Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has disclosed that businessman Humair Salim Mahomed Sidik Jussab lied to authorities at the tax-collecting body that he was a student returning home from school in South Africa to evade paying duty for a hot car he brought in Malawi.
In a statement issued by MRA’s public relations office, they stated, “The businessman used special exemptions MRA offers for certain individuals returning home, disclosing that Jussab lied he was a student who went for studies in South Africa and was now returning home.”
They further revealed, “Through our ongoing investigations, in collaboration with police, we have discovered that duty was not paid for this car in question, BZ 1382, VW double cab. We know it was being repaired at a garage in Blantyre, Fernando Motors. We have taken special interest and we are investigating the matter further.”
An unnamed officer elaborated on the situation, stating, “The unfortunate part is that we have learned that the person in question [Humair Jussab] is not in the country and police are also looking for him on other criminal charges in connection to the same car.”
The Chief Resident Magistrate Court in Blantyre recently issued a warrant of arrest against businessman Humair Jussab over the car.
“This is to authorize and require you to enter upon and arrest the said suspect, and if arrested, to take possession of the said suspect and produce the same forthwith before this court,” read the warrant of arrest in part.
The warrant further explained that the offense is suspected to have occurred on December 15, 2022, when the suspect brought the car into Malawi dishonestly.
Regarding the investigation, Beatrice Mikuwa, spokesperson for South West Region Police Headquarters, mentioned, “MPS investigators carried out an operation in selected districts that included Blantyre and Mangochi.”
It was through the collaborative efforts of Interpol and the Malawi Police Service that the car was traced to the garage. The car in question, an Amarok VW, is registered in the name of Humair Jussab.
Notably, Humair Jussab’s elder brother, Shabir, is also facing legal troubles. Besides the cyber harassment offenses, he is wanted by the police for allegedly assaulting his driver. Additionally, Shabir faces a K26 million claim related to a client’s vehicle he failed to repair at his garage.
Shafqat Kasam, who filed the K26 million claim, stated, “My car, which only had a sunroof problem that was not functioning, was not repaired until the garage was sold, and I later heard that Shabir was on Interpol Red Alert and in Saudi Arabia.”
Concerning the assault incident, the 72-year-old former employee, Stainford Kalitsilira, reported that his former boss assaulted him and verbally abused him on July 16, 2021.