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S. Sudan says will pay employees two months salaries after uncertainty

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April 20,2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan has announced that it will pay its employees two months salaries, confirming uncertainties and speculations that the government had difficulties in getting funds to pay civil servants.

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South Sudan Deputy Finance Minister Mary Jerva Yak (africankulture)

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Mary Jarvis Yak, the deputy minister of Finance and Economic Planning admitted that government was not able to pay employees on time because of the “financial situation”, but that the ministry had secured some funds to pay workers for two months.

“We want to thank our people for exercising patience for inconveniences caused by the delay in payment. We know difficulties this situation had caused to the families but hope they understand that the delay was due to the financial situation in which we are today. We have now secured some funds and we will be able to pay two months salaries. We will pay March and April," Yak assured.

The payment process, the junior Finance minister stressed, started on Thursday this week, adding that they expect everybody to paid within the next two weeks.

Yak, during the interview, neither disclosed the source of funds nor the amount government had secured to make payment of the work force.

She was also cautious and preferred not to comment when asked whether the government will continue to face similar situations in coming months, and how it plans to handle such, should it fail to secure funds.

Last week, the European Union (EU) announced a $200m grant to South Sudan government, saying the money was to assist the ministry of finance cover financial gaps, created by the lost of the oil revenues, which accounted for 98% of the national budget prior to the halting of oil production and export in January last year.

PUBLIC REACTIONS

In separate interview with Sudan Tribune in the past few days, member of the public and officials, expressed mixed reactions over the salary payment issue, with some blaming government for alleged mismanagement of locally generated revenues meant to pay its work force.

Mayen Lual Jok, a retired civil servant said he saw no ground on which the government could not raise money to pay its work force from local taxes.

Jok cites the case of Uganda and Kenya, whose governments depend entirely on local taxes and agriculture, but not oil or any other natural resource to their budgets and public spending.

“There is no point for government to rely on foreign assistance when in fact it can generate funds from local taxes to pay the work force and even fund developmental activities," said the official, a former Director General in High Executive Council and Coordination Council of Southern States, formed after the 1972 peace agreement.

He said the Juba government, which was formed after the signing of the Addis Ababa agreement with the Sudan in 1972, fully operated and delivered services to its people without relying on oil revenues.

The official also accused the south-ruling party (SPLM) leadership of its failure to stamp out corruption practices in the country, which he said is partly responsible for the party becoming less popular.

“The popularity of the SPLM is dwindling because of corruption. The legacy of liberation cannot keep it in power if the leadership does not change its strategies," he said during Saturday’s interview.

Daniel Mawien, a native from South Sudan’s Warrap state said he sees the possibility if the SPLM losing in the 2015 elections, citing the series of financial scandals now known to the public, which the country’s leaders failed to control.

“Corruption in this country is no longer a crime. The more you are corrupt the more you become [a] popular member of the SPLM. The corrupt leaders are currently the ones holding powerful positions”, he alleged.

Meanwhile, Alfred Wol Dut, said the people of South Sudan were fighting hard to ensure that they bring to power the right people, no matter how long it will take.

“Our people are not stupid. They are warriors. That was why we had liberation war. We fought Sudan because we wanted to be economically free and so that [we] can develop ourselves with our resources, but if there are people who think they can steal [from] this country and that our people will continue to keep quiet, they must stop now," Dut said.

We have a history of fighting for justice, he added.

Dut however urged government to fully develop the agriculture sector so as to avoid South Sudan’s over reliance on neighbouring countries.

“You know that we are a consuming country. We do not produce anything. All goods in our shops are imported. This leaves our people at mercy of these unscrupulous traders. It is also being made worse by highly punitive tariffs on goods, imposed by different government agents," he said.

Sudan Tribune had repeatedly observed in recent weeks, policemen engaged in arresting motorists and taxi drivers for petty crimes, and soliciting bribes has become common place.

Everyday experiences of acquiring birth certificates and identity documents are also becoming a nightmare, as corrupt public servants demand to do what they are being paid to do by the government.

Immigration officers at the immigration offices in Juba demand payment for provisions of form to acquire nationality and passport, which are not part of the legal charges. In addition, no proper explanations are usually given by officials, while receipts are issued upon request by the citizens.

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  • 21 April 2013 08:43, by hellonearth

    FAILED STATE IS WHERE WE ARE HEADED TO. SORRY BUT THIS IS THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH ABOUT OUR SITUATION. SOLUTION REMOVED THE COWBOY FROM POWER ARE GIVE TO A YOUNG LEADER.

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  • 21 April 2013 08:44, by julia

    staying in a country governed by a fool is like moving in a thorn bushes. Kiir government is hated even people of his home state! What a hell!
    Great jump for kiir from cattle camp to presidency. The coordinating viens of the head re cut, expiring memory. Kick his ashole out of public office or sodomizes his like Gaddaffi.

