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Donors want 28 states revoked in South Sudan before releasing money

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June 20, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudanese presidency has revealed that donors want the controversial 28 states revoked as a precondition in order to release money to assist in recovering the deteriorating economic situation in South Sudan.

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South Sudan’s presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny (AFP)

They also want finance minister, David Deng Athorbei, and governor of the Bank of South Sudan, Kornelio Koryom Mayik, fired among the conditions they have put forth to the transitional government of national unity (TGoNU).

This latest development was revealed to the press by the spokesperson of President Salva Kiir, Ateny Wek Ateny, on Monday.

Speaking in an interview to a local radio station in Juba on Monday, Ateny claimed major donors for South Sudan have asked for dismissal of finance minister Athorbei and Central Bank governor Mayiik in a confidential letter they have jointly sent to the government.

Ateny in response accused the donors of interference in “matters of sovereignty”, calling on them to simply help save the country from economic collapse without any conditions.

“The matters of changing the minister of finance or the governor of central bank are matters of sovereignty of a given country,” said Ateny, speaking to Eye Radio during an interview broadcasted on Monday.

He also alleged that the United States, Norway and Britain – collectively the TROIKA for South Sudan – also asked the government to revoke the controversial 28 states which President Kiir unilaterally decreed into being despite the August 2015 peace deal based on the current constitutionally recognized 10 states.

He added that donors said they will not release money to South Sudan until the conditions are met.

Sudan Tribune has not been able to get the said confidential letter and Troika sources have declined to comment on the story.

Ateny insisted that the letter was delivered to the presidency but he cautioned donors against meddling in internal political affairs.

“They [decisions of governance] are not imposed by a foreign power simply because they would support or they would be giving money here or there,” he said.

He further challenged that the number of states should be left to South Sudanese, saying “it is not also good for any foreign intervention on this simply because it is the people of South Sudan who are well placed to decide whether they want more states or they wanted less state.”

“My appeal to TROIKA is to stop those conditions and support South Sudan unconditionally,” Ateny said.

But donors said besides being a violation of the peace agreement signed last year by the warring parties in South Sudan, it also did not make sense to increase the number of states from 10 to 28 when the government did not even have money to operate the 10 states.

Civil servants in the national capital, Juba, and in other parts of the country are on strike due to non-payment for three months and soldiers have not been paid as food commodities continue to rise and citizens continue to suffer.

Minister of information, Michael Makuei Lueth, last week came out openly saying the government had no money to pay the civil servants for the months of arrears, calling on them to remain patient.

With the revelation from the donors not to release money unless the government put its house in order, economic situation in South Sudan is expected to further deteriorate.

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  • 20 June 2016 23:06, by marie

    Mr Ateny Wek if South Sudan is a sovereign country, then do not beg other nations for funds to run the government. Use your brains to generate you own income with the abundant resources in the country. Western countries do not give blank cheques to countries, remember.

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    • 20 June 2016 23:43, by deng

      Yep! Reversed 28 states or no money what an a shameful world! Who the fuck are those countries to tell you to reversed your decision for creating 28 states as if they are south Sudanese? Riek Machar hire them those blood thirst countries who don’t care about people dying but care for their interests if not die peace of hanger. Shame-shame -shame.......

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      • 21 June 2016 04:49, by Force 1

        Well; if that’s the case; then those donors need to keep their money and leave us alone! Someone need to tell them that; we can’t be bought with money; they can go somewhere else and buy other people with their money and not us in South Sudan! We fought for this land and no one bought it for us. They need to go to hell!

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        • 21 June 2016 08:38, by Bazinguaboy

          But what were we thinking when we created 18 more states? That now because we have a peace agreement in place then the donors will just come in and support? No way. It’s our country, we know what is right for it and we should know how to run it with our own resources.

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          • 21 June 2016 08:44, by Bazinguaboy

            Chest-thumping "It is our country" comes with responsibilities that include knowing how to manage its affairs. It’s quite a shame that our vital services sectors - health, education, water, road, etc. - are being supported by the int’l community while we swindle our resources and ask for more from foreign tax-payers in order to quench our unquenchable greed and continue to impoverish the people.

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        • 21 June 2016 09:46, by jubaone

          Well,

          Kiir wants to suck and blow at the same time which is impossible. You cant want donor Money and still Play a renegade insisting on 28 states which are not financiable. Worse putting cashiers /Koriom and Athorbei) as finance experts. Simple fools. Either them or no Money. Period

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  • 20 June 2016 23:34, by Nyesi Ta

    This wacky guy in the person of Wek need to know that being tough is not compatible with begging. If u would like to be tough and need things to be done your way, quit begging the international community. Corruption and bad governance has brought the gov’t of Kiir Al Awiir to its knees. Stop making noise and choose to be tough or a begger.

