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la greve sur les armature ou sud kivu

Sud-Kivu: la société civile dénonce la multiplicité de taxes imposées aux armateurs

avril 23, 2014, | Denière mise à jour le 23 avril, 2014 à 11:04 | sous Actualité, La Une, Sud Kivu. Mots clés: armateur, Grève, Lac Kivu

Un bateau sur le Lac KivuUn bateau sur le Lac Kivu
Le président de la société civile du Sud-Kivu, Descartes Mponge, dénonce la multiplicité de taxes imposées aux armateurs œuvrant dans sa province. Il l’a déclaré mardi 22 avril au cours d’une rencontre de la société civile consacrée aux conséquences de la grève déclenchée depuis une semaine par les armateurspour protester contre l’institution de la taxe sur embarcation. Descartes Mponge déplore la perception d’une quarantaine de taxes qui, selon lui, sont illégales.

«C’est inconcevable que sur 59 taxes, il y ait 46 qui soient illégales, qui méritent d’être supprimées. Et ça c’est le rapport du ministre national des Transports qui demande qu’on puisse supprimer ces 46 taxes pour rester seulement avec 13», a-t-il déclaré, appelant les autorités provinciales à respecter la loi sur la taxation.

Descartes Mponge a promis de déclencher une action d’envergure pour amener les autorités à résoudre ce problème dans un bref délai.

«C’est donc pour nous important que nous puissions déclencher des actions citoyennes non violentes pour ramener à la raison les autorités qui persistent dans l’illégalité, qui persistent dans les actes qui mettent en danger la vie de la population. Il ne faut pas oublier que le gouvernement congolais a déclaré la province du Sud-Kivu et celle du Nord-Kivu comme des provinces sinistrées», a-t-il soutenu.

Pour lui, les autorités devaient supprimer certaines taxes pour permettre la relance de l’activité économique dans ces deux provinces qui ont connu des conflits armés.

Évoquant la grève des armateurs, le président de la société civile du Sud-Kivu a déploré l’augmentation des prix sur le marché et les difficultés de mobilité entre les provinces du Nord et Sud-Kivu.

Depuis le lundi 14 avril dernier, aucun trafic lacustre n’a assuré entre la capitale provinciale du Nord-Kivu et Bukavu, au Sud-Kivu. Les armateurs sont en grève pour protester contre la nouvelle taxe qui leur est imposée par les autorités provinciales. Ils doivent désormais payer 10 dollars américains par tonne de produits vivriers transportés dans leurs embarcations qui assurent le trafic lacustre entre Goma et Bukavu. Ils refusent de s’en acquitter, expliquant qu’elle ne figure pas dans la nomenclature des taxes auxquels ils sont soumis.

English translation by community member PilarAlbisu

Ship-Owners on Strike in South Kivu

South Kivu: the Civil Society denounces the various taxes imposed on ship-owners.

April 23, 2014 | Last update on April 23, 2014 at 11:04 | Actualité, La Une, South Kivu. Key words: ship owner, strike, Lake Kivu

A Ship in Lake Kivu

The president of the South Kivu Civil Society, Descartes Mponge, is denouncing the various taxes imposed on ship-owners working in his province. He expressed this opinion on Tuesday, April 22, in a meeting of the Civil Society devoted to the strike which had been declared the previous week by ship-owners, in protest of the institution imposing the boating tax. Descartes Mponge bemoans the collection of some forty taxes that, according to him, are illegal.

“It is inconceivable that out of 59 taxes, 46 of them are illegal, and should be abolished. The national transportation minister asks that these 46 taxes be abolished and only 13 be left,” he said, calling for provincial authorities to respect the Tax Act.

Descartes Mponge promised to take major action in order to help authorities resolve this issue as quickly as possible.

“It is therefore important for us to be able to use non-violent civic action to bring the authorities back to their senses; those individuals who continue to act in illegal ways that endanger the lives of the population. Let us not forget that the Congolese government has declared the provinces of South Kivu and North Kivu as disaster areas,” he maintains.
In his opinion, the authorities should abolish certain taxes to allow for the revival of economic activity in the two provinces which have seen so much armed conflict.

Alluding to the ship-owners strike, the president of the South Kivu Civil Society bemoaned the rising market prices and the increasing travel difficulty between the provinces of North and South Kivu.

There has been no shipping traffic between the provincial capital of North Kivu and Bukavu (South Kivu) since Monday, April 14. The ship-owners are on strike to protest the new tax that is being imposed by provincial authorities. To guarantee the shipping traffic between Goma and Bukavu, they must now pay 10 American dollars per tonne of food products transported on their ships. They refuse to settle, claiming that it doesn’t appear on the list of taxes that they must pay.

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Ship-Owners on Strike in South Kivu

South Kivu: the Civil Society denounces the various taxes imposed on ship-owners.

April 23, 2014 | Last update on April 23, 2014 at 11:04 | Actualité, La Une, South Kivu. Key words: ship owner, strike, Lake Kivu

A Ship in Lake Kivu

The president of the South Kivu Civil Society, Descartes Mponge, is denouncing the various taxes imposed on ship-owners working in his province. He expressed this opinion on Tuesday, April 22, in a meeting of the Civil Society devoted to the strike which had been declared the previous week by ship-owners, in protest of the institution imposing the boating tax. Descartes Mponge bemoans the collection of some forty taxes that, according to him, are illegal.

“It is inconceivable that out of 59 taxes, 46 of them are illegal, and should be abolished. The national transportation minister asks that these 46 taxes be abolished and only 13 be left,” he said, calling for provincial authorities to respect the Tax Act.

Descartes Mponge promised to take major action in order to help authorities resolve this issue as quickly as possible.

“It is therefore important for us to be able to use non-violent civic action to bring the authorities back to their senses; those individuals who continue to act in illegal ways that endanger the lives of the population. Let us not forget that the Congolese government has declared the provinces of South Kivu and North Kivu as disaster areas,” he maintains.
In his opinion, the authorities should abolish certain taxes to allow for the revival of economic activity in the two provinces which have seen so much armed conflict.

Alluding to the ship-owners strike, the president of the South Kivu Civil Society bemoaned the rising market prices and the increasing travel difficulty between the provinces of North and South Kivu.

There has been no shipping traffic between the provincial capital of North Kivu and Bukavu (South Kivu) since Monday, April 14. The ship-owners are on strike to protest the new tax that is being imposed by provincial authorities. To guarantee the shipping traffic between Goma and Bukavu, they must now pay 10 American dollars per tonne of food products transported on their ships. They refuse to settle, claiming that it doesn’t appear on the list of taxes that they must pay.

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Chère Nsimirenadine, Merci

Chère Nsimirenadine,

Merci pour nous informer de la situation actuelle au Sud Kivu. Je n’étais pas au courant de la situation sociale et politique, et je l’apprécie beaucoup. C’est vraiment terrible qu’on oblige les armateurs à payer des nouvelles taxes, quand ils ont déjà beaucoup à payer. J’espère que leur grève aura des conséquences positives!

Merci encore,
Pilar

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