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South Sudan gov’t employees to get 300% pay increase

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January 28, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudan government has announced a pay rise of up to 300% to cater for devaluation of local currency, the South Sudanese pounds (SSP), that was effected last month despite the economic crisis and lack of money.

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People walk through a market in the South Sudanese city of Juba January 6, 2011 in Juba, (File photo/Getty)

According to the council of ministers meeting resolution on Wednesday, senior public employees will get 5% pay rise, while junior employees will triple their pay. From grade one to grade eight, who are senior, there will be an increase of 5%. Grades 10 to 17, juniors, will get 300% pay rise, according to the public service employment grading system.

“These are the people with lower income and that this increment should by 300% that is the basic pay times three this is what was agreed and this will be in effect from February 2016,” said information and broadcasting minister, Michael Makuei Lueth.

A primary school teacher of grade 12, for example, who is being paid 600 SSP (about $30 a month) will now receive 1,800 SSP, equivalent to about $95 a month, effectively in January. Teachers say the new pay won’t make a difference as prices of commodities surge each day due to economic collapse.

John Deng, a grade 12 teacher said a 50 kg bag of white flour imported from Uganda costs 1,500 SSP, almost taking all his would be new salary, while a kilo of beans is sold at 15 SSP and a litter of oil is at 20 SSP.

“Even if we (teachers) receive SSP 3,000 a month, it won’t be enough. You will not have money to take your child to a clinic or buy a painkiller if he or she is sick,” said Deng.

“But I think it is a first step to addressing the low pay for teachers and other government employees,” he added.

South Sudan devalued its currency in mid-December 2015, allowing the market forces of demand and supply to determine the rate of U.S dollars against South Sudanese Pounds.

Currently, the central bank sells $1 at 19.5 SSP according to Tuesday auctioning rates to private banks.

In the black market, $1 is sold at 28 SSP on Thursday, an increase by ten figures since the free floating policy was adopted by central bank and ministry of finance last month.

The government has not explained how it will get the money for the increment of the employees salaries as it runs out of cash. Previously, employees, especially in some of the 10 states, go for months with no salary payment.

South Sudan economy began to deteriorate when the conflict started in December 2013 – forcing oilfields to close in Unity state, which has the most quality and expensive type of crude oil in the young country.

The lowering price of crude oil in the international market, dropping to less than $30 per barrels last week, coupled with the situation that Sudan takes $24.5 for pipe fees and compensation for financial loss, according to the cooperation agreement it signed with South Sudan in 2012, has even made the matter worse.

The only foreseeable hope for the government is to implement the peace agreement and form a transitional government of national unity which will then allow the international community to release hundreds of millions of dollars as assistance to the new government.

However, formation of the government may not take place soon as the parties have been wrangling over amendment of the constitution with the government wanting to insert its new 28 states into the constitution while the opposition factions said this would be a violation of the peace deal signed based on the existing 10 states.

A new constitution, which shall incorporate the provisions of the peace deal, would then become the basis for formation of a new unity government as the current transitional constitution does not recognize a transitional government.

The parties have not also implemented the required security arrangements, particularly in the capital, Juba, where the deal calls for withdrawal of government troops and deployment of new joint military and police forces.

The government said it could not implement the security deal due to lack of money to establish military camps 25km outside the capital and called upon the international community to provide support in the implementation of the security arrangements.

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  • 29 January 2016 08:00, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Great. I would like to see teachers pay increase because they are the born of our country. Also veterans need pay increase. Next, widows wives. Finally, soldiers and the rest of the people. I don’t need pay increase until I roads, hospitals, clean water, good education, and technology.

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  • 29 January 2016 08:16, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Politicians says what they will not do.
    Better to keep quit instead to fool citizens or public into zero hope.

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  • 29 January 2016 09:50, by Junta

    Good move but we need Peace immediately without preconditions. Suspend the crap 28 illegal states and implement ARCISS first then referendum for number of states be conducted in 2017-2018.

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    • 29 January 2016 12:33, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Junta, 28 states is the problem. The problem is Machar and ideas. Remember he wanted 21 states. Now, he doesn’t want more states. He doesn’t know what he wants. Does he? Personally, I don’t like the idea of 21 or 28 states, but I have to live with it because I am going to fight to change.

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      • 29 January 2016 12:35, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Junta, 28 states is not the problem or the cause of war. It is Machar and his empty ideas.

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        • 29 January 2016 12:46, by Dinka-Defender-General

          Machar was one inch away from becoming a president when he took arms against the government. Most of the people were looking for change when he broke away with his soldiers. Now, he cannot be a president in his life time. Machar is the master of all liars and propaganda in south Sudan. He lied to Nuers people about war and you support him.

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          • 29 January 2016 23:34, by Mr Point

            What happened in 2013 was Kiir’s attempt to silence his critics.
            He carried out a surprise attack to try to murder Machar. He invented the fake coup to imprisonDeng Alor and Pagan Amum.

            Now it’s back to square one.
            Alor and Amum are free. Machar is V-P. The African Union report exposes Kiir as a murderer and also as a complete loser.

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            • 30 January 2016 12:05, by Force 1

              Mr. Point;

              What’s that has to do with government employees getting pay raise?

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  • 29 January 2016 16:13, by marie

    Salva Kiir and JCE decided to murder people in Juba and they thought the relatives of these victims would keep quiet. Next time, they have to think twice before executing such a stupid plan.

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