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Kiir tells South Sudan governors to prepare for austerity measures


June 28, 2012 (JUBA) – President Salva Kiir Mayardit has briefed governors of South Sudan’s ten states on the austerity measures that will come into effect in the next few weeks and urged them to ’tighten their belts’.

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir (UN/Tim McKulka)

South Sudan has been hit by economic fragility as the government decided earlier this year to shut down its only export, oil, which provided for 98% of the country’s revenues, amid growing tensions with Sudan.

Last week the cabinet resolved to impose an austerity budget that would cut down on civil servants, stripping them of 50% of their housing allowances, freeze their incentives and make some of them lose jobs.

The proposal has however encountered a lot of criticisms from the public, fearing that life will be more difficult as the prices of basic commodities get higher, including house rents.

Kiir, on Thursday, told the governors gathered in his office that the coming measures will cut down on capital expenditures as well as reduce allocations to the states in form of block grants.

The Governor of Lakes state, Chol Tong Mayay, who made a press statement shortly after meeting Kiir, said there was elaborate briefing by the President on what was going to come.

Reliable sources speculate that Kiir considers reshuffling the cabinet, aiming to reduce the number of ministries in the executive, though such a scenario was not spelt out in the initial proposed measures which are currently before the national parliament for endorsement.


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  • 29 June 2012 07:26, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    You are correct Mr president,it is not wise to carry alot of bags of grain which contain dirt than carry very few bags which are well clean,implement your action now,among the govt officials some has bought certificate,without having knowledge in the certificate he/she is using as support in that position he/she is.


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    • 29 June 2012 07:27, by Quol Quot

      Why do you copy Khartoum? You may face protest like Khartoum too for introducing austerity measures.....

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      • 29 June 2012 08:42, by CHUOLJBOL

        Governors are not the key element that can resolve the economic situation in South Sudan,the right way president Kiir can do is to caught those who put the money of Nation to their foreign account.....Than Governors will deal for austerity’s measure.

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        • 29 June 2012 11:51, by eye-of-an-eye

          Mr. president though is the wise decission, I argue you first to get back the stolen money from those stolen, there has been splited to many accounts, I can advertise the victim(78 theives) that I hacked with their forreign old/current accounts.South Sudan has been hijacked by a powerful secretive organization which has people planted in key government/intelligence positions. eye of an eye.

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        • 30 June 2012 00:21, by panom lualbil

          CHUOL J BOL ?

          I read your last tribalism comments against MEN POWER so I

          thought you’re just FOOL STOOGE fellow. But now your brain

          seemed functioning, atleast you reminded me about 75 top

          leaders who corrupted $ 4m from our government. But quest

          what ! The MARTYR GARANG said, ’he FOUND right people to

          fuck ARABS UP good except those who could distributed foods

          equally to people’ he suggested all. However, this 75 top

          leaders were whom names were pending on corruption list by

          Garang. And if GARANG was alive by now, he would points at

          them and say ’here they go the big and fat corrupters I

          knew who lacked sharing of foods.’ But anyway, GARANG left

          us after HIS VICTORY except there will be nobody amongst us

          to FIT his position. None of this 75 corrupters wont

          prosecute none of them since they were in the ’same boat’

          for instance. And there was no government without laws

          against criminals. There is also too much tribalism, weak

          institution, rebellions and conflict in politic-

          commentators do support only their even rebels people. And

          our old foes-OMER BASHIR host all these but folks careless.

          No one does mind of future generation of south sudan. Or

          the freedom we’re in now was not seemed really. Death is

          everywhere you would go by your fellow for no apparent

          reason. Finally, it’s good we better we quit hatred against

          ourselves and unite-AMEN !

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      • 29 June 2012 19:48, by Bolman

        what you have to know is Kiir his degrees aren’t working to all the South Sudan officals or ministries they always downside his action he Just aired out his words but nobody care about it just something in garbages cans who cares he just said no follow up those ten States most of them were corrupted operating under President especially Unity State which is gved by Mr Taban Hassan Hammed hassan.

