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CES governor threatens to pullout from centralized tax collection system

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October 23, 2012 (JUBA) – The Governor of Central Equatoria state, Clement Wani Konga, has threatened to pull his state out of South Sudan’s centralized tax collection system, saying the system has been corrupted, resulting to the massive loss of revenues.

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Clement Wani Konga, governor of Central Equatoria state delivers his keynote speech in Juba. April 14, 2011 (ST)

In a press statement released on Tuesday, Konga said as from November 1 next week he will begin to unilaterally deploy his state’s tax collectors to all the state’s international borders with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The national government has since last year introduced a new centralized tax collection system in which it collects various categories of taxes on one table on behalf of all the levels of government and distributes to each level their shares.

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Individuals and some illegal organizations at the national, state and local levels used to collect taxes at the borders and established tax collection check points inside South Sudan for self–benefit, prompting the national government to centralize the collection.

Governor Konga, however said the centralized system is not being properly implemented which he criticized because it has resulted to a significant fall in the share of Central Equatoria State.

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He further explained that his state used to collect an average of 11 million South Sudanese pounds per year on its own but the recent report revealed that the amount has sharply fallen to only about 1.5 million SSP after the introduction of the centralized tax collection system.

This unexpected decision by Central Equatoria State may meet resistance by the national government which the state also hosts in the transitional capital.

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  • 24 October 2012 07:01, by Jugo Bell

    Good move Governor of CE.State should the one to collect any taxes from his borders not central governmeny.

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  • 24 October 2012 07:11, by Thon Bai

    I think this called governor of the Central Equatorial must be crazy or stupid. How come he only wanted his State to benefit from tax collection than the other States in the country? The man must be primitive. This remind me about the times when people from Central Equatorial used to prevented stone not to be used by Jonglei State for the construction. Does he real understand what he talking abo

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    • 24 October 2012 07:25, by Madina Tonj

      Thon Baai or Thon roo
      The governor has every right to isolate her State from the Federal government. There should be a law system agreement between State and Federal government which will indicated what tax has to be collect by State’s government and what tax would belong to GOSS/RSS.Unfortunately, there is nothing like that and he has right to know exactly who are those doing corruption

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    • 24 October 2012 07:26, by Madina Tonj

      Thon Baai or Thon roo
      The governor has every right to isolate her State from the Federal government. There should be a law system agreement between State and Federal government which will indicated what tax has to be collect by State’s government and what tax would belong to GOSS/RSS.Unfortunately, there is nothing like that and he has right to know exactly who are those doing corruption

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    • 24 October 2012 07:53, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Thon Bai, for you to call a leader stupid and primitive when he stands for the right of his people, shows how uncouth and intellectually dwarf you are. He is not begging for tax collected out of your state but his. He deserves to have resources to kick start development in his state. Thank you for being myopic.

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      • 24 October 2012 15:04, by unbwogable

        the question is what has happened to other half of revenue? our revenue collection system is one that has alot of loopholes that allows corupt individuals to pocket taxes. the idea of centralised collection is to save time and cut out unnessary buaracracy. pullout of this system will not help but findout why there is a drop in tax collection is a better idea.

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    • 24 October 2012 09:40, by Diu J.Kuek

      Thon Bai.
      Shame on you people you who are in position of corruption defenses in all in all you should not criticize the Governor because he is against corruption taxes collection system if this these taxes goes to the national budget therefore will come to you indirect in term of many ways but I think some thing may be wrong with you guys.

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    • 24 October 2012 12:51, by Baring

      Another Stupid call Thon Bai, are you people really have a brain in your maine? you want Govor. to speack on behave of your dump Governors who only think like a caw issue. Governoer Wani cares about his state my friend.

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    • 25 October 2012 09:34, by Joseph

      Thon Bai, you are barbaric,uncouth, uncivilized, primitive useless, and hopeless person in this website. ’Your level of education is that one my child acquired when he was still at the age of eight’ Pliz do not mistaken H.E Konga with a cat, HE is a LION that has been just rained on. Remember he was a governor before the signing of CPA n late Garang blessed him a governor of CES n Kiir also comfir

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  • 24 October 2012 07:16, by Thon Bai

    Does he real understand what he talking about? Does he know that the development going on in his State is being provided by the National government? I heard last time that he was sick. I strongly believe now the man is really sick. I think he want to cause the problem to himself before he die. My friend governor dies in peace before you put yourself under hot water.

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    • 24 October 2012 07:39, by Paul Chadrack

      This is all because of corruption being practice by kiir’s and his so call Greater bhar el Kalib, the three states of that greater corrupt kiir’s regions are the one now embezzling our resources. what do they contribute to the national economy?, none. so wani has a right to direct central equatoria government to collect their own taxes.

