By Julien Barinzigo
“In order to curb illicit financial flows from Africa , the Civic Initiative for Environment and Sustainable Development( ICED) with Izere Ntiwihebure Human rights Ligue under the technical and financial support of Tax Justice Network- Africa (TJN-A) , the StoptheBleeding campaign is officially launched in Burundi”, Appolinaire Nishirimbere, ICED Deputy Legal Representative, and campaign adviser said.
The event took place in Bujumbura capital the city at Martha Hotel on11-12 April 2017. MPs, national and international tax justice consultants, religious leaders, civil society leaders, businesspersons, journalists and students attended the ceremonies. Appolinaire highlighted the importance of the project to more than 40 participants and the latter came to understand that Africa loses more than 70 billion dollars annually, money that would have been used to finance Africa’s development. “Africa is the net creditor of the rest of the world”, regretted Appolinaire.
Francois-Xavier Ndaruzaniye, Legal representative of Izere Ntiwihebure told the media that Africa remains poor and multinational companies continue to loot African wealth. “Networking is needed to denounce illicit financial flows from Africa”, he urged all the participants. Leila Kituyi seconded him by providing three C which cause African financial losses. These include “corruption, commercial activities and crimes” Leila said. “We want to fight against corruption, we want to fight against illicit financial flows, we want to fight against any thing that underestimates African independence and Burundian values and via this campaign we will first sensitize the population and authorities”, Ndaruzaniye added.
“Tax Justice Network-Africa which is a Pan African and Advocacy organization that aims to promote socially just accountable and progress taxation systems in Africa wants Burundians to be more involved in this campaign, join other countries from which we came to collect four thousands signatures from 13 African countries and 2 out of Africa”, Leila Kiyuti said. Talking about panama papers, she said that Africa finances the rest of the world and most of Africans do not know.
Concluding the event, Jean Mballa Mballa said “It is not easy but it is not impossible to stop tax evasion and other tax malpractices”.