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Uganda to clear $14m debt South Sudan owes its traders


April 3, 2018 (KAMPALA) – Uganda’s parliament has recommended that its government pays outstanding arrears amounting to $41m (Shs150 billion) to 10 Ugandan companies that supplied maize and sorghum to the government of South Sudan, Daily Monitor reported.

Traders move their cattle through Nimule on 3 November 2013 after crossing into South Sudan from Elegu, Uganda (ST)

Under the Uganda South Sudan Grain Traders and Suppliers Association Ltd, 10 Ugandan companies reportedly supplied maize and sorghum to 10 South Sudan states under the Strategic Grain Reserves Suppliers for $56m (Shs205 billion) between 2008-2010.

However, although the money, under the agreement, was to be paid in five instalments, South Sudan government only paid the first instalment of $15m (Shss55 billion), leaving a debt of $41m (Shs150b).

A civil war broke out in the young nation in December 2013 killing tens of thousands of people and displacing over 2 million civilians.

On Tuesday, however, Parliament’s Committee on National Economy, recommended that government of Uganda pays the balance of $41m (Shs150 billion) to traders who have been verified under their association, on behalf of the South Sudan government.

South Sudan is expected to pay back the money it owes Uganda based on a repayment schedule agreed upon between the two governments in a five-year bilateral agreement running from 2018-2022.

Meanwhile, the Aringa North county lawmaker, Godfrey Onzima questioned the methodology used in the verification process by the ministry and warned that paying only 10 firms would not be of help.

“Government should look for money to pay all the traders because they all made loses,” he told Daily Monitor Tuesday.

In response, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda said the payments will have to be “phased” because of the critical verification process.

“We must deal with this matter comprehensively but in a phased manner because verification is very important. Therefore, all those companies that were verified by both the Uganda government and South Sudan will be paid. Eventually, the South Sudan government will reimburse,” Rugunda told the Kampala-based English daily.


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  • 4 April 2018 10:56, by Midit Mitot

    Wulululul Uganda---South Sudan deal,

    Your debt was not about Maize and Sorghum, it was about Artilaries, UPDF that fought IO in 2014, fork telling the truth.

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    • 4 April 2018 11:00, by Midit Mitot

      South Sudan—Uganda rotten deal is almost collapsed, those debt all would be clear out unless freedom fighters come in, otherwise chaos are within your fool deal.

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    • 4 April 2018 15:08, by Nyesi Ta

      Uganda must pay bills for the unproductive leadership of Kiir Al Awiir savages. The Jenge leadership of the unfit president who know how to swallow but do not know how to produce anything. Without shame, they think they own everything before them including Uganda, your country. See how they behave in Uganda without shame. Their claim that they are born to rule has exposed their bad leadership.

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  • 4 April 2018 11:03, by Rumbek S. Sudan

    Any payment of such amount has south Sudanese senior officials attached. We met the former ambassador to Uganda when we were studying in Uganda who told us any payment done in the names of Ugandan companies has South Sudanese behind them. I remember number of payments done before to these companies, 40 million dollars was paid in 2010 and 41 million dollars was paid 2012 during elections in Uganda

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  • 4 April 2018 11:34, by jubaone

    These are the very worthless jienge companies that were behind the $3.2b Dura Saga. Money-loving Ugandans, jienge hirelings and bastards found a way to siphon off money that would be used for SS development. We have fertile lands, water and could grow our food, but lazy and worthless jienges prefer buying onions, tomatoes, dura and maize from Uganda.

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    • 4 April 2018 11:54, by Midit Mitot


      We are really suffering from Warrap and Awiel of Barel-gazal leadership, in my life, I never seen any government murdering it,s own citizens, robbing them, raping them, burning them alive, grabbing their land and diverting their public resources, only JCE leadership is doing such a things in the whole World, anyway, we have already known their failure.

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  • 4 April 2018 11:58, by Kush Natives

    Those things that Riek Machar run out of the country, so he shouldn’t be part of such responsibilities. Once still wondering, what kind of leadership rebels are talking about, when it comes to Riek Machar? Let’s all be clear, all those rebels were part of such agreements before they relocated into the jungles!

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    • 4 April 2018 12:03, by Kush Natives

      Rumbek, Jubaone, Eastern and Midiit, don’t act like it’s started with Salva Kiir, Riek Machar was a part of the process, better signs this shitthole peace agreement, so that pay that debt once. Otherwise.

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      • 4 April 2018 12:29, by jubaone

        Bush Natives,
        When it comes to feasting and eating, jienges are first, but when it comes to blaming and accusations, they jump off. Yes, Riak was part of this shit, but the jienges have made it a real shithole now. 95% of all briefcase companies involved in the $3.2b dura scam were jienge-owned. Even then in 2009-2010, people were dying of hunger in Aweil and Gokrial.

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      • 4 April 2018 20:54, by Eastern

        Kush Natives,

        There’s no signing of any agreement that would involve Kiir and Dr. Machar! the TWO CANNOT WORK TOGETHER and hence South Sudan MUST move on WITHOUT THEM!

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  • 4 April 2018 14:51, by John Wetjunub

    OMG we are in dilemma if at all another nation is paying on our behave. what a Nation !

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  • 5 April 2018 02:07, by garrak1520

    South Sudan owes $$$ to South Sudanese traders, and other foreign traders beside Ugandans, so what is the outcome for those traders. When will they be paid since Kiir and cronies have eaten $$$ from the oil revenues

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