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  • 24 October 2012 07:24, by Augustino

    Yes, yes, yes, yes,yessssssssssssss, Clement you are a good man, as a student of accounting specialised in international taxation system, our system need more correction. push on and more will be with you.
    Thanks
    Augustino Makuc dengmakoot

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  • 24 October 2012 07:43, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Wani lo Kon’ga is a 110% correct in his call. I think if we are to be fair to all states Taxation should be locally collected with the exception of Custom or Excise duties. Unless the the government in Juba wants to starve the states resources for development then it can go on with their policy on tax. CES has a right to protest on this injustice.

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    • 24 October 2012 08:31, by Thorbanat

      Actually Governor Konga is somehow right but he should address the issue to the President and Minister for Finance because the collections are mismanaged by bunch of thugs in Borders. However, Eastern Equatoria State could be the one to complain because it has two strategic borders of Nimule and Nadapal, and also Tseretenya and Romoromo borders points which generate huge income to nation.

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  • 24 October 2012 08:16, by Simpleman

    You are absolutely right to come up with this decision Mr. Wani. Now look at the poor hungry and corrupt jenges crying on the net because soon their lips will be removed out of the self services well.
    When will the construction of ramcell get finish such that all these jenges should be dumped there? So that equatoria will be free of all these forms of corruption been carried out by them, armed r

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    • 24 October 2012 08:36, by Thorbanat

      If Konga demand is allowed, then Eastern Equatoria State will be the greatest beneficiary because Nimule generate SSP.15 millions a month and Nadapal generate about SSP.7 a month, Tseretenya SSP.3.5 Million a month and Romoromo also SSP.1.5 millions. EES monthly generate about SSP.27 millions a month so whos should complain, Kongo or would have been Lobong?

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      • 24 October 2012 08:40, by Thorbanat

        The civilians should take lead in demand for proper utilization of taxes but not threats from Governor but we also know that Central Equatoria is one of the riches states because of taxes got here in town by they are the MOST CORRUPT including governor Konga. Central Equatoria even get more money from plots but where is this money going?

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    • 24 October 2012 10:24, by Alier

      Simpleman,
      Do you think Juba will be popular the way it is now without the diversity of other tribes? When transition happened to new city; you’ll have no taxes you will be collecting because the city will be left for Bari alone unless you want to collect taxes from your own people. The internationals businessmen will go to where there is a sizable population for their businesses.

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  • 24 October 2012 09:03, by whatsayyou

    Threatening will not be the solution Mr. Governor Wani kongo do you think that you will collect and benefit from a lone? you must be corrupt yourself otherwise you would not complain when the situation is general across the country

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    • 24 October 2012 09:36, by Makuom

      I think the sacking is itching him. please sack him kiir!. We fought this war to be inclusive not division. If he knew of anything bad going on he must then help the authority to track the culprits down not threaten unilateral options.

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    • 24 October 2012 10:33, by Paul Chadrack

      whatso, stupid, What general situation are you talking about? of corruption?, you will face it hard this time, because southerner will no longer just stand and watch what you corrupters are doing. what I fear very much is our country is moving toward civil war.

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    • 24 October 2012 10:34, by Paul Chadrack

      whatso, stupid, What general situation are you talking about? of corruption?, you will face it hard this time, because southerner will no longer just stand and watch what you corrupters are doing. what I fear very much is our country is moving toward civil war.

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  • 24 October 2012 10:11, by Gabriel KK

    Well, Governor Konga might pullout of centralized tax collection because of the taxes from international borders but he should know that other states are oil rich states. therefore he should join forces with other Governors and confronted the Central Government with real issues or else corruption will continue in Central Governmnet.

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  • 24 October 2012 10:41, by LOJUBA

    Mr. Governor you 199% right for taking such brilliant decision at the right time, it is not because central equatoria want to totally independent state but it is because of the Corrupted system, system is not a machine, but it is those human who are with zero skill to own their future through what God’s gives them, any one against this, i believe he/she belongs to the same Bottle, Thanks Wani.

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  • 24 October 2012 10:49, by LOJUBA

    Gabriel KK,
    I do agree with in certain points, We have understand other states are oil rich states, but do think if this system still continue with such corruption will help those state holding rich Oil, or even central Equatoria knows very well that future of getting oil’s benefits through such system is impossible, sorry to say this.

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    • 24 October 2012 11:24, by Junta

      Gabriel KK
      The CES and Greater Equatoria are straight forward and less dependent on anybody as they are genetically programmed to be self reliant from birth through hard work. The Equatoria people only believ in the work of their hands not Government or free Dura (manna from above of WFP unlike other people who can only survive through theft, grabbing and corruption.

