax, so you expect me a poor man like me to pay tax when the the leader is not, nosense

  8. Believe me, there wl be nolonger a President whom U think will please U. Wasting time looking for a presidens to forfil Ur needs. Workhard for ur self. Wina aliyense azadya thukuta lake

    • My hope is in spirt of hardworking for self relaint not trusting someone. We had Kamuzu, Bakili, Bingu, Joice and today Peter. Do U think all the above mentioned presidents are failiers? Mind U, on an elections we do change the president but all the rest people are always the same since 1994. Believe me, we have one party thats why after elections more Mps cross the floor to the ruling party. Zinthu sisintha bwa? Anthu ake a katangale omwemwewo ndi amene akumayendesa boma nthawi zonse since 1994. Olo atabwela Atupele kapena Chakwela nothing, chifukwa azizakhala muofesi oyendesa boma azakhala omweomwewo akatangale kupitiliza kuba ndipo amabakilana. Unless tizasankhe anthu a newone from Opc mpakana Mafumu zinthu zizasintha

    • Brother Chirombo, amawapondeleza ndani? Inu simuziwa kuti ndale ndiye kupondelezanako? Ndale ndi Chipembezo ndipo andalewa zikavuta amakambika, zikakanika amanyengelera, zikakanika amapha. Eetu ndiye chikhulupiliro chawo

  9. You steal our taxes and you want us to pay? No mr president. Until you name your corrupt ministers and stop stealing our money will we be able to pay taxes. For now, find where to steal money for your black spectacles. By the way, why are you dpp guys so obsessed with black spectacles?

  10. Ndipo olo titangosiya kudula misonkhoyo,kuba kwache kumeneku,kosamamangana nokoku.Amene akulimbikira kuti tizidula misonkho iyeyo salipira olo dontho.Koma kusakaza ndalamazo ndi kuba ndikomwe amadziwa iye.Za ziiiiiii ,

  11. President wadziko la Malawi samakhoma msokho zonse ndi zaulere ndiye akuwanena amzake kuti ndiye azikhoma misonkho iwo adzingodyelera za ulere basi? Nayenso president ayambe kukhoma msonkho pa chilichonse osamangotipweteka ife anthu osauka kale ndi zimisonkho zanuzi.

  12. Inuyo apresdent mwanyanya umbanva pamodzi ndi nduna zanuzo @@@ dzigawenga @@@ tsizina mtole @@@psipsiti kulilira ndalama za anthu osauka

  13. Why talking tax evasion only what about k577bn stolen by you and your brother mind you mr stupid president this country is becouse of and your brother too much corrup how much damage that money did to our economy

  14. Amalawi Tilemekeze ziko lanthu ndikupeleka ulemu kwa presdent anthu.Tikondana wina ndizake ife amalawi amene tili kunja kwaziko timakunyadilani chifukwa cha ntendele omwe tilinawo. Zikomo Alfred kalinde sauth Africa.

  15. Campaign taxes or development taxes. We are Malawians and this is our country. We didn’t vote to be Malawians. Like it or not we have a right freedom of speech. We cant pay taxe for Dpp cadets to bully around. Feel the heat if the kitchen is hot for u go out and leave who can handle it. When comes to taxe we have to pay but when comes to suggestions u dont want to listern to us. Now its our time. 2019 we wil fire u.

  16. Him first and his cronies, alot of Indians, Pakistanis etc are not paying duty for their imported merchandise aided by dpp and other government officials. Sitonse ogona tikuziona

  17. If you want to run your country well, you have to tax more from the executive. They are there just to embezzle our taxes while they dont pay. Moreover, try to drop the executive salaries by 15% and confirm yourself if you have real compatriots in your govt. Do smthng if you are here to lead us in this economic hardships. We have heard enough of u speakng. ACTION PLEASE

  18. How difficult it is to remove a mote in your friends when you have a big one in your own eye. And words without action are like clouds without rains.