By Namugerwa Martha
Minister of trade, association and cooperatives Amelia Kyambadde has said that no payment is going to be made to any company or trader until all traders who supplied goods and services to the government of South Sudan are verified.
Kyambadde made this statement following the traders outcry led by one Ms Joan Akello in which they demanded for equality in the impending payment process which the Ministry of Finance plans to first pay off only ten companies out of the thirty two verified ones with a reported amount of Shs 150 billion.
“The ministry will write to the ministries of Finance and Foreign Affairs to avail a report of confirmed traders to be catered for,” Kyambadde said.
She added that they will also write to the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga to halt the process regarding the matter concerning the 10 companies which are allegedly lined up to be paid who are also owned by four persons who are conspiring with the ministry of finance officials.
“We cannot run away from you traders when they have unfinished business. Ten years of suffering is too much for one’s business to be affected. We are going to do our part to ensure that all the processes are properly done,” kyambadde added.
In a March 22, 2016 letter, President Museveni directed the Finance minister to study how government could raise money to rescue the business persons who supplied goods to South Sudan.