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February 9, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir is planning to form a lean, non-partisan and technocratic cabinet in order to save financial resources, a source close to the president told Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

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South Sudan president Salva Kiir (Reuters)

Kiir’s plans are believed to be facing strong resistance from senior members of his own party - the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) - who stand to lose their positions in the reshuffle.

“The president has been consulting with different groups of people, heads of institutions and key officials since he returned from Addis Ababa over how and when the new cabinet should be formed”, the source said.

In August, Kiir formed a technical drafting to conduct an assessment to provide clear findings and recommendations on how to restructure the government.

The highly-placed source told Sudan Tribune that the report had been submitted to the president.

Under the proposed changes the ministries of finance, justice and cabinet affairs will be strengthened, the source said, to “exert their constitutional authority to ensure that ministries, departments and independent commissions and other public institutions implement programmes as mandated and planned.”

The reforms, the source claimed, would enable the government to establish a national monitoring and evaluation policy that would institutionalise management and deliver results across all the government’s activities.

The purpose of the changes is to identify and formulate a way of addressing the embedded inconsistencies, weaknesses, duplications and performance gaps in government, the official said.

The report criticises the government’s past failure to perform vital tasks, such as data validation, review of documents from relevant sectors, analysis of operational and management systems, and building reliable databases for the purposes of monitoring and evaluation.

POWER STRUGGLES

The report hints at the power struggles within the SPLM government that have undermined efficiency in the delivery of public services. It suggests that an evaluation of critical national programmes shows that they have not been effectively carried out because of overlaps between ministries and commissions.

There is evidence, the report says, “to suggest that there has been institutional power struggles at the centre of government, especially between ministry of health and HIV/Aids Commission, between ministry of information and broadcasting and the ministry of telecommunications and postal service, between employee justice chamber and public grievance chamber, between the anti-corruption and the ministry of justice etc.”

“There are a lot of examples to be made,” says the section of the report seen by Sudan Tribune. Officials say the report has not yet been discussed at cabinet level.

The report continues: “In practice, it has been observed that some institutions lack the authority and clout to demand compliance as compared to other institutions such as [the] ministry of finance. The report wants the ministry of justice to be able to draw its authority and act as a head prefect and show example to all other ministries and institutions to ensure effective compliance to performance.”

While the report’s stated aim is to evaluate public spending and improve service delivery, insiders say the move is laced with politics. They see no reason for the move, demanding relocation and scraping of some programmes, arguing that regardless of which ministry a programme is based, it is the role of the office of the president to coordinate and implement them.

The source, quoted the president in a number of high-level and secretive discussions, as saying the move to a technocratic government requires consolidating efforts in order for the move to be backed.

“The government is ready,” said the source, who refused to give the names of the potential new ministers.

The proposed new ministers would have to be approved by South Sudan’s national assembly.

“The practice is that [the] president appoints [his] cabinet and then takes them to the parliament for endorsement. There is a provision in the constitution which gives him such powers. So it is up to him to consult or form the cabinet without consultation”, the official explained.

Lingering rumours about the imminent cabinet reshuffle continues to be the subject of debate on the streets of the capital Juba, with the president’s plan for a technocratic cabinet running into opposition from senior members of his own party.

“Some people have already been approaching us with all kind of complaints that the president is not consulting them about his plans to form the lean government which they hear around. You know also yourself that the public is nowadays loaded with rumours. People are running around passing just with hearsays about [the] reshuffle”, another presidential aide said on Saturday.

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  • 10 February 2013 10:41, by master

    bankrupt
    they are dying

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    • 10 February 2013 11:37, by hellonearth

      PAY YOUR DUES TO UN, Bitch

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      • 10 February 2013 14:38, by Mi diit

        For President Kiir to try to wake up and take some advices to bring in to cabinet technocrats after the damage is already done is not too late. But it will make no difference if the head of the government himself is not straight forward and visionary. We have along way to go.

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        • 10 February 2013 14:43, by Mi diit

          I doubt whether Kiir himself will understand the programs which will be proposed by the would-be technocratic ministers since he himself is not a technocrat. Will he understand highly complicated debates on proposed programs? He will fire them again.

