The Tourism and Trade Committee of parliament is to summon the state Minister of finance, Planning and Economic Development, David Bahati accused of influence peddling in the ongoing compensation process of traders who lost their merchandise in South Sudan following the conflicts in Africa’s youngest nations.
Ugandan government recently agreed to pay its traders Shs360 billion for the goods and services offered to the South Sudan government before the country degenerated into chaos in December 2013.
A section of traders accuse Bahati of using his position to lobby for the compensation of certain companies and individuals.
Patrick Ntege Walusimbi, the chairperson Uganda Traders Association of South Sudan (UTASS) cites ten grain companies, which are set to benefit from the compensation yet they were not on the original list of beneficiaries.
The traders were appearing before the committee yesterday.
However, minister if quoted in the media denying the claims saying he doesn’t own any company operating business in South Sudan.
According to him, the traders are being used to frustrate the compensation process which is going on smoothly.
He said the false accusations will not stop him.