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Rwandan national to head South Sudan Revenue Authority

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September 26, 2017 (JUBA) – A Rwandan national has been appointed Director General of South Sudan Revenue Authority.

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Eugene Torero (Photo credit: New Times)

The appointment of Eugene Torero to head the revenue body, due to be established, was approved by South Sudanese lawmakers on Tuesday.

After several deliberations, members of the country’s Transitional National Legislative Assembly endorsed Torero to oversee the running of the body that will be tasked with assessing and collecting domestic taxes, customs duties and other revenues specified by law.

What, however, dominated Tuesday’s debate in the national legislative assembly concerned whether to appoint a national or foreigner as the first Director General of the revenue collection body.

But David Nailo Mayo, chairperson of the parliament’s specialised committee for economic planning, argued that the Rwandan national has a wealth of experiences likely to benefit South Sudan.

Torero is currently the director of trade policy at Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA), a position he has held since October 2015. Previously, however, he was responsible for TMEA South Sudan country office, during which he oversaw the design as well as the implementation of the customs development and trade facilitation programme.

The Rwandan national had, prior to joining TMEA, also held various positions within Rwanda Revenue Authority, including leading customs services from 2005 - 2010. He was previously a member of the Rwanda doing business task force from 2007-2010 and oversaw Rwanda’s reform efforts on the trading across borders and tax payment indicators of the famous World Bank Doing Business report.

When South Sudan got its independence five years ago, one of its daunting challenges was how it would diversify an economy, largely dependent on oil revenues, which supports 98 percent of its budget.

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  • 27 September 08:22, by jubaone

    Well, we could as well tell all other foreigners with education and experience to run the SS as a business enterprise cos the idiots and fools have made it possible. Many SS are hopeless. Take over the presidency, that is now possible.

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    • 27 September 08:29, by Malakal county Simon

      What’s a painful betrayal by the president to Southern Sudanese people?? IS that’s meant we have don’t have a Southerners that qualified to hold such an important public post?? Shame-on unwanted President and his booty-lickers supporters!!!!

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  • 27 September 09:15, by Good Foe

    He might put things right but I’m afraid coz after the crooks realize that there is money in the directorate, Kiir will rush to SSBC and read out a decree.

    Congratulations young man,

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    • 27 September 10:07, by jubaone

      Good Foe,
      Fact is the jienge regime has prefered to hand over the SSRA to a foreigner cos it doesnt want an Equatorian or non-jienge to run the Authority. Between 2012-2013, Gen. Jadalah was Dep Min of Interior and was tasked to streamline non-oil revenue collection at border points of Kaya, Nimule, Nadapal etc. About 30m SSP per month was collected but most went into private pockets

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      • 27 September 10:14, by jubaone

        .. soon after Jadalah was made Gov of Jubek State and the system once more collapsed. Funny, over 90% of those manning the customs and border points were jienges. SS was feeding on Equatoria while rouge jienge states were contributing less than 20%. God knows what happened to the oil revenues. Even with the best heads, the SSRA system is rotten, corrupt and incompetent and will do nothing.

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        • 27 September 10:19, by jubaone

          I strongly advocate for federalism or confederal system in which Equatoria or whichever SS states take charge of their own affairs. Equatoria MUST NOT be held hostage by hapless and hopeless states that are bent on stealing, looting and lazily await for others to produce or generate revenues. NO. Unity State alone enjoyed 5% of oil revenues, what happened? Ask Taban Gai

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          • 27 September 10:54, by Eastern

            jubaone,

            The tribal leader feared that if he gave position of SSRA boss to his kinsman, the office bearer will be overwhelmed by demands from relatives and friends the same situation bosses of NilePet and other government parastatals face. Since a non-dinka is not an option, Kiir had to look down south to bring on board this Munyarwanda. This shows Kiir’s inability to control the state..

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        • 27 September 13:14, by jubaone

          No revenues will be collected from Equatoria anymore. Border points must be made impassable and all worthless jienge custom officials expelled. The oil revenues went straight to jienge pockets and our taxes and revenues from Equatoria also went to them. Thieves, idlers and parasites only wanted to eat. No more. Equatoria Awake👊

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  • 27 September 09:26, by Keriem Raanchol

    In my comment, i am not favoring either side but expressing my personal view. I don’t blame the president in this matter, what do you expect if citizen lost their patriotism and self pride to serve their nation. How many people were given a chance to take up the role, what have they done. direct the revenues to their person business and family consumption. Even now, what are we benefiting!

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  • 27 September 10:08, by lou nuer

    Very simple question. Does it mean the corruption will stop from such act of bringing in a foreigner to work in national level rather than NGO? Shame on a failed state. Even Presidency qualify to be given to foreigner to bring in the new policy likewise to FVP also and make peace process tto be implemented. Dinka and Taban Deng failed governement.

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  • 27 September 10:23, by gakthon

    No need for us to have a country even, because we have no capability to run this country, if no one among us can do job. This department is not most difficult that need foreign person to run it. Or we did ss independency by mistake with no intentional reason. We did it with the hope that we would run our affairs, do the best to ourselves,because every human is satisfying with his own hands.

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  • 27 September 11:59, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Let everyone around the world benefits from South Sudan Civil War created by human being like leaders.

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    • 27 September 12:35, by Eastern

      Ayuiu Makuac Lam,

      Don’t DESPAIR yet...! These are the leaders you sang praises of not in the recent past..!

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  • 27 September 19:52, by James Bol Bol

    We will not blame president or anyone in appointing a foreigner to head south Sudan revenue authority as director.
    Inflation in South Sudan has destroys many things directly and indirectly
    what we need is all about what will bring change to our country but if this involves corruption in other forms all the citizens will not be happy with the action

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  • 28 September 15:22, by RAPIST MAMBO

    This is not a time of sectional talk, the president decided because most us (SS) loss their values hence he ended up trusting foreigners. it won’t take him more 24 hour to axed him out once get involved.... RRD suffered like us

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