Uganda & South Sudan Governments in talks to pay Ugandan traders

parliamentKAMPALA – Ugandan government organizes discussions with the Government of South Sudan to deal with the payment of Ugandan traders in that nation.

The Honorable Micheal Werikhe, Minister of State for Trade informed Parliament that the consultations aimed at having the Uganda traders paid the sums owed to them, are going ahead between the two nations.

“As a government, we focus to protect our merchants. The Prime Minister visited South Sudan to proceed with the negotiations to guarantee that the affected merchants are compensated,” he said.

The elucidation of the Minister followed the grievances raised by members of Parliament on the situation of Ugandan traders who have supplied products to the Government of South Sudan 2011-2013 however had not paid to date.

Hon. Werikhe said the government would give a full report on the outcome of negotiations between the two governments, which he would present at home.

Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, Deputy Speaker of parliament who led the parliamentary session Tuesday, March 29, 2016 pondered whether the requests by the traders of would be taken care of by the government of Uganda for that of South Sudan.

“What is this payment? Is it a payment of additional gracia payment or are we saying that we pay on behalf of the Government of South Sudan?” Oulanyah asked.

The government has likewise set up a verification committee to determine the genuine traders as the process of these negotiations proceeds.

Members of Parliament have a few events have raised the issue of non-payment of Ugandan traders in Southern Sudan. They need the government of South Sudan to pay merchants who provided products and services.