Rwanda arrests four over electronic billing scam

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KIGALI –  Rwanda police have arrested five suspected of forging Electronic Billing Machine (EBM) receipts to claim VAT refund from Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA).

Police said preliminary investigations pointed at four companies involved in the scam; Bondas, Orange Machinery, Optimum and Moonlight.

According to the New Times newspaper, the Central Regional; Police Spokesperson, Emmanuel Hitayezu, said the three had acquired forged EBM receipts from Bondas bearing the same items, same prices, issued at the same specific time. They were using the receipts to claim a tax refund from RRA.

The reference numbers on the forged receipts were the same. Each of the company attempted to make a tax reclaim using receipt number 2031 bearing items worth Rwf3.3 million with VAT of Rwf500,000.

The same applied to receipt numbers 2000 and 2027 bearing items worth Rwf1.5 million and Rwf6.6 million, with a VAT value of Rwf228,000 and Rwf1.1 million, respectively.

The owners of the companies (Orange Machinery, Optimum and Moonlight) that attempted to claim VAT refund had acquired the receipts from Bondas Company.

Hitayezu commended efforts in overcoming illegal business activities, and for facilitating the apprehension of the alleged fraudsters.

“This should serve as an example to those in the business community who are planning to indulge in such activities. Sooner or later, we will catch up with them and they will face the law,” Hitayezu said.

The suspects are being held at Kicukiro Police Station.

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    Commentary, 21 Oct 2017
    So, the story of strings of the so-called FREE, LIBERATED and INDEPENDENT East African Countries becomes a glaring light of dysfunction of members of the UNDEREVELOPED World. And Africa keeps on marching along with its demeaning image around the Globe. Even the wretched white skin, down trodden beggar, has a demeaning attitude toward an African dignitary. [There is an old story (a remark) made by a white official about a black representative of a very powerful country at the united nations. But that is for another time.]

    The old colonial masters are still the driving force behind the curtain, in various elasticity of forms and shapes, and in conformity with Time. This Time around, the colonial masters, shrewd and conniving as ever, see the change of Time – hence the need to cooperate with corrupted indigenous, hungry for money and power i.e. African Dictators. They are fifty-one of them (51 being magnanimous figure) out of fifty-four in the “Dark” Continent of Africa. They milk Africa out of its bones!!!

    That is not the end of the African Story. It is estimated that that there are over thirty-thousand (30, 000) African Intellectuals in various fields of endeavour, specifically with Doctor of Philosophy Degrees (Ph D) from Ivy league Universities [or from sham schools, in desperation!] around the Globe. What do they do to liberate the African people? NOTHING, in practical term. On the contrary, it is not farfetched to say that they are itching to get their hands on the Money and Power of free-for-all Africa.

    Now, let us go the notorious African Leaders. Africa has been under external colonial forces for seemingly time immemorial and still continues – this time, with the active participation of indigenous African Leaders who have been SALIVATING for Money and Power, while being under the boots of their old masters. They are on ‘marauding’ mode. They learned it from their masters. They are replicating it now on their mothers and fathers, on their brothers and sisters, on their entire African Race. NO trace of shame. There seems to be no end to their savagery – exactly like their colonial masters.

    And so THE AFRICAN TRAGEDY goes on —and on –and on …..and the African people, from the RICHEST Continent, are the poorest creatures crawling on the surface of the earth, searching for pieces of bread to sustain them just for the day

    CRY, MY BELOVED AFRICA, even if you are devoid of natural tears. THE END

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