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March 22, 2011 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s cabinet has approved some of the proposed sovereignty symbols for the region, including the name of the would-be independent state, its flag, national anthem and its new currency, after long deliberations.

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The SPLA Music Band practicing the South Sudan National Anthem in Juba (Photo: Lomayat)

In an extraordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers on Tuesday chaired by the region’s Vice President, Riek Machar Teny, the cabinet confirmed that the Republic of South Sudan, abbreviated as RoSS, would be the name of the country when it becomes independent in July. The name was initially approved last month during a meeting with participation of leaders from various political parties which included members of the executive.

The current flag of the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS), which was borrowed from the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) since 2005, was also approved by the cabinet to remain the flag for the independent country.

South Sudan gained a high degree of autonomy from Khartoum in a 2005 peace deal, which also granted the region to right to self determination in a referendum. The vote, which took place in January saw an overwhelmingly result in favour of secession from the north.

The cabinet also approved the proposed national anthem in its current form, without amendments after it received approval last week by the Southern Sudan 2011 Taskforce - a group set up to prepare the region for independence.

Minister of information and official spokesman of the government, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, said the cabinet would now refer the issues to the parliament for further deliberations and final endorsement.

The cabinet also approved the name of the new country’s currency, which is to be called the South Sudan Pound. Discussions on its design were deferred for next meeting when a sample design can be made available to the cabinet for reference by the minister of finance and economic planning, David Deng Athorbei.

Citizens who spoke to Sudan Tribune expressed their reactions on the proposed features in the design of the new currency.

While it was suggested by members of the committee working on the design of the currency that the face of the first chairman of the SPLM, the late John Garang de Mabior, should appear on the face of the note of the currency, others from the public say it should instead be the current President of the Government of Southern Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, who will become the first President of the Republic of South Sudan 9 July 2011 that should have his face featuring on the currency.

Some others argued that the first politicians and leaders in South Sudan who initiated the southern struggle in 1947 should instead be the ones deserving the honour of appearing on the currency.

However, the majority of citizens in the public who spoke to Sudan Tribune said they rejected using the faces of individual leaders, whether past or present and preferred only historical or cultural symbols to be printed on both sides of the notes of the proposed currency.

“Why go for faces of individual leaders in the nation’s currency?” asked a student of the University of Juba, who wanted to remain anonymous.

“Historical symbols, cultural heritages and sources of our livelihood plus our beautiful rivers, mountains and forests are the common symbols that unite us as the people of South Sudan and should be the only ones featuring in the currency,” argued Thomas Laku, who works as an official in the government.

“Faces of individual leaders are not stable choices also because they would every time be subjected to replacements with new faces, depending on who comes to power and wants his or her face inserted in the currency,” he further argued.

The future of the Sudanese Pound, and what will happen in the transition before the new currency comes into circulation, is one of the issues that still need to be resolved in negotiations between Juba and Khartoum ahead of the South’s independence in July.

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  • 23 March 2011 07:13, by Historical Boy!

    South Sudanese,

    Some of our officials should avoid putting short term personal gains first when assigned to important decision-making activity.

    And please avoid developing a secretive society as you seem to be putting the public in darkness while deciding on such an important issue which concerns them.

    It is not wise to put images of individual leaders in the nation’s currency. Our officials should maintain wisdom and avoid issues that do not bring unity among southerners.

    I agree that common symbols that we find our pride in such as cultural, historical or beauty of our landscape should be the ones distributed to all the notes of the currency. There should be no any leaders’ image in the currency except an ordinary person’s face representing a certain common cultural heritage.

    Putting this leader’s face today and another leader’s face tomorrow will bring us instable and costly currency.

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    • 23 March 2011 07:29, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

      Gatwech aka histor boy
      You can be jealous brother but this is how it work.
      John Garang is your God follow by Kiir mayardit
      And that is what i have been tell you that you are in the shadow of some body.
      ahahahahahahahahahahah Goss of south sudan is in right truck thank God

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      • 23 March 2011 07:44, by Nyachebe

        During the struggle time in the bush, new recruits and even commanders survived from eating palm tree’s fruits at Bilpam –Ethiopia border town hosted our movement since Anya-nya 2 up to SPLM inception. Therefore, using branches, leaves or fruits of this tree on one of the notes could make history sweet.

        When Dr. John Garang was brought a juice mixed from these fruits by Chigai Atem’s wife, he complimented seriously on it, and said; people of Bilpam don’t even need a ration from Itang refugee camp.

        South Sudan Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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        • 23 March 2011 08:15, by Bol Deng

          Whether you like it or not you will accept the mission and i do not know whether you will not used that notes when you see our great leader on the notes. Better keep quite and go will the follows. thanks

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          • 24 March 2011 00:19, by Jay

            All the great nations of the world have their national leaders on their currencies, any leader in south Sudan who the history deserves his or her face to be on the currency ought to be.

            The question is; are those who opposed to this idea ashamed because they don’t have the leaders who deserve to be honor in the national currencies?

            If you were that dense that your parents never gave you an awards, then stay dense the way you’re.

            John Garang lost his life fighting for everyone and if it wasn’t for that, he would be alive now in a luxury home in any western nation just like others who don’t deserve to be honor.

            So any leader who earned the respect of this nation should have it, not just Dr. John Garang

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            • 24 March 2011 06:54, by Historical Boy!

              Garang did not die in front line!

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      • 23 March 2011 07:50, by Quol Quot

        Gatwech (History Girl)

        Gat Machar = Gat Nyagat. No, respect for him regardless of what position he will have. Hoth Mai will run for presidency the day Riek will run for presidency and we will see who will win.

        Nyagateens are honored and are running the system in South Sudan and they are still complaining.

        Garang’s face will be there on the notes, No nyagat’s face will be on there. if want to go back to nyagatisms , go anytime you want.

        You always claim that you were working for independence of S. South Sudan. How? How can you work for S. Sudan independence when you are in Khartoum with Arabs Girl?

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        • 23 March 2011 08:36, by Nyachebe

          Dinka Dominated SPLA and Quol Quote;

          It’s clear that what people said in South Sudan that Dinka children don’t have respect for their parents is true, but sad of this part is that these children can even insult their own parents, run a way from them in their earlier ages, their boys ended up with Arabs in the north doing shiity things and become part of enslavement; while their young girls ended up in the north with Arab-masters doing prostitutions.

          So, seeing you here in this forum calling names, and insulting and using coarse languages on Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon is not strange for other tribes of South Sudan to hear. They know who Dinka are, their culture and way of bringing themselves up through greedy, and being thieves.

          It’s just because of Dr. Riek’s good heart, he could order all the Nuers in uniforms from the SPLA all divisions, he could order all Nuers of George Athor including Athor himself, he could order all the Nuers of fearless Tanginya, all the Nuers of Gatluak Gai and Yua Yua to turn their guns on stinky Dinka mouths and dislodge them from their power in one night. ARE you ready for this? Don’t beg for it; just be nice to your future leader. Please don’t push Nuer thus far; you know how they react, when enough is enough.

          But since Riek was brought up through good Nuer culture of respect, patriotism, and good hearts to think beyond personal gain, Dr. Machar is doing all the best he could for the benefit of the upcoming generations, and that was why he disagreed with Dr. Lam in 1991 when Dr. La, was looking for a full swept out of SPLA, but Dr. Riek said no civilians are getting killed more than SPLA army. Why not appreciated your savoir; instead of dragging your dirty memories?

          Dinka learn and listen through asses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          When will Dinka appreciate him, may be not now, but gradually even the trees in the jungle will one day, one time knelt down in front of this man! And said; all you (Dr. Riek) were doing are right, so that our roots have now even get good soil and sufficient water to hold on to and supply our growth.