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        • 29 June 2012 19:57, by Bolman

          whether he copy Khartoum or not there no where Kiir will go like Omer El Bashir who usually knowns what to do to his people for more than 23 years I can’t compared Mr Kiir with Bashir at all Omer sometimes trying to listening’s people but Kiir wouldn’t Just a deaf President like his Party and’s own advisors Abiey Turaitors who calls themselves Southerness for lies they don’t meaned sorry for them,

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      • 30 June 2012 01:47, by zulu

        explosive riots in sudan. watch video http://youtu.be/wVFGwQTBZc0

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    • 29 June 2012 07:41, by SeekingTruth

      Clearly, RSS is no different from Al-Bashir’s crap gov’t in Khartoum. It was few days ago we’d heard of austerity measures taken by Khartoum with the exact same procedures of cutting down the salaries as well as the size of gov’t officials. What a shame to say the least that we had to inherited everything from Arabs! Why not create your own space and go a mile with your plans than copying the NCP?

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      • 29 June 2012 09:25, by homeboy

        R u saying RSS(SPLM)is the other side of the NCP.Sad to say there some measurement of truth to what u claim .where do we go from here .Sudan as we knew it died with Garang.
        Dr John u r truly missed.

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      • 29 June 2012 09:46, by Paul Chadrack

        That is the right step that will be taken by the president, too many unproductive tribally employed staffs,some with forge certificates need to be laid off,reduce the number of ministries to 14 only,cut all the salaries into half no more allowances,incentives and abolish all the commissions because they’re doing nothing.

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      • 29 June 2012 10:01, by mohammed ali

        Seekingtruth, khartoum didn’t cut salaries, neither minister were accused of stealing $ 4 billions.They simply reduce the size of the government and their benifits.Ordinary civil srvants salaries and benfits were not affected.On the contrary , low paid pple were given 100 poundes colar.If you copy Arabs copy them right.Khartoum has no 50% of pple starving. The worst is coming!

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        • 29 June 2012 10:10, by mohammed ali

          Con|funny that,SS is ready to kill its pple for the sake of hurting Sudan!Strategy based on hate which drives the SPLA thieves & thugs to ignore that there human being on the ground suffering immensly.How would they feel these suffering as long as their families are far & living in million $ houses, paid in cash, as Kiir said!Mentality of hate, war & billigrency wont build a country or a nation !

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          • 30 June 2012 00:28, by zulu

            wow! Impressive oration there Moh. The crises deepening Sudan into anarchy is not the cause of SPLM. It is the foolishness of the NCP who decided to connect illegal pipeline into ss. it also interupted many times the oil dispatch besides stealing the oil of south sudan. you did not expect us to just ignore all those. Now it is hurting but NCP.

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    • 29 June 2012 08:16, by Otong

      I really agree with the proposal brought forward by Kiir, but first thing he could know, let him called back all 4b stollen by his cabinet so he can be able to cut housing allowances and accomodation which he give to his cabinet.Second, let make Juba and States equal because house allowanes given only for Juba level with out including State, imagine if Salva is a good President?

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      • 29 June 2012 09:39, by kuac Agol

        @ Otong

        It very stupid to say that u have no uncle in the govt,every location/area in S.S has got person to represent it, even if it a camp of fisherman where u are.
        That area with one /two representative have budget and with the budget there are people employed, mind u the SPLA posts most of them don,t have certificates and according to ur statement they ,ll be removed is that true Boss

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        • 29 June 2012 09:58, by Otong

          TO Akuac
          To say "yes" is better than to argued for useless idea,you are aware about the current situation in Juba now or y ’re just depending Dinka are not the leaders of corruptions? A mong 75 are all Dinka who stolen the government’s money, how can we support these stupid corrupters dodo Dinka who have not been in school? Who is going to educated them.

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          • 29 June 2012 10:18, by katnyokarieu

            Otongo and gaar,plz shut up ur dumb mouth, otherwise iwill use panga or axe to circumiscise u since ur dick are too hard for surgical bladde to cut, foolish six contour line cut nuer,death to all the triators including Riek machar Taban deng Gai.

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    • 29 June 2012 08:18, by kuac Agol

      Dear: Educated person
      With the austerity measures that Kiir impose against S.S Citizens ,two things will happen to u and me soon:.
      1. your uncle who was serving u and paying ur school fee will be removed and u will be dropped out of the school
      2.If u are right now working and u assumed urself to be most educated person in the Ministry but holding very junior position ,u ,ll be removed too

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      • 29 June 2012 08:28, by Otong

        Akuac, corection please, those who are depending on uncle are Dinka whose uncles corrupt the government system. If they are removed from their positions, chances will come to young men who are qualified, and your uncle who feed you will die down quitely.