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          • 10 February 2013 15:43, by Nuer Empire

            Technocrats:Where will you get them? Technocrats are number of jobless youths who will not be given chance in this gov’t. I doubt where he will get them!
            Them Nuer Empire

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            • 11 February 2013 09:06, by Peter Nhiany

              Nuer Empire, you are absolutely right. I doubted that the President mean what he says. We have seen so much poor management in all the ministries in the government of South Sudan. Those jobless young men and women are "Technocrats." But does anyone sincerely believes that the president really care much about getting our nation up on it’s feet? those jobless are smart and are viewed as threats.

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          • 10 February 2013 17:14, by aguotwany@live.com

            Dear fellow citizens of the Republic of South, Sudan , let us respect our president to the new cabnets the way he like and stand together with him and see change come . We have come from long distance and it’s time to expect our president bring changes and no one has right to stay in the office longer, the ministers should go and see new faces forthright development . Time to stand with president

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            • 10 February 2013 17:31, by julia

              mr.aguotwany.of course every citizen respect Salva Kiir from old to child,but mr.presid. have lower himself to the standard he is blind fool by Abyei Boys.how can Luka talk of lean long awiating ministerial reshuffle when the presid. have not make it to the public.have Biong replace Dr.Marial Benjiman Barnaba?Deng Biong is oppossing the reconciliation!what do u think?we r in trouble.Ab.Boys oh God

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              • 11 February 2013 09:13, by Peter Nhiany

                Hello Julia. You have made your point but I just want to point something out from your comment. I’m not trying to oppose your views. What I want to point out is how you referred to Biong as "Abyei boy." This way of identifying him does not sit right. However, to add just one more thing to your comment, our President is someone who ride in anyone’s wagon. He is not serious enough. No good advisors.

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            • 11 February 2013 09:00, by Peter Nhiany

              Dear Aguot Wany, it is good to give such advice, but just a reminder question, are we not a democratic country? If we are, therefore, South Sudan’s citizens have the right to criticize their President by expressing their concerns in regard to any decision he makes. His decisions will indeed have an impact on RSS citizens. There are issues that we can blame and critize the President for.

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      • 10 February 2013 21:05, by Force 1

        Hellonearth
        It seems there are two guys under this infamous name called “master”; the one who comment with three or four words only and the one who actually write a complete sentence!

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  • 10 February 2013 10:43, by Sala Gai

    The next reform Gov’t should base on who can deliver services to citizen in good form of development or corruption element

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  • 10 February 2013 11:02, by 4Justice

    If you yourself can’t deliver who else can deliver? Just admit the obvious and call it quits for qualified experts to come in and clean up the bloody mess and setup a credible and robust Government that can deliver.

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    • 10 February 2013 11:46, by julia

      all the mention ministery about ie Cabinet,Justice & finance.the wost corrupt ministery is ministery of Cabent Affiars.Deng Aloor have course fanic &corse amongst the communities neighbouring Ngok Deng Majok.
      Bravo mr Kiir Kuethpiny Mayadit.we wish ur lean cabinet won,t carry Deng Aloor as stalkholder.otherwise ur cadinet will remain corrupt.

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  • 10 February 2013 14:37, by Eastern

    This is long overdue. The call for lean government was made by many up-right think South Sudanese including Dr. Lam Akol a long time ago. Mr. President, it time you stopped accomodating your colleagues. South Sudanese need a government that delivers to the masses. Some ministries and commissions, I am not going to mention, are just duplicates. Reduce ministries & commissions, scap others.

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  • 10 February 2013 15:32, by Positive Thinker

    This lean government is overdue. It was a mistake on the side of the president last time to create a broad base government and now going for a lean government. Please take courage and announce the lean government. It will not will be for the interest of the few but for the majority.

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  • 10 February 2013 16:20, by Michael

    This lean government has been reported for so long now. Why do the government release speculations to the media without a planned action? It’s long overdue.

