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Within the recent past days, a huge demonstration, that I don't know from where it came, went towards the Ministry of finance complex. It settled on the taxe's gate and the Administration of major taxpayers, where tents are erected. The slogans written on the raised boards were almost unified in meaning and content, or at least in objectives.
Some for instance include," the people want to uproot the corrupts in tax department," or "Yes to restructure of tax department." Others say," no to the bribes that deprive the treasury from its due rights" or "we demand changing the laws drafted for legalizing corruption," as well as other comely attractive slogans. There are other expressions which I don't want to mention because they are derogatory and offensive to the head of the department.
This is the first demonstration for an important lively sector of the traders and businessmen, perhaps since the breakout of the revolution a year ago. It is also the first in Yemen since we knew the democratic system and freedom of speech in May 1990.
This demonstration has moved the stagnant waters and made the people turn their attention towards these two lively sectors, the traders and the tax department, who if they become pious, then all the country will become good, settled and prosperous, and if they degenerate then all the country deteriorates and its system collapse. This is what happened in the past and we hope it will not be repeated.
The two parties exchanged accusations and confessions, that they both wronged the country and the people and participated in wasting the nation's wealth. Here are some of the sayings of the two parts.
Ahmed Ghaleb, Head of the department said in an interview with al-Jamhoria newspaper, issue (15464) on April 10, 2012, that the sales tax is decreased to the minimum until it reached 5 percent, which is the least rate in the world that is paid by a consumer, however it is not paid to the public treasury.
He said that many of the traders cheat the invoices, hold the taxes after collecting them from the consumer and don't pay it to the department.
He said in a previous statement that the taxes declined in 2101, compared to those of the year before to a sum of YR 120 billion. In 2011 the taxes decreased to YR 35 billion, compared to the year 2010 or by YR 120 billion than the planned sum.
I would like to remind that this consecutive deficit happened since the issuance of the new disaster laws, and which I warned of them a month before their issuance, not verbally but in writing and the head of the department knows that. Regarding the previous talking of the head of the department, it is a good one and an open confession, but who is to blame?
In the interview of the head of the department with "al-Ola" newspaper, issue no (659) on April 16,2012, there were serious confessions and accusations, where he said that the traders are used to breaching the laws in all their actions, adding that, this law came through a proposal from the traders and an agreement of all parts. It means that the agreement was with the tax department, which he presides and the major businessmen I believe.
He added, according to the same paper, the businessman Hassan al-Kabos is evading the payment of YR 1 billion to the public treasury, not to mention the fines.
These are focal serious confessions which I will comment on them in a simple way. When the head of the department confessed that the traders are used to violating the laws in all their actions, I entirely believe him, however I also believe that he had done nothing to prevent them from doing that? I wish his confessions came six years before, and he had applied the law on the violators.
As for his saying that the "disaster" law, which we discussed its defects in six long articles in the mother of newspapers "al-Thawra," as well as the sales tax law which we will discuss in the next articles, when he said that the law came through a proposal by the traders and an agreement with them, this is a confession which I hear for the first time.
I had discussed these two laws with him before, telling him that the imprints of the traders are clear between the lines of this law and most of the articles of the law don't represent the ambitions of the people, don't protect their rights as well as not helping in the establishment of justice between the traders.
I also remember telling him that anyone who reads some articles will be confident that it is the traders who drafted it. He answered me that the traders have nothing to do with the law and no one allows them to draft sovereign laws such as these, or even ask their advice, because this is the work of the state. I remember him saying that they involved experts from Holland or Canada in the drafting. Today he comes to confess that the laws are drafted through agreement between them. This is a good confession, , however it is a too late.
Regarding the accusations directed to businessman Hassan al-Kabos that he evaded paying YR one billion in addition to the fines according to the department's head. I would like to ask a question of; who is responsible for such evasion and what legal measures had been taken in this regard, and whether there are other evasions or if he is the only one? Isn't the head of the Yemeni tax department responsible for such evasions or is that the duty of the head of the tax departments in Nicaragua or Eritrea for example?
All evasions should be addressed as well as the punishment of the evaders, whatever their names or their trade classifications are.
Regarding the confessions of businessman Hassan al-Kabos that most of the taxes go to the pockets of the officials on the expense of the public treasury, and that they are committed to pay the state's dues, with insurance that the sums go to their right destinations, is also a good and courageous confession, indicating a conscience awakening. The problem is not that one commits an error, but the greatest problem is to continue the error.
Regarding the front page's news which reported that businessman Yahia al-Habari has accused the demonstrating traders of evading taxes and that they counterfeit collection receipts at the customs outlets, I only comment that, "a witness from within the family. "
A message to the President, his Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance, hoping that this incident should not pass without being addressed, and should not be dealt with in the traditional way of "Zaid yohajir Amr" or "x placates y" , or after the famous dealing of the traffic police "the payment at a rate of one third to two thirds". The solutions should not be on the expense of the people and the homeland and every part should pay for his mistakes.
A message to the great youth at the freedom squares. I warned you in more than a debate that the corruption can be reproduced by one way or another, and the corrupts may come back through backdoors. Beware the reactionary revolutionaries even if they wear the dresses of asceticism and purity.
A last message to those who practiced the ideological terror and the implicit threatening last Wednesday for cancelling the "bi saraha" or point-blank program which was aired on Suhail TV, where I took part in it with the spokesperson of the Chamber of Commerce, directly on air. It was re-aired more than once. I say to those;
Why do you fear practicing freedom of expression? If you are honest why are you afraid of the emergence o facts? You have practiced arrogance to exert pressure and blackmail on the leadership of the channel and the announcer of the program, thinking that the New era is the same as the previous one.
You practiced deception and misleading on one hand and blackmail and lying on the other hand and failed. This talk addresses the head of the department and the major traders who exerted shameful efforts to prevent my appearance in the program and resorted to all kinds of mediation to hide the facts from the people.
I say to them that these techniques are now outdated and it is hard for you to block sunlight, whatever money and influence you possess, because the people are greater than your money and influence. If the program is not devoted to discussing the sales tax law (which is slaughtered from ear to ear,) and the difference between the traders with the department, I would have said more than that.
And you know that I am not afraid of you nor I fear you. I have revealed several cases of tax evasion of tens of billions of riyals and which your corruption prevented its collection, and, God willing, they will be collected and delivered to the state's treasury in this new era. You will be punished. I revealed your corruption and evasion when the corruption lobby was at the height of its power, but today it is on the verge of collapse . whether you like it or not. and God bless Zubairy when he said:
The thieves even though bold hearted, still they fear kids.