Government records show that 14 Ugandans were killed in South Sudan between May and August 2021. They include; Ali Mark Sony, Amati Stephen, Dada Abugo, Sadam Andama, Katongole Hussein, Abdu Makanga, Kuraish Mutebi, Sembusi Kato and Amono Anna Clara, among others.
According to Oyet, Ugandans along the Uganda-South Sudan border in Northern region have continued suffering violence at the hands of South Sudanese nationals yet government has done nothing to address the problem.
The Transitional Government of South Sudan faces tough times as revenue from oil continues to fall due to the ongoing fighting. It now plans to seek other sources of revenue to help revive the sinking economy.
Asante Aviation, a chartered light aircraft that was plying the route is fighting to keep its fleet, as creditors, Stanbic Bank attached one of their aircraft's. Filings in the commercial court indicate that revenue streams for the company, slumped as soon as the war broke out.
South Sudan is Ugandaâ€™s single largest export market, with exports valued at over Ugx 600 billion in 2013. However, trade has been disrupted since December 2013 when political disagreements led by two rival factions escalated to a full blown war that has dragged on since.
In 2012 alone, exports to Sudan were estimated Shillings one trillion, of which three quarters are to South Sudan. This figure is up from Shillings 981 billion in 2011. Most exports to South Sudan include re-exported cosmetics, vegetables, eggs and construction materials like cement and iron sheets among others.
The Committee was directed by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga to make an inquiry into reports of exploitation and harassment of Ugandan traders in South Sudan following a petition by Buikwe North MP Onyango Kakoba
Under their umbrella body South Sudan Motorcycle Bodaboda Association (SSMBA), the Ugandan cyclists have been riding in groups from Juba to Kampala, a distance that is more than 600 kilometres. Last week Aleu Ayeny Aleu, the South Sudan Interior minister, issued a directive banning foreigners from involvement in the boda boda business. Aleu claimed that the move was to curb increasing criminal acts committed by many foreigners hiding in the business.