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South Sudan president says INGOs pay local staff in local currency “unfair”


January 18, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir has criticized the way in which international organizations treat their local staff members, saying they were subjecting them to unfair treatment when deciding on the currency of payment .

“When it comes to local employees they have decided to pay them in local currency, and they pay their international staff in hard currency. That is very unfair," said president Kiir.

The president said most of the international organisations take their money outside the country, denying the country an opportunity to benefit and utilize the money they get from the work they do in the country.

“Foreigners who are working here, including the NGOs, have decided to bank outside South Sudan, and they just bring salaries for their employees. “I’m not an economist, but I think it has an effect on the country’s economy”, he said.

The President pointed that most of the hard currency generated within the country is spent abroad .

He made the remarks Tuesday during a function in which he oversaw the taking of office of newly appointed Central Bank governor and his deputy and the deputy minister of finance.

The South Sudanese pound is declining against the dollar due to the collapse of oil price, the fall of oil production and the civil war that erupted in December 2013. Also, foreign donors stopped their aid programmes to the new nation.

In Juba currency traders are selling one U.S. dollar at 103 pounds in the black market, while the official at the Central Bank is 87 pounds for one dollar .

President Kiir expressed concerns about the diminishing value of the pounds.

“What is it that made us lose the value of our money? Is it something that can be corrected, can it not be corrected?” He asked the officials.

“One of them is that, our people took their money out of the country, and money taken out of the country does not benefit us.

“Most South Sudanese have decided to reside out of the country; they just come here to get some dollars and go. That will never make us grow. But we cannot force people to remain in South Sudan, when we are not sure about the security,” he said.


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  • 18 January 2017 22:03, by Lokoli

    Mr President. No one trust you and your government administrators. You know all the reasons. Leave that seat, you will see a big change in one week.

    Secondly all those around you are thieves and have no knowledge and skills to run a country. South Sudan will remain a failed state as long as you do not stop saying "Belet tanina, Belet Tanina" refering to Dinka only.

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    • 19 January 2017 04:50, by Joyuma John

      Dear south Sudanese,
      Let us focus on issues that lead to change, if we focus on Jieng and their JIeng council of elder as main agenda we must make Jieng grow stronger at our own expense, let take them like any other tribe of South Sudan always if I red most of comments here or article at least 75% of them is above Dinka and Jieng council of elders .

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      • 19 January 2017 11:01, by jengelon

        What changes you are talking about is’t to change JCE with SSCE or what hay look we’l not stop criticizing those who call jenge until they get bored don’t talk,buy,neighbor or sale to jenge so they know the meaning of hatred & so they voluntarily go back their luaks I love you jenge but KOKORA is coming !!!!!!!!!!! go to hell all of you jenge or else

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    • 19 January 2017 06:23, by Akuma


      I thought you can appreciate President Kiir words as he is talking in regards to South Sudanese nationals working with INGOs and Private companies to benefits, as their foreign workers earn US dollars and paid local employees with pounds. No South Sudan that differentiate employees payment and that one need bills to correct it on time otherwise local employees will strikes one day. UNFAIR

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      • 19 January 2017 08:56, by Mayom County Troops

        why this case was not address since govt was aware about it ?

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      • 19 January 2017 11:20, by Yongo

        Does it mean the president has no faith in his own currency to complain as to why his people are being paid in local currency? Whose local currency? I thought every head of state will be proud of what is his own. If south Sudanese pounds is worthless, who made it to be so? The big thieves in South Sudan, that the president knows, brought us to this kind of shame. He should gracefully quit.

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        • 19 January 2017 14:43, by Akuma

          President Kiir is fighting for your benefits. Unless you are not part of South Sudanese employees are dominant of such INGOS in South Sudan.

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    • 19 January 2017 06:42, by Midit Mitot

      This does not make senses Mr President, don,t you know all these un-tolerated things since, do these first at your administration.
      1. Implement peace with IO, not the one in Cron Hotel,
      2. Give hot directives to your corrupted bank officials,
      3. Try to devote your time on the country security wise,
      When you done all these, every thing will corrected itself.

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  • 19 January 2017 02:12, by Gabriel KK

    Why do talk the talk when we have laws governing NGOs in the Country. Just enforce law to law breakers!

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  • 19 January 2017 04:33, by Mayok

    Are you kidding me kiir, how come you complain about those getting pay local currency? you are losing your mind as you already did, those who get paid local currency’s by NGOs, get theirs salaries on time and how long your employees get paid? 4 to 5 months or nothing, what a shame village chief .

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  • 19 January 2017 06:59, by Free South Now

    Bravo Mr. President for your concern to your people whom their rights are denied by some of the INGO working here in South Sudan by paying them with local currency.I wish Mr. President you could issue order regarding the aforementioned matter as soon to help them.

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  • 19 January 2017 07:47, by real Dinka

    Bravo mr. President, it is your first time to speak the voice of voiceless people and i wish you should the law ordering those INGOs who do paid their staff with local currency.

    Once again thank you for your concern

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    • 19 January 2017 08:22, by jubaone

      Real Jienge or MTN,
      What difference does that make? The country is run by foreigners, money can’t buy anything coz there is barely enough food to buy. Most Junubin especially in jiengelands are happy if they get WFP deliveries for free and don’t need SSP or U$.

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  • 19 January 2017 07:59, by Dengda

    @ Gabriel KK
    You Said it all, country is government and rule by laws, regulations, acts and memo. It Shameful for the head of state to complaint like ordinary citizen on street. Kiir is good of advise or persuasive, it sometime considered as passive. NGOs bills was passed in parliament 2015, why implemented to it full forces, Kiir is reactionary in country affairs is completelt lost of direction

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  • 19 January 2017 08:35, by Eastern

    Kiir is going crazy. A few years ago, because of excitement over the huge sums of dollars generated from oil sales, Kiir’s minister of labour ordered INGOs and UN agencies to pay local staff in SSP, now barely five years later Kiir is crying wolf that those employers that complied are "unfair", the man is running basark!!!!

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  • 19 January 2017 10:41, by Kush Natives

    This president is completely outdated! If he just found out today, that all the NGOs who are operating in the country since independent or 2011, are mistreating their local employees, paying them their salaries in local currencies, while they are NGOs paying foreigners hard currencies! God help this nation! If not, then we are completely finish! Kiir don’t feel any shame!

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    • 19 January 2017 11:34, by jengelon

      Thank you Mr president for bringing that to your attention I would like to see you one day acting like crazy our people suffered a lot from those INGO’S,Somalian’s,Kenyan’s,Ugandan’s & all other foreigners doing businesses in our Country they must have a bank account & money transfer out side the country not allowed regulations must applied & implement Haramia must go 2017 SS thieves free

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