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South Sudan MPs donate 10% of salary to armed forces

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April 16, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudanese MPs in the country’s parliament in Juba have agreed to give 10% of their salary to country’s military as the fighting against the Sudanese army in disputed oil-rich border areas approaches its third week.

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South Sudan Nation Legislative Assembly in 2011 (Gurtong)

The Deputy Speaker of the National Legislative Assembly, Daniel Awet Akot on Monday assured the general public that MPs would contribute a substantial amount of cash and food items to the troops on the border. The government would also send ambulances with drugs to the frontline where Unity State borders Sudan’s South Kordofan State.

Less than a year after South Sudan’s independence the country is close to all out war with Khartoum and facing severe austerity measures after it decided to stop oil production in January after an dispute over transit fees.

Six years of inertia, procrastination, bickering and brinksmanship during a peace deal from 2005-2011 has meant that many issues, including demarcating most of the 1,800 kilometre north-south border and an oil deal to allow Juba to export its crude through Sudan, remain unresolved.

South Sudanese MPs endorsed President Salva Kiir’s decision not to withdraw his troops from Hegilg on Thursday. The next day Kiir laid out the key conditions under which he would order the SPLA to retreat. He asked that either UN peacekeepers are deployed to the are or Khartoum would have gave guarantees not to use the area as a base to attack Unity State.

Khartoum has rejected the proposals and has vowed to retake the area, internationally recognised as being part of South Kordofan, using force. South Sudan has denied assertions from the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) that they have been able to wrestle back part of the region.

On Monday the Sudanese parliament in Khartoum voted to designate South Sudan an "enemy" state, further indicating the dire state of relations between Africa’s youngest and its third largest nations.

Meanwhile in Juba, Atem Garang, the MP for Twic East and Duk County in Jonglei State told reporters that the Ministry of Health should establish a medical team at the frontline where the army is fighting to treat the wounded soldiers.

Another MP Awut Deng said that there was also a need to establish a mobile hospital at the border to take care of the wounded soldiers.

A UN report covering 6-13 April found that: "Most casualties admitted to hospitals in Bentiu were military." Officials in Unity State reported that four civilians and one soldier were killed when SAF bombed a strategically important bridge near the Unity State capital on Saturday.

Akol Pual MP, told his fellow representatives to be mindful that the current crisis might lead to a full scale war and called upon them to be prepared. He further said that the country should be prepared to donate blood for the soldiers who may be wounded in the war.

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  • 17 April 2012 07:19, by Ahmed Chol

    Any person who has stolen money amounting to 1 million or more is any enemy of the state at this time. S/he is the enemy of South Sudan when we need money right now.

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    • 17 April 2012 07:32, by Mi diit

      The parliament should have also resolved to stop disarming the civilian youth and encourage recruiting them into the army with immediate effect.

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      • 17 April 2012 08:06, by Diu J.Kuek

        Well done its a good moved South Sudan MPs come out with a excellence idea to donate 10% of their salary to our Soldiers yes but should be comprehensive for all level in the Govt of South Sudan.
        As people of Unity State already done their part and continuous doing so in term of food items,blood donation during the war cassualties as quoted by Mr Akol Paul.
        such an step has already taken.

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      • 17 April 2012 09:20, by Chok Deng

        Thanks Honorable MPs,the little one is better than nothing.

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        • 17 April 2012 19:22, by panom lualbil

          HEY NUERS!!
          See generosity of folks who mind much of their COUNTRY than their pockets!! Apart from their struggled for liberation, they also turned to be DONORS of their country. This HERO AWET AKOT was now the 2nd to recently donor who donated $100 000 to his state. While all of NUERS here are to say, oh well DINKA donated money they embezzled from corruption. Check this out though!!

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          • 17 April 2012 19:35, by panom lualbil

            OMAR BASHIR has began to inquire government’s money he bribed you during SPLA’s struggle to fight yourselves. He started with house of foodie RIEK MACHAR FART. Your agility to foods seeking between country has impact on you now. But none of dinka business. We got freedom for you free of charged.

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            • 18 April 2012 10:48, by Ruach

              Panom Lualbil.Your confusion has swelled your brain and lead to negativity of your mind.

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    • 17 April 2012 07:32, by Jijury

      Finally those fat MPs realized who’re actually staying out day and night to keep them safe. Where were they when these innocent soldiers were walking around in Juba with empty Bellies? Shame on them 10% why not 20%?

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    • 17 April 2012 08:08, by omoni jr.

      chiefs thievery of south sudan should feed SPLA army at this critical moment.

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    • 17 April 2012 08:50, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      MPs,see how now the SPLA Soldiers are suffering in the protection of this from Arabs Nation while among you there in Juba are not giving in all their right,please without a strong solider there is no Nation and development,this time SPLA soldiers requirement should in the Top Prority Kiir,

      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 17 April 2012 07:25, by Michael Angelo

    Now, these fake arabs will know that Southerners are united more than ever before. We are ready to defend our country if Khartoum don’t stop attacking us.

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  • 17 April 2012 07:34, by Fallensoilder

    All this millioners in the government should donate $2-5 million each if there capable, it is War!

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  • 17 April 2012 07:34, by Madina Tonj

    Not only MPS to contributed money but also none government organizations and all civilians must step in to support SPLA in anything you have it now.Tonj communities have giving 380 Bull cows for Juba in 1992. Tonj communities gave 370 Bull cows for war in Kupborboo river this is time for others communities to donate 10,000 Bull cows and food items

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  • 17 April 2012 07:45, by Makuei

    Good gesture - folks. Keep up the good work!!

