MPs task govt over S.Sudan expulsion

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Parliament has given the government up to Tuesday to clarify on the ultimatum issued by the government of South Sudan stopping all foreign nationals from working in that country effective October 15.
The same date has also been set for the government to shed light on the ongoing Moyo–South Sudan border conflict.
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr Jacob Oulanyah, while presiding over yesterday’s stormy plenary session asked the government to present a statement on what is happening and whether the ban applies to the Ugandan troops deployed in South Sudan.

Serere District Woman MP Alice Alaso brought the matter to the attention of Parliament during debate on the Moyo border conflict. She asked why Uganda was being passionate about South Sudan to the extent of sending troops to protect its people yet that country’s government was being inconsiderate to Ugandans.
“First it was the Ugandan businessmen losing their property there and shortly after they came back was the issue of expelling our boda-boda people from there. This is a country that has applied to join the East African Community and a country that our sons are dying to protect. We are also harbouring them in our refugee camps. Is this how they are rewarding us?” Asked Ms Alaso, adding that it is high time the government here declared them hostile neighbours.

Ms Alaso was supported by several MPs, all of whom suggested that Uganda withdraws all its favours from South Sudan.
However, Prime Minster Amama Mbabazi indicated in a preliminary response that the government was sending a delegation led by his deputy, Gen Moses Ali, to talk to the leadership in South Sudan.
On the expulsion of the foreigners, Mr Mbabazi said the matter was still speculative until the government of South Sudan communicates its decision formally to Uganda.

mnalugo@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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