Arusha, 7 July 2020; Juba is under pressure and facing to be expelled out within days from East African Community due to failure to remit its annual membership fee. Last month South Sudan was sanctioned and given a red flag by African Union for having not remitted its membership and Peace and Security fees to the body.
Now again the world's youngest nation its economy has collapsed due to the civil war is yet facing an unforeseeable future and it has risked losing her membership from the regional trading bloc of East African community/ The diplomatic woes started when Juba failed to pay the accumulating annual fees since 2016-2020-2021.
The country risks expulsion from the EAC because it has defaulted over membership dues.
In an exclusive telephone conversation, from Arusha, Tanzania, South Sudan's lawmaker representing South Sudan who asked for his identity to be concealed told SSLN, that EAC’s Assembly recently voted to expel South Sudan and Burundi unless the two countries remit their outstanding membership fees as required by the EAC.
He said a final decision on the issue to expel South Sudan will be taken by leaders of the member states in the next meeting.
The East African Community bloc comprises of Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, and South Sudan.
Each member state of EAC is supposed to pay $8million a year in dues. South Sudan has not paid for four years which accumulated up to over U$35million.
It is the second such headache the dysfunction Juba government is facing in less than three weeks, first, Juba diplomats to Ethiopia and Africa Union were expelled from attending official AU meeting, a situation later described by Juba's Ambassador to Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and AU, Ambassador James Morgan. " it was Dramatic and Embarrassing at the scene"
Last year lawmakers from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania called for the expulsion of South Sudan from EAC, " today we have opened our door for South Sudan but tomorrow when we go to South Sudan, they will close their door for us," said Tanzania lawmaker.