Parliament Summons Ministers Over Delayed Compensation of Traders

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Zaidi Rwatooro, another trader told the committee that their attempts to meet South Sudan officials have been met with threats and frustration.

Parliament wants the Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministers to explain the delayed compensation of Ugandan traders who lost their merchandise during the South Sudan war.
 
It came after traders under their umbrella group, Uganda Traders Association-South Sudan, complained to the budget committee this afternoon about the government reluctance to push for their compensation.
 
The traders are demanding for compensation to the tune of Shs. 57 billion. Patrick Walusimbi, the chairman Uganda Traders Association-South Sudan noted that their efforts to engage the two ministries and the South Sudan government have been futile.
 
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Zaidi Rwatooro, another trader told the committee that their attempts to meet South Sudan officials have been met with threats and frustration.
 
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Early last year, Amelia Kyambadde, the Trade Minister brokered talks between the South Sudan government and South Sudan Traders Association Limited, which is claiming Shs. 141 billion in compensation.
 
A Trade Dispute Arbitration Committee was set up to review and verify the claims, which were endorsed by Kyambadde. However, legislators on the committee wondered why government has failed to make good its promise to follow up the matter.
 
Col. Fred Mwesigye, the Nyabushozi county MP said Kenya paid its traders who were in the same predicament and compelled the South Sudan government to pay it in return. He wondered why Uganda is reluctant to do the same.
 
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Fox Odoi, the West Budama North MP echoed the same message saying government should compensate the traders, because of most of them are choking in debt, while others have since sold off their property to clear bank loans.
 
But Patrick Amuriat, the Kumi County MP said a thorough verification of the claims should be carried out before any money is paid out.

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Wamakuyu Mudimi, the Budget Committee says they will summon the Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministers to shed more light on the matter.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.