General Benon Biraaro, the presidential candidate of the Farmer\'s party of Uganda, has pledged to establish several border markets to serve South Sudan so as to protect Ugandan traders from exploitation. According to Biraaro, several Ugandan traders have been killed, cheated and exploited while transacting business in South Sudan.
He however, says such problems can be addressed by establishing modern markets in Amuru and Lamwo districts to cater for the needs of South Sudan. According to Biraaro, this will stop Ugandans traders from crossing into South Sudan where they are exposed to all forms of exploitation.
Biraaro also told journalists at the Northern Uganda Media Club on Wednesday that he will establish elegant hotels and good roads using his networks to facilitate trade, once he is elected. He argued that this will not only protect the lives of Ugandan traders, but will also raise revenue for government.
He adds that he will develop airports to facilitate regional trade between Uganda, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo among others. Biraaro also said he will maintain the deployment of Uganda People\'s Defense Forces in South Sudan, Somali and other missions, saying the insecurity in those countries directly affects Uganda.
Emily Adoch, a trader in Elegu border market has welcomed Biraaro\'s proposal to establish border markets. According to Adoch, despite the fact that Ugandan traders may not fetch as much money as they do when they operate in South Sudan, their safety will be guaranteed when they operate from home.
Biraaro is expected to address his campaign rallies in Gulu later today.