A fight has ensued at the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) between the Commissioner General Ralph Kamoto and his suspended junior, the Commissioner for Customs Shadreck Namalomba over a suspension, which insiders say was ordered by Vice President Saulos Chilima.
Kamoto last week suspended Namalomba after preliminary investigations revealed that he was aiding and shielding illegal timber traffickers that have ravaged Dzalanyama and Chikangawa forests and are smuggling timber from Zambia.
But an angry Namalomba obtained an injunction from the courts stopping his boss from suspending him.
“Further to our communication regarding the suspension of the Commissioner for Customs, Mr Shadreck Namalomba, I wish to inform all members of staff that Mr Namalomba obtained a court injunction stopping the suspension…this is the reason why he has returned to his office,” Kamoto wrote in a memo to all staff dated February 26, 2015.
In a memo written by Kamoto dated February, 26, 2015, Kamoto informs everybody that Namalomba is back in the office after obtaining an injunction.
“The importance of following our laid down procedures and processes while discharging our duties cannot be overemphasised as an individual disciplinary action will be taken on any officer flouting the rules,” Kamoto warned in his memo to all staff.
Several MRA staff members who spoke on condition of anonymity condemned the courts for trying to interfere with the internal administrative justice of MRA.
“How can the courts grant him an injunction when we are busy following the administrative justice at MRA…he has been suspended and he needed to wait for his turn to defend himself before the disciplinary hearing,” said one of the employees.