• No_Ads
Business
Revenue slumps at Uganda-S. Sudan borderPublish Date: Jan 04, 2014
Revenue slumps at Uganda-S. Sudan border
  • mail
  • img
Locals at a currency-changing centre at Elegu. PHOTO/Dennis Ojwee
newvision

By Dennis Ojwee

AMURU - The daily average revenue collection of about sh3.6m that Uganda used to realize through the Elegu border in Amuru district is now cut to about sh1.5m due to the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.

Before the fighting across the border, between 200 and 500 trucks plied the Gulu-Elegu-Nimule-Juba road, but ever since the conflict was sparked off, that flow has reduced to less than 20 trucks daily.

Over 1,000 people have been reported killed in the fighting.

The fighting started when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of attempting a coup in the world’s newest nation.

Despite Kiir earlier saying he would not agree to any power-sharing agreement with Machar, the two warring parties are set for direct ceasefire talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Many countries, including Uganda, Kenya and the US have pulled their nationals out of the oil-rich nation.

Hundreds of South Sudanese nationals have fled their country and have sought refuge in neighbouring Uganda, Sudan and other countries.

The head of customs at Elegu border, Paul Walukyesi explains that the before the security situation worsened in Juba, Uganda earned revenue from the trucks’ movements through roll tolls and other local exports.

“Elegu is our major exit immigration station to South Sudan. It handles majorly transit goods from Uganda and abroad. It also handles local exports, where at least over 200 trucks pass through the station on a daily basis,” he says.

Ugandan traders export foodstuffs and agricultural products like maize flour, sweet potatoes, cabbages and onions, and many more everyday through the Elegu border point.

The customs official said before the conflict erupted, about 50 vehicles or trucks were commuting daily to export fresh farm products in Juba.

But now the fighting has significantly affected that movement.

“A few Ugandan traders used to benefit from Supermatch cigarettes. The only unfortunate thing is that the cigarettes are smuggled into Uganda because they are in a small-scale,” said Walukyesi.

Meanwhile, the current situation at Elegu has made the border market very expensive to both the locals and travelers.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Sponsors visit nominees for best farmers award
With the use of simple innovations, one can practise farming in the smallest of spaces. This was the general consensus after the sponsors of the national best farmer’s competition visited two of the farmers in the contest....
Tobacco industry cautions on new legislation
The tobacco industry leaders in Uganda have expressed concern about the new legislation to regulate the industry saying it might suffocate tobacco farming and investments in the country....
MPs want more money for research and innovation
The Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI) boss Prof. Charles Kwesiga has appealed to the executive and parliament to allocate his agency a one off additional sh28b to enable it execute its mandate of catalyzing industrialization, value addition and entrepreneurship in the country....
Apple splitting stock as iPhone sales soar
Apple shares jumped more than seven percent in after-market trade following the release of January-March earnings figures....
Karuma dam facing shortage of skilled manpower
The contractor of the long-awaited Karuma hydropower dam has said the project is lacking electricians and skilled manpower to operate machines....
UTODA, consultant in sh157m row
A row has erupted between Uganda Taxi Operators and Drivers Association (UTODA) and a consultant who is demanding sh157m as unpaid fees....
WIll the national ID registration process be completed in the scheduled 4 months timeframe?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter