Government is holding consultations with the government of South Sudan to sort out the payment of Ugandan traders in that country.
The Minister of State for Trade, Hon. Michael Werikhe informed Parliament that consultations aimed at having the traders paid monies owed to them, are going on between the two countries.
“As a government, we are committed to protecting our traders. The Prime Minister was in South Sudan to continue with negotiations to ensure that the affected traders are compensated,” he said.
The Minister’s clarification followed complaints raised by Members of Parliament on the plight of Uganda traders who supplied goods and services to the Government of South Sudan from 2011 to 2013 but had not paid to-date.
Hon. Werikhe said that the government would provide a comprehensive report on the outcome of the talks between the two governments, which he would present to the house.
The Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah who chaired the sitting of Parliament on Tuesday, 29th March 2016 wondered whether the government of Uganda on behalf of that of South Sudan would handle the demands by the traders.
“What is this payment about? Is this an extra-gracia payment or are we saying we pay on behalf of the Government of South Sudan?” Oulanyah asked.
The government has also set up a verification committee to determine the genuine traders as the process of handling these negotiations continues.
Members of Parliament have on several occasions raised the matter of non-payment of Ugandan traders in South Sudan.
They want the Government of South Sudan to pay the traders who provided goods and services.