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Southern Sudan assembly passes budget for 3rd reading

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By Isaac Vuni

January 23, 2009 (JUBA) — The Government of South Sudan’s legislators have today passed the 2009 budget for its third and final reading, which should have been done last December.

The GOSS minister of finance has warned that Southern Sudan is slipping toward economic disaster as oil prices in the world market continue dropping. He thus urged the MPs to find ways to improve on other sources of revenue collection rather than depending largely on oil revenue. The minister also warned that this year’s general salary of GOSS employees would not be the same, indicating possible cuts in salaries, emoluments and hospitalities allowances.

Last year there were high overruns in military expenses. "If the president directs me to release fund for security, should I wait to consult the assembly for approval?" posited the minister of finance.

Earlier the chairman of Economy, Development and Finance committee, Hon. Barri Wanji, outlined ministries that have overspent. These are the office of the president, which had a 98% overrun, the Vice President’s Office at 100%, the Presidential Affairs Office at 100%, Legal Affairs at 90%, Regional Corporation at 80%, South Sudan Legislative Assembly at 27% and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at 160%, among others.

He also disclosed that a sum of 141 million Sudanese pounds was approved by the ministry of finance toward Constituency Development Fund (CDF) of 78 counties of South Sudan, which is due to be transacted through the bank.

Hon. Wanji said the budget crisis, as described by ministers, was caused by ministers themselves by imposing wrong direction on the economy, hindering concentrated production and development activities that would guarantee employment for South Sudanese. He appealed to the minister of finance to develop a national economic control and exchange rate and emphasized that food security was paramount for people of south Sudan, which imports food from abroad.

Hon. Oliver Mori Benjamin appealed to Assembly chairpersons to present their working plan including how much they spend, as an example to ministers to help them avoid wasteful spending.

He also wondered whether the formation of commissions for anti-corruption and human rights were merely a show for the international community. He also suggested that GOSS must indicate how much money was spent on accommodations and provisions for LRA negotiators during the period when Southern Sudan was attempting to mediate a solution between the northern Ugandan rebels and the Ugandan government.

Hon. Dr. Achol Marial Deng accused Speaker James Wani Igga of being preferential toward particular legislators, allegedly protecting GOSS rather than the suffering people. He also challenged the minister of finance to elucidate on how much money was approved and loaned to individuals from 2006 to 2008, and to whom it was distributed. Otherwise, he noted, the finance minister could have given to family members at the expense of southerners, without anyone knowing.

Hon. Mori suggested that student loans should be introduced for study purposes while the number of technical schools be increased. There is only one operational in Juba, noted Mori.

The minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, who is also acting minister for Education Science and Technology, said that there are 28,000 teachers and administrators, 300 scholarships given to students in Egypt, 300 for returnees children in East Africa, five in Malaysia, 19 in Ethiopia and 10 in Rwanda. While the one in South African yet to materialize. He suggested that more new universities should be built this year to accommodate many children now missing higher education in their own country.

Hon. Henry Oyat said many young graduates are roaming around without employment because their own government has failed to recruit them, instead handing opportunities to foreigners. He also noted that fifteen vehicles were budgeted for the fire brigade in the last budget but only two are released and he wondered what happened to the other thirteen vehicles.

Hon. John Oromo Itorong said the minister of finance used 4.4 billion from appropriations bill without approval of the assembly and cautioned the minister of finance not to hide under food security spending, otherwise next budget will be unrealistic.

Meanwhile the minister of presidential affairs, Dr. Luka Biong Deng, defended his ministry, saying that he was in touch with the presidency regarding pledges given for health and education in areas they visited.

Minister Mary Kiden Kimbo, Minister of Gender, Social welfare and Religious Affairs, said "a desperate situation demands desperate measures," referring to the matter that the commission should allocate more for widows.

Journalists encountered difficulties in accessing vital presentations, including one made by the chairman of the Economy, Development and Finance Committee.

There were 96 legislators in the hall and the debate ended at 7:16 p.m. Sudan local time.

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  • 24 January 2009 07:05, by Freedom Fighter

    Very impressive debate, it sounds exactly like debate in the USA Congress. Southern Sudan government deserves respect and appreciation for applying such an advance level of Democracy. But I was stunt little bit to learn the fact that the president of Southern Sudan can just order minister of finance to release money without knowledge and approval of representatives of the people (Assembly), such a practice once existed in Uganda during time of Edi-Amin Dada and there is no any Democratic government in the world applies such a system.