          South Sudan Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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          • 23 March 2011 10:07, by mack waweru

            Dear Nyacebe,
            You were trying to rebuke your fellow brothers, Dinka Dominated SPLA and Quote Quote for the lack of respect they directed towards Dr.Riek, but you became worse than them by insulting the whole tribe, including children, girls and even mothers. These two guys are individuals who insulted an individual leader.
            Dr. Riek as a national figure is liable to criticism but not in the way our brothers above demonstrate it. You cannot generalize the whole Dinka people to what you said brother otherwise we would not be here in the south with you if we were slaves and prostitutes of the Arabs.
            In contrast, no difference between you and the two gentlemen above.

            Mack

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          • 23 March 2011 10:58, by Mapuor

            The South will begin to develop faster now,living standard will improve drastically.Lets now forget about the past.It was bitter,tracherous & extremely unpatriotic,leaving your brothers at war or evening joining the enemy & fight against your own brother is extremely bad.Nuers scored zero in the struggle,Nuba fought bravely for the freedom of the South & now their freedom seems to have been forgotten.With regards to who should come after Salva Kiir,we need a clean person not a murderer,adulterer,tribalist,illiterate or coward,God will give us a strong leader.

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          • 23 March 2011 12:27, by Boldit

            Dinka Dominated SPLA and Quol Quote Thank leave Dinkanuer alone. They will soon end like that. Hello, Mr Anyagaat Nyachebe, if you was not Nuer you can’t generalise the whole Dinka community, but I will not go further because I knew you are from Nuer Anyagaat of 1991. You and Your bull dog Riek machar will hit court after independent of Southern Sudan. You talked about those of Lam Akol, Gatluak Gai, Yau Yau, Riek Machar those are nesty bird. They fail in 1991 while SPLA was fighting with Arabs. What about now if there is no Arabs to back them up? My people of Dinka-nuer have know any other thing in their mine because all the thing were been cut away. If you saw Dink-nuer with contour line on his face nothing can come out in his mine.

            Riek Machar was failed in 1991 and than he joint Khartoum government. Question is why he didn’t fight Arabs if he want presidency in Southern Sudan. Please Dnka-nuer if you want yourselves to be president in southern Sudan rule Riek Machar out of presidency chose any person which will be recognised by Dinkas because they are the master of masters. We know wh isthe presdent of new nation not Riek Machar, Lam Akol.

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      • 23 March 2011 07:57, by Aliny pathou

        DDS
        John Garang and Kiir are not the God as you have mentioned above. They are individuals,who fought for the cause of our struggles against the Rabs dominant goverment in Khartoum,for the rest of theirs life. And they deserts to be honours. in case, all southerns agrees to honours thems.

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      • 23 March 2011 07:59, by Kuet Teny

        Dinka Dominated SPLA,

        How can the head of your stupid dictators be inserted into national currency? And how come such a stupid and empty minded sultana ted animal like your corrupt uncle, Kiir deserve such a trophy.Are you really on a right side, my friend?

        If you are really a right person with good a good judgment, please analyze the reaction of Southern public neatly.

        Shame on you and your stupid food lovers leaders.

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        • 23 March 2011 08:09, by Quol Quot

          Kuet,
          Who is better? Nyagat or Dictor? You will not get an answer until you survey the people in S. Sudan.

          People will love to see Garang’s (the dictator as you said) on their 1 pound note than any other Nyagat.

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        • 23 March 2011 09:11, by Biar-awumbeny

          Dear Kuet,
          I have never come across a stupid comment like yours since I have been an active participant/member on this website. I would like to assure you that American national currency bears the head of George Washington, Kenyan currency does the same to Jommo Kenyatta and these prominent politicians/national heroes were not a mixture of diverse national identities. What is wrong if Dr. John Garang is accredited with that as someone who have struggled beyond his own life?
          There is no room for debate in this matter if all Southern Sudanese believe that Dr. John was a charismatic leader, and even the president himself will not prefer himself when he knows who Dr. John was.
          Mr. Kuet, childish approach to politics is dangerous in a sense that u will not actually tell what can please others. Your fellow Naath who have known Dr. John for whole life of SPLA/M struggle won’t even speak of objecting his image appearing in the national currency. And mind you, there is no way we can honor those who have betrayed Southern Sudan. God himself will reject that. I wish you were to be clever enough to enjoy the fruits of what has caused the lives of others with the suplementary contribution of your own hands.
          Shame on you not on him!!!!

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      • 23 March 2011 09:31, by Diu J.Kuek

        Dear Dinka Dominated SPLA

        Please brother dinka dominated spla if it come to the national issue respect it and forget about tribal behavior.even now your problem went beyond the hatred of specific community; otherwise you will get yourself in the eyes of public against the State of South Sudan take this as my advices pleas don,t be little and trivial comments;try to construe your article.

        Thank to the South Sudan cabint as approved Sovereignty,Symbol for emerging Nation.
        - name of the nation. will be call The Republice of South Sudan mean the Government which derives its power directly or indirectly from the great body of the people.
        - Its flag as its characterize by so many colours with their meaningful representation.
        - National Anthem to remember those whose sacrifices for this struggle.
        - New currency as it suggest that face of Late Chairman of the SPLM/A Dr John Garang should appeare on the face of the note of currency. my personal point of view its in the right place.We can take example from different nations as in India their struggle movement was lead by Mahatma Gandhi gainst British Colonial Rule and by 15,August,1947 India got it Independence. the Government was lead by Jawahrlal Naru whom was became first Prime Minister of India and now their cuerrency note appeare on the face of Mahatma Gandhi.

        We the people of South Sudan we have to abide by the constitution and respect its ideals and institutions,the National Flag and national Anthem to uphold and protect the Sovereignty,unity and integrity of South Sudan to promote the harmony and the spirit of common brotherhood amongst all the people of South Sudan regional and sectional dversities.
        Back to you so call dinka dominated spla please follow these points and ab inition I keep advcing you for the national interest let us move forword brother.

        May God bless the people of the Land.

        By Diu J.Kuek

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    • 23 March 2011 07:56, by John Gum

      Dear South_Sudanese
      Iam totally agreeing with student objection of faces to be put on our current note,we have all struggle including fathers andd mothers and at the same time were poltician,are their faces also be put on the current notes?
      we have to predicte what will happen in the future,it will be like this!!the next president after Salva will say i need my face to appear on the notes which will be subject after every sucessor.we have alot of symbols,cows is the best symbols then everythings b’se it is cows which bring us south_sudan today,i know how cow is the best to our movenment,without it we would have not overcome the Arab domination.you find some peoples opposing when talking of cow,please cow is the south_sudan.south sudan itself know who have been exile and now pretending as if he/she had been in the movement but still we welcome you to survive noting shutoff your mouth.

      Thanks
      iam south_sudanese who born in war and free his peoples from slavery.if you need more from me please contact me on johngum@gmail.com.

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    • 23 March 2011 08:01, by Nhomlawda

      Good initiative to put John Garang photo in South Sudan Pound notes so that everybody must keep John Garang and the great Monyjang pride in his pocket.
      It is an appreciation of the tedious work of liberation well done by the great Monyjang.
      Anybody refusing to have John Garang portray in the currency must be a traitor who should not be forgiven and must go to hell or assisted to go to hell.
      I know Riek Machar is against John Garang portray in the currency. South Sudan must not forgive Riek Machar this time should he insist on his treachery behavior. Riek Machar must go to hell quickly this time around should he reject John Garang portray in South Sudan currency.

