Bujumbura – Less than 48 hours before the end of the deadline set for tax exemption on some food products, the Anti-corruption and Economic Malpractice Observatory (L’Observatoire de Lutte Contre la Corruption et les Malversations Économiques), OLUCOME for short, stated that this tax exemption policy had no impact on the economic life of the consumer.
OLUCOME President Gabriel RUFYIRI explained that the ineffectiveness of the tax removal policy was obvious because this policy was implemented late and during the harvest period.
According to Gabriel RUFYIRI, the decision would have had a positive impact if implemented for the whole year and the government had created a house of representative committee to monitor its implementation. “They create policies to just please some personalities and these policies are verbal and are not enforced. The tax exemption on some food products is not noticeable on the market. Only 100 Burundian Francs have been removed from the normal price of the products” said Gabriel RUFYIRI.
He also mentioned that the food products that benefited from the tax exemption policy were products that are exported, which made it difficult to concretely realize the impact of the said tax removal policy. It should be noted that the products that benefited from the tax exemption are maize flour, maize, beans, rice, cassava and cassava flour.