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    • 10 February 2013 16:36, by julia

      the news about lean cabinet was linged out by Luka Biong 1 week back.those Abyei boys re really the problem to s.sudan.can u imagine how can a true citizen air out the objection of political,social,culture,
      developmental&tribal reconciliation which is havocing the peaceful co-xistenc,like what Deng Biong do.we re finish in the hand of Gangs.

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  • 10 February 2013 17:10, by Yic Aye Luel

    Do not tell to the nation your impossible plans, Mr President how do you think your corrupt party members will agree with you. you need to be sincere to the nation you lead, you not firm in your position.

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    • 10 February 2013 17:47, by Michael Angelo

      President Kiir must get tough this time and do the right thing for the sake of poor people who are starving.

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  • 10 February 2013 18:06, by Pif Paf

    You dont have any moves cowboy, your government and people are frustrated with you. A coup is at your doorstep and you will soon be thrown in jail.

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    • 10 February 2013 20:54, by Peacocktail

      Pifaf,
      Forget about your devil act on South Sudan, there will be no coup in New Nation. South Sudan is bless with very wise leaders not like Bashir who butchered Sudan citizens even war disable where crashed while demonstrating in Khartuom last week due to mistreat from SAF field commanders. Big shame to Genocidal regime.They shall be removed by World powers and replace by SPLM-N/SRF.Bravo Pre.kii

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      • 10 February 2013 21:51, by Pif Paf

        Peacockhead,
        I agree S.Sudan is blessed with wise leader however it is run by the idiots.Believe me a coup is the best option for S.Sudan. Either that or "fragmentation of S.Sudan" like Mr.Machar said, which will make Somalia look like a paintball game. Our government is here to stay, all those u mentioned & many more tried to remove it before & failed.

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  • 11 February 2013 06:12, by Sagin Yoasa Bali

    Good job your excellency.and to reduce the govrnment expenses,I propose even some of the ministrial positions should be merged such as hight eduction with general education.
    to provide equal delivery of services to citizens however, some of the ministries also needs to be moved to other states. these could also re-distribute population that concentrated in one place like Juba.
    sagin

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    • 11 February 2013 07:30, by Deng Hanbol

      With diametrically opposite environment in RSS,Abyei elites have been created strong political tensions and threatens to fracture further a society that remains deeply embittered and divided over the elites’ policy of nested game.At last, every body knows that elements like Deng Alor, Edward Lino aka DD SPLA, Luka Biong , Gen. Pieng Deng, Dr. Francis Deng (many more,

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      • 11 February 2013 07:33, by Deng Hanbol

        have created the policy of escalation-deescalation strategy and their ultimate goal is the reunification of Sudan. In fact, they are trying in vain to a chive their objective.
        Deng Hanbol

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    • 11 February 2013 09:37, by Peter Nhiany

      Sagin Yoasa Bali, I agree with you on the President’s move to reshuffle his cabinet. Do you think this move is ironical? Yes small government will mean reduction in government expenditures. But where will this money be directed to? This is a big question which is surrounded with uncountable myths. I would love our leaders to walk the talk and take action more agressively to assure all the citizens

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  • 11 February 2013 08:23, by Makunon

    Sudan tribune. Stop spreading baseless information online here. There will be no change with out money whether presid. form technocrat or inocrat, lean or large government yet it will be the same delivery.you can cultivate without rain.

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  • 11 February 2013 09:19, by Peter Nhiany

    This is a good move from the President. I can see some dim light coming from far end of the tunnel. What I would have praised more than anything about his decision to reshuffle the ministers would have been to see my President stepping on the podiom and announced it with a very strong voice telling the the people of South Sudan what the benefit of taking such action is going to be.Talk to us pleas

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  • 11 February 2013 09:34, by New Government

    Mr. president has right as he gave 100 days to cabinets during his swearing in as the first president of the repub of s.sudan so he has right to make changes because some ministers are doing nothing. president you finish top military army changes remain your cabinet we appreciated your work there are so many citizens in s.sudan we don’t expect one person to stay in the position for the rest of lif

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