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    • 23 March 2011 09:51, by Liberator

      National Currency

      Most of western presidents are given national honor after 25 or even 30 years after their death. with the few exceptions:
      Only George H Bush who is the father of former president George W Bush got that honored with Military Submarine & Aircraft carrier ship named after them while still alive.

      I will not accept any politician face on the national currency, should that happened I will burn the notes and used my US dollars instead. Full Stop!!!!!!!!!

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      • 23 March 2011 10:23, by Liberator

        Correction:

        with the few exceptions: Only Jimmy Carter & George H Bush who is the father of former president George W Bush got that honor with Military Submarine & Aircraft carrier ship named after them while still alive

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    • 23 March 2011 10:51, by Liberator

      B R E A K I N G N E W S!!!!!!!


      SOUTH SUDAN SAYS NORTH BOMBS ITS TERRITORY

      South Sudan’s army (SPLA) accused the north of bombing its territory, violating a 2005 peace deal ahead of the oil-producing region’s impending independence. Skip related content

      Sudan’s north-south conflict raged for all but a few years since 1955 claiming 2 million lives in Africa’s longest running civil war. The south voted this year to secede and will become the world’s newest nation on July 9.

      SPLA spokesman Philip Aguer said the north dropped bombs on March 21 between a village and an SPLA base causing no casualties in Raja County in Western Bahr al-Ghazal, which borders the north’s war-torn Darfur region.

      Sudan’s northern army and U.N. peacekeepers were not immediately able to comment on the report.

      Last year the north bombed the south while chasing Darfur rebels they said were being supported by the semi-autonomous southern government. The south accused the north of arming rebels in its territory with clashes killing hundreds of people this year alone.

      While both sides cannot afford a return to all-out war, arming proxy militias was a tactic used during the conflict, fought over religion, ethnicity, oil and ideology.

      (Reporting by Opheera McDoom)


      SPLM Quick to fight their brothers but Mum when attacked by Arabs...What A coward bunch corrupt idiots running the GOSS and SPLA!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 23 March 2011 11:27, by sunny

      Dear Readers,
      this is the reason as to why I disagree with face of our leaders

      1. Nhomlawde definitely from dinka termed the bid as Dinka pride instead of national one.

      2.Regime change will definitely affect the use of faces of individual on currency as every leader will want his face to appear and this will create mess in the country.

      3.There will be many rebels as everybody will want to topple the goverment inorder to see his face on the currency.

      Thanks.

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    • 23 March 2011 11:46, by mathem jech amer

      Dear All,

      I propsed thh face of Dr.John Garang to be placed on the Biggest Banknote (such as 50 pounds) and other notes could have symbols, pictures of nature, animals etc. This is in his remembrance as a successful South Sudan fighter compare to other rebel leaders who fought before him.

      This is happening in other countries, in USA, the face of the first president os US is still being used but not the faces of every new president.

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      • 23 March 2011 12:53, by Liberator

        Mathem Jech Amer

        John Garang or Salva Kiir were never first nor will they ever the last heroes of the South. There was many before Garang or Salva even existed.

        Heroes & leaders comes and goes, but the country always remains.

        Don’t even dare to compare John Garang with some of the American Founding Fathers. As the the student of history of American revolutionary war, it’s an insult to see Garang name being associated with larger than life figures such as George washington who fought against Great Britain for total independence of the original thirteen colonies which makes up the United States at the time.

        Washington killed those who wanted the colonies to remained united under King George’s Great Britain.

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        • 23 March 2011 20:02, by Historical Boy!

          David Deng Athorbei and Elijak Malok’s deals are exposed.

          Read the excerpts below and full story at the bottom on the original text on southsudannation.com.

          Read this shameful trade with Garang’s face in currency.

          Design and Printing of the South Sudan Pound:

          In 2005, just after the signing of the CPA, the SPLM launched the so-called New Sudan Pound. The scandalous Pound turned out to be a theft strategy of some people who are now swimming in millions of dollars.

          Everything about the concept, the design and the printing of the infamous New Sudan Pound was supposed to be secret and in the safe hands of inner circle trusted by late Dr. John Garang. What did we get? Monkeys instead of Money!

          The design had no realistic correlation to the history of the long struggle of the people of Southern Sudan, but only that of Dr.John Garang and his dream, New Sudan Agenda. The paper quality and the printing was even a waste by any standard. Moreover the new Sudan Pound had one serial number for all denominations.

          Our poor people trusting our liberators rushed to exchange their goods and services in the blind pride of having their own money only to have bleaching papers in their pockets. The architects of the new Sudan Pound and who were trusted by Dr. Garang are the known alleged thieves and thugs.

          Follow carefully:

          These thugs have been trusted again to design and print the nation’s new currency, the South Sudan Pound. According to a whistle blower in the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS), David Deng Athorbei, the GOSS minister of finance, who is pretending to be very busy these days, told the Southern Sudan taskforce 2011, which is supposed to deal with the currency issue that he is not ready to answer or reveal any information about the Design or the Printing of the South Sudan Pound. He arrogantly said in the presence of the Vice President of the Government of Southern Sudan that "he is not answerable to the Taskforce or anybody. He is only answerable to the President of the Government of Southern Sudan. The issue of the Pound is secret and confidential," he continued.

          What is secret and confidential about the design and Printing of such public property as money within government institutions? Why is it not secret and confidential to people like you who have been confusing our trustworthy leaders; John Garang and now Kiir Mayardit?

          The information we have is that the minister and the clique want to put the picture of Dr. John Garang on the Pound and then singly outsource the Contract to the same East African Company, which printed the then New Sudan Pound, in which they are shareholders. If they succeed to outwit the rest of us and print the currency, their reward would allegedly be a staggering US $4, 000,000 dollars paid to them in kick-backs.

          The stupid so-called leaders of the other Southern Sudan Political Parties approved the name of the South Sudan Pound without asking for details of the design and subjecting it to their approval also. What kind of leaders are these? Trusting them is the most dangerous thing to do to our nation. These people are immune to theft, scandals and they will get away with it using and misusing the name of Comrade John Garang……John Garang….John Garang, on everything, everywhere, every time. What about the rest of our heroes and heroines?

          I appeal to Comrade President Salva Kiir Mayardit, the Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar, Secretary General of the SPLM and other ’honorable’ leaders of the SPLM to stop this scandal right away and embark on a new process to print our new currency. This must stop and let us have the design and the printing of the Pound public or else South Sudanese will reject it.

          Trading in Foreign Reserve/currency:

          Bank of South Sudan (BoSS) is a product of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). It was meant to be a public institution that would manage in collaboration with the Bank of Sudan (BoS) the economy of Southern Sudan as per the CPA. Now as the Republic of South Sudan is being prepared to be launched on 9th July 2011, the BoSS must begin to function as the central Bank of the new nation. It must now prepare to assume the traditional functions of any central Bank namely: issues the currency, regulates the monitory policy; controls the interest rates; oversee the commercial banking system within its country’s borders; and more importantly, it must ensure that banks and other financial institutions do not behave recklessly or fraudulently.

          Look at what is happening in the Bank of South Sudan (BoSS) today. Senior top officials are trading in hard currency. A whistle blower right in the Bank has revealed to us that: President of BoSS and his Deputy are busy trading in foreign reserve, mainly the US dollar. Some of influential subordinates are now involved in the same deal.

          The BoSS bosses are seriously involved in FOREX BUREAUs in Juba (We challenge the security personnel to investigate more than 160 FOREX BUREAUs in Juba). You will find out that they have established one for a son-in-Law and several FOREX Bureaus for their relatives, including one owned by some immediate cousin.

