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Machar urged to pay for car hired by his office in 2016

Author: Alhadi Hawari | Published: Monday, July 12, 2021

First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar arrives at Uganda's State House, Entebbe July 7, 2018. Credit| AFP

A 70-year-old businessman is asking the First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar to help pay over $300,000 for a car hired by his office in 2016.

Ernesto Mali Mongomngo, the Manager of Bright Horizon Trading Company told Eye Radio that Major General Yiey Dak Wei, the Undersecretary National Committee for Finance and Resource Mobilization for the SPLM/A-IO had hired the car for two months.

“To amount…[is] for the purchase of Toyota Lander Cruiser V6 which was hired by his office before the crisis of 2016 [but] he failed to pay the money.”

Mali stated that Gen. Yiey, the SPLA-IO Head of National Security, later signed another contract with his company and bought the car.

He claimed the total amount owed to his company is $330,000 as of 2016.

The amount was supposed to be fully paid within two months after the establishment of the Transitional Government of National Unity.

But following the renewed fighting in 2016, the office of the First Vice President failed to pay the money.

“When Dr. Machar returned to Juba nearly 2 years ago, his office promised to pay us, but they have been dodging to pay,” said Mali.

The businessman accused Major-General Martin Abucha, the office manager of the First Vice President, of frustrating his efforts to get paid.

“This issue has taken long – more than 5 years – because of those within Machar’s office, they are the obstacles – especially his office manager by the name of Major General Martin Abucha,” Mali alleged.

“I’m very much aware,” Major General Martin Abucha confirmed to Eye Radio when asked for a response. “These people have to come to the office.”

But Ernesto Mali’s son, Godfrey Mongomongo said even if they visit the office, Gen. Abucha’s “secretary will tell us that he is not around, he is out of the office.”

The aggrieved family threatened to take the matter to court if Dr. Machar does not intercede.

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