REVENUE, Authority admits shortfall in collection
By: Charles Lotara
The National Revenue Authority (NRA) has admitted low collection of revenue due to the rainy season that has made it impossible to access other states within the country.
This comes in response to earlier media reports which indicated that the authority had made suspicious transfers of over two million USD to the Central Bank without acknowledgement and authorization from the Ministry of Finance.
In a press release dated 23rd November 2019, NRA claimed that all transactions were genuine, contrary to the allegations of nontransparent financial practice reported earlier this week.
“Firstly, the transactions are genuine and legal as opposed to allegations of suspicion claimed by the media,” part of the statement read.
NRA said revenue collection in dry season is more convenient as roads were passable within all states across the country.
“The revenue collection has slightly reduced due to the rainy season which has limited the supply of imported goods to the national capital, Juba and the border states of Torit, Yei River and Kapoeta States among the few unlike the dry season when the traders can supply to all the 32 states in the Republic of South Sudan,” it said.
Considering the breakdown of the transactions in which NRA slashed more than 19,000 USD for bank charges out of the two million USD transferred, it is baffling for one to go with the statement that all transfers made were ‘genuine and legal’.