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Warrap parliament passes $60m 2011/12 budget

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November 7, 2012 (JUBA) - The parliament of South Sudan’s of Warrap State voted unanimously to pass a budget amounting to around US$60 million for 2012 and 2013 on Monday, in which capital expenditure has been drastically cut, according to legislators and senior government officials.

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Warrap State in red. Contested Abyei region in pink.

Moses Madot Dut Deng, Speaker of the Warrap State Legislative Assembly told Sudan Tribune that he commended MPs for passing the budget in its “entirety”, describing the endorsement of the budget “a demonstration of good judgment and sense of responsibility and living up to obligation for which members were elected by the electorates”.

“The members voted with true sense of responsibility. They debated the budget from the time it was presented to the passage without unified reservations and constructive observation. The members showed exceptional leadership”, Speaker Deng said on Tuesday.

The budget amounts to 183,071,481 South Sudanese pound (SSP).

Ariec Mayar Ariec, Deputy Chairperson of Information and Public Relations in the Warrap State parliament said Tuesday that most of the budget (150,899,583 SSP) was allocated to pay the salaries of government employees, followed by operational costs (17,039,352 SSP).

The legislator attributed the cut to development spending to austerity measures imposed by the central government in Juba. South Sudan embarked on an austerity programme, since and oil dispute between Sudan and South Sudan, with Juba accusing Khartoum of confiscating oil entitlements worth around US$815m.

This led to South Sudan Juba stopping oil production in January, thus loosing 98% of state revenue just six months in to its independence.

However, after a cooperation deal in September, the transit of South Sudanese crude through Sudan is due to resume in the next few weeks, according to officials in both countries.

Under the African Union-mediated deal, South Sudan will pay between $9.10 and $11.00 for every barrel exported, as well as pay Khartoum $3.08 billion to help Sudan overcome the loss of three quarters of oil production due to South Sudan’s secession in July last year.

South Sudan’s government has pledged that no state salaries will be affected by the shutdown. There have, however, been some instances of salary cuts in some states but the vast majority of cuts have come from development spending.

Dominic Deng Mayom, chairperson of public service committee in the Warrap State Legislative Assembly said the state’s budget had been approved, with a 10% cut in capital expenditure.

Mayom said that the education ministry has been given priority in the budget. Around 27% of South Sudanese are unable to read and write. Following education, health and local government were the priorities for funding, he said.

"The priority area in the budget is education. Because we need to liberate citizens of this state from illiteracy and transform them into skilled human capital for socio-economic development. This can be achieved by promoting equitable access to quality education focusing on combating illiteracy", Mayom told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

James Macok, another member of the state parliament expressed concern over the budget cuts, describing the amount of money which has been allocated for capital expenditure as “negligible”.

He added that this means "there will be no funds to support implementation of the developmental projects.”

(ST)

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  • 7 November 2012 06:56, by Snipper

    Salaries budget has been passed!

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    • 7 November 2012 10:33, by Paul Chadrack

      They know that Kiir’s will loot for them those $60 millions from south sudan budget, that is why many state asked for federalism, because now the system currently operating in the country give every state to ask for any budget they like, even unproductive states like Warap.

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      • 7 November 2012 13:58, by Loko El Pollo

        Paul,Lake is not productive to you, and now Warap.what kind of productivity do you want?Lake and Warap rear cattle and they practice farming too.is that not enough for nation building?

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  • 7 November 2012 10:00, by Brother Billy

    It is true that the budget that includes the salaries of employees, Operation cost, austerity cost and development cost has been passed but my doubt remains as why does parliament request for budget and eventually, no work done.why is the assembly still operating in prefab shelter that an individual may afford & yet it the head of the state government? Shame!. How do you as MP feel now?

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  • 7 November 2012 16:10, by Mapuor

    Congratulations to the people of Warrap.That is a good job.Its always good to know in advance how much you are going to earn and on what will you spend it on.

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    • 8 November 2012 05:28, by Loko El Pollo

      IT IS SAD THAT wARAP PARLIAMENT IS STILL OPERATING IN A TEMPORARY MOBILE HOUSE PROVIDED BY UN.WHY CAN’T YOU GO BACK TO UNDER THE TREE PARLIAMENT AS IT USED TO BE?WHERE DO YOU GUYS PUT THE MONEY THAT HAS BEEN FLOWING TO THE STATE FOR THE LAST SEVEN YRS.YOU ARE EMBARASSING YOUR SON.

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  • 8 November 2012 00:19, by Northern Sudanese

    how can a state live on just $60m? is this the heaven you criminals in US prisons dream off? what if that cowboy now just used those 4 bilions for the nations benefit, oh whatever, if all the people are criminals then how would you expect a good president? am sure every single insect would have done the same lol
    $60m aren’t even enough for a town!

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    • 8 November 2012 06:38, by Chol

      Northern Sudanese, your entire country Sudan don’t even have $ 60 million dollars let alone the state! Who were the ones begging Iraqis for just $ 100 million?

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