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Jonglei citizens express their concerns about distribution of new currency

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August 8, 2011 (BOR) - Jonglei state ministry of finance on Monday gave assurances that the currency exchange program will take place on time.

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The queue at Bor Exchange center, a man is counting his old notes as he waits for his turn, August 8, 2011 (ST)

The Director General of the Ministry of Finance, Duom Kuol Ageer, told Sudan Tribune, Jonglei state is working hard to respect the 1 September currency exchange program deadline.

South Sudan introduced the South Sudan Pound was introduced on 18 July, ahead of schedule. The currency was introduced after the independence of South Sudan was announced on 9 July.

“The process of currency exchange which started on 18 July after the public launching ceremony, is going on well even in the counties. We have sent teams to various counties and their work is reported to be been going well”, said Kuol.

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Director General, in the ministry of Finance, Duom Kuol Ageer speaking at his office in Bor August 8, 2011 (ST)

Kuol said the team dealing with the currency exchange is an independent body working under the instructions of the Central Bank of South Sudan. He said the state government’s role in the process is to direct them to the necessary areas after mapping the whole state.

“The team is not under our authority. We don’t even know their background. What we did was the mapping out of the locations to be used as centres. They then went in to Counties from 2-5 August,” said Kuol.

According to the residents in Bor, the process is behind schedule.

A local trader dealing in cattle, Joseph Kur Deng told Sudan Tribune with great disappointment that the people brought by the government to exchange the money are operating too slowly. He accused them of closing the exchange centres early, at about 3.00pm, leaving many people in the lines disappointed.

Kur said three centres in Bor with two staff each are not sufficient to serve the large population in Bor and the surrounding villages.

There seemed to be no sign of new currency in the villages despite the fact that the process has been going on for the three weeks.

A teacher in Ayod north said they are expecting money to reach his district in mid-August. He said villagers are confused about what the new note will look like and whether the exchange will really be one old Sudanese pound for one new South Sudanese Pound.

Yar Ayom, a woman in her seventies in Mabior-leek village, Anyidi disctrict, who was given a new 100 South Sudanese Pound note by a relative, kissed the note two times and placed it before her praising God for for the South Sudan currency adorned with the face of John Garang.

Koang Bimon in Akobo said the process is slow because only one person has been sent to the county to distribute the new currency.

He said it is a nightmare for the people of remote districts like Akobo who have to travel to the county HQ for days on foot to exchange the little money they have.

Bimon suggested the extension of the deadline and increasing the capacity.

(ST)

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  • 9 August 2011 06:30, by Dhalaluaak

    According to my suggestion,the government need to employ a minimum number of three people in each county and six people in the capital,such that they can easily speed up with time.
    It is uneasy for those living a round the country side to come to the HQ due poor and flooded roads as well as traveling for long distances.Dear government,please put this into your full consideration to help your citizens exchange their monies before your allotted deadline end in september 1,2011.

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    • 9 August 2011 07:00, by Ahmed Chol

      Money in the hands of these poor local people means a lot to them when compared to the millions in the hands of our generals and ministers as percentage of their wealth. 10 pounds means a lot to a poor local villager than 1000 pounds to a general or a minister.

      The government should make sure the poor locals get their money exchanged before the time run out.

      Ahmed Chol whatever begins in anger,ends in shame

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  • 9 August 2011 06:32, by Waucity

    Oil prices are going down and the world economy is in big trouble right now. So, what are your thoughts in bor?...The reason why it is so important to understand that the world economy is in bad shape is because nobody will afford to donate..So, there would no food from UN. Which mean people will face famine...So, stop counting currencies and start farming.

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    • 9 August 2011 07:28, by Dhalaluaak

      waucity,
      It’s not happening Bor,Jonglei alone but also in Malakal,Upper Nile.The employees who exchanged currencies are few and slow.

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    • 9 August 2011 07:44, by Quol Quot

      @Waucity,

      Have people in Wau (Bhar el Ghazal ) stop counting their money and start farming?

      Which year did your people farm and stop feeding on relief food?

      And when did you become wise?

      Is your wisdom reflected in your comment?

      Quol Quot

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  • 9 August 2011 06:45, by Anei Matungphat

    It seem like a robbreyy plan right there. Days are runningng short and the local people who have hard time getting money are now being deprived by the government by not exchanging their little cash on time and cutting days shotrt as well.

    What’s our gov’t plan about this, hope it’s not another trick of saving RSS economy by counterfeiting some old pounds from the remote areas.

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