DPP on the move: Seals Times Group over maize-gate reports

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After being irritated with reports of the maize scam, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) had to ride on Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) to seal Times Group offices on allegations that the media house has failed to  pay income tax.

According to MRA, the media house has failed to settle its tax liability that accumulated to K675, 989,316.75, taxes amounting to K504, 962,332.87 and penalties that have gone together with interest amounting to K171, 006,983.89.

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Sealed!

MRA claims that Times Group has been shunning paying tax since January 2011 to March 2016 a statement that is contrary to Times Group Editor in Chief George Kasakula’s confession that the media house has been paying its revenues monthly.

Kasakula added that MRA failed to negotiate with Times Group on the amount given as tax to be paid as the media house argued that it has been paying tax to government.

“MRA has seized our offices over taxes and yet we have been paying taxes every month. It is impunity and lawlessness on the part of the government. Just imagine, they came with a notice yesterday and instead of offering us a chance for negotiations as they do in such cases — as you know that sometimes their figures can be wrong and you negotiate — they came 12 hours later to seize our property,” Kasakula was quoted by the company’s website on Friday.

How Times fell in the shoes of ruling DPP Government

In December last year Times Group carried a story that revealed that Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda who is also DPP’s top official at the national level and Admarc Chief Executive Officer Foster Mulumbe had dubious transaction with a Zambian private company Kaloswe in which billions of money has been lost.

The reports pushed Mulumbe to obtain a court order that stopped Times Group from carrying any article on maize scandal.

Reacting on the development, some Civil Society Organization’s (CSO’s) and Malawi Law Society (MLS) raised eyebrows arguing that the injunction was meant to block freedom of press and people’s right to information.

BREAKING: Admarc squeezes Times by the neck

Times Group also carried a number of articles that featured local analysts and experts in pushing President Peter Mutharika to fire Chaponda to pave way for investigations on the matter by the Commission of Inquiry that he appointed.

Later, DPP described the reports to be “lies” through a statement that was signed by its acting Secretary General Francis Mphepo.

“We understand that Admarc has obtained an injuction against Daily Times not to continue Publishing these lies, These people think they are tarnishing the image of DPP government and the state president,” reads part of the statement.

Meanwhile, Times Group has stopped all operations, including live broadcasts on Times Radio and Times Television, and production work on Malawi News which comes out on Saturday.

Recorded programmes were being beamed on Times Television while music is just playing on Times Radio.

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  2. Boma ili la DPP ndilopondereza pano akulimbana ndi makhoti kufuna kupondereza chilungamo ‘komanso pali mafumu ena amene mukumalandira ndalama ndi cholinga choti muzinyoza atsogoler azipani zotsutsa mchitidwe ngat uwu umangokuonongerani mbiri ndiye chonde mafumu adyera inu tasiyani mchitidwe onyansawu

  3. Zaumburi Basi Pavute pasavute nthawi yanu yoyaluka ya kwana or mutseke ife chilungamo tachidziwabe Mbava inu dzitsilu mukuona ngati dziko lanu? kupusa

  4. That’s CHEAP & CHILDISH politics…… Why now & why not then? Why didn’t they (DPP) close the Times Offices at the time they were reporting about CASHGATE? They applauded them for the good work am sure, and now……., now that they’re exposing their weaknesses/malpractices, took advantage of that and closed their offices? DPP Officials, can’t you see that you’re putting the interest of serving your already full stomachs first than the interest of serving poor citizens of our land whom almost everyday sleep on their empty stomachs, and struggle to put food on their tables daily? Think about those that put you into those positions and remember your promises to them when you were busy campaigning. 2019 is just around the corner, think about your actions. THANKS.

  5. MRA you are very stupid! go & fuck mutharika’s asshole,,i mean for GOD’S sake where were u during all these years, didn’t you know that TIMES were evading taxes? bcoz they exposed the maize-gate then u blindly come in to punish the innocent media,,MRA & MUTHARIKA ARE SON OF BITCHES..mxweeee!

  6. mukamazemba misonkho akakusekeran muzinamizira chipan? umbuli wake wantundu wanj chipan chili nd mphavu yanj kt mpaka chikaseke nyumba yofalisa nkhan? zankutu,kampen yopusa imeneo kunja achina Mesi anamangidwapo nkhan zake za misonkho zomwezo chinawamangaso nd chipan cha kumeneko?

  7. mukamazemba misonkho akakusekeran muzinamizira chipan? umbuli wake wantundu wanj chipan chili nd mphavu yanj kt mpaka chikaseke nyumba yofalisa nkhan? zankutu,kampen yopusa imeneo kunja achina Mesi anamangidwapo nkhan zake za misonkho zomwezo chinawamangaso nd chipan cha kumeneko?

