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Trade Committee, Minister Kasaija Renew Hope for South Sudan Claimants

Jimmy Muhumuza

Parliament 

 The minister of finance Matia Kasaija has committed to ferry all Ugandans traders who lost property in South Sudan War to Juba to claim their compensation.

Kasaija who was appearing before the parliamentary committee of Trade and Tourism give an update on the long-standing compensation claims by Ugandan Traders and noted that they only verified three out of the 160 claimants.

Appearing before the parliament’s committee of Trade and Tourism, Finance Minister Matia Kasaija told MPs noted that the cabinet subcommittee which was appointed to handle the matter concluded consultations and only awaits cabinet guidance.

The Chairperson of Trade , Industry and Tourism Committee Hon. Mwine Mpaka with other members during a press Conference at parliament

Notably, only three claimants were verified by the verification process which was conducted by Ernest & Young. These include Adroit Consult International which claims Shs1.08bn, Dott Services Limited Shs7.4bn, and Roko Construction Limited of 17.1bn.

This is out of 160 claimants who underwent an independent verification process with claims amounting to Shs1.531 trillion. Meanwhile has paid Shs155bn to 10 companies. Therefore, Kasaija pledged before to carry the unverified claimant to the minister of finance of the government of South Sudan to make their case.

However, committee members questioned how the first 10 companies were paid without first undergoing a verification process and the criteria that were used to categorize the claimants.

Meanwhile, Minister Kasaija announced that the government of Uganda has already submitted a claim to the government of South Sudan to pay back the Shs155bn that the government spent on compensation of the first 10 claimants.

In May 2019, the 10th Parliament approved 900 billion Shillings to compensate 33 companies, which supplied goods and services to the Government of South Sudan between 2008 and 2010 but only 10 companies were compensated

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