Kasaija who appeared in Parliament at 11;00 am to meet with Kadaga and Isimba Dam contractors was also sighted at lunch time in Parliament but was not present for plenary sessions which kicked of at 3;00pm.
The Minister of Finance Matia Kasaija has again skipped attendance of plenary sessions where he is
meant to answer questions over delayed payment of South Sudan traders.
Kasaija who appeared in Parliament at 11;00 am to meet with
Kadaga and Isimba Dam contractors was also sighted at lunch time in Parliament
but was not present for plenary sessions which kicked of at 3;00pm.
According to the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, the
Minister of Finance has kept the issues of South Sudan traders' payment for over two
months now on the order paper and tomorrow he should appear at all costs.
This is not the first time the finance Minister is a no show
to attend plenary and answer to questions of payment of South Sudan traders. In
June Parliament accused the Ministry of Finance of avoiding
to pay off Ugandan traders who supplied goods to South Sudan.
initially said that no business of the Ministry of finance will be processed until
the matter of payment of South Sudan traders had been dealt with.
Haruna Kasolo, the State Minister in charge of
Microfinance promised to ensure that the
Minister of Finance attends plenary and answers to the question of payment of
Muyanja Johnson Ssenyonga, the MP Mukono South however
questioned why the Minister was present in Parliament but decided to dodge to
come to the house.
Cue in: “Can you confirm…
Cue out:…together in the canteen”//
Last year in May, Parliament approved 900 Billion shillings
for traders that supplied goods and services to the South Sudan government
between 2008 and 2010. The traders were not paid following the outbreak of the
conflict in 2013.
In 2010, South Sudan and Uganda entered into a mutual
agreement which ensured that Uganda clears the debt and treats it as a loan to
the government of South Sudan. The money will be paid back within five to 10
years at a six per cent interest rate after the first year.
However since 2019, despite Parliament appropriating money,
the Ministry of Finance has been hesitant to release the funds. The MOU
initially signed between the Government and that of South Sudan covers 10
companies namely Rubya Investments, Kibungo Enterprises, Aponye (U)
Limited, Afro Kai Ltd, Swift Commodities Establishment Ltd, Sunrise
Commodities, Ms Sophie Omari, Apo General Agencies, Ropani International and
These companies have already been given at least 41 billion
shillings. However, the companies are now 82 in total.