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        • 29 June 2012 08:34, by George Bol

          I can see now! when food is on the table,everyone jump up and down like cow in the heat but when thing when things get hot during the struggle with the North,the mass began surrendering to Jallaba against the mighty SPLM/A for the seek of payrol and others to Uganda and congo for safety. Please get your nose hell out against liberators. Thanks

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    • 29 June 2012 14:52, by Abikacha

      Let us be patient gentlemen and we will still make it known in years to come if indeed we need change in South Sudan but not now as Sudan is still a threat and need our unity !!!!!

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  • 29 June 2012 07:26, by Quol Quot

    Why do you copy Khartoum? You may face a protest like Khartoum too.......

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    • 29 June 2012 07:32, by George Bol

      Quol Quol,

      Jallaba might smart to intrude their article in here but we all know that Khartoum is suffering from the pain of our oil that they have been looting for decades for their development. You know that a greedy person get starve when the food drain away. The problem in Khartoum is beyond your reasoning if you think the South is copying the North.

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    • 29 June 2012 07:36, by Eastern

      Quot Quot, it is not just coping Khartoum. I know Khartoum government is led by an evil regime but the advisors to the economy there are some of the best brains that the world has; there is a former Harvert university done sitting on the economic advisory group in Bashir government. Kiir needs to do even more given the very dare state of our economy in South Sudan; he needs to reduce his cabinet,

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      • 30 June 2012 00:33, by zulu

        Realistically, you dont even know what you are talking about. If the NCP had good economic advisors, how come they led their country into a mess? The NCP did not listen to some of the best economic advisors that is why IMF is now guiding them through by imposing austerity measures and cutting subsidies.

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  • 29 June 2012 07:27, by George Bol

    The majority of South Sudanese citizens are not going to be affected since they have no salaries. Ministries must be allocated a work car instead of car distribution to every leader. The ministry must be responsible for gas and maintenance.SPLM/A has been fighting Khartoum without pay and so,the south are capable to live without.SPLA must provide adequate protection to civilians so the cultivate.

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  • 29 June 2012 07:28, by Gäär

    You should first fire Kuol Manyang. The most corrupted Governor in the whole of South Sudan. then talk about austerity and cuts. you should also resign as a president because of the more than 4 billion dollars embezzled under your watch. you are among the 98% Illiterates in South Sudan. go back and study so that you become competent enough to know something.you’ve a good personality but no brain.

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    • 29 June 2012 07:36, by George Bol

      Ejin Nge kuur chole Kuek(Lou Nuer magicians-peth).
      Kuol Manyang ne Kuur Jongeli. Mie thiele Kuur chole Kuol,Jongeli me ku Jie elong.ejin Gure Nyagat ree Jongeli?

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      • 29 June 2012 07:46, by Gäär

        You have tried young traitor. My differences with the governor goes really deep. I criticised him in person, not only online. He was a good general but currently a corrupt leader. dont cover up because he is a Dinka like you. you have people suffering under him.

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  • 29 June 2012 07:32, by Thiang Geka

    The President should follows up seriously how the governors implement the measures. If not the gardeners, jobless and odinary people shall be made to pay that by these governors instead of government employees.

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  • 29 June 2012 07:40, by Eastern

    Government officials should stop the habit of occupying hotel rooms in Juba for 365 days; president should reduce on the number of ministries and ministers, reduce on the number of presidential advisors, recall all presidential appointees to the parliament and auction the expensive fleet of government vehicles, introduce cost saving mechanisms throughout South Sudan.

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    • 29 June 2012 08:40, by Dinkawarrior

      Absolutely, I gree with you Mr. Cowboy! But you need to be careful when you made such a choice. Because those gluttons animals are there to interupt you on your job. You must cut the so called allowances,subsidies, and all unnecessarily assists. It looks like government is paying individuals cars and gases while their salaries go alcoholic. Shame on them!!

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    • 29 June 2012 10:02, by Otong

      U ’re correct dear, how can the government could accommodate its own citizens who are the land owner. Imagine was it a system of which government around the world? I fuck that Dinka system.

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  • 29 June 2012 07:53, by doublebookdialled

    It would have been a good step if it was made by a truthworthy person saying the plan, however, since the president as I call him has no integrity in keeping what he has said it is of no use to be saying what you do not follow up.
    what does the austerity is all about? is it only for civil servants? or for innocent communities? I thinks these words always boil up in HOME AND AWAY hotel at dusk.