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    • 24 January 2009 10:19, by philosopher

      people learn through mistake. I think this strategy to bring anyone accuse of corruption to justice would work. it work for vice president Dr. Riak Machar, admited to have taken the amounts of twentyfive trillions 25,000,000,000,000 $$ US dollars at the court instead of alleged 25,000,000,000,000 billions. and if the goverment keep on trying others namely accused like former presidential adviser Stephen madut Baak, caught sneaking the amounts of three Billions 3,000,000,000,000 to UK maybe those three billion probably might turn to three trillions or even more.I think this strategy is the reason behind an improvements in the parliament at this time. because every politician was aware that anti corruption campaigners are getting stronger than ever.

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      • 24 January 2009 11:09, by Gatwech

        Foolosepher,

        You writing does not make sense at all. Who admitted to have taken money, when and where? What do you know about the figure in trillions or in billions? Please, don’t write lies in that primitive way.

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        • 24 January 2009 15:29, by philosopher

          hahahahaha!!

          Miss darwech, when did you back from honeymoon mate? did you enjoy your male to male system with your love Mr Logic boy? I was aware that this comments will ich your ass the most, but to tell you what? take it easy! these comments are quite fair because the are not carries any tribal’s hatred or others controversial cite. and before that, can I just ask you this question?

          Have you ever heard of something call freedom of speech in politic at all?

          of course! that was what I am trying to do,I was trying to excercised my freedom of speech, much better than your jealousy and tribal remarks because it ’s not elligal. so what is your concern to call me fool? Is it about Dr Riek? well I think he is not a chief of any nuer payam but vice president of the whole South Sudan. please learn about politic or spent time with your boyfriend instead.

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          • 24 January 2009 16:11, by Gatwech

            Foolosopher,

            It is not surprising that a Dinkaweed would always abuse freedoms since that vocabulary did not exist in their culture. Freedom of speech and of expression doesn’t mean you are free to lie or defame others. You can go to jail for that, if you are not aware!

            This mentality is what makes you think that grabbing lands, stealing public money, bullying smaller tribes is an expression of one’s freedom. Can you see how retarded your brains are?

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            • 24 January 2009 22:07, by philosopher

              Darwech’

              Better focus on freedom, it ’s freedom changes in new Sudan that allow you to call your master Dinkas fools. something absolutely blasphemous and unacceptable,where as Turkanaian of Kenya could not dare to call theirs Luo & Kikuyus masters fools. you want people to retrograde back to old system of lackeys and mastership. is that what you want? Then what is wrong about freedom of speech and expression, Why should it be you to enjoy it alone?

              Darwech, my friend, your job of male prostitution you recently adapted from your previous masters during your defection times doesn’t match with the politic at all. you need to either quit politic or change your lustfull manners completely when approaching to politic matters.

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              • 26 January 2009 16:39, by Danford

                Philosher,

                I really don’t understand if you makes any difference with Gatwect, you’re surely birds of the same fathers. No doubt

                Just enjoy your hypocracy and siphiscated ignorance of the highest order, God will help you.

                Thanks for watering this website

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  • 24 January 2009 08:17, by Kwaje D

    What a wonderful! I had known that the office of Vice President is the most corrupt and overspending one given it leadership structure...

    There was nothing like Riek Machar winning against press cliams that he have illegal accounts in Kenya. Today, there is a prove that Riek is a man of eating and that is why he have 100% overspending...

    If at all Riek and Kiir Mayardit read news, let them tell the southerners why their offices overspend while thousands are dying in villages due to poor health conditions?

    Shame on your leadership!

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    • 24 January 2009 09:52, by khamis Isaac

      You are both right on corruption cliams because we are lead by corrupted trible particular Dinka Bhar El gazle and Nuer are the most corrupted communities on earth followed by Arab and agikuyu in Kenya.

      I would like to advised any writter on this site to inform their communities who are living to take care of life because security intelligent post has gone to Bhar El gazle and their alie supporters lead by Majak Agoot.

      Since the appointment of John and his deputy Mac Pual Kuol thing have been good in Juba.

      John lat is a former Lakes state governor who fall in trouble in his state due his tribalism appoitment while Majak Agoot and Mac Pual are belong to those Akuot Atem and Majer Gai who are the first SPLA DEFACTOR.

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      • 24 January 2009 11:22, by Gatwech

        Hey reactionaries!

        If you don’t know how budgets are spent I will teach you a bit here even if I am not economist. First, overspending doesn’t mean corruption, it means spending beyond your approved budget. This overspending can be on very important issues like security, emergencies, etc. For instance, if there is fighting in Bor town tomorrow, the President or the Vice President can go for emergence mission which can involve hiring of planes taking forces, members of parliament from Jonglei, their accomodation, the security mission may take days, going to other Payams or counties, transporting chiefs and feeding them, etc, etc. You may find that the money spent this mission is alot, but it was not originally in the approved budget for the office of President or the Vice President, etc. This is how overspending comes about. Can you argue that it was corruption for the Vice President to go to Jonglei to settle fighting there? Or do you want him to do the job using his pocket money from his own salary?

