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S. Sudan security recommends dismissal of chief justice

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Justice Chan Reec Madut (AP Photo)

April 24, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese security service officials have allegedly advised President Salva Kiir to remove and replace the country’s Chief Justice, Chan Reec Madut, warning that a delay to could result in the situation being exploited by political dissidents and sections of frustrated populations to go on a mass demonstration.

“The issue of chief justice is a recurring matter, and we have done our best to resolve the differences between him and his colleagues, including acting on his wish to remove his deputy but it seems this is now becoming a national security matter to be ignored,” high level South Sudanese security officer told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

“We have now advised the president to replace him and appoint a new person so that we see which others issue that will arise again from the lawyers and judges”, he added.

According to the official, president Kiir and the chief justice were expected to meet on Monday evening to discuss the way forward.

He, however, said he expects the South Sudanese leader to ask Madut to tender his resignation other than waiting to be dismissed.

“This will be an informal meeting at the residence of the president. The president was briefed and knows issues which judges and lawyers raised against chief justice”, further said the officer.

Sudan Tribune understands that judges, advocates as well as lawyers have started an open-ended strike as per initial statements.

Last week, judges and lawyers declared an open-ended strike, demanded the resignation of the chief justice and wage increment.

“The general assembly of justices and judges voted unanimously to enter into an open strike until the following demands are fulfilled; the honourable Chief Justice Chan Reech Madut must resign, provision of a car for justices and judges for transportation, provision of stationery and creation for a conducive working environment. Creation of courtrooms to each and every judge,” said Geri Legge, a Justice of the Court of Appeal after the general assembly meeting.

The senior judicial officials accused the chief justice of allegedly failing to follow up on promises made last year to increase wages and improve working conditions. In South Sudan, justices and judges receive monthly salaries between SSP 8,000 and SSP 12,000.

Judges and justices are among highly paid government employees but the depreciation of South Sudanese pound against the United States dollars means their wages are now less than $50 per month.

A chief justice is appointed by the president and it is not clear if he will act to resolve the judicial crisis. Last year, a similar strike was called off within a week after the government promised to address the conditions set forth, but the pledges were reportedly never met.

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  • 24 April 23:32, by Lino Gai Akok

    Fire him(Chan Reech). This man

    has really mismanaged the judicial

    affairs, e.g no training for judges

    as well as supporting staffs, other

    judges are now working under

    trees as if they are chiefs.

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  • 25 April 04:33, by Naath

    It does not matter the idiots lawmakers fire Chief Justice or not. What is matter is resignation of Kiir from power. Salva Kiir is complete dumb to lead the country for other years.

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    • 25 April 04:59, by South South

      I left Juba yesterday for neighboring country. Juba is calm and life is moving as normal, so Jubaone and Eastern need to stop their lies about situation in Juba. As for Chief Justice, president Kiir has all power to move him or keep him. He will talk with his men in the government and come up with very right decision. People who are calling here for Kiir to resign are deaf and blinds.

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      • 25 April 06:30, by Eastern

        South Sudan,

        Akol Koor, Thomas Duot, et al are asking Kiir to send home this friend of yours from Harvard. Please don’t leave Juba as things heat up; let’s face it as it happened last July. Let Chan Reech Madut go and eat his humble reech at home or abroad in peace!!!

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        • 25 April 07:13, by South South

          Eastern,

          Akol Koordit and Thomas Duot are president Kiir’s men. Iam in a neighbor country to make South Sudan strong again. If Chan Reech Madut leaves, our president will put in his place another hawk who will be biting traitors and betrayers. We are holding it and we will make sure that our man will replace Chan Reech Madut if we decide to do so. Bite your hands Eastern

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      • 25 April 06:36, by jubaone

        South South,
        Bla..bla..jienge bullshit. Either you’re an outright wheelerdealer, goon or just a low calibre impostor. 100U$ now costs 21,000SSP. A to-and fro to Khartoum, Entebbe, Nairobi or Addis would cost you 520U$ that is about 109,200SSP. As a govt official you must get travel approval from Cabinet minister. You don’t have that money, not even are you a office tea-boy. Dream in Uganda and ste

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        • 25 April 07:19, by South South

          Jubaone,

          You are a big lair in the world. When I left Juba yesterday, USD rate in the market was $100 costs 17000. I talked to people in the market yesterday and they told me that no one wants to buy USD by 17000ssp for $100. This means USD will continue going down in the next a few days. Shut up lair, I left Juba yesterday and I was able to pay for my own ticket just for $340, what a lair!!!!!!

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          • 25 April 07:36, by Eastern

            South Sudan,

            That luxury of spewing public cash is soon coming to an end! Even Akol Koor with his large entourage will soon be thrown out of their riverside hotel! I have my eyes on you folks on daily basis! Come back to Juba to feel the heat here!!!

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            • 25 April 07:52, by South South

              Eastern, Let me assure you this. I will be back to Juba very soon. Tell me what I should do to show you Iam in Juba. Juba is part of South Sudan and we are not leaving an inch of our land to traitors and betrayers. Iam glad you have no other options in South Sudan only wishful dreaming. If we manged to push Nuer White army to Pagak near Ethiopia. IO generals in refugee camp. What is left? NOTHIN

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              • 25 April 07:57, by Eastern

                South Sudan,

                I have always told you that I conduct my business between Sherikat and Mia Saba. I will give you an appointment once you are back in town so that I engage you in a debate on national issues. Just let me know when you return.

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                • 25 April 08:09, by South South

                  Eastern,

                  That’s good enough. I will let you know soon when I am back home, my real home Juba. You have to accept that we are commanding position. Nuer White Army is cornered in Pagak, Equatoria generals in IO have taken refuge in Uganda, the head of IO is parked in South Africa, IO soldiers in Equatoria are dying from starvation, you and Jubaone are hiding in Diaspora fighting internet war.Sweet.

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                  • 25 April 08:28, by Eastern

                    South Sudan,

                    I can see how you wish I was in the dispora! I am home, in Juba nabari close to the nerve centre of the Mathiang Anyoor. You forgot to mention what happened to the IO is Wau and Malakal....

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                    • 25 April 08:41, by jubaone

                      Eastern,
                      You are asking too much from this jienge scoundrel South South. He has never been to Juba maybe just transiting enroute to Uganda or Kenya. He is clinging to death on Juba cos he doesn’t know where else to call home. He thinks being in Juba will make him an Equatorian - weled Juba. No. He remains a jienge period.

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                    • 25 April 11:31, by South South

                      Eastern,

                      You can not put your feet on our soil of South Sudan, only when you change to be a nice guy who want peace, then we will think what we can do with you. Enjoy your staying in USA man.

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                • 25 April 08:42, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

                  The problems in S.Sudan and amongst it people .whether we like it/not is pays salaries timely.constructions of main road in the country.produce n replace pounds.reduce manyroads blocks.promote farming and security problems will effectly wane byself and dollars scapegoating will be over.

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          • 25 April 08