Juba, October 5, 2019 (SSNA) — The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has condemned South Sudan and threatened to impose sanctions if the young nation continues refusing to pay its dues.
The EALA, a legislative body of the East African Community(EAC), says they have been patiently for years thinking South Sudan will respect international treaties it signed when joining the bloc.
In a video circulated on Facebook and seen by the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA), representatives of member states at the EALA harshly criticized South Sudan, with some labeling the young nation as “not ready” to be part of the community.
“Today we eat from the house of Mr. Tanzania, tomorrow Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda. When we go to South Sudan, they close their doors and say we are not around,” a visibly furious Tanzanian representative to EALA Fancy Haji Nkuhi says.
One Uganda representative asserts that South Sudanese body language shows they are not ready. Another Ugandan representative asks what else the East African Community should do to make sure South Sudan is onboard and follows rules.
South Sudan now owes $27.6 million dollars to the East African Community. Its representatives to the bloc can bee seen in the video begging EALA members to give South Sudan until the end of this month.
You may watch the video by clicking this link.
The East African Community is made up of Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic republic of Congo (DRC), Uganda, and South Sudan.