        What the MPs always fail to do is allocating enough budget in hundreds of millions of dollars which can be put a side only for emergency or security issues including natural disasters response. But because the MPs themselves are always fighting on increase of their salaries, and benefits beyond body else including the President, these is why there are more problems. The MPs themselves are not working for the interest of the people but there personal economic benefits. Since no body elected them, but are handpicked, the Parliament should be dissolved after passing the budget until the elections. I can tell you we are doing well here in Malakal than there in Juba as governments.

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        • 24 January 2009 11:42, by Kwaje D

          What is corruption Mr. Gatwech rather than eating beyond one’s capacity? This what happened in the office of the Presidency...; Simply, they eat alot...

          There is nothing like emergences outside the budget. Riek has never been to Bor Town to settle any problem apart from entering Jonglei State illegal last December for his selfish ideas. He ended up in Pibor, Pachala and other Counties of his ill interest. He is a man who works for war. Just see how the LRA - Uganda war talks (he calls it peace talks) ended? In war..

          Shame on them...

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          • 24 January 2009 16:18, by Gatwech

            Kwaje,

            I will respect your newly adopted Equatorian name which you think is a baptism. Again, you don’t know how Presidency spends money. If there is no budget put a side for emergencies, security issues and disasters, it more likely that the Presidency will overspend beyond its office budget. It can demand money from finance to deal with the immediate and emergency situation. That is not corruption, idiot! But because you are born to always stay on the opposite side, you will never appreciate my explanation. LRA peace process was foolishly spoiled by spoilers like your uncles who were simply jealous that the Vice President would be known world wide as peace maker. They forgot that he broght late John Garang to CPA after Khartoum Peace Agreement, and that is more than enough to be known as peace maker. The LRA negotiation were reported to be over only the signing remained, which was because of ICC, not Chief Mediator. Again, you don’t have capacity to analyse issues than to blame and blame others...

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      • 24 January 2009 11:45, by voices of lost boys

        Wow!!!! you guys seem to know more in and outside..you writers plus they others who are on there way of Improvement are very good.

        eg:- 1____ appoint out the mistake to whoever did its with question plus exmplaintion????

        2_____ blame the mistakers than to blamed others who have no Idea but want improvement.

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        • 24 January 2009 21:34, by black man world

          Bitwich DR Reik wont even agree him self with u when u act like this infront of his face lol he might even dont know u as his big fun but that doesnt makes sense a fun in a family is beta no fun at all cuz is tomuch and it doesnt represent the support well, because he alwayz call him his brother other then his role model lol bitch get your mind right u r definately sick get it!!!!

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          • 25 January 2009 02:01, by deng ngang

            I know some of you are not Sudanese. Some of you are not citizens of south Sudan and some of you are not pro-southern sudanese, instead have been lured with lumbsome amount in order to betray their fellow southerners and create faults.It could also mean that you’re too young to differentiate between what is good and what is bad. Every article that appears on this site is analysed conceptualised by you guys on tribal lines which doesn’t make sense in any way. Don’t you guys know that this site is being visited by everyone else irrespective of creed and color, social class and origin.When other people read what you guys are posting, they take it as your real naughtyness. It is a symbol of emptiness to discuss unproductive matters and leave nation-building task at a time when it is mandatory to build. If one thinks that the current leadership is too weak or corrupt to deliver CPA home, then why doesn’t he/she take a move and justify his/her mission. Please, lay down your arms of tribalism and take up spirit of togetherness as south sudanese and conquer the pending national crisis.If you tribalise now and you are the next governor of a mixed state then what will you do? Eat your words again? Stop it now for your own safety.

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            • 27 January 2009 23:29, by Toang Tiach Tot

              you are right boy let this tribalists writers shut up and stop commenting tribally on this official website which is barely open to the other world .the world may think that this is a way we are handling the things always

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              • 14 February 2009 03:28, by Canuck

                I’m a Canadian who has never set foot in Africa, let alone Sudan. I visit this website because I am interested in Sudan and have great hopes for its future. The arguments I read that are based in tribalism generally end up reduced to name calling and/or gay prostitute jokes. I’ve been pretty shocked at times by the hatred bouncing around between tribes. I can definitely appreciate how such sentiments are detrimental to a reconstruction mentality in South Sudan.. especially given the intensity of tribal resentments. I hope it doesn’t tear everything down.

                But no, I don’t think it’s how all of Sudan handles every dispute. Canada has its fair share of argumentative people screaming at each other too. Every country has people who behave in such ways, who do not always speak respectfully in disagreement, but it doesn’t mean the entire population’s like that. I hope all international readers recognize this as well.

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