APM imported cement worth billions

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Latest figures suggest that former President Peter Mutharika apparently imported duty-free some 1.2 million bags of cement valued at about MK5 billion between November 2018 and December 2019.

A report in the Daily Times newspaper quotes documents sourced from the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) confirming the importations in three tranches dated 28 November 2018, 1 July 2019 and 16 December 2019.

The fresh revelation cancels out initial accounts that Mutharika had imported 400,000 bags of cement duty-free using his presidential privilege.

Put into context, the MK5 billion worth of cement bags could buy at least 500,000 bags of maize at 10,000 Kwacha per 50 kilogramme bag or construct 500 school blocks at a cost of one-million Kwacha a block.

Over the weekend, social media was flooded with documents allegedly proving that some private citizens connived with MRA officials to abuse Mutharika’s credentials to import cement duty-free.

Meanwhile, Mutharika’s Democratic Progressive Party is accusing the Tonse Alliance led government of political persecutions.

This follows several arrests that have been made on people in relation to offenses allegedly committed during the DPP regime.

The arrests include that of 12 police officers in connection to the death of an albino killer suspect Buleya Lule, former Deputy Director of the Malawi Revenue Authority Roza Mbilizi and a Bangwe Nthandizi Ward Councilor Isaac Jomo Osman among others.





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