President Kiir prefers a foreigner to take charge of NRA

Dr. Patrick Mugoya [left] shakes hands with Garang Majak, first undersecretary at the Ministry of Finance and Planning in Juba on Monday, October 5, 2020 | Credit | Woja Emmanuel/Eye Radio
Dr. Patrick Mugoya [left] shakes hands with Garang Majak, first undersecretary at the Ministry of Finance and Planning in Juba on Monday, October 5, 2020 | Credit | Woja Emmanuel/Eye Radio

Oct 7, 2020 (Thessherald)–The South Sudanese government has appointed an expatriate to lead the National Revenue Authority with the hope of formulating and implementing tax reforms in the country.

Dr. Patrick Mugoya, is a Tanzanian national and will be taking charge of the National Revenue Authority as Commissioner-General.

Speaking to journalists in the capital, Juba on Tuesday Dr. Patrick Mugoya explained that he’s going to develop an effective strategic plan that would be transparent in the interest of the citizens.

“As you just witnessed, we have just concluded the signing of my contract as the new Commissioner General of the National Revenue Authority. I am supposed to hit the ground running. Three things: First, we will fully operationalize the National Revenue Authority. We will immediately take measures to make sure that the NRA is fully operational,” he said.

Dr. Patrick Mugoya

The newly appointed Commissioner-General of the National Revenue Authority said he will ensure that the tax body engages and involves stakeholders when it comes to decision-making.

“That is the first thing. Secondly, we will ensure the NRA formulates or develops in a participatory manner with all key stakeholders a strategic plan for the Authority that will see to it that non-oil revenue mobilization is enhanced in a transparent, efficient effective, and accountable manner.”

“We will put into place all these measures while at the same time sealing loopholes and revenue leakages in terms of tax evasions, unscrupulous exemptions, tax avoidance, smuggling and the like, as immediate measures.”

“That means the employees, the staff, the management of the Revenue Authority, the board, the government at national and state levels, development partners, the private sector, civil society organizations and others in coming up with a plan that will take National Revenue Authority forward and therefore bring meaningful change as envisaged in the non-oil revenue and mobilization and accountability program,” Dr. Mugoya said.

For his part, the Undersecretary in the Ministry of Finance, Garang Majak is optimistic the new head of the National Revenue Authority would succeed in generating funds.

“We know very well that we are facing a lot of economic challenges but with the new team, the new CG [Commissioner General] and the Deputy Commissioner of the NRA, Honorable Africano Mande, they will make sure that sufficient and effective mechanisms are designed to collect sufficient revenues to make sure we prioritize our financial obligations, our financial services to the government and the people of South Sudan.”

“So with the new team, and the new minister of finance, we will be able to finance our government obligations,” Garang Majak said. “At this juncture, the ministry of finance will ensure that all salaries are paid on time and operations for the spending agencies are also paid on time.”

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