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Jonglei Ex-Commissioner’s pension gripe

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November 1,2012 (BOR) - A former local government officer, who once served as a commissioner in many districts including Rumbek, Malakal and Bor, which encompasses the present Duk, Twic East and Bor counties, who is blind, says he is receiving an inadequate pension.

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Isaiah Ayuen Deng Kuai Pach, near his house at Langbaar in Bor, Jonglei, October 29, 2012 (ST)

Isaiah Ayuen Deng Kuai Pach, from Makuach payam [district] of Bor county, was born in Malek where he grew up under late Bishop Deng Atong, where started his primary school.

“I began my work in September 1972 and I got appointed to group B [pay grade] and then a year I was promoted to grade 7. Later on in 1977, I was promoted to grade 5 and there I began to develop this eye problem,” said Pach.

Despite being an important administrator since the early 1970s and his blindness, Pach says he has not been upgraded to grade one or three, as many of his colleagues have.

He lost his job in October 2011 due to blindness.

"Is this not discrimination?” asked Pach. “The ones I trained myself are now in grade three, others went to grade one but they were later on brought down to grade three again", he added.

The local government administration paid him according to his grade when he was laid-off by the state government.

By way of explanation for the corruption Pach claims to have witnessed in government, he claimed that “when people left the towns for the bush in 1983 [war with Khartoum], we released a lot of people who were jailed because of corruption.”

He currently lives in a thatched hut in Bor and may be displaced under a new land allotment scheme.

Pach was a primary four pupil at Malek Elementary school in 1955, a year before Sudan gained independence from British colonial masters, when he was asked to deliver a letter written by Southern Sudanese politicians to the Governor General.

The letter was in protest to the unitary Sudan proposed by Alexander Hypno, the last condominium Governor General of Southern Sudan.

(ST)

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  • 2 November 2012 06:39, by Dinkawarrior

    Ayuen Deng Kuai!
    Happy you and hope for change to come!!
    We wish you the best not only in your age but also for your great contribution to our country!
    Your services and commitment will never be forgotten even though you lost hope from some your students who are corrupted, there is still chances of saying thanks you for the Liberation of our country.

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    • 2 November 2012 07:07, by Loko El Pollo

      Uncle AYUEN IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE WITH THIS GRIPES,THE ONLY SOLUTION WILL BE YOUR NEPHEWS IN DIAPORA,WHO SHOULD HELP SUPLEMENT YOUR MERGER PENSION PAY.TIME HAVE CHANGED,JUST REMEMBER THE BEST DAY DURING YOUR SERVICES AND BLESS THE NATION WITH THOSE.SOME SUFFERED AND HAD NEVER TASTE ANY THING UNLIKE YOU WHO HAVE BEEN QUIET FORTUNATE.EL POLO IS FROM YOUR COMMUNITY.

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      • 2 November 2012 10:39, by Ruach

        Oh Yeah. There is something wrong here,when you retire;you are supposed to get your social benefits immediately.But These people they are talking of lies! Who were employed in 1970-2004? Go and claim your pensions in the north or were you illegally told by your Gangster de Macieth during his life?

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        • 2 November 2012 10:59, by Foxtail

          Oh Godf have mercy on the Old man.
          Ruach, what is wrong with you my friend? can’t pity this old man who is actually his right. you can be another idiot boy

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        • 2 November 2012 11:48, by Gabriel KK

          Ruach,
          You know nothing about the truth or disability in case. I wish you were in his shoe.

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          • 2 November 2012 11:50, by Gabriel KK

            Correction, in this case.

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        • 2 November 2012 22:50, by Boyone

          Ruach,
          This man actually work in united Sudan and he has right to voice his opinion because he was serving his own people at the time. There are some people who working hard against this government and now they are benefit most are you telling us we send them to north? I don’t think so because you know them well then anybody else. Please make your sense clear

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