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  • 29 June 2012 08:19, by Northern Sudanese


    great method, let the people starve to death lol they have been living in this way for 30 years. let them all come out of their houses let them live on the streets because they can’t afford the rent. its ok, they are south sudanese, no problem with staying hungry and starve to death and live on the streets XD lol, south sudanese hahhahahaha

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    • 29 June 2012 08:34, by Gäär

      While Jalaba terrorists and starving and demonstrating on the streets of Khartoum, demanding a fair share of the embezzled money by the corrupted NIF its Jaahli tribe, you’re here complaining with South Sudanese and its internal affairs. wake up. you’re marginalised but you dont know it. Kiir is our president we dont want terrorists to lecture us. disappear now.

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      • 29 June 2012 08:37, by Northern Sudanese


        don’t you know that you also interfere in northern affairs? now when i interfere you start crying lol? these protests aren’t any threat. they represent 1/10 of 1% of sudan total population. they are failed already. terrorsists isn’t an insult because we know 9/11 was an inside job anyway XD

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        • 29 June 2012 08:41, by George Bol

          North Sudanese,

          You are pretender from the South. If you wrong just go and asked yourself why should i lie like this to public. Your nature will dictate whether you are from the North or South but I am 100% sure that you and Mohammad Ali are south Sudanese who have been in Khartoum kuchen who hate South leadership because you lose your dirty job in Jallaba city.

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      • 29 June 2012 08:39, by Northern Sudanese


        btw you dissapear from my countries website.

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  • 29 June 2012 08:39, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Mr. Salva Kiir Miyardit,
    It is better to be quite. What do you know about politic? A word of mouth can make you pretend that you know something. Leave this case to those who know the business. You don’t know anything about economic. If you know economic, then corruption should not be too much in the South Sudan like this. Keep quite and wait for your day to come.

    By Augustino Deng.

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  • 29 June 2012 08:39, by Ambago

    You are now talking Mr. President. It was long known that you & your cohort have helped yourselves to those billions of the Oil money.

    Now you are quietly turning around trying to sneak in the so-called austerity measures.

    You will have to be bold enough this time and be ready for all kinds of reactions from the deprived masses!

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    • 29 June 2012 09:37, by Baby Polic

      Kiir Must be careful
      Telling those thugs governors that statement alone will increase their theft to the maximum since some of them were using SPLM 10% as their chance of looting public fund so that they send to their kids in abroad. Secondly people should not keep deceiving people there have been no allowances in states.

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    • 29 June 2012 09:54, by Virus

      Asshole Northern Sudanese,
      You must be a serious fool, why do you think the north is in serious crisis? Yes we starved during the revolutionary fight, but guess what, we did that so as to put a shit into your ass. Khartoum is the third from behind in it’s holistic performance. What guts do you have over South Sudan? Yet we pulled u out of ur palaces and dumped u into the streets. Reflect you fool!

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  • 29 June 2012 13:16, by Jujukokiko

    Kirr must be joking with the intellect of the South Sudanese people. Just some few days back he wrote a letter to 75 most corrupt senior government employees of the ruling party to return the looted money. Eight of the 10 governors appeared in the list of these commanders of corruption.Instead of relieving them and show them the road to the rule of law, he keeps on dine with them. Shame on u Kirr.

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  • 29 June 2012 13:55, by Augustino Ambros

    Hey my fellow guys! why are crying? Does this austerity measure concerned you all who had posted here?
    Why don’t you mind your bussiness? this issue is none of your concern, even if you preach till tomorrow that sham on Kiir or what ever you abuse Kiir, you gain nothing.
    Its just like;
    "Camel is passing while thes dogs are barking"
    Do you think that Salva Kiir can listen to nonesense!!!

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  • 30 June 2012 01:08, by Born-to-Rule

    To all commentators,

    You people don’t what the "austerity measures means". It’s painful to read 99.9% of idiotic comments that have nothing to do with comments/article. Most of the commentators on this website are writing in 4th grad level. South Sudan have so many half baked educated people. Please people think before you get too emotional --- quit being reactive!.

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  • 30 June 2012 05:21, by Odingo

    Great move Mr. President
    Folks, the president to lay off all those corruptors Ministries. The president asked politely to turn in all those stolen money, but they don,t listen to president. Mr. Laid off all of them including deputies because they doing nothing since the country is heading austerity. By the way the majoty of those 75 corrupted leaders are from Dinka BGl.That why they don,t listen

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