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South Sudan, Uganda to curb border fraud

By Bida Elly David


South Sudan and Uganda Revenue Authorities have agreed to deal with border trade frauds.

The Commissioner General of South Sudan Revenue Authority, Africano Mande in a meeting with his Ugandan counterpart John R. Musinguzi, vowed to curb corruption along the border.

The two shared progress of implementation of the new Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) system.

In a statement, Mande said the move aims at eliminating fraud since individuals among the border officials masquerade and extort money from traders.

According to Mande, the only solution to deal with such fraud is by introducing the Electronic Cargo Tracking Device set for 15th of this Month.

As SSRA gets accustomed to using the system, the teams are picking lessons from URA, which is already using an electronic cargo tracking system.

“I have tasked our people to profile the gaps we have in customs so that we can benefit from your experience. We do not want to invent a new model but rather run from the existing ones in the region,” Mande said.

In order to ensure smooth implementation and adoption of the system by all stakeholders, Okaka Geoffrey, Assistant Commissioner, Field Services at URA, said thorough sensitization of stakeholders will be done.

“We shall have to sensitize sector players like associations, transporters, and taxpayers,” he said.

URA CG lauded South Sudan for the cordial relationship and reiterated URA’s willingness to support the young nation.

He called for joint efforts in the elimination of revenue leakages.


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