Company sues state government over unpaid dues

By Bida Elly David

The managing director for Trans Africa partners Co. Limited has said that his company has opened a case against the government of Upper Nile State following unpaid dues for the installation of CCTV and supplies to various ministries since 2011.

Speaking to No.1 Citizen Daily Newspaper yesterday, Amfry Agana the managing director of the company said that Upper Nile State government contracted them in 2011 in a bid to execute a twenty one (21) days contract in which they did.

Amfri reiterated that the basis of the unpaid dues for the project was One Hundred Sixteen Thousand, Six Hundred and Forty-Six United States dollars ($116,646.25) excluding the increased interest rate upon violation of the Breach of contract.

He said that the government had been responding very well towards other payments for the execution of the projects but later was interrupted by 2013 war leaving them to pause paying the money up to date.

Amfri pointed out that they were supposed to have four court hearings with the government but the defendants defied two court hearings and attended two.

Rev. Amfri echoed that they will undergo the last court hearing on the 28th December 2022, where the court jury will make their final judgment on the victory of one party.

Furthermore, Amfri registered a number of medical issues he faced amid Malakal crisis following a call by the defunct government to collect his dues.

“We happened to enter a contract with Malakal on the 12-August-2011 for CCTV Installation and supplies to various ministries and Governor’s office including the ministry of finance. Our contract specified properly that I was supposed to be given twenty one days to hand over the project at that time of which I did. The conflict of interest came in when the war broke. I gave them time and from 2013, there was more improvement in-terms of payment but things changed” he said.

Amfri added that they had written several letters to the current governor to ensure proper mediation for the matter to be resolved amicably instead of court but they turned deaf ears onto the call.

Furthermore, Amfri reiterated that due to the passive response from the governor’s office to the letter, he had decided to open a case against them but they failed to the seating twice.

He termed the act of the government as negligence since they couldn’t respect the terms reached with their service providers.

“We have given the government enough time but since they have refused to adhere to our demand, the court should be the one to judge against the matter since they are. I have gone through medical problems during Malakal war. I went through colon surgery where I had to sell my own piece of land to treat myself” he said.

However, efforts to reach the Upper Nile State’s legal advisor and the governor for further clarification were unsuccessful.

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