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    • 21 April 2013 09:10, by Nuer Empire

      The SPECIAL ONE Dr Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon had paid his visit to traumatized Twic East communities who are still fighting among themselves.He went to save there to save them from their wrong doings.
      The Nuer Empire

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      • 21 April 2013 09:26, by Nuer Empire

        Kiir and his highly-rated theives shall leave us in 2015 when the right man of our choice comes to the office to test himself for the top hot seat.However,public deceiving is the most cron by the Tikyualkuoth Kuethpiny.His power will be completely taken in 2015 and lead the men from his village into cattle camps.Is he able to read this number 4,000,000,000? Ask him,what it means?
        The Nuer Empire

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        • 21 April 2013 12:41, by Turism

          Nuer Empire, are you running out of English or what? I can see that only the same English of two weeks ago still posting everywhere though it is not relevant to the topic of discussion, the man you post in every topic is a disease to the country worldwide! Shame on guys.

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          • 21 April 2013 20:54, by Nuer Empire

            Terrorism:If your stomach was painful with my comments,defecate or see a doctor to treat you.There is no where that I should cease in speaking or writing English and I feel it is relevant to this topic.I can teach you with all your clan men or women.
            The Nuer Empire

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        • 21 April 2013 16:31, by Wendemagangdit

          C’mon. Riek is a wanted criminal in Twic East. He killed a lot of people there in 1991 when he unsuccessfully topled Dr. John Garang with the help of Lou, Gawar and Arabs. Do you think the orphans and Widows will vote for him. He is the worst traitor.I wish he could rewrite that history of war crimes. By the way he will go to hage when time is right we have electronic evidences implicating him.

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      • 21 April 2013 09:31, by Nuer Empire

        All staff salaries were stolen in Tikyualkuoth Kuethpiny ’s office.It is hilariuos! Staffs’ salaries stolen!! Where is the oil money ms Deputy Minister?
        Thee Nuer Empire

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        • 21 April 2013 10:06, by Nuer Empire

          Kiir and his highly-rated theives shall leave us in 2015 when the right man of our choice comes to the office to test himself for the top hot seat.However,public deceiving is the most cron by the Tikyualkuoth Kuethpiny.His power will be completely taken in 2015 and lead the men from his village into cattle camps.Is he able to read this number 4,000,000,000? Ask him,what it means?
          The Nuer Empire

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      • 21 April 2013 10:52, by Majongdit

        Nuer Empire,
        Please tell me how do you connect the story of Dr Riek’s visit to Twic East to the payment of salaries for government employees? It is not even in the news that Dr Riek has visited Twic East. I dont think it is appropriate to sing Riek into our ears even in issues that are so irrelevant. You and Riek should not be too desparate for God’s sake.

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    • 21 April 2013 11:56, by Turism

      Julia, President kiir did not jump any step as you know he was a fighter in SPLA during war time, so if you are lying please don’t lie to us we know everything than you, further more, Kiir leadership is very essential in this nation without him this nation would have not achieved its goal as independent state! Kiir oyeeeeeeeeeee!

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  • 21 April 2013 09:33, by Snipper

    My source told me that money stolen from president office was discovered when one of the participants in money laundering was sidelined when money was being distributed and he went and spoke out about it. stealing is always happening and as everybody was dried for the last two months, tothers have monwy

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  • 21 April 2013 09:58, by wang

    What a mess! Only those are doing demands jobs would afford to waits for two months salaries and the rests will suffers most…

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  • 21 April 2013 13:17, by Honorable King

    Mary,
    This just political lie. Who will consider this?You are generating enough non-oil revenue that pay all working civil servants, but because of greedy and corruption, you are paying fake contracts directed by Salva and his useless Gogrial Kitchen Cabinet, leaving millions of South Sudanese hungry.
    Shame on you!

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  • 21 April 2013 15:20, by steven

    Hopefully the situation will improve soon and that citizens will be able to lead a safe life in a prosperous country.

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  • 21 April 2013 16:51, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Salva Kiir Miyardit is the one who pocketed this money. When a fool person get chance to act, it is difficult to resign. Salva Kiir is hard to resign from that postion of presidency. He is in lexury life and he don’t even care about us as we are they patriot of the South Sudan. Fuck Salva Kiir and Riek Machar Teny. Those two leaders are money looters leaders.
    By Augustino Deng.

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  • 22 April 2013 12:27, by New Government

    it is a failure for the government.
    The money had been printed one year back how comes that there is no money in the bank of south Sudan and government are talking about oil while there are more countries who doesn’t depend on oil are paying their employee normal.

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  • 23 April 2013 05:05, by Martin Muong

    What do you expect guys from greedy officials in the government?.Impunity will turn upside down our fledgling state, take my word for it. We are in the country where you commit crime minus punishment.& at the same time,government promises the public things it does not implements.There is no point in telivising thing you will not implement on telivision. We are in doom state!

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