    • Allan auze anthu osavetsa zinthuwa enafe mwezi ndimwezi tikupereka nsonkho oti macompany ena ndi salary yamiyezi iwiri ndiye wina adzizemba akamkwenya mkumati ndale kusowa zokamba

    • #Chiluzi? zaka mpaka zitatu asakupereka sonkho,ndkumakhalaso pasogolo kut boma silikuyendesa bwino chuma zot misonkho akuzembao ndie gwero la chuma nkumaziwa nde mbuli zina mkumat chaseka nd chipan zenezo or munthu wa kumuz angavomereze?

  8. mukamazemba misonkho akakusekeran muzinamizira chipan? umbuli wake wantundu wanj chipan chili nd mphavu yanj kt mpaka chikaseke nyumba yofalisa nkhan? zankutu,kampen yopusa imeneo kunja achina Mesi anamangidwapo nkhan zake za misonkho zomwezo chinawamangaso nd chipan cha kumeneko?

  9. I think a malawi 24 kunadzadza atolankhani opusa vitsiru nomwenu mmawa mwalemba kuti mra atseka chifukwa cha misonkho yosalipira apa mukuti chatseka times ndi chipani cha dpp ife timve ziti? Atolankhani ngati inu ongofunika kumatibulani basi

  10. Akumbukile kuti munthu mungamenye thupi lonse ndikumudula manja ndi miyendo koma ngati ali okhulupilila simungamuthe. So asaganize kuti kutsekesa kwa times media ndekuti adula manja atolankhula or the jounalist, it will be back n this tym even iweyo peter uzafuna kutula pasi wekha mpando usakufuna coz panopa ali pa research yoopsya yomwe izakhale 1st thing kuyilemba next week akangotsekulilanso. Plot yomwe mwapangayo ipangisa ambili mwayinuyo ku DPP kutula mipando ndepoti ndinu agalu muzakakamilabe mmene akupangila a chaponda. Game up Mr muthalika i just also wana tell ombudsman to open maso anu

  11. Times coz ndiotchuka isamapeleke msonkho pamene wina anatsekeledwa business mu limbe anchita bwino malawidi ndiokondera. A times ndi mbava nazo. Taxgate mafias times group

  12. Iwe Admn Ndiwopanda Mzeru, Khan Ya Msonkho Ikumatchana Bwanj Ndi Dpp + Nkhani Ya Mmera? Ndalama Zonsezo Wekha Sungaone Kt Afta Kuphera Msokho Tinakagula Makhwala Nde Kt Wina Sanakamwalira Chifukwa Cha Kusowa Kwa Makhwala. Ngat Mmadana Ndi Dpp Pezan Nkhan Ina Yot Muziijedera Osat Iyi, Muyaluka Chabe

    • hahahahahaha …check with MRA it’s almost every institution even where u work alindingongole ku MRA..ndipo anali kuti a MRA zaka zonsezi osawafunsa a Times za Tax? anakangoolimbana ndikuthesa mavuto okanika kulamulirawa otherwise Media siyolimbana nayo instead Time’s ikatenga injunction aipasa morale okha ndale zautsamunda maguy a Dpp

    • Máyáz zalowa ndale wakulu… Bt nt gd an check out ndi ana a xool angati matha kulephera kamba Ka kuluza ntchito Kwa makolo…ndi anthu angati amene a luza ntchito nanga angati atakhala pa ulova…tell Ur M.R.A AWAPEZERE NTCHITO ANTHU ONSEO

  13. koma pitala sangatengele chitsazo cha ku south africa makmene akutukwanilidwa zuma komaso ma Media aboma kumene koma sapanga ngati izi za kundata farm zi ayi!

  14. Peter has failed to govern the country, but it looks like he is a “Dictator,” bcz he don’t want to be criticised same happen to Zodiak last year, chilichonse akupondelexa,let’s look at Chaponda who have found guilty on “maize agriculture cash gate,,and want to be fired, he said no1,has the power to fire minster but only him alone akuziwapo kanthu.

  15. Nkhani yabwinobwino imaonongeka chifukwa cha nkhani zodanisa ngati izi nobody is above the law ngati Times simapereka misonkho ikuyenera kusekedwa monga mwa lamulo. sizolemba nkhani zoduka mutu apa

    • Why not other private media houses. Tell ngati MRA ikunamizira Times group kuti sakupereka ngongole za misonkho. Fine ifeso zimatiwawa tikamapereka misonkho ndye zikomere Times group. The editor in chief at times group knows that they have ngongole ku boma and on top of that they should have settled it down. As such let the law take its course my brothers and sisters.

    • MBC has ngongole close to a billion why sakuiseka…u should be proud of men that are sacrificing their lives to tell Malawians the truth…Its high time u need to love your country

  16. mwayamba kulimbana ndi a media ndi misonkho yanu yopanda dongosolo ndi cholinga chakuti muwayimitse zintchito zawo mmmmmmm koma DPP nkhaza mwatiwonjeza