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South Sudan kick starts verification of Uganda traders

Ms. Ann Maria Nankabirwa presenting a list of traders to South Sudan’s Minister of Finance and Planning, Salvatore Garang. (COURTESY PHOTO)

JUBA – The Government of South Sudan (GoSS) has established a committee to verify the authenticity of Ugandan traders, claiming compensation for supplying goods to South Sudan before and after the 2013 civil war.

This was revealed by South Sudan’s Deputy Minister of Finance and Planning, Goc Makauc Mayol, on Monday, May 6, 2019, during a meeting with Ugandan Members of Parliament.

“Our direction is now clear, the 3 ministries have agreed to form a committee to look into issues of traders, Ministry of Defence has already submitted its representatives, and ours will be ready today,” said Makauc

Makauc added that “the committee we have formed will sit, strategize and call you [MPs] up with possible queries. Whatever the committee will come up with, will be brought to the attention of the 3 ministries to take a decision”

The South Sudan based verification committee is a 5 man committee comprised of officials from the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs and Ministry of Trade, Industry and East African Affairs.

Ugandan legislators implored the verification committee to fast track the process for traders who fall into Category A. These are the traders who claim to have been at the level of payment; some had received cheques that bounced, others had bank guarantees that failed, while some received part payment from Government of South Sudan.

“Our humble prayer and request is that you check out faster those whose claims had reached the level of payment so that we guide Government of Uganda accordingly” Ann Maria Nankabirwa; chairperson of the Select Committee investigating traders’ compensation.

MPs with some verification committee members. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Nankabirwa noted that the verification committee will, however, require ample time to thoroughly assess, the documents of other traders who supplied different government agencies.

“We agree that with traders who signed contracts with Ministry of Defence and other government agencies, your committee needs time to do thorough checks”

The Ugandan team supplied the verification committee with documents of claimants approved by Uganda’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives.

The Committee hopes to obtain the verified lists in order for Parliament to appropriate traders’ claims in the 2019/2010.

“Our concern as a committee is that we get the final list that will be submitted to the Government of Uganda so that Parliament uses the committee report to appropriate funds for the payment of traders” Soroti Municipality Mp, Herbert Edmund Ariko.

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