INTRODUCTION Les taxes exorbitantes de la RDC sacrifient la vie social, économique et politique du pauvre congolais qui accroupit dans la misère. Les hommes d'affaires et les marchands sont victimes de tracasseries sur leur chemin de l'emploi. Les agents de l'Etat sont persemés sur tous les artères pour percevoir des taxes sans quittances. Les consommateurs payent le pot cassé. Les marchandises sont vendues à un prix exhorbitant suite aux taxes exagerées. 1) Les barrières erigées partout sans motif valable sont devenues des sources de revenues pour certains agents de l'Etat. Les pauvres femmes qui se rendent en ville pour vendre leurs produits vivrières sont obligées de laisser une partie de leurs marchcandises à la barrière ou au marché pour nourrir les Agents de l'Etat qui ne sont payés par le Gouvernement central. 2) Les taxes qui sont payées dans les services administratifs échappent au trésor public. La somme perçue est partagée entre les résponsables qui sont gérants de la chose publique. Ex: Sur les 100$ versés par l'individu, la caisse de l'Etat n'a que 10$ le reste revient aux Chefs de l'institution. Les pauvres citoyens ne bénéficient rien sur les taxes et même sur les impôts. les prix des articles produits en RDC sont plus chers que ceux quiproviennent de pays voisins à cause de plusieurs taxes. Ex: Le ciment produit à KATANA / 40Km de BUKAVU est plus chers que celui produits ailleurs. Les propriétaires des avions viennent d'augmenter les prix des billets pour les passagers qui voyagent dans la RDC à cause de la hausse des taxes de l'Etat. Par conséquent le prix des produits augmente. Le consommateur est martyr, tandis que les Chefs et les entrepreneurs gagnent en menant une vie de noblesse.

SOLUTIONS ENVISAGEES - Bonne gouvernance - Equilibrer les Services qui perçoivent les taxes publiques de l'Etat. - Contrôler les taxes publiques - Sanctionner les détourneurs des biens publics.

English translation by PulseWire member milsgra INTRODUCTION Social, financial and political life of the poor Congolese who is crippled by poverty is being sacrificed by the exorbitant taxes. Businessmen and merchants are being harassed on their way to work. State agents are scattered all over the arteries of the country to collect taxes without proper receipt. The consumers pick up the pieces. Because of exaggerated tax rates merchandise are sold at an exorbitant price. 1) The barriers erected everywhere without viable reasons have become income sources for certain state agents. The poor women who are going to the city to sell their agricultural goods are forced to leave a percentage of their merchandize at the gate or at the market to feed the state agents who are not paid by the central government. 2) The taxes that are paid to the administrative services escape public treasury. The collected sum is divided between the responsible agents who are the guardian of the public thing. Ex: on $100 collected from an individual, the state bank receives only $10 the rest goes to the chief of the institution. The poor citizens don’t benefit at all from the tax and tax collection. Because of high tax rates the products in DRC are more expensive than those imported from neighboring countries. Ex: Cement produced in Katana 24.8M from Bukava is more expensive than cement produce elsewhere. Airline ticket prices have gone up for passengers flying from DRC because of the high state tax. Consequently the prices of product have also gone up. The consumer is a martyr, meanwhile CEO of enterprises are the real winners living the life of nobles.

Envisioned Solutions: Good Government Balance of the services receiving public state taxes Control of the public taxes Punish those embezzling public funds

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INTRODUCTION Social, financial and political life of the poor Congolese who is crippled by poverty is being sacrificed by the exorbitant taxes. Businessmen and merchants are being harassed on their way to work. State agents are scattered all over the arteries of the country to collect taxes without proper receipt. The consumers pick up the pieces. Because of exaggerated tax rates merchandise are sold at an exorbitant price. 1) The barriers erected everywhere without viable reasons have become income sources for certain state agents. The poor women who are going to the city to sell their agricultural goods are forced to leave a percentage of their merchandize at the gate or at the market to feed the state agents who are not paid by the central government. 2) The taxes that are paid to the administrative services escape public treasury. The collected sum is divided between the responsible agents who are the guardian of the public thing. Ex: on $100 collected from an individual, the state bank receives only $10 the rest goes to the chief of the institution. The poor citizens don’t benefit at all from the tax and tax collection. Because of high tax rates the products in DRC are more expensive than those imported from neighboring countries. Ex: Cement produced in Katana 24.8M from Bukava is more expensive than cement produce elsewhere. Airline ticket prices have gone up for passengers flying from DRC because of the high state tax. Consequently the prices of product have also gone up. The consumer is a martyr, meanwhile CEO of enterprises are the real winners living the life of nobles. Envisioned Solutions: Good Government Balance of the services receiving public state taxes Control of the public taxes Punish those embezzling public funds

Dear Lubala,

Hello. Thanks for highlighting the current economic challenges in the DRC. It'll be good if you can link this to the status of women and if it increases violence towards them.

Warmth, Pushpa

Hello Lubala, It is good that you are thinking through some possible solutions as this will help motivate you to continue to work on this issue. The more the people get and stay involved the more likely progress will be made. It is disheartening that corruption like this takes place in the DRC, where you are dealing with so many other issues, especially those injustices happening to women. Please continue reporting and keeping the entire world informed of what's happening in the DRC. I wish you the best- Lynn

Hi Lulala, Thanks for sharing your story here on World Pulse. I would like to join with Lynn in asking you to continue informing the world of what's happening in the DRC. Are there ways to begin acting on your envisioned solutions within your community? How do you see yourself and your neighbors beginning to influence government? Hope to hear more from you! Heidi

Heidi Hoffman www.heidihoffmanphotography.com

Hi Lulala, It sounds as though not only are women targets of abuse and violence but also victims of a corrupt government policies. Are women in particular sought out to have their products harshly levied? How would you link what's happening with regard to the community being outrageously taxed and violence against women? Hope to hear more about the interchange between women and government.

Deborah Wright workworkwork