          Worst of all the guys are now racing with time, they approve on daily basis thousands of dollars to FOREX Bureaus and to individuals for trade in the black market. As we write this document, the exchange rate of US dollar to a Sudanese pound is SDG 3.450. This is what these guys are exploiting. Instead of regulating the financial institutions, they are involved in making profits for themselves and their families.

          Now the hard currency is depleted from our Bank. As we become independent on 9th July 2011, our central Bank will have no or a negligible foreign currency reserve vital for the economy.

          Why is the GoSS President keeping these old retired gentlemen? These greedy guys must not be allowed to continue in this important lifeline of the nation. They are retired men. Chances must be given to the young emerging Bankers to exercise their talents rather than rely on these corrupt old men. Their combined age is 165 years. Nowhere in the world do you keep such senile people to run an important institution like the Central Bank. They are there to loot as much money as they would get before they are kicked out. They are not for their careers. They are there for money making. Let them go.

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    • 25 March 2011 07:24, by Garang’s Son

      i agree with South Sudan cabinet on what they are approve such as National anthem bse National anthem is the most important things in every country.am very glad for my Country the Republic of South Sudan (ROSS.any body who is thinking to take us back God will destroys you with your family.let first have our Country leave aside our diffintences,that so & so is mistreating us is only fews mints left, & we get them one by one.the first day you casted your vote is also the day you overcome very nonsense of who considering himself important.the indenpendent we achives is for all of us regardless of who you are.
      ROSS OYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

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  • 23 March 2011 07:48, by Acid

    I would have preferred referendum instead of few deciding what is best for nation.

    NB: If the chosen name is "The Republic of South Sudan then suitable abbreviated is RSS not RoSS, because "of" is not an independence word but preposition.

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  • 23 March 2011 08:12, by Bol Deng

    The name of Dr John Garang de Mabior fit to be in the currency.

    This is all about historical not about hatred in which many people who sleep under Khartoum umbrella to be think hard about this issue.

    Dr John Garang must be honor for his great work to us. Thanks

    Who was the leader that can really fit to be put in the South Sudanese pound apart from Dr John Garang? I don;t think for anybody because there is time for everything.
    Who was that person 1947 and what did he do so that he can fit for symbolism? and where was he all these time?

    Aslo, this time is not for Salva Kiir to fit the mission of symbolism in the currency because his time will come and he knows and he will not agree for this symbolic.

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    • 23 March 2011 08:42, by Adviser

      TOTAL REJECTION OF INDIVIDUAL APPEARANCE IN THE NATIONAL CURRRENCY.

      WE SHOULD NOT MAKE A MISTAKE TO DO SO WITH THAT STUPID PROPOSAL, THE WAR WAS STARTED SINCE 1955 WHO TOOK THE FIRST BULLET AND FOUGHT ARAB? HOW MANY HEROES DO WE NEED TO REMEMBER TODAY? GARANG IS NOT SPECIAL NEITHER KIIR. GARANG WAS HONOURED BY SEVERAL SCHOOLS, INSTITUTION AND WRITTEN HISTORY ABOUT HIM WHAT DO YOU WANT HIM TO BE AGAIN WHILST OTHERS LIKE KEUROBINO, WILLIAM NYUON AND AROK THON WHO WERE THE COFOUNDER ARE NOT EVEN GIVEN A TUKULS FOR THIER REMEBERANCE, KIR WAS HONOURED BY THE CURRENT POSITION HE WAS HOLDING AS PRESIDENT AND FIRST VICE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLICH OF SUDAN , WHAT NEXT WHEN EVEN HIS SENIOR OFFICERS I MENTIONED WERE NOT EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE NOR THIER FAMILIES ARE SPONSER. PUTING GARANG OR KIIR HEADS ON THE CURRENCY IS POLITICIZATION OF NATIONAL CURRENCY. WE HAVE REBEL IN BUSH FIGHTING BECUASE OF LEADERSHIP AGAIN YOU WANT TO MANIFEST THE OPPOSING LEADERSHIP ON NATIONAL CURRENCY WHICH OWNED BY EVERY CITIZEN? I THINK THAT IS MADNESS AND CAUSE OF WAR. IT COULD BE CAUSE OF WAR TO OPPOSITION WITH AIM THAT WHEN LEADERSHIP IS OUSTED THEY WILL GET RID OF CURRENCY.
      MY QUESTIONS ARE WHAT IS WRONG WITH OUR CULTURAL HERTIAGE VALUES THAT UNITED US AS SOUTHERN SUDANESE PEOPLE? WHO IS GARANG AS INDIVIDUAL COMPARE TO THE MILLION AND LAND OF SOUTH SUDAN? GARANG WAS NOT LOVED LEADER, HE DONE HIS PART AND IT IS ENOUGH, WHY DO WE ALWAYS AIM AT DOMINION AT ANY GIVEN TIME WITH NATIONAL AFFAIRS , WHY ARE WE SO TRIBALISTIC ON NATIONAL AFFAIR? WERE IS NATIOLISM IF WE TAKE KIIR AND GARANG OF DINKAS FOR NATIONAL CURRENCY AND THEY ARE THE LEADERS AT THE SAME TIME ? WHAT IS MORE THAN LEADING PEOPLE ?
      THIS IS CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES THAT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED BY ALL SOUTHERNERS AT ANY COST.

      ADVISER

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      • 23 March 2011 09:30, by Biar-awumbeny

        Mr. "Adviser" as u wrote,
        People who do not think beyond their own noses can’t analyse beyond their own family line. It is not about who receive the "first bullet as u put it", it is about who has really delivered you GOSS". The biggest mistake Southern Sudanese will make is elimination of Grang’s image in their national symbols. This does not require your personal view on who Garang was, but it is something that none of us would say Garang was a dictator. Adviser, was Garang a dictator or a saviour? Whether u put Dr. John Image in our currency to be or not, still the world knows he is a real hero.
        There is a proverb that says "You better nurse a none human being than nursing a real human being". This is because after he has gained power he will turn against you.
        "Beware of your own words not to curse you"

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    • 23 March 2011 12:55, by Liberator

      Bol Deng

      John Garang or Salva Kiir were never first nor will they ever the last heroes of the South. There was many before Garang or Salva even existed.

      Heroes & leaders comes and goes, but the country always remains.

      Don’t even dare to compare John Garang with some of the American Founding Fathers. As the the student of history of American revolutionary war, it’s an insult to see Garang name being associated with larger than life figures such as George washington who fought against Great Britain for total independence of the original thirteen colonies which makes up the United States at the time.

      Washington killed those who wanted the colonies to remained united under King George’s Great Britain.

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  • 23 March 2011 08:18, by Hero

    Hi all,

    First, let me thank the team for their well-done job.You’re pretty right on those choices and don’t let anyone confuse you no matter he/she say. Stick to guts and we will stand with you as a nation.

    To Cynic,
    I think, you are wrong and jealousy to assert that, No leader’s face should be print on the South Sudan pound. Like it or hate it, Dr Garang DE mabior’s face must be on our new currency.And let me tell you guys,the late HERO deserves to be honoured and I’m sure his face going to be there.

    Lastly, traitors must know that, South Sudan belong to the liberators and Heroes and they deserved to be honoured at any cost if need be.

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    • 23 March 2011 12:57, by Liberator

      Hero

      John Garang or Salva Kiir were never first nor will they ever the last heroes of the South. There was many before Garang or Salva even existed.

      Heroes & leaders comes and goes, but the country always remains.

