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South Sudan police given rise despite austerity measures

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February 26, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudanese police authorities on Sunday announced that the government had approved a pay increase, despite the country looking to reign in spending as it adjusts from the loss of oil revenues.

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A picture released by the UN showing recruits for the Southern Sudan Police Service (SSPS) at the John Gurang Unified Memorial Police Training Academy in Rajaf, South Sudan on 7 October 2010

A dispute over transit fees for exporting southern crude led Juba to stop all production, depriving the seven month old nation of 98% of its income. Last week President Salva Kiir created an austerity committee to analyse what areas of government spending could be cut.

On 20 February South Sudan’s cabinet announced a string of cost cutting measures. South Sudan’s finance ministry has said that salaries among the civil service or the security services would not be effected by the cuts but did mention that they were considering increasing police pay.

South Sudan’s police have welcomed their pay rise, saying that it was only approved after weeks screening and by recommendation of the ministry of interior. Alison Magaya, the interior minister, sits on the newly established austerity committee.

General Peter Mading, spokesman of South Sudan Police said on Sunday that the pay increase had given his "comrades in the police force" a reason to smile.

“It has always been the wish of our president Salva Kiir Mayardit, and his cabinet members to do something good to this country”, Mading told journalists on Sunday.

The new salary structure, Mading said, was "good news to not only for us in the ministry of interior but also to family members of individual police".

The senior police officer described the decision of the government as “bold and encouraging” steps towards nation building.

Under the new scheme the salary of a policeman will increase to close to 700 South Sudanese Pounds ($260) a month, up from SSP400 ($150) a month.

Peter Gatluak, a police officer at the ministry of interior said he welcomed approval of the new salary structure by the president.

“This is encouraging a lot. I am thankful to our minister of interior, General Alison Magaya and his deputy, General Salva Mathok Gengdit for showing hard work since they took over the office. At least the result of their work has materialised”, he said.

Gatluak said the increment in the salary structure will boost morale of the serving police force. Several police officers told Sudan Tribune that they welcomed the approval of the new salary structure but expressed disappointment that it took so long.

(ST)

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  • 27 February 2012 06:41, by Dakoom

    Hahahaha, John Gurang police academy? Gurang is the best nickname for John Garang.

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    • 27 February 2012 07:01, by Dakoom

      The are two funny names availed at Sudantribune by Southsudanese. The abbreviation (SSP) mean three things .1) It mean South Sudan Pound (SSP). 2) second, it mean "South Sudan police (SSP). 3) Third, it mean South Sudan People (SSP). Besides, John Garang is best nicknamed as John Gurang, meaning the end or closer of rangs ( Tombs). So impressive coincidences indeed.

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  • 27 February 2012 06:45, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    Only a food lover that are going to expressed disappointment that it took so long.but not other who start it from zero to ssp700,

    I am working with foreign minster but we never complained about salaries,
    I knew who are those complaining are nuer food lovers,
    what a shame,
    death to food lovers,

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    • 27 February 2012 15:44, by Mi diit

      DD spla/m

      You denied that you work with foreign ministry few hours ago. Does it mean you are born to lie?

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  • 27 February 2012 06:47, by George Bol

    Dakoom,

    You Know Dr John Garang de Mabior Atem. You should stop making fun,that is just a typo from the Journalist. Who brought you to this level? even in your pockets you always know him. Everyday you put Dr John through your mouth and stomach.Too bad that some people are behind. Thanks

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    • 27 February 2012 07:07, by Dakoom

      George Bol, I think you don’t use your mind or think of how impressive and meaningful some things may appear despite whatever matter.
      For John Garang to be nicknamed as John Gurang is a huge honour and a fact whether it happen through a typing error or intendedly named so.
      Yes John Garang was the last to die after his Southsudan martyrs which is why he could be best named John Gurang.

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      • 27 February 2012 07:17, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        dakooom [what a name?]
        So what is your case with Dr John Garang? I hop when there was kahrtoum food agreement, there was no janitor ppl like you,
        death to you,

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        • 27 February 2012 07:26, by Dakoom

          Hey guys,Dinka Dominated SPLA,

          Do you guys think or are you all just blind internet parasites.
          Think again how important and appropriate the name Gurang mean in reference to a calibre of John Garang.
          Iam from Bor and Iam happy with that nickname to Garang as Gurang because any Bor man will know the underlying meaning of that name Gurang.
          Yes, Garang ee rengs(rangs) guur and he deserve it.

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          • 27 February 2012 08:08, by Rine Village

            Yes the increment of the polices’ salaries is not bad issue then it is a part of development, therefore, you should work on behave of your Country/ community, then you would get something on it. it is not surprise to hear that polices’ salaries increased. my appreciation goes to president of republic of South Sudan then Ministry of interior for the good work they have done!

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  • 27 February 2012 07:25, by Jtomorrow

    South Sudan police given "raise" not rise

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  • 27 February 2012 12:57, by Tamongali

    It is unfair and injustice to give one faction of a society raise in salary and to leave the others to face austerity measures. policeman is not better than a teacher and teacher is not better than a policeman all are serving the society by different means.Why police only and not the rest.are they not important.unfair unfair unfair decision at this critical moment.

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  • 28 February 2012 01:51, by panom lualbil

    I didnt understand why only police were given rise when no job well done? Was that of unity’s polices who recently captured 10 criminals? The government was wrong for not attaching reasons as a move. Compared to that appreciation of Abangasi of W Equatoria by religion groups.

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  • 28 February 2012 20:53, by morogot batal

    minister of interrior graduated few month back some 800 policemen and policeladies from EE STATE.the surprice is that 300 police were told that they dont have salaries.
    — THE QUESTION IS,WHY RECRUITING THESE INNOCENT CIVILIANS AND DETAIB THEM FOR ONE YEAR AND AHALF?
    — WHAT WAS THE USE OF GIVING THEM MILITARY INFORMATION AND RELEASING THEM OPOSITE OUT OF SERVICE?
    — THIS ISSUE MUST BE ADRESS NOW

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