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Attorney General Assures South Sudan Traders of Payment

Asked by Nankabirwa whether the unpaid 23 companies that were also approved by parliament still stand a chance, Byaruhanga noted if the all money guaranteed by South Sudan was available in the Treasury, there would be no reason for not paying the remaining companies.
Attorney General William Byaruhanga appearing before a Select Committee of Parliament.

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The Attorney General William Byaruhanga has assured traders who supplied goods to South Sudan, of payment.

Byaruhanga was on Thursday appearing before a Select Committee of Parliament probing the South Sudan payments. 

Byaruhanga appeared together with lawyer John Bosco Suuza, the Acting Commissioner Contracts and Negotiations in the Attorney General’s Chambers.  

The investigation by the select committee chaired by Kyankwanzi Woman MP Ann Maria Nankabirwa follows payment of 40 billion Shillings to only 10 Ugandan Companies by the Finance Ministry contrary to a 3rd April 2018  Parliamentary Resolution in which a bilateral agreement between South Sudan and Uganda was approved. 

The Parliamentary Resolution indicated payment of 33 Companies.

However, Parliament learnt that the Finance Ministry paid the entire 40 billion to Uganda-South Sudan grain traders, an association of only 10 traders.

Byaruhanga told the committee how his insistence on a sovereign guarantee had caused an impasse during a meeting in South Sudan. 

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Asked by Nankabirwa whether the unpaid 23 companies that were also approved by parliament still stand a chance, Byaruhanga noted if the all money guaranteed by South Sudan was available in the Treasury, there would be no reason for not paying the remaining companies.

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Byaruhanga’s statement is a shift from what the State Minister of Finance in Charge of Planning, David Bahati told the committee on Wednesday. He said that the 23 Ugandan traders could only be paid after confirmation from the Government of South Sudan and issuance of another sovereign guarantee.

Bahati also revealed that the government will next month send a delegation to South Sudan with a document of all claimants besides the 10 companies seeking compensation with a view of coming up with a solution.     

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