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Warrap Governor suspends workers’ trade union


April 28, 2013 (JUBA) - The Governor of South Sudan’s Warrap state has issued a decree suspending the workers’ trade union, after the latter opposed a decision to cut salaries for a day from all state employees.

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Warrap state Governor Nyandeng Malek speaking to SPLM members in Kwajok, April 14, 2012 (ST/Julius Uma)

Nyandeng Malek, in a decree issued 24 April, also denounced the legality of the workers’ body, which represents over 6,500 employees working within the state government. It was formed in 2009.

The Governor recently ordered that salaries of all civil servants be cut in order to raise money for the upcoming Greater Bahr el Ghazal sports tournament, scheduled for May in Western Bahr el Ghazal state.

But the workers’ trade union, in a strongly-worded letter, opposed the Governor’s decision, describing it as “unconstitutional” and "contrary to the labour laws"

Mabior Awikjok, the Secretary General of the union said Malek’s proposed salary cut was neither discussed by the state council of ministers nor the assembly, thus unsuitable for implementation.

The tournament, he said, was a national programme and wondered why the Governor was mobilising funds from the state levels to fund a national activity.

“Any national programme should be funded by the [central] government and not the state,” Mabior told Sudan Tribune Sunday.

He said the workers’ trade union is an independent body, not created by government, adding that even the Governor “has no right to suspend our activities”.

Attempts by Sudan Tribune to reach the Governor on her known phone numbers proved unsuccessful.

Malek, the only female Governor in the country, is not new to controversy. Last year, she temporarily suspended all UN World Food Programme (WFP) flights in the state, after one of its staff demanded to check her handbag, prior to departure time.


In his address at the opening of the national assembly last week, South Sudan President, Salva Kiir urged lawmakers to expedite the passing of the Workers Trade Union Bill, among eight other laws.

“First, there are laws and Acts awaiting passage. Some have waited for far too long. This is a key part of your work as legislators, and the nation is depending on your best efforts,” Kiir told MPs.

The other laws to be urgently passed, according to the president, are the Petroleum Revenue Management, Agricultural Bank, Right to Access of Information, Broadcasting Corporation, Media Authority, Advocacy, Pension Scheme, and HIV/AIDS Commission Bills.


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  • 29 April 2013 10:44, by Turism

    Waaw! the suspension is the way that the whole nation is doing today suspension tomorrow almost the same, people should give clear accusations to proved the evidence.

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    • 29 April 2013 11:07, by Monydit

      Bravo Mrs Nyadeng Malek
      the Governor of Warrap State

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  • 29 April 2013 11:13, by Ayuiu (SPLM in System)

    Governor is not SPLM in system she is engage of corruption how can she fool citizen of dry corruption. Let her go to central government based in Juba to grap public funds.

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  • 29 April 2013 11:29, by Samuel Malual

    @Yuieu out of the SPLM system. You are an idiots who don’t seem to understand the benefit of Sports activities in South Sudan. She wants these money to be invest in sport which will surely serve your dry State of Warrap in few years time mother fucker. Gentleme, the name Ayieu in Dinka is a cast which mean this Ayieu will not understand anything accept criticism. Shame on you people of Warrap Stat

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    • 29 April 2013 13:56, by Turism

      Samuel Malual, what a bulshits are you trying to people about sports if you are not out of your control,get the different btn national level and state level then talks about people of Warrap, citizens this state are more valuable than your cast state. Pliz stop your big ass to warrap people. TURISM

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    • 29 April 2013 16:34, by Ayuiu (SPLM in System)

      @Samuel Malual
      are you stupid enough. Silly enough, you are always trying to insulted me, this websit is not named for abusing each other, is to comment tanagle issue, better to understand if you are intellectual. If you know sport,
      sport is not fund by state have you ever heard that story? It is fund by national government that is why you hear there is mininstry of youth and sport it has its own bugets. Periem league and champion league are not fund by the state, you can not hear internationally. Nyendeng is corruptis.

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  • 29 April 2013 11:32, by Samuel Malual

    for not appreciating the services that the people from other States don’t have 6’500 employees, this massive employment of Warrap citizens prove how corrupt you are there people. Dr Riek Machar is about to topple your billy goat brear grower President Salva Kiir.

