Ugandan business men formerly trading in South Sudan this week petitioned the Speaker of Parliament on the loss of business and finances due to the impounded merchandise in the country.
The petitioners said that their trucks loaded with maize were impounded in South Sudan in 2011, and all efforts to have them returned have been unsuccessful.
“In 2011, the government of South Sudan ordered for maize and our company sent four trailers with the maize. The trailers were impounded by government of South Sudan and were parked at Akon Police post but later disappeared,” said Jaffer Ssenfuka of Bageye Investments Limited.
He said that they had contacted the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Uganda Revenue Authority, and Ugandan Embassy in South Sudan but had not got their trucks.
The traders also wondered why a Parliament resolution to compensate traders, who had lost business in South Sudan had only targeted a few companies leaving out the small ones.
The Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said she would forward the petition to the newly created Select Committee to determine the criteria used to compensate traders that lost business in South Sudan.