      Don’t even dare to compare John Garang with some of the American Founding Fathers. As the the student of history of American revolutionary war, it’s an insult to see Garang name being associated with larger than life figures such as George washington who fought against Great Britain for total independence of the original thirteen colonies which makes up the United States at the time.

      Washington killed those who wanted the colonies to remained united under King George’s Great Britain.

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  • 23 March 2011 08:22, by Jeti

    Dear Dr. John Garang. You will never die in our hearts though there are many hyenas, greedy people, food lovers in the South after you, your die-hard followers are resisting them. H.E Field Marshall Gen. Salva Kiir, President of the Republic of South Sudan, Commander in chief of the all armed forces of South Sudan, chairman of the ruling party SPLM is following your legacies critically. Long live son of Mayardit, long live South Sudan. A son follows his father’s footsteps without diverting. Keep it up!

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  • 23 March 2011 08:22, by Liech_man

    congortulation to Republic of south sudan for aproved the nation ’s national anthem and the nation flag.
    furthermore the full recognition to lt Gen DR Riek Machar Teny which known as aleader for people of southern sudan for ’s visionary leadership which was led the south sudanese people to the independent state.
    God will bless you Dr Machar
    long live SPLA/M
    long live Dr Riek
    long live people of south sudan
    by liech man bentiu

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  • 23 March 2011 09:02, by Madina Kebir

    To: Southern Sudan[GOSS]

    I think if people want to put individual face in to what will be the new currency of the New Sudan nation or Southern Sudan nation then, they should have started from William Deng Nhial’s face and follow by the late Dr.John Garang de Mabior face. It is important for all Southern Sudanese people to understand that, the SPLA/SPLM Movement led by Dr. John Garang was absolutely following the foot-step of the first late William Deng Nhial which was been murdered sold out to his people by Sadiq al Mahdi just, because he was been the one who actual discovering the secret of Arab towarding none Arab in the Sudan and he was so strong of supporting the name of Southern Sudan to have a freedom as a human beings and citizens in the Sudan. If we foolishly forgotten the first late William Deng Nhial, that will be a big mistake for Southern Sudanese people as well as Dr. John Garang de Mabior have done outstanding job.

    Yes, I would agree with those people argue early about putting the new president’s face in the new currency is the bad thing that, the Southern Sudanese should never and would never try to do that, because it will make the currency unstabilized if not movable currency when trying to replace from time to time and make economic worsen in the nation does the Southern Sudanese need this bad system absolutely not.

    Also it is not necessary for president to be put immediately in the currency, but after awhile, what I really mean is about 10 years to 20 years, people would eventually want to evaluated their leader, the works he dose for the nation therefore, you would have gethering any conclusion to say that, this president had done a good job to the nation and we need to put his face in the bill but I don’t think Dr.Salva Kiir Manyardit will fit in the evaluation of good leadership although, he was been the first to bring pace within Southern Sudanese people still too early to tell.

    Dr.Salva Kiir Manyardit, he was been alluding on the Warrap’s Capital to be taken to his county Gogrial instead, that Capital of Warrap State should have to stay in the original known area in Tonj. What does this tell Southern Sudanese people.? Was Salva Kiir Manyardit cleans from favoritism, cronyism and nepotism, personal I think if Salva Kiir does this things in his State of Warrap then, he has no creditability to be put in the pound bill. Relocated Capital of Warrap State to his county was between him and his Gogrial generals could Dr. Kiir Manyardit be qualify to lead Southern Sudanese I doubt.

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  • 23 March 2011 09:51, by Liberator

    National Currency

    Most of western presidents are given national honor after 25 or even 30 years after their death. with the few exceptions:
    Only George H Bush who is the father of former president George W Bush got that honored with Military Submarine & Aircraft carrier ship named after them while still alive.

    I will not accept any politician face on the national currency, should that happened I will burn the notes and used my US dollars instead. Full Stop!!!!!!!!!

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    • 23 March 2011 10:23, by Liberator

      Correction:

      with the few exceptions: Only Jimmy Carter & George H Bush who is the father of former president George W Bush got that honor with Military Submarine & Aircraft carrier ship named after them while still alive

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    • 23 March 2011 10:36, by Ajok Garang

      I am very excited about the name ’’southern Sudan ’’to remained in place ,i thought they were going to change the names and its good to be the R OF SS ,which good and our history will remain .

      Again coming to the honouring our Great leaders whom other thugs donont know ,Yeah indeed DR John Garang and Savar kiir and the people the thugs should know ,they have brought them in to freedom from the NCP though there are some nyagaateen supporting the NCP and arming the so called rebels and to me they will just end up with nothing ,
      I belived SPLA was disturb for somany years by the nyagatten but still didnot die ,

      coward politicians defected to the North and later they come back and apologised and still hold the postitions and these politicians sholud not appear in any currency or note .
      Garng and Kiir are like Martin Luther king of the US and Malocolm X juinor who advocated for the rights of the blacks .
      However people who like abusing Dinka should really as God who give them the main to think ethically and even God knows about the valvues of these people .

      Yeah everyone has helped during the war but not like the Dinka ,nuer is large but pull of wrong ideology of Nyagaatism that does not help the Moment of the SPLA and now they are barking that they are brave ,indeed they are brave when its come to lootings ,slavery ,being traitors but they were not brave in the SPLA as they claimed it .

      Southern sudan has now become a republic and many people used to called it goverment of Dinka who brought the people to go to bush but now i think its now good to enjoy and claim your nationality when others were Ethiopians ,Ugandans ,Kenya and in since Anyanya one and in 1983 to 1987 when children were taken at home other tribes hide their kids unles they are forced to give out children and people hide their kids in the bush claiming the Dinka brought problem to Sudan with Arabs .

      In Dinka land village chief were fined to pays bull if they failed to brings in kids where you give two or one kids to the SPLA and remain with one ,i remember in the conscriptions that JOK Reng did where all men were taken and the HUGS NYAGAAT CAME in 1991 and loots and invaded women and children with the help of the socalled DR Riek Machaar because Jok Reng took all the men to be trained as soldiers .

      Now here should riak appear in the currency of southern Sudan as a traitor ??? and that invasion in 1991 was inspired by the Arabs to let them weaken the SPLA because the Dinkas were the roots of the SPLA though the others were there .

      in 1993 when the SPLA was about to die where ,kaya ,kajokeji ,and the rest were captured by the NCP and only remained Nimule ,they Arabs were saying they will start slaughtering the KUDUAL TRIBE which is Dinka Bor follwed by CIBAAK which Bhar el ghazal tribes and the rest will be slaughter after both the dinkas are slaughtered and that was because they knows these two Lion were the roots .

      However why iam bringing this short history is to tell those who hate dinka to go back and see what was happening until the time of the NEW REPUBLIC OF SOUTHERN SUDAN today
      .

      Therefore No one here this time should open his huge mouth about Dinka this time ,even God Knows and the World about the Dinka and this is not the end of Dinka in southern Sudan .in World history you will come to know the trust ,
      Its not because i am who you think but its the trust which is not hidden .

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      • 23 March 2011 12:52, by Liberator

        Akolde Nhiak Jinub

        John Garang or Salva Kiir were never first nor will they ever the last heroes of the South. There was many before Garang or Salva even existed.

        Heroes & leaders comes and goes, but the country always remains.

        Don’t even dare to compare John Garang with some of the American Founding Fathers. As the the student of history of American revolutionary war, it’s an insult to see Garang name being associated with larger than life figures such as George washington who fought against Great Britain for total independence of the original thirteen colonies which makes up the United States at the time.

        Washington killed those who wanted the colonies to remained united under King George’s Great Britain.

