Mbidde: Gov’t Must Sign Joint Trade Protocol With S. Sudan

more about geneva; font-size: small;”>Addressing the press at the party headquarters at City House in Kampala on Tuesday, dosage the EALA legal committee member and DP legal adviser, Fred Mukasa Mbidde said the lack of clear arrangements between the two neighbors has rendered many Ugandans working in South Sudan to work under poor conditions.

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Mbidde said DP has received a petition from traders involved in cross border trade between Uganda and South Sudan, accusing officials in Juba of fundamental human rights violations.

“Other traders have had contracts for supply of substantive commodities and goods unpaid for and we have decided to make this an issue of concern to the East African Community.”

Mbidde said the committee on Regional and Conflict Resolution of the EALA has taken up the matter and it’s considering refusal to South Sudan’s request to join the East African Community.

South Sudan is currently in an observer status.

Ugandan traders have in recent past reported increased cases of human rights violations by individual businessmen and government officials.

Some have been shot dead inside South Sudan.

Mbidde said the government of South Sudan must come out and answer for nonpayment of traders’ services valued in billions of shillings.

“The government of South Sudan must show its willingness in respecting the common market protocol that they are heading for within the East African Community region,” said Mbidde.

“South Sudan must be in position to pay back all the loans and all that is due to all the traders that have traded with the government and substantially with SPLA,” he added.


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