South Sudan seeks loan to pay East African Community membership fees – minister
June 19th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan government is seeking loan so that it pay its Eastern African Community (EAC) membership fees, a senior government official said.
This came weeks after lawmakers representing South Sudan at the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) reported that they risks being kicked out of the regional legislature over unpaid membership obligations.
Speaking to reporters following a cabinet meeting in the capital Juba, information minister Michael Makuei Lueth said the government is borrowing so that it would be able to pay membership fees so that it is not expelled from the regional body.
“We have our own financial crisis and our economic situation is not allowing that to happen -and that’s why we are borrowing to pay for some of these demands,” Makuei said.
“Failure to pay according to the East African Community regulations, your membership can be suspended until you pay the arrears and pay your membership as usual. So it happens everywhere. But efforts are underway to pay all the arrears and the new financial year,” Makuei added.