Ugandan traders protest “illegal fees”

Ugandan traders protest “illegal fees”
A vehicle with goods at a busy market.][Photo, Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperative -Uganda]

A section of Ugandan traders have accused the South Sudan authorities of harassment and ‘illegal levies’ at the cross border trading.

The traders say they are being forced to pay excessive levies on goods from Nimule to Juba.

The traders claim that they are charged between SSP3,000 to SSP5,000 by immigration officials for ‘registration’ yet in July 2021, South Sudan announced an end to visa requirements for nationals from the East African Community visiting the country.

The more than 50 Ugandans on Thursday tabled their grievances at the Immigration office in Juba.

The Director-General of Civil Registry, Nationality, Passports, and Immigration (DCRNPI) Lt. Gen. Atem Marol Biar admitted blamed some foreigners for their failure to comply with the local regulations.

“There is no registration for one month or two months; the registration is given for three months,” he said.

He said the six months work permit is only given to those who are going to stay in the country for one year or more.

He also stated that some of the Ugandans are the ones who refused to go and register.

Biar urged the Ugandan nationals in the country to cooperate with the South Sudanese immigration officers.

Maj Gen Apollo Kasiita in the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Uganda urged Ugandan nationals who are yet to register for a work permit to do.