The Revenue Protection Unit (RPU) has arrested one James Mushabe, a trader in the Central Business District of Nyarugenge in connection with evading taxes and trying to bribe police officers following up the case.
Mushabe, who runs a cosmetics shop in Nyarugenge market was arrested on November 7 by officers of RPU, a Rwanda National Police (RNP) arm attached to Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) to fight among others, fraud, smuggling and corruption.
While narrating circumstances that led to Mushabe’s arrest, RNP Spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Theos Badege, said that, on the fateful day, Mushabe sold cosmetics worth Rwf56, 350 to a client but did not issue an Electronic Billing Machine (EBM) receipt as the norm.
“When RPU officers, who were carrying out inspection, they stopped the buyer and asked for an EBM receipt, which he didn’t have but informed them that the seller [Mushabe] claimed that the machine had broken down which was later to be found untrue as a method he had used to evade taxes,” ACP Badege said.
According to the spokesperson, RPU made a statement report that was to be sent to RRA and Mushabe would be fined to a tune of Rwf85, 950, which is ten times the value of evaded taxes as the law stipulates.
“As means to prevent penalties, he went ahead and attempted to bribe them with Rwf30, 000 so as to prevent them from making the report, a crime he will also face in courts of law,” ACP Badege noted.
“This means that he will pay the fine for evading taxes, but he will also be prosecuted for attempted bribery, and this should send a message to all those with such intentions of either evading taxes or using bribes as an escape route,” he warned.
He noted that taxes are valued equally regardless of the amount of money involved adding that “it’s by law and it must be respected.”
Article 641 of the Penal Code stipulates that any person who directly or indirectly offers a gift in order to get an illegal service or refrain from carrying out any usual duties shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of five to seven years and a fine of twice or to ten times the value of what they had offered in bribes.