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Nimule customs officials pocket 80% of tax revenue: minister

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November 14, 2013 (NIMULE) – On a visit to the border state of Eastern Equatoria, South Sudan’s cabinet minister claimed on Wednesday that 80% of the tax revenue collected from vehicles entering from Uganda is pocketed by customs officials.

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Eastern Equatoria State in red (in pink the Ilemi Triangle which is disputed with Kenya)

Minister Martin Elia Lomoro made the statements after his delegation held a close-door meeting with customs migration officials in Nimule, the state capital.

According to the minister, who is visiting the Eastern Equatoria with South Sudan’s vice president James Wani Igga and interior minister Aleu Ayieny Aleu, the meeting was “very open and the messages went home."

During the press briefing, minister Lomoro admitted that the state of the parking areas at the border crossing were “shame[ful]” and pledged a swift response from the central government.

However, he added that the poor infrastructure "does not explain why 80% of the money is being pocketed by customs officers.”

"While we see more vehicles coming into South Sudan, we don’t think we are getting the right amount of revenue being collected from those vehicles that are bringing goods,” said Lomoro said.

Customs officials who attended the meeting said challenges such lack of equipment like weighbridges, scanning machines and the poor state of the parking yard in Nimule hugely contributed to low tax collection.

Customs officials, however, claim that senior government officials are also guilty of customs malpractice.

"When a car is smuggled into the country and a suspect is caught, it is the senior [government] officials who come in and order the release of the suspected smugglers,” a customs officer, requesting anonymity, told Sudan Tribune.

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  • 15 November 2013 05:16, by Simon Peter Wal

    80 % of the collected taxes pocketed by the customs officials in Nimuli? This is not a mere surprise to me since they ’re working without being checked by any revenue authority.the other unsurprised thing is that these taxes are collected with government financial forms so our senior government officials are without doubt involved in this game.

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    • 15 November 2013 05:26, by Simon Peter Wal

      Dr.Martin Elia Lomoro must know that the real culprits are here in Juba not Nimuli. Its very easy to control this daylight theft if the government wants to, so let the government practically start putting in place measures to make sure that public money does not go to private pockets.

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  • 15 November 2013 07:01, by Tata

    Very ridiculous! How can a whole government with instruments for corrections laminates to the public that income of the country is being pocked by individuals? Who administers this country affairs, Government of Customs officials? Who sets rules and regulations for the management of national financial affairs, distributions, savings, earnings ... Cabinet or customs officers?

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    • 15 November 2013 07:12, by Tata

      Who prints and issues national financial forms, Cabinet or Customs officers? Who inspects who, Cabinet or Customs officers? Look! The customs officer at Nimule sent SMS to radio miraya expressing their disappointment by statement made by Elia that they (officers) pocket the money. He said they do monthly send 35, 39, 40, 49 millions, an average of SSP40.75 million monthly, SSP611.25 million/year.

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      • 15 November 2013 07:27, by Tata

        The SSP611.25 million annually remits from Nimule alone,exclude Kaya, Nadapal, Baaze, Akobo-Ethiopia border. if we assume that the average for the 5 border entries is SSP600 million/ year, then we are making SSP600,000,000 x 5 = SSP3,000,000,000 (3 billion)annually. Yes, you have no problem. It is we, the people of South Sudan who are fools & illiterates, who listens & believes nonsenses.

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        • 15 November 2013 07:34, by Tata

          Our major challenge is there is No political parties in our country to sensitize people know and trace their rights. Those calling themselves "Political Parties" are bunches of crooks loitering in Juba in search for honorable positions. They have no offices in States leave alone Counties. Can any of those bunches of crooks describes the geographical position of Nadiangere Payam on South Sudan map

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  • 15 November 2013 07:38, by Joseph Canada

    The whole SPLA leadership is not honest. If the looting started at the presidential palace to the office and things go untraceable, who else do you thing will arrest criminals? Under this leadership we will achieve nothing in this nation. We are embracing more suffering than the times of war. This is the Sad truth.

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  • 15 November 2013 07:38, by Joseph Canada

    The whole SPLA leadership is not honest. If the looting started at the presidential palace to the office and things go untraceable, who else do you thing will arrest criminals? Under this leadership we will achieve nothing in this nation. We are embracing more suffering than the times of war. This is the Sad truth.

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  • 15 November 2013 09:53, by Gabriel KK

    What are you waiting? invastigate and send them home/prison.

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  • 15 November 2013 13:59, by Hardlinner

    Both the government and costume officials should blame for this type of corruption. The primitive collection method the ss government used is outdated and so stone age. receipts for duties should have been streamlined to government account.ss government should learn from other developed countries ways of collecting stamp.

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