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  • 23 March 2011 10:08, by Thomas Andrew Hissen

    Mr Adviser I agree with you 100 percent stand on you decision, our leader should not make any mistake of putting face of individual on our currecy this is absolutely wrong decision let them distancening their thinking for the future generation not for sex of this current president, we are not ZAIR whose the leaderS face should appear on the currecy,
    To the Student of Juba University you are right to igore any nosis which done by this leader, they have to design the money with our beautiful forest the land nile the natural resource like mountain in south sudan,if which means any thing in the currency have it meaning not any how or just decorating leaders face on the currecy this wrong completely,

    Thanks

    Southernes from USA(NY)

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  • 23 March 2011 10:50, by Liberator

    B R E A K I N G N E W S!!!!!!!


    SOUTH SUDAN SAYS NORTH BOMBS ITS TERRITORY

    South Sudan’s army (SPLA) accused the north of bombing its territory, violating a 2005 peace deal ahead of the oil-producing region’s impending independence. Skip related content

    Sudan’s north-south conflict raged for all but a few years since 1955 claiming 2 million lives in Africa’s longest running civil war. The south voted this year to secede and will become the world’s newest nation on July 9.

    SPLA spokesman Philip Aguer said the north dropped bombs on March 21 between a village and an SPLA base causing no casualties in Raja County in Western Bahr al-Ghazal, which borders the north’s war-torn Darfur region.

    Sudan’s northern army and U.N. peacekeepers were not immediately able to comment on the report.

    Last year the north bombed the south while chasing Darfur rebels they said were being supported by the semi-autonomous southern government. The south accused the north of arming rebels in its territory with clashes killing hundreds of people this year alone.

    While both sides cannot afford a return to all-out war, arming proxy militias was a tactic used during the conflict, fought over religion, ethnicity, oil and ideology.

    (Reporting by Opheera McDoom)


    SPLM Quick to fight their brothers but Mum when attacked by Arabs...What A coward bunch corrupt idiots running the GOSS and SPLA!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 23 March 2011 10:54, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    South Sudanese readers,

    We are either ignorant or lack historical facts of other nations that have had fought as ours.
    Take America for example, they have their first hero face on their famous American dollar, Britain has the same, Just Kenya near by us with Kenyatta.

    What is wrong with Dr. John’s face on our currency if we need to remember that we got our land through Struggle and not just a God’s given land as other nations, which I very much doubt.
    Why should other leaders’ faces thereafter be putting their faces on the currency everytime they are in the office later one, when we will be electing our leaders through ballots, change of face comes in dictatorial leaderships/system, which I don’t think would happen in South Sudan. And if it does, then our war against north Sudan have had/will lack basis and cause.

    Those who are arguing for Salva Kiir’s face, I deplore you all. Kiir is alive, and he is not the first to have fought for South Sudan’s cause. He is among them. For Garang, it is a separate case. He championed a successful struggle and rebellion, and he died having not accomplished what he struggled for. He is seen an icon whose legacy will remain to be remembered as a hero — Moses of South Sudan.
    Salva is Joshua - and Josbua crossed his people to the promised land. Schools / Stadiums / Clubs can be named after Kiir and other past leaders, but not on the currency. Garang face would be an ideal!

    Those who are arguing for resources, yes, resources are our nature features, but we have to remember our roots and how did we arrive to where we are today!! Nature resource features could among things to be reflect on our currency; yes!

    Akolde, Rumbek, South Sudan

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    • 23 March 2011 12:51, by Liberator

      Akolde Nhiak Jinub

      John Garang or Salva Kiir were never first nor will they ever the last heroes of the South. There was many before Garang or Salva even existed.

      Heroes & leaders comes and goes, but the country always remains.

      Don’t even dare to compare John Garang with some of the American Founding Fathers. As the the student of history of American revolutionary war, it’s an insult to see Garang name being associated with larger than life figures such as George washington who fought against Great Britain for total independence of the original thirteen colonies which makes up the United States at the time.

      Washington killed those who wanted the colonies to remained united under King George’s Great Britain.

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  • 23 March 2011 15:21, by Historical Boy!

    ATTENTION!

    Hello Nyachebe,

    Don’t waste your time with only two guys with multiple identities on the website. Only two persons are making noise in the name of traitor John Garang who fought for united Sudan and now claim his face in the currency of independent South Sudan.

    What a contradiction!

    But don’t worry, they will never see Garang’s face in that currency. They think it is another theivery money like their so-called New Sudan Pound which was meant to loot the people’s money during the war time.

    Let them wait for July 9 and see if they will ever see Garang’s unionist face on independent South Sudan’s money.

    If they print the money in darkness somewhere like they did to their toilet paper money in new sudan, then the next month that money will disappear for good.

    We need issues of common heritage not dictators faces which can be replaced in a blink of an eye by another face.

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  • 23 March 2011 16:58, by the Voices of a losts

    Too many 2faces in here, why all of you idiots try to comment you don’t even have nopoint.
    but if we don’t trust each others s.sudan will be like somalia.

    thank God bless us all.

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    • 23 March 2011 18:48, by Malith Rual

      Kuet fuck you!
      Whom do you think you are to say nonsense over this web? In fact am blaming our government why those who killed people are given upper hand in the government and their history is known, to assure those who are supporting Riek as the future leader without fear or favor 100% Matib and Reik ’s wife are more better than Riek and we wait and see.
      Forget of that issue concerning image that face of garang will be there whether yes or fuckin no it must be and we are ready for any nonsense. the man brought for you food and allow you to defecate at home and yet never been praised what kind of human being are you?

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  • 23 March 2011 18:39, by Haak

    REJECTION!!!!!REJECTION!!!!!!REJECTION!!!!!!OBJECTION!!!

    DEAR READERS I OBJECT THE POINT OF PUTTING LIBERATORS FACES ON OUR PROPOSE CURRENCY, ONE IT WILL CAUSE CONFLICT OF INTEREST, 2ND, REMEMBER SOUTH SUDANESE ARE NOT YET CIVILIZE TO UNDERSTAND THE VALUE OF PUTTING INDIVIDUAL FACE OF LIBERATOR INTO PARTICULAR PERSON FROM CERTAIN ETHNIC GROUP THEY WILL INTERPRET IT DIFFERNTLY AND IT WILL MEAN OPPRESSION OF OTHER GROUPS. BUT STILL IF I MAY ASKED WHO IS THAT INDIVIDUAL THAT FOUGHT FOR 21 YRS ALONE MINUS OTHER?

    PERSONALLY, I AM NOT EVENT HAPPY ABOUT THE APPROVED NAME OF OUR NATION, WHY DO WE NAME OUR NATION IN TERM OF GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION? IT DOES NOT MAKE ANY SENSE TO ME BUT SIMPLE MAJORITY MEAN DEMOCRACY SO I GO WITH THE DECISION.

    WHAT I LEARN FROM THIS SITE DEAR READERS IS THAT, YOU GUYS YOUR VERY SMART IN YOUR REASONING OTHERWISE KEEP IT ALL OF YOU

    THANKS

    HAAKAMADOLOGY

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  • 23 March 2011 19:55, by Historical Boy!

    Four million pounds for Garang’s traitor’s face in currency.

    Please refer to this article written by someone on southsudannation.com who predicted long time ago the business of the so-called one-man committee of David Deng Athorbei.

    What a shame.

    Read it below:

    South Sudan: Corruption, Scandals and the battle over the Nation’s Constitution

    By: John Mayen Jurkuc, Juba, South Sudan

    MAR. 9/2011, SSN; The biggest reward for our people is the achievement of our national political independence and must be followed by providing our people with basic services, development and empowering them to own their human and material resources leading them to sustained prosperity and technological advancement.

