The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has engaged an extra gear in sensitising commnuties on the dangers of smuggling.
Speaking in Blantyre during a stakeholder meeting on tackling smuggling, MRA Commissioner General Tom Malata said the authority is currently aggressively deploying Flexible and Anti-Smuggling Teams (Fast) that patrol day and night.
He informed the stakeholders that the authority was working tirelessly to deal with the problem through different interventions.
“Since our borders are porous and MRA cannot tackle the problem alone, this is why we bank on you, as partners in development, to come up with concrete ideas to curtail smuggling.
“To effectively deal with the challenge MRA has gazetted Njonja in Dedza, Likangala in Phalombe, Mbirima in Chitipa and Mbowela in Mulanje as smuggling prone areas,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of fellow participants and in response to MRA call, Castel Malawi Limited managing director Herve Milhade said the meeting provided a platform for the manufacturers to share their views on how to end smuggling in the country.
The meeting was attended by 14 chief executives from Chibuku Products Limited, Bakhresa, Mapeta DWS, Illovo Sugar (Malawi) Limited, Castel Malawi Limited and MRA senior officials.