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Traders protest extortion at checkpoints

Author : Ray Okech | Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Traders and drivers of public transport in Yei County are urging the government to remove all the roadblocks along the roads from Yei to Kaya and Juba.

There are several checkpoints between Juba and Yei. These check points are used for collection of taxes from traders.

Drivers of public transport complain that they are losing a lot of money to soldiers at these checkpoints.

The chairperson of the chamber of commerce in Yei, Tito Ayambo Jakondo, says he has received complaints from the drivers regarding the money soldiers collect from them.

“For them to open a passage, they ask for 5 pounds,” Mr Jakondo confirmed.

He said soldiers who man checkpoints are the ones asking for money from drivers and travelers.

“Even if it is a small, it is unfair. We urge the leader or their command to review this process of collecting money even.”

Eye Radio spoke to the SPLA spokesperson, Colonel Philip Aguer, and he said collection of revenue at check points is the work of custom police, not the work of the SPLA.

He said no SPLA soldier is allowed to collect money from the public at any checkpoint.

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