    Never again will the new nation allow the plundering of South Sudanese resources by a clique of South Sudanese intelligentsia both military and civilian, using the name of SPLM and SPLA to legitimize their corrupt practices.

    Follow this carefully:

    As the new nation prepares to launch the independence proclamation on 9 July 2011, the usual corrupt elements of Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) are struggling day and night to convert this noble preparation for the big day into lucrative businesses to satisfy their ego: unlimited love for money, thus putting at risk the fundamental interests of the people. South Sudanese people must not allow these greedy thugs to undermine our national independence by stealing our resources and misusing the process of our constitutional development to divide our people.

    As all of you are very much aware, the leadership of Government of South Sudan (GoSS) has been convening series of meetings of South-South dialogue with the aim of uniting our people as we enter into a new era of an independent South Sudan. These meetings have resulted in the formation of South Sudan political parties Forum, chaired by the President of GoSS and Chairman of the SPLM. The leadership Forum, until now, has carried a united South Sudan together and agreed on a clear road map to independence.

    Among others, the Forum agreed on: approval of the name of the new country to be known as “The Republic of South Sudan”; approval of the name of the currency as “South Sudan Pound”; approval of the participation of political parties, civil society and faith-based groups and further approved the inclusion of their members into the established Technical Committee to review the Interim Constitution of Southern Sudan (ICSS) and approved the current flag of GoSS as the flag for the new country.

    As the process of work starts, some comrades within the ruling SPLM are working day and night to undermine this noble idea. Not only that, they are busy working to exclude non-SPLM members from the process of preparation for independence of South Sudan in addition to devising ways and means to financially benefit from this process. This can be seen from what the two DENGs are doing:

    Design and Printing of the South Sudan Pound:

    In 2005, just after the signing of the CPA, the SPLM launched the so-called New Sudan Pound. The scandalous Pound turned out to be a theft strategy of some people who are now swimming in millions of dollars.

    Everything about the concept, the design and the printing of the infamous New Sudan Pound was supposed to be secret and in the safe hands of inner circle trusted by late Dr. John Garang. What did we get? Monkeys instead of Money!

    The design had no realistic correlation to the history of the long struggle of the people of Southern Sudan, but only that of Dr.John Garang and his dream, New Sudan Agenda. The paper quality and the printing was even a waste by any standard. Moreover the new Sudan Pound had one serial number for all denominations.

    Our poor people trusting our liberators rushed to exchange their goods and services in the blind pride of having their own money only to have bleaching papers in their pockets. The architects of the new Sudan Pound and who were trusted by Dr. Garang are the known alleged thieves and thugs.

    Follow carefully:

    These thugs have been trusted again to design and print the nation’s new currency, the South Sudan Pound. According to a whistle blower in the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS), David Deng Athorbei, the GOSS minister of finance, who is pretending to be very busy these days, told the Southern Sudan taskforce 2011, which is supposed to deal with the currency issue that he is not ready to answer or reveal any information about the Design or the Printing of the South Sudan Pound. He arrogantly said in the presence of the Vice President of the Government of Southern Sudan that "he is not answerable to the Taskforce or anybody. He is only answerable to the President of the Government of Southern Sudan. The issue of the Pound is secret and confidential," he continued.

    What is secret and confidential about the design and Printing of such public property as money within government institutions? Why is it not secret and confidential to people like you who have been confusing our trustworthy leaders; John Garang and now Kiir Mayardit?

    The information we have is that the minister and the clique want to put the picture of Dr. John Garang on the Pound and then singly outsource the Contract to the same East African Company, which printed the then New Sudan Pound, in which they are shareholders. If they succeed to outwit the rest of us and print the currency, their reward would allegedly be a staggering US $4, 000,000 dollars paid to them in kick-backs.

    The stupid so-called leaders of the other Southern Sudan Political Parties approved the name of the South Sudan Pound without asking for details of the design and subjecting it to their approval also. What kind of leaders are these? Trusting them is the most dangerous thing to do to our nation. These people are immune to theft, scandals and they will get away with it using and misusing the name of Comrade John Garang……John Garang….John Garang, on everything, everywhere, every time. What about the rest of our heroes and heroines?

    I appeal to Comrade President Salva Kiir Mayardit, the Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar, Secretary General of the SPLM and other ’honorable’ leaders of the SPLM to stop this scandal right away and embark on a new process to print our new currency. This must stop and let us have the design and the printing of the Pound public or else South Sudanese will reject it.

    Trading in Foreign Reserve/currency:

    Bank of South Sudan (BoSS) is a product of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). It was meant to be a public institution that would manage in collaboration with the Bank of Sudan (BoS) the economy of Southern Sudan as per the CPA. Now as the Republic of South Sudan is being prepared to be launched on 9th July 2011, the BoSS must begin to function as the central Bank of the new nation. It must now prepare to assume the traditional functions of any central Bank namely: issues the currency, regulates the monitory policy; controls the interest rates; oversee the commercial banking system within its country’s borders; and more importantly, it must ensure that banks and other financial institutions do not behave recklessly or fraudulently.

    Look at what is happening in the Bank of South Sudan (BoSS) today. Senior top officials are trading in hard currency. A whistle blower right in the Bank has revealed to us that: President of BoSS and his Deputy are busy trading in foreign reserve, mainly the US dollar. Some of influential subordinates are now involved in the same deal.

    The BoSS bosses are seriously involved in FOREX BUREAUs in Juba (We challenge the security personnel to investigate more than 160 FOREX BUREAUs in Juba). You will find out that they have established one for a son-in-Law and several FOREX Bureaus for their relatives, including one owned by some immediate cousin.

    Worst of all the guys are now racing with time, they approve on daily basis thousands of dollars to FOREX Bureaus and to individuals for trade in the black market. As we write this document, the exchange rate of US dollar to a Sudanese pound is SDG 3.450. This is what these guys are exploiting. Instead of regulating the financial institutions, they are involved in making profits for themselves and their families.

    Now the hard currency is depleted from our Bank. As we become independent on 9th July 2011, our central Bank will have no or a negligible foreign currency reserve vital for the economy.

    Why is the GoSS President keeping these old retired gentlemen? These greedy guys must not be allowed to continue in this important lifeline of the nation. They are retired men. Chances must be given to the young emerging Bankers to exercise their talents rather than rely on these corrupt old men. Their combined age is 165 years. Nowhere in the world do you keep such senile people to run an important institution like the Central Bank. They are there to loot as much money as they would get before they are kicked out. They are not for their careers. They are there for money making. Let them go.

    Illegal Award of Contracts to the Wife of a Minister:

    Article 121 (2) of the Interim Constitution of Southern Sudan, 2005, stipulates that GoSS President, the Vice President and Ministers should not use their positions to benefit themselves or persons related to them or their family members from any business emanating from the Government. One Minister concerned uses his position and that of his friends in GoSS to award contracts to his wife. The wife is an Ethiopian national, whom he married in 1980’s using blood money of the SPLA, when he was in charge of SPLA office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

    As a senior member of the GoSS, this minister uses his influence at the highest level to acquire contracts illegally for his wife. The company is owned by his wife. According to whistle blower in the heart of GoSS, the company was recently awarded, in the most dubious manner, a contract worth US dollars 8 millions to furnish J1, the Juba State House. The lowest bids were ignored and her high bid was accepted because of the influence of husband-minister and the clique. This money sucking Company of the Minister managed by his Ethiopian wife and his brother in-Law is also involved in Hotel business, such as the Quality Hotel; The Juba Grand Hotel and Beijing. A network of thieves are involved, including staff of the Ministry of Finance and other key Ministries who accommodate their guests in these hotels.