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  • 24 October 2012 11:37, by Lo Kenyi

    Yes Governor Clement Konga for once you are right. This a great move that all people who have intentions of stamping out corruption should support. However for those who are insinuating that the Governor only wants Central Equatorians to benefit from this move are wrong. The Governor is only expressing his frustrations with the inefficient and corrupt tax officials. So keep it up Mr. Governor.

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    • 24 October 2012 12:03, by Thorbanat

      Folks, Governor Clement Wani Konga is somehow right but actually Konga need to seal loopholes for corruption in Central Equatoria. Where is monthly collections of taxes in Juba and Yei town, plots allotment, market taxes and etc. What public project has CES undertake because most of the project we have seen are donor related, give me a break Gov. Wani, please fix corruption in your back yard 1st

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  • 24 October 2012 13:59, by Makunon

    Wani was reported dead, now he is not dead he is mad and confirmed by his degree. he should go back to the hospital where he was admitted to get some more attention.How can a governor degree orders involved central gov.t rather than discussing it. National resources are share in the Country

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    • 24 October 2012 14:15, by LOJUBA

      See Bro, I think are one of those said Wani was death, I will ping you out and locate u r current position , so that you will face wani, we against corruption, it is time my fellow south sudanese, Please lets join hands to stop it, not just by saying but by ACTION

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  • 24 October 2012 14:35, by Foxtail

    I think the Azana issue is coming up! Equatoria has nothing in it compare to other state. so this is just an opportunity for the oil producing states of Greater UPPERNILE to use their oil if that the case.
    pull out your taxes and we move away with our oil money and we see who will benefit greedy

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    • 24 October 2012 15:04, by Junta

      Fox Tail
      That will be good news if the rest of the oil rich state form their own country and leave the Greater Equatoria Plus WBG State Minus Jenge in it. The will enable the Equatorian to have a viable state with rapid development, visionary leadership, strong and cohesive society as Jenge are knopwn for their intolerance. Good riddance if you implement this Idea.

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      • 24 October 2012 21:16, by Hardball

        Junta, you cannot pickup independent of Equatoria just like “legemat” on the open air market! Independent is something that spills blood; more than 2 million people dies to get this independent. You want independent? Prepare to lose 2 million as well.

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  • 24 October 2012 15:28, by Foxtail

    Junta
    you guys are just mosquitos who only disturb and make alot of noises without real reason.nbtyi
    look Junta, where were you when greater uppernile and Bar el ghazel liberated this country? Lagu tried but only ended up being bribed. And now you’re accusing us of miss-using the country. you’re to eat and sleep. you only find the real taste of what you labour for.

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    • 24 October 2012 15:42, by Junta

      Foxtail
      You must be naive. Who offered the Liberation the greatest support technically, militarily, politically , terrain wise and economically? Was it not Equatoria? When you guys had your differences to an extent of mass defections, who stood firm by SPLM/A ? was it not Equatoria? Equatorians were ardent hard core fighters in front line but Jenge only rush for Beny hood and claiming our victorie

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    • 25 October 2012 09:58, by Joseph

      Foxtail,
      Look here, Juba was not captured coz of strong guy like Wani. Equatorian have died n still dying in Upper nile n GBZ. To hell with your OIL. Kenya n Uganda still feed u yet no OIL in their countries, why can u think like human being my friend. Dinka are the one planning Coup night n day, but Equatorian just keep quite, pliz one day you will understand that Equatorians are very smart pple.

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  • 24 October 2012 15:28, by LOJUBA

    forex
    according your name means money lovers, Believe me we Equatorians praying day and night asking God to leave us alone, we don’t want your Oil, take it drink it, we want you to leave greater Equatoria and go form Jenge capital city free of any Equatoria , we are not money lover, to HELL with your Oil, Greater Equatoria compose of many tribes but they never fought each otheR. We believe in God

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  • 24 October 2012 16:09, by Foxtail

    Oh God! all band of Nyam-nyama are awake. look,you guys are looking for a country you will never see, believe me. why? because of your inability to run a country without generous and patriotics people like us. sincerely speaking the AZANIA issue is dated back 40s but anything you plan is simply leak to us because you guys are chicken-hearted people.

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  • 24 October 2012 16:40, by liberator bor

    I,m sorry but can,t blame you too much, doors/nyam
    - nyam or so called Equatorians have some hundreds years for them to think like human being. there is no way you come up with the idea that is when implemented would cause downfall to you. my dear (that thing), stop shouting and start learning from those favored by God with brain.
    Hope my advice wouldn,t disappoint you, coz you hate that. Thank you

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  • 24 October 2012 22:02, by panom lualbil

    MR. KONGA is right about corrupted system but to be more specific and honest, he supposed to bring corrupters from his STATE including himself who are amongst 75 thieves to justice. It might be a good IDEA if a GOVERNOR have a power to this like, he proposed.

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