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    • 30 April 2013 09:03, by Lord martin the great

      To: Samuel Malual, I thought you are educated person, what brought Riek Machar and Salva Kiir in your comment while we are discussing the issue concerning Warrap state?
      otherwise try to learn how people comments on social website
      we are not in drum don’t just inter with your mine of cattle keepers, understaand the regulations of Sudan tribune

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  • 29 April 2013 11:33, by Samuel Malual

    for not appreciating the services that the people from other States don’t have 6’500 employees, this massive employment of Warrap citizens prove how corrupt you are there people. Dr Riek Machar is about to topple your billy goat brear grower President Salva Kiir.

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    • 29 April 2013 13:34, by D Akook

      Mr.So called Samuel Malual, if your states are corrupt, please dont expect warrap state to imitate such vice and that is why our governor is trying hard to employee more people!!

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  • 29 April 2013 11:54, by Akoch A. Magardit

    Though the labour laws have not yet been passed, it is considerably critical to cut workers’ money to support sporting activities. The government of course has the veto, but it represents its citizens hence, dialogue is deemed mutually necessary between the two. Like some already stated in their comments, sporting activities are essentially imperative to be supported by any institution.

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  • 29 April 2013 12:37, by Gumpuz

    Shame on you Ms. Nyandeng for your corrupt and failed politics ,You have failed Warrap for sure with your empty promises, what a visionless vampire Governor a flip flop puppets how can you cut civil servants salaries for sporting event while sports activities are funded by central govt through ministry of youth and sport. Very soon you’ll be voted out in upcoming elections in 2015

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    • 29 April 2013 13:51, by D Akook

      I concur with you because there is no way you can just decide to slash employees salary as if they don’t have families they are taking care of in a state which lacks a well stocked-clinic leave alone a Hosiptal. I think Mrs. governor has lost the direction and maybe she is not fit for this position!!

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  • 29 April 2013 14:55, by Madingthith

    @Nyandeng Malek,
    You better learnt alot from the past experiences you have got since you had been serving in Warrap gov’t for so long.
    Bravo Mabior, this is what we want as warrap citizen because this lady governor is failing us and s

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  • 29 April 2013 15:06, by Madingthith

    Nyandeng is a fail woman in the leadership of warrap state people and this will be the first and the last of warrap to vote in a woman as governor, but the only disadvantages thing is she block off the other potential women in this state.
    Bravo Mabior, stand firm and we are behind you in whatever decision you take regarding this issue.
    Madingthith 2015 Governor of Warrap State

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  • 29 April 2013 15:17, by fred william

    Dear friends,
    I want to welcome you to our politics, to this place of meeting and exchange of views.
    The policy is a party representing South Sudan to millions of people who have placed their trust in us, allowing us to represent them in the Government of South Sudan and in many Autonomous Communities Councils, Town Councils and Town Councils.
    From the political listen and

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  • 29 April 2013 16:00, by steven

    Hopefully the situation will normalize and the country can proceed into a prosperous future.

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  • 30 April 2013 07:50, by Brother Billy

    What a foolish governor! Nyandeng has gone as far that she will one day order a man to mount off his wife at night! workers union has nothing to do with sport activities at all.my portion of blame goes to Nyandeng and her damn advisers!look at negatives things she did in 2 years time:ordering a citizen to leave the state, arrest of a Chief with no reason, suspension of trade union,state Mp torture

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  • 30 April 2013 07:59, by Brother Billy

    nyandeng is poorly performing in warrap state that she has crippled the good governance that President Kiir expects of her! Generally it has vehemently created a mistrust to the ruling party(SPLM)for bringing such people with no vision! nyandeng has totally turned against the community leaders who actively contributed during the struggle of which she did not participate in any way.God will judge!

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  • 30 April 2013 09:40, by bak junup

    i only blame those who vote for her last election luk at fake decision she had at the level of state leadership.she could had define the term trade union before she decided to cut their salaries.do she have right my fellow citizen of warrap?
    we have no governor in Warrap if zat is the decision she have for as.BUt may God look her decision AMEN.

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