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MPs Demand Addition of 23 More Companies to South Sudan payment List

Members of Parliament have tasked Government to include 23 more companies among those to be paid after supplying goods to South Sudan Government.

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Members of Parliament have tasked Government to include 23 more companies among those to be paid after supplying goods to the South Sudan Government.

After a heated debate on Tuesday, Parliament passed a resolution approving the Government of Uganda to enter a bilateral agreement to pay Ugandan traders who supplied goods to the war-ravaged country.

The bilateral agreement signed by governments of Uganda and South Sudan seeks to pay 151 billion Uganda Shillings as debt owed to 10 Ugandan traders and companies by the South Sudan government.   

Several legislators, however, say it is unfair for only 10 companies to be paid and yet several others were supplying products to South Sudan.

The Government of Uganda is meant to pay this money in form of a loan on behalf of South Sudan and the South Sudan Government, which is currently unstable, will be required to pay Ugandan with a six percent interest between five to ten years.

Yorke Alioni, the Aringa South MP says Government should come up with a comprehensive list of those who have been verified. He says it is unfair to consider those who are seen to be powerful, while other traders who also supplied goods are left out.

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The Shawdow Attorney General Wilfred Niwagaba said the agreement has a provision to have other companies that are eligible but have not been verified to be vefirified by a joint verification team. He says a comprehensive agreement is to be made with all the verified claims.

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According to Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, the payment of the 10 companies is just the first phase to kickstart the process. He says the remaining 23 companies will be grouped in the second phase. Rugunda says since this is an agreement between two countries, Parliament cannot amend it, as it involves another country paying back the money.

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Some of the 10 companies to be paid include; Aponye Uganda which is owed nine million dollars, Kibungo Enterprises which is demanding 13.2 million dollars,  KK Transporters with 6.6 million million dollars, and Ropani International Company with 4.4 million dollars. Others are APO General Agencies owed 4.3 million dollars and Queens Transport, Trade and Investment with a debt of 3.3 million dollars owed. 

Part of the 23 companies that have not been paid include  Roko construction Company,  Premier company, MFK Company,  Dott Services, Gunya Company Ltd, Odyek Ejang Company Limited, Ake-Jo General Enterprises Ltd and JB Traders among others. The total for all the 33 companies would move to 123 million dollars.

There has been consistent protests by some traders that they have been left out, with only the rich and power people having their companies lined up for payment.

Parliament, however, tasked Government to look at a way of including the rest of the traders not included.

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