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Unity State MPs pressure finance ministry to pay civil servants full salaries

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December 26, 2012 (BENTIU) - The Finance Ministry in South Sudan’s Unity State is under pressure from state-level parliamentarians to reverse the decision of the Bentiu government in July to reduce of civil servant’s salaries by 25 percent.

As part of austerity measures the Unity State council of ministers, led by deputy governor Michael Chiengjiek Geay, passed the resolution without allowing members of the state’s parliament to vote on the decision.

On the weekend of December 22 and 23 MPs summoned the finance minister demanding that he explain the 25 percent salary cut.

The Finance Minister, Thomas Jal Kume, claimed that the central government in Juba government gave Unity State only 40 percent of their total budget for salaries, forcing them to reduce the wages of government employees.

South Sudan has been forced to make severe cuts to its budget after an oil dispute with Sudan, that came to a head in January, has meant that the young nation’s lost its main source of revenue. Before the shutdown, oil exports provided 98% of the government’s income.

Simon Maguek Gai, the Speaker of Unity State Legislative Assembly, said the 25% reduction was unjustified and accused the finance ministry of misusing public funds.

“The members of the assembly think what is being sent from Juba as [a] block grant should be topped up by the local resources that we have in the state that is the logic of their arguments”, he said.

Speaker Gai said the lack of proper channeling of resources by the state Finance Ministry was contributing to the embezzlement of public funds. There was no substantial evidence of the corruption, he said, perhaps as this was being covered up by individuals with the ministry of finance.

The basic demand of parliamentarians on Saturday during a heated debate was that civil servants salaries should be added to by the state in order to return pay of civil servants to their previous levels.

The Finance Minister was shocked after parliamentarians strongly insisting and maintaining it position to stand firm for the reimbursement of civil servants salary.

Several figures from other ministries have sided with the legislature in the dispute including, Bol Badeng Gatbuok, the director of administration at the Ministry of Labour and Public services.

“We at the Ministry of Labour and Public Services do not agree with the Ministry of Finance and Industry" over the 25 percent reduction in wages, he said, adding that it had no basis at state or national level.

"In our position we support what the legislative assemble has been said, people should receive [their] salary in full", said Gatbuok.

Gatbuok also accused the Finance Ministry of corruption. Under the terms of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, Unity State was supposed to receive 2 percent of all oil revenue produced in the state.

Several sources within the state government, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals, say they are not sure whether any of this additional oil revenue has been received since the agreement was signed.

Many citizens in Unity State complain that they have not seen the dividends of peace despite living in South Sudan’s most oil-rich state.

Finance Minister Kume has not yet addressed the allegations of corruption leveled against him. He is expected to address the matter when the state assembly sits again on Thursday.

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  • 27 December 2012 06:43, by Jalaby

    Folk,
    Today we will celebrate and inaugurate new oil field, this time in block 6 and its name is "Hadida" field (remember I told you about it before)!
    I believe the salary problem in the south and food shortage, cattle raiding will continue to rise as we’ve no plan to open the pipeline and allow thieves oil to pass through!

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    • 27 December 2012 06:52, by Jalaby

      Please watch the news of today in Sudan TV or Ashorooq TV to see by your naked eyes the celebration for opening this new oil field in block 6 in south Kordofan (Western Kordofan),this incident just comes after inaugurating new oil field Al-Najma in block 17 few days ago!
      The more oil we add to our production cycle yields less chance for opening the pipeline!

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      • 27 December 2012 07:19, by Chol

        Jalaby,
        Can you count how many years South Sudan had been fighting since 1955 to present SPLM/A in the year 2012 without oil money? Once again, count how many years South Sudan had been receiving oil money. Find out the different and make your conclusion!

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        • 27 December 2012 08:05, by Jalaby

          Chol,
          Who do you think you’re fooling man? You know very well when SPLA were fighting Khartoum government they had no any responsibility toward their nation,all their job was to destroy,sabotage,kill,and run away but now they’ve great responsibility toward building a country,building a nation,offer healthcare,education, security,food,etc

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          • 27 December 2012 08:12, by Jalaby

            It’s never like before, SPLA/M thought as soon as the south gets separated from north then it will become a paradise, the west and Israel will flush them with huge money and they will build new pipeline through Kenya and give Arab/Jalaba a damn middle finger!
            Wake up man, building is never as easy as breaking!

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            • 27 December 2012 08:20, by Jalaby

              It’s good that the south is separated from north, it’s clear that the root cause of your problem was never Arab/Jalaba, you got your own state country now, did that ever resolve your problem?
              The root cause of your problem lies among you guys, tribalism, selfishness and marginalizing others and the mentality of dominating other group by force!

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              • 27 December 2012 08:43, by Chol

                Jalaby, am I the one fooling anybody? I thought you were the one celebrating inauguration of your new oil-well; and instead; you brought up South Sudan which has nothing to do your celebration. When it comes to building South Sudan; you’re not the one who tells us what to do! When is the last time your other neighboring country tells you what to do?

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        • 27 December 2012 08:48, by Chol

          Jalaby, remember, we shut down the pipeline and we still don’t have any intention to let the oil through Sudan. So please don’t falsely assume the role that has nothing to do with you. South Sudan shut down the pipeline and had the power to transit it to any direction they wish. It doesn’t have to be through Sudan. Stop your reverse psychology, it’s not working!

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          • 27 December 2012 10:04, by Jalaby

            Chol,
            Absolutely you can fool naive and poor people in the south and steal their oil money and leave them dying because of hunger and illness but never fool a person like Jalaby!
            Well,every one knows that thieves are running very hard after Arab/Jalaba and begged them to open the oil pipeline and few days ago Pagan went to them and

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            • 27 December 2012 10:08, by Jalaby

              them to open it, few days later the south defense minister went to Khartoum and again begged them but he got big NO!
              Divert the oil direction?! what? who are you fooling man?!
              If SPLA/M can divert it then why giving themselves so hard time running after Arab/Jalaba and even willing to sell their asses to them to allow that pipeline be opened!!

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        • 27 December 2012 11:58, by master

          stiput monkey called choll
          at that time
          suger . Sorghum . Oil . Were came from north
          what about your new status
          dull brain

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      • 27 December 2012 11:51, by master

        jalaby
        u r right 100%
        janobean (pro- SPLM )
        i KNOW yOU are dying now
        moooottttttooo

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    • 27 December 2012 07:35, by Peter Nhiany

      Jalaba, I read about that before but what has it to do with this article? The article is not about oil field (old or new old ones. It is about civil servant salaries that need to be paid to them in full. Comments like yours should appears under an article talking about oil. You maybe thinking of how and where South Sudan gets the money while its oil is shut off. We can survive without oil.

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    • 27 December 2012 19:20, by MJriaksdca

      The evecutive branches of government both in federal and states’ level are the only governments whose words work. Legislatures and Judiciaries are weak and have no teeth to exercise their powers to bring about balance in government. I am sure if they stand their grounds like what happen now in Unity State’s legislature there would be a solution. The executive will fear monoplying them naively.

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  • 27 December 2012 06:43, by dinkdong

    Why only the civil servants and not everybody else?

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    • 27 December 2012 11:30, by Takpiny

      do you know what the civil servants mean?

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  • 27 December 2012 19:06, by Lecture

    Jalaba!
    Be careful of barking always in African website,talking with damn comments. I believe this continent doesn’t recognize you yet, as you came along from no where!!! you looted our resource for couple of decade, bear in mind this time,you the waste produce will remind crying and mouthful after our our resources. South Sudan will not and will never allow you stealing our oil anymore.

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