MRA seeks court intervention on airports, border demos

Written by  MBC Online

The tax collecting body, Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has applied to the High Court seeking an injunction barring demonstrators from coming close to their premises at border posts in the forthcoming planned demos.

Steven Kapoloma, Director of Corporate Affairs, MRA Steven Kapoloma, Director of Corporate Affairs, MRA

MRA has taken the step following HRDC’s move to hold the demonstrations at the country’s borders and airports from August 26-30, still seeking the resignation of  Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson, Jane Ansah, claiming she mismanaged the May 21 presidential poll.


MRA’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Steven Kapoloma said the injunction is not intended to stop protests but rather to bar people from demonstrating inside MRA’s premises.


“The injunction we are seeking is that demonstrations can take place but outside MRA premises since we are keeping many valuable goods that are under Customs Control.


“They can come to the border, but only up to the gate not inside the premises. They can be there for whatever period they want but not inside the MRA premises. Our plea will be heard at before the High Court at Blantyre Registry on Thursday,” Kapoloma told a local newspaper.


Last month former President Bakili Muluzi facilitated dialogue talks on the issue and this time has done it again by extending an invitation to HRDC to have another meeting tentatively scheduled for August 23 or 24 but this has met a cold shoulder.


Ansah a judge of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, has dismissed calls of her resignation for allegedly mismanaging the presidential election. She has repeatedly told the press that she would only resign if the Constitutional Court hearing an elections case finds her and the entire team of mismanaging the elections.

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