    All these dubious contracts are causing serious tensions in the Ministry of Housing. And even before people settle down after the referendum on the Independence of Southern Sudan, this minister again and some very corrupt people in the high office of the GoSS gave the wife a contract worth US $.5 million to renovate the Office of the President of the Government of Southern Sudan.

    Remember this office is being renovated for the Second time. The first time, the brother of this minister, who was the Minister in the office of the President consumed more than US $.3 million on the office and the work ended up uncompleted. Now his brother comes along and gets US $.5 million to finish the unfinished refurbishment.

    Oh! Innocent President Kiir Mayardit what is going on in your office? If the renovation of your office costs that much, how much will it take to build Your Excellency an office as the President of Independent South Sudan brother?

    Important:

    What do these thugs, want from Southern Sudan? During the war, Dr. John Garang entrusted these men to collect money from across the world to carry out the war. These people made millions out of that and here they are again paralyzing Southern Sudan. They are millionaires and they are still very thirsty looking for more money.

    THEY FORGET OUR PEOPLE OF ABYEI AND GET INVOLVED IN LOOTING THE SOUTH:

    These Abyei boys, instead of putting their minds to solve the problem of Abyei, the children of Deng Majok and their cousins, who willingly handed-over our people of Abyei to the Arabs, are busy day and night stealing millions of dollars from Southern Sudan and buying Houses all-over the world, while talking nonsense about children of the other Southern Sudanese fighting to liberate Abyei. Why you fools? Why don’t you go yourselves or send your own children. President Kiir you must stop them from looting Southern Sudan to the bones.

    The people of Anti-corruption must take action and investigate these Contracts immediately, otherwise some of us will take the law into our hands because we fought to free our people’s resource from such embezzlement and now even the Arabs could set us free and others have already taken the place of the Arabs to cheat our people. No, we will never allow this to happen to Comrade President Kiir Mayardit.

    Battle over the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan:

    As you move from Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) to the Republic of South Sudan, the new nation must have a new constitution to govern it. To have this constitution it must be based on the existing legal and constitutional documents (the CPA, the Interim Constitution of Southern Sudan, the Interim Constitution of Republic of Sudan) and/or best practice in as far as the South Sudan and other countries are concerned.

    Based on this background, the President of GoSS issued several decrees, in February and March this year, appointing members of the so called technical committee from SPLM, other Southern Political Parties and civil society, to review the Interim Constitution of Southern Sudan.

    The first observation of this review committee is that it is not technical, it is a political committee. A handful of members are technicians. If you appoint politicians to review the constitution, you are bound to have a serious conflict, because each politician will try to insert his interest into the constitution.

    This is exactly what is happening in the review committee. The SPLM wants to write the constitution to the exclusion of others. For instance, the SPLM wants to carry the CPA interim institutions into the new country to the exclusion of others. A case in point is the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly (SSLA) and to appoint Southern members of the Khartoum based national assembly into the SSLA to form the Transitional Assembly of the new nation. This is ridiculous. Everyone knows that the infamous rigged April elections brought nearly all members of the SPLM. Are you going to have the SPLM Transitional Parliament to write the Constitution of the new republic? Imagine how that nation will look like under the SPLM constitution.

    We call upon the people of good will both within the SPLM and the international community to rescue this newly born nation from the tyranny of a clique within the SPLM, who have already squandered resources of South Sudan and now want to write themselves into the new constitution of infant nation to be.

    John Mayen Jurkuc; Juba, South Sudan

    Can be reached at johnmayenjurkuc@yahoo.co.uk

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  • 23 March 2011 22:19, by Murle Intellectual

    Eventhough a ’jokozeen carraaci nguuw’ Dr Garang deserves due respect and he is the best choice to be displayed on the new currency. But those pick pockets and day-light looters, those Dinka boys along Old Custom road who pretend to be money exchangers are a shame on the South Sudan. Those thugs are robbing people but nobody cares. They have fake US$ and they rob people without shame. Does South Sudan really has a functioning national security?

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  • 24 March 2011 01:47, by Conventional Wisdom

    it’s worthy to put the image of a dead person leader on currency rather than putting an image of living bastard

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    • 24 March 2011 04:18, by Mwoi

      I think you are conventional tool who deprive himself of wisdom.
      How could you claim conventionality when your personality is in conflict with intellectuality.
      Yes the sane wish that the personality of John Garang should appear on the currency but that does not mean the others are bastards.

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      • 24 March 2011 05:52, by Historical Boy!

        Garang’s face in the currency of independent South Sudan which he fought against its founders trying to keep Sudan united is a shame.

        Garang was not the leader who launched the war in August 1955 and will not be the one to raise the flag in July 2011.

        So why trade with this in-between leader?

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  • 1 May 2011 13:27, by zande

    it is too early to say south sudan can continue as indpendent nation for they still need the northerners help and support.
    The citizens need training and awerness for most of them are illitrate.i am foregn national currently residning in juba the southern capital.i observed so many problems from the gov offices,traffic police the police station and the citizens all.
    In the first place,every citizens don’t give respect for the foriegn nationals .The traffic police has no order and rules .if you are driving a car and you are brown skin then you will be the victim.They will stop you at any moment and annoy you and if they didn’t get any mistake then they beg you to buy them water or chicken.you will be asked to do this when ever you move through the town.so it would be several times through the day.
    The other cenario is at night time...
    at night time the so called police men or the memebers from the army have a daily schedule to search for illigal movment of arms i have heard that this is ordred by the Goss but in deed what i have encounterd is some thing differnet and unexpected.
    here is the story
    Me,my friend and his girl friend were in our way to our home from hotel at 11PM at nigth, while driving we reached the so called road junction at kogno kogno market place. there lots of cars are waiting for thier turn to be searched for the illigal arms.we stopped there and one of them come to search our car" he said aslam alikum" we replied "allikum assalam" he orderd us to turn on the car’s internal bulb and we did it. while we r doing it he left us and gone to some where and another man came.He didn’t see in to the car but instead asked for the migration card while we r showing him he is HURRASING MY FRIENDS GIRL FRIEND.he start to pinch her and send his fingers to her genetals in front of us.this is awful very disrepecting and bushy way of thinking like rapers of DR congo rebles.he annoyed us and start to take her to his police car he pushed her.finally,we gave him 30Sdp and he gone with out even doing the intended job,searching for illigal arms.
    In your day to day activities the citizens provoke you. they follow you to snatch you purse or bags.i have heard lots of cases of looting by armed men wearing masks.me my self victim of that one south sudanse follwed to my home and rob my bag comprising laptops and its accesory,my passport and educational credentials.i am sure he don’t know how to use the lap but he wants to make money by snatching from me.
    in arbeic ,thieves has no place so ,the northern people should teach them how to live with foriegn people.They should train them bribe,stealing is sin. we come here to help the community, to train them ,to teach them to take them from menatal poverty not to be victim of thier police men or to be robbed by thier ordinary citizens.when you report the issue to the officals they say "those are not our citizens they r ugandans".but i say,as far as i know no ugandan police is serving in south sudan,no ugandan or other citizens serving in south sudan’s ministry offices.i don’t know any ugandian or other national use south sudan’s police car stop cars search each car and ask irrelevant questions and harras women on the road.
    So i advice the so called officals to work on this to look in to thier own people stop openning looting vacancy like the the other night me and my frind faced.
    i might be reached by suzanzanda10@yahoo.com

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