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Lakes state parliament rejects 5% salary cut for civil servants

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December 11, 2013 (RUMBEK) – The Lakes state legislative assembly has voted against a November directive by the caretaker governor ordering a 5% deduction in the salary of civil servants in the state.

Maj-Gen Matur Chut Dhuol introduced the controversial cut as part of a compulsory contribution to the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), according to a document which was seen by Sudan Tribune.

The directive was criticised by civil servants who slammed it as “ill informed”, and called for its reversal. The Lakes state legislature on Tuesday did exactly that; unanimously voting against the 5% pay cut.

In voting against the governor’s directive, the legislators explained that the deduction is not provided for under the law.

The legislators also said the vote by the state assembly was to protect the SPLM’s integrity from being abused, as not all state employees are members of the party.

“This deduction will affect the party’s integrity and those who earn little money. The decision of deducting civil servants’ salary will seriously tarnish the name of SPLM”, the resolution by Lakes state parliament noted.

Dhuol described the parliamentary vote as “provocation”.

The governor instructed his minister of local government and law enforcement, Benjamin Laat Mathou, to instruct the state minister of finance to proceed with the 5% deductions.

“Parliament is jobless, they better think [of] other important issues [rather] than attempting to stop my decision – they will face it”, he said.

The governor, who is currently in Juba, reportedly instructed Mathou to suspend the payments of all civil servants until his return to the state unless the parliament agrees to support his decision.

Mathou is acting governor in his absence.

(ST)

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  • 12 December 2013 07:18, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    5% per cent cut from civil servant salary is right to creat moral of the party SPLM, why, party activaties are destroyed by party gangs, like Dr. Riak Machar, Pagan Amum, Deng Alor Kuol, Madam Nyendeng Garang and their subordinates officials, Gen-Matur is not taking this percent to home but it is cut for the party fundemantal.

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    • 12 December 2013 09:47, by Morthon Akol

      Uncle Makuac Lam, you should look to this case critically. the issue is not why the government cut 5% from the civil servant. is because you are not sure who is the member of the SPLM and who is not. or do you think that all those are members of SPLM? common man.

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  • 12 December 2013 07:28, by Agutthon

    Look how dictators behave. Matur is adamant on illegalities. Impeach him ya parliamentarians.

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    • 12 December 2013 08:00, by Mayom County Boy

      5% percent for what ?
      this is how dinka Agaar are living with other people money

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      • 12 December 2013 09:55, by Beny yomnhoi

        an individual decision is not the entire community involvement. SPLM salary cut has been used as shield for eating public money in Lake particular since the present of corrupt governor Mr.CHol Tong who nickname himself as engineer without colleague graduated with him shame on him.he was the one who put dollars fridge smuggling to uganda.

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    • 12 December 2013 08:12, by BM-21

      Shame on you Matur Chut@ to cut salary of the civil servants .MPs are right is look like you abusing the SPLM leadership.SPLM by it self is the government how come citizen pay government instead government shud pay to citizen.
      SHAME, SHAME, SHAME ON YOU GEN.

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  • 12 December 2013 12:29, by Wensi

    Wow!! Without any doubt, Matur Chut Dhuol is another Adolf Hitler, but in different name and Skin colour. As an educated person, I can’t bear living in lake state, especially Rumbek under the leadership of that loony (insane person).

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  • 12 December 2013 19:03, by Wikileak

    Ahahaha Lahad Mathou, Acting Governor of Lakes State? People are really joking how come that the State is left to the habitual drunkard who urinate on people in Palm tree hotel. Marial Gumke and Lahad are a disgrace and abuse of leadership. They are almost inching to Deng Alor style who closes his front seat and forgetting his leg outside while drunk hahaha nincompoops

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  • 13 December 2013 14:18, by Bol Pur

    I think some people like Ayuiu do not even know politics and party development. Which Country on the Earth that one party or ruling party take percentage of all employees to fund the party activities. Parties are funded by members not employees. I agree with mps decision.

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