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  • 17 April 2012 07:54, by dinkdong

    10% of what they have been stealing. Bunch of thieves!

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  • 17 April 2012 07:59, by Lango2010

    that is a good step our dear MPS but we ask you to look into the account of those who embezzle our public fund to return them the government to be used as: welfare of our comrades in the battle field and for buying more anti-aircraft because that will limit SAF boombardment. let support our nation by all means possible South Sudan oyee SPLA oyee

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  • 17 April 2012 09:42, by wang

    I think 10% from our MPs are not enough; it should be 15-25%. Thanks anyway for the well decisions you guys came up with.
    God bless South

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  • 17 April 2012 10:29, by Emmanuel Ajang Solomon

    Congratulations our MPS.But why did you not give one month salary. I think the idea of others saying that all those who stole our money since 2005 until today should be made to either pay or declare as enemies of the South Sudan.

    Dear, MPS try to think again and give some thing reasonable what is 10% .

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  • 17 April 2012 12:23, by Lok T Simon

    Dear Southerners,
    The problem now is not stealing of money by those concerned, but the only funny thing again is that those (Upper Nile and Bhar el Ghazal) who fought Khartoum gove for 21 years when Sudan was one, now are the same people defending RSS when other regions in South are going for shopping and universities in nearby countries and abroad countries. Upper Nille and Bhar el Ghazal ---

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  • 17 April 2012 12:30, by Lok T Simon

    Upper Nile and Bhar el Ghazal are behind in Education and they are having huge died of people and disability while other regions in the south are enjoying some where else when it is time for war. It is not adjustify if you,
    These regions who avoided themselves from war or died are always claiming that Upper Nile and Bhar el Ghazal are dominating the gov of RSS yet they are not there now for def.

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    • 17 April 2012 12:39, by Lok T Simon

      These two regions i.e. Upper Nile and Bhar el Ghazal are capable to defend south, but we don’t wish to see complain when the situation restrain and clam down by those fighters. These two regions are worth to rule us every time although they have limited standard.

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  • 17 April 2012 13:02, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Look at these gluttons people of Southern Sudanese ministers.
    They said to contribute 10 % instead of 100% percent and they are not fighting. Shame to all of them.

    By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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    • 17 April 2012 17:33, by Born-to-Rule

      Mr. Deng,

      Prove your point of gluttons?. Don’t be stupid, what! 100%. What have you contributed to the war so far ... instead of being a tough guy behind the keyboard. Those who are born to rule will always be the readers who are doing the hard work to protect the country. With all due respect to you sir, you’re a wimp dude!.

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  • 17 April 2012 13:22, by MKee

    I thought all these that they are talking about now were already prepared when the army went to war. At all time a country’s army must always have its militry doctors and equipment for treatment as casualties r common in frontline! the government need to alocate a proper budget to this operation not just the 10% from minister as I think it is going to b a long war if sudan don’t realise the truth

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  • 17 April 2012 13:28, by Nimber

    To all who blame the MPS for their 10% they contributed!!!
    To me they did a good job because even Salva Kiir him self did’t say any thing while So;diers are fighting for our nation and our coming generation.
    If you are now blaiming MPs who have contributed 10%, where is your contribution???
    Otherwise, blame when you contribute alot, little is better than nothing.
    MPs who have contributed Oyeee!!!!

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    • 17 April 2012 16:27, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      I dont think that money would be enough,we need 30% donation inorder to meets the needs of the army in term of buying hardwares,salaries increase and allawces.thank.

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    • 17 April 2012 17:14, by somebody are Tonj

      It’s an act of good deed, but why does there have to be a donation of this kind? It doesn’t give me good faith in the constitution.

      Salva Kiir and his delegation should have given the army a substantial budget in the first instance. We knew we were likely to have to fight the North again, so why didn’t we give the army a budget that would give confidence and show clear weapon improvements?

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    • 17 April 2012 17:27, by somebody are Tonj

      I’m sure it’s only 10% of their salary for a month that they are donating, which will probably be around 1,500SSP each (nothing). We should have war planes, missile guidance technology, laser technology or any other new initiative. If only a little money went into development, and not even the army then where did it go?

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  • 17 April 2012 17:32, by somebody are Tonj

    What I’d like to see is a designated annual fund to everything, divide designated money to the people, divide designated money to the army and so on. The donations needn’t be necessary if that is done, and unaccounted money won’t be excusable if this is done because the money will be enough and calculated.

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  • 17 April 2012 17:51, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear MPS
    10% isn’t enough, better to eat your money and remember one day things will turn against you badly; we knew what you’re doing in Diaspora, while some of you did not fight for this land .shame on you guys

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  • 17 April 2012 18:01, by Elijah B. Elkan

    To President Kiir and his administration, congratulations for job well done. South should not be bullied by Khartoum. The contribution of MP’s to the war is the first step and example.
    James Okuk, Lam Akol and Justin Ambago --- Now is the time for all the good men to come to the aid of their country. Were are you hiding boys, Oops, you were not born to rule. Sorry, can’t help it.

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  • 17 April 2012 20:32, by E. Defense Forces
    • 17 April 2012 20:51, by omoni jr.

      Actually Omar Bashir is the one creating the messse in sudans.therefore ,without him peace will be restore in the region.Lets remove this man who brough the disaster to our sisterly states.

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