Cartels: Shock as Tanzanian depletes South Sudan treasury (See list)
The South Sudan government is nearly grinding to a halt after it emerged that 70% of the tax collected doesn’t go into government coffers but is siphoned away by none other than the man in charge of the South Sudan Tax agency, a Tanzanian Patrick K Mugoya.
The Tanzanian who got the job last year, immediately formed a cartel that siphons money with martial precision, a fate that has even amazed some of the most corrupt South Sudanese leaders.
Patrick K. Mugoya, a Tanzanian national was hired in 2020 as National Revenue Authority Commissioner-General to help the government of realizing effective tax collection and custom administration under a contract funded by the Africa Development Bank.
On assuming the office, Patrick landed in the hands of cartels who have always been stealing taxes.
The South Sudan national intelligence agency estimates the amount lost in the past 18 months Mugoya has been at the helm is at least USD 240 million.
According to intelligence briefs that were shared with Africa Development Bank six months ago and yet no action has been taken against their employee draining South Sudan government coffers, notably one officer, Mugoya’s deputy Lino Ajang Ajang was the one who recruited the New commissioner General into the cartel, but it is Mugoya who professionalized it to international standards that have even shocked the most corrupt people in South Sudan government, Mugoya began to collect taxes directly from taxpayers and transport it by air, using private plane tail number UJF428 to Uganda with the help of Lino Ajang Ajang.
At one time Ajang had to carry 3 million dollars in a bag up to Tanzania where it was received by Mugoya’s three children.
Intelligence from the South Sudan intelligence agency reveal other members of this cartel include:
Deputy Commissioner General of NRA Hon. Africano Mande who joint the cartel after Realizing that he couldn’t stop them. He opened various accounts in the name of NRA in commercial banks whose collections do not go to government coffers. We have the account numbers and the amounts that have passed through the said accounts, information that was shared to Africa Development Bank. He turned NRA into a spending agency for him to siphon money out through projects and the purchase of nonessential things.
The other person in the cartel is Gen. Akol Ayii, the Director-General of South Sudan Custom. He is well connected with the first family, which protects him from being removed from the office. Gen. Akol takes away 70% of the customs duty tax at various border points and Juba airport, which he shares with other powerful individuals inside the system.
Hussain Abdelbagi Ayii, the vice president in charge of the services cluster. This VP is one of Lino Ajang Ajang pillars. He is said to be building a powerful Islamic movement in South Sudan, in which Ajang Ajang is helping him mobilize funds from government taxes.
The cartel includes many people from the Domestic Tax Division, where Mr. Ajang Ajang is a patron.
Unknown to the African Development Bank, the person they are paying salary to has forgotten the expertise role he was hired for/sourced to come and play. He indulged himself in deadly financial fraud, taking advantage of the lack of oversight of his performance.