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Trader Challenges Removal from South Sudan Compensation list :: Uganda Radionetwork

Trader Challenges Removal from South Sudan Compensation list

A South Sudan supplier wants Members of Parliament to Investigate how his company Gash Logistics Kampala was kicked out of compensation at the last moment.
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A South Sudan supplier wants Members of Parliament to Investigate how his company, Gash Logistics Kampala was removed from a list of companies earmarked for compensation.

Ibrahim Hassan, a Kampala trader who supplied merchandise worth USD 5 million says that although he was verified by the joint Verification Committee, customs and Internal Security Organisation (ISO), his company was missing from the final list of companies that qualified for compensation.

Ibrahim made the appeal today before the Parliamentary select committee set up to investigate the payment of 41 billion Shillings to 10 Ugandan companies out of 33 that Parliament had approved. He was appearing with three other companies who had supplied commodities to South Sudan.

The ten companies that were in the process of being paid include; Rubya Investments, Kibungo Entreprises, Aponye (U) Ltd, Afro Kai ltd, Swift commodities establishment ltd, Sunrise commodities, Sophie Omari, Apo General Agencies, Ropani International and KK Travelers.

Others 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.

The process is part of a request by the Ugandan government for parliamentary approval, to clear a debt of 151 billion Shillings owed to Ugandan traders and companies by the South Sudan government. The traders supplied goods and services from 2008 but were never paid following a conflict that started in 2013.  

South Sudan and Uganda then entered into a mutual agreement which could see Uganda clear 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 with a six per cent interest rate after the first year.

Now Hassan Ibrahim says that two more companies were added on the list at the last moment, while those that had been approved were omitted. He wants the committee to investigate how he was edged out.

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John Bosco Byamugisha, whose company Ahomos Investment limited supplied grain worth USD 3 million says that some companies have been paid more than twice by the government while others are not yet paid. He says there should be adequate investigations into the compensation.

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Another supplier of grain to South Sudan, Kenneth Kamukago says their company has been struggling since they failed to get their payments of about USD 1.7 million.

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The committee chaired by Ann Maria Nankabirwa said they would review the claims and interface with other stakeholders to ascertain what happened.

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