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    • 20 June 2016 23:48, by deng

      If I had a power to feed the populations of South Sudan, I will and say fuck to those leaders who fail the country after a joyful celebrations for independence few years ago.

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      • 21 June 2016 00:17, by Mr Point

        My follower Deng is completely right. Who would have thought that South Sudan, becoming independent with its rich natural resources would become a failed state so soon?

        Who would have thought it would take just five years to bankrupt the country?

        50 SSP to the dollar - how did Kiir’s government manage this? What more reason do you need to call for regime change?

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    • 21 June 2016 00:03, by Mr Point

      Ateny Wek is right!
      A sovereign country does not give in to foreign meddling.
      A sovereign government pays it own way.
      A sovereign country does not beg.
      But South Sudan is bankrupt by the corrupt government and pointless war of Ateny Wek’s faction.

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      • 21 June 2016 00:08, by Mr Point

        Ateny Wek is right to demand unconditional support from foreign donors. Of course they should support a country that has been betrayed by bad government.

        Otherwise South Sudan will manage its affairs with its own resources....

        Do the teachers, judges and others who have not been paid for months deserve unconditional support from Ateny Wek’s government?

        Yes or No?

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        • 21 June 2016 07:20, by Lorolokin

          Mr Point,

          Thank you Bro. you really make my day by teaching these thugs including Ateny but do they really understand those bigs words of yours.
          This country will not reach July.
          Kinkak

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  • 21 June 2016 00:13, by Mr Point

    You’ve got to admire Ateny Wek.

    This government bankrupted the country to fight a civil war to prevent Riek Machar being vice president.

    2 years war. 10,000 dead. Riek is Vice President.

    Now the government will reject international support in order to have 28 states.

    What is the price of onions today? What will it be tomorrow?

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  • 21 June 2016 05:53, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    That move is very correct.
    Keep it on, Donors
    Deng Athorbei AD finance minister and Korilino Koriom Mayiek, are the most who caused the failiure of country economy.
    Kiir should sack them immediately.

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  • 21 June 2016 09:21, by Eastern

    Today in the morning, each and every judiciary staff in got a phone call ordering them to return to work or "administrative measures" shall be taken against them. SPLA has certainly failed to distinguish the difference between running a country and a military barrack. Orders, decrees,......Shame!!

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  • 21 June 2016 09:30, by Joseph Canada

    This is the best decision made by the donors including the three musketeers.if you think you can’t comply,don’t expect bread to be handed you on a Platts.Do exactly as you are told or face the shame of collapse! !

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    • 21 June 2016 10:11, by Force 1

      Joseph Canada,
      You think everyone lives on handouts like you in Canada!?

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  • 21 June 2016 09:41, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Stroika, should ordered the removable of minister of finance and central bank governor not suspension of 28 states.

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  • 21 June 2016 09:49, by Awei-ngok

    In the first place,this Press Secretary is messing up the country.This is information should not have gone public.Look now,TROIKA declined to comment.That is good.It was a confidential document.Does Ateny want S.Sudan to wage war against TROIKA? What will it mean later if President decides to remove this guys? Will our sovereignty not be questioned again? Yes,it seems they will be removed anytime.

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  • 21 June 2016 10:16, by Gabriel KK

    The so called ’Donors’ are igniting more fires. just tell them to pack and go. We don’t need their dollars!

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  • 21 June 2016 13:24, by Angelo Achuil

    We stab, rob, kick, kill and steals from our country and now we have: Security crisis, economic crisis, political crisis, diplomatic crisis, social crisis, etc. Firing 1 or 2 individual will not solve it, we need true repentance - bring back that stolen money we tucked away in foreign banks and jail all those doing it now!!! I am thinking does giving more money just to those will privatize it help

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  • 21 June 2016 14:09, by Pure Nationalist

    Which donor would like to fund another war? 28 states are killing people in Tonj, Raja, Mangala and the pending war of Malakal, which leader on earth would like his people kill themselves for something of his own making if Kiir is not incompetent?

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  • 21 June 2016 14:19, by Pure Nationalist

    Troika can’t go anywhere because South Sudan came into being through their full support, any person seeing them as intruders is just playing with fire.It would be easy for Ateny to return to Canada than them leaving

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  • 21 June 2016 20:36, by lino

    What did the same politicians do with the donations from 2005-2013??
    No development done and all money went to individuals pockets, families, and relatives. No more money flocks. Let people suffer so they will overthrown you!!!

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