Bangwe Township residents in Blantyre on Saturday took Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) officials to task over delays in paying teachers and shortage of drugs in hospitals despite collecting taxes.
Speaking during a meeting National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trustorganised a school girl said teachers are reluctant to teach because they do not get their salaries on time.
“Can MRA and Immigration [Department] explain how account number one works? Where does taxpayers money go when government always says it does not have money?” she asked.
Thokozani Chiotcha from MRA public relations office said their task was to collect the revenue, but they have no control over how that money is used.
Nice Blantyre Urban district civic education officer Bolanda Muonjeza said they engaged MRA and Immigration Department because they are some of the notable institutions that collect revenue for government. n