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S. Sudan in talks with Ugandan traders over multiple taxes

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April 22, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan is currently in talks with traders from neighbouring Uganda after it traders declined to cross the young nation’s border post in protest over multiple taxes imposed.

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Traders jostle to change money in South Sudan (Reuters)

Over 1,000 trailers ferrying assorted items, including food items, fuel, and other essential commodities failed to cross into South Sudan on Friday, demanding assurance from South Sudanese authorities that they would not be heavily taxed and their security was guaranteed.

The secretary of Ugandan traders and communities in South Sudan, Elia Muggaga said their members usually experience unjustified and sustained taxation after exiting the official custom points at Nimule.

He said government and traders have since Friday been talking about the way forward, saying some of the traders have crossed into the country, but the majority remained on the other border post awaiting the outcome of the negotiations with the authorities.

The spokesperson of South Sudan police, Brig. Daniel Justin a team from the police and customs was dispatched to Nimule on Friday to address the problem and would eventually brief the government.

"The government is ready to listen to them. We would like to know from them the issues which are affecting them. If it is the security, the protection will be provided as it is normally done. You know that any movement alone Nimule-Juba road is now accompanied by a joint security escort. So the issue of security is not a problem,” said Justin.

“It [problem] will be addressed. The issue of taxation will also be addressed by the relevant institutions; this was why the delegation comprised different officials", he further added on Saturday.

South Sudan, heavily reliant on oil revenues to fund its budget, is one of poorest countries in the world with the worst indicators of development, health and education.

The conflict, which broke out in 2013, has negatively impacted on the country’s citizens, including pushing the country to the brink of famine with 5.8 million people, almost half of the population—in desperate need of humanitarian assistance, according to a recent UN assessment report.

Observers, however, say despite being oil-rich, South Sudan is likely to record negative GDP growth in 2016 after growing by 30.7% two years ago, largely due to the conflict, decline in oil production and global fall in oil prices.

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  • 22 April 2017 22:53, by Mi diit

    Juba city will fall easily in 13 days times.
    The world has got the easy way of punishing the genocidal regime.
    Incompetent Kiir’s tribal regime is done!
    J. Trump will be the name of my third born son.

    Uganda itself is a dying poor nation.

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    • 22 April 2017 22:55, by Mi diit

      Juba has been circled by the two tigers: SPLA I.O and U.S Dollar.

      Viva Dollar!
      Viva Dr. Riek Machar Teny!
      Viva SPLA/M IO!
      Viva South Sudan!

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    • 24 April 2017 14:58, by PEACE FOR ALL

      Mi Diit.
      you are the most evil person in South Sudan if not worldwide.
      this issue is about traders taxation but you turned it into IO and government issue. just campaign for failure of our country but their God is watching at you.
      keep it on but your day will number.

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  • 23 April 2017 03:48, by Kush Natives

    The government must address these issues immediately, we shouldn’t practice Kenyan system, whereby, every police stations make their own taxation. This is not acceptable, those traders have their own families back in their own countries of origins where they depend on them. They traders works hard like all of us. Therefore, they must be treat with dignity % respects.

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  • 23 April 2017 03:57, by Kush Natives

    Mr. Midiit,
    What brought IOM viva here? Are those loaded trucks belong to IOM, do you think that Riek massacre loaded those trucks with bombs? You should worry about an exiting IOM, Maj. Generals are starting surrendering to DRC Ugandan borders. The foods is fighting along-side our regular troops in the jungles of SS. From the ranks of Maj. Gen into Refugee camp. great shame on rebels!

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  • 23 April 2017 08:45, by anyanya1

    is one of poorest countries in the world with the worst indicators of development, health and education. Dinkas made this country to look like shit, better for any other tribes to stand up and fight this fucking insect call dinka😈😈😈

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    • 25 April 2017 10:19, by PEACE FOR ALL

      Anyanya1
      you are an idiot.

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