A joint operation by the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) and Malawi Police Service on Tuesday led to the arrest of a Chinese couple for allegedly contravening electronic fiscal device (EFD) regulations.
MRA deputy director of corporate affairs Steven Kapoloma identified the suspects as Zai Jinji and his wife Jin Yunye.
The two are operating ABC Shop in Blantyre.
Kapoloma said the couple was allegedly not issuing receipts to customers, apparently, with an aim of evading to pay value added tax (VAT).
Zai and his wife Jin are also accused of assaulting, abusing, resisting, obstructing, hindering and interfering with EFD inspectors who were “authorised by the Commissioner General to perform duties under the VAT Act”.
“I wish to warn all businesspersons that failure or refusal to issue receipts is a serious violation of EFD regulations, which they must guard against. MRA will pounce on any businessperson who deliberately contravenes this regulation,” he warned.
The joint operation also led to the arrest of a Burundian businessperson operating Uwanyirigira Shop in Limbe and Cai Don trading as Far Vision Investment for obstructing MRA officials from conducting their duties contrary to Section 51 of the Value Added Tax (VAT) Act Cap 42:02 of the Laws of Malawi.
Dong was still uncompromising and violent when the MRA officers and the police went to arrest him to the extent that his shop had to be closed before he was then taken to Limbe Police Station.