“In 2015, the Burundi Revenue Authority was targeting to collect about 720 billion Burundi francs (461 million U.S. dollars), but the OBR did all its best and collected 590 billion francs (378 million U.S. dollars).
This is a deficit of some 130 billion francs (83 million U.S. dollars),” said Domitien Ndihokubwayo, the OBR Commissioner General.
He added that since January this year, the deficit on revenues that were expected to be collected is estimated at 33 billion francs (21 million U.S. dollars).
According to him, the poor performance was due to the crisis that hit Burundi since April last year (2015).
“The OBR remains at work. This year, we will continue to deploy OBR agents to Dar-es-Salaam Port in Tanzania and Mombasa Port in Kenya in order to contribute to the success of the East African Community (EAC) single customs territory project,” said Ndihokubwayo.
He however indicated that one of the biggest challenges the OBR is facing includes lack of computerization of the internal tax collection, causing delays in revenue collection.
Since April 2015, with the outbreak of protests against the third term bid of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza and his controversial re-election in July 2015, violence has left over 400 dead in the east African nation, according to civil society groups. Enditem