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Gov't to Send List of Traders to South Sudan for Verification :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Gov't to Send List of Traders to South Sudan for Verification

Government has said it will send a harmonized list of all Ugandan claimants for verification by South Sudan Government.
18 Apr 2019 10:54
Bahati appearing before the Select committee on South Sudan

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Government has said it will send a harmonized list of all Ugandan claimants for verification to the South Sudan Government.

MPs on the select committee on South Sudan compensation is currently scrutinizing a proposal to pay 151 billion Shillings debt owed to Ugandan traders and companies by the South Sudan government.

The traders supplied goods and services to the South Sudan government between 2008 and 2010 but were not paid due to the outbreak of conflict in December 2013.

In 2010, South Sudan and Uganda entered into a mutual agreement which ensured that Uganda clears the debt and treat it as a loan to the Government of South Sudan. The money will be paid back within five to 10 years at a six percent interest rate after the first year.  

The MOU signed covers 10 companies of; Rubya Investments, Kibungo Enterprises, Aponye (U) Limited, Afro Kai Ltd, Swift Commodities Establishment Ltd, Sunrise Commodities, Ms Sophie Omari, Apo General Agencies, Ropani International and K.K Transporters.   These companies have already been given 41 billion shillings.

Appearing before the committee on Wednesday, the Minister of Finance in charge of Planning David Bahati said that although a joint verification team composed of the Uganda and the South Sudan side was meant to be established, the South Sudan government has delayed the process.

He says Uganda now has to harmonies the list of its verified suppliers and gives it to the South Sudan Government for approval. 

Bahati says the process of harmonization will be done by the Ministry of Trade to ensure that the suppliers are all included, adding that there is no doubt on the 10 companies.

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The committee chaired by Anne Maria Nankabirwa faulted Government over the uncoordinated verification.

She called on Government to expedite the verification process so that the traders get paid. 

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Companies that were not included on the list include; Roko Construction company, Ake-jo General enterprise, JB Traders, Odyek Ejang Company, Dott Services, Gunya company limited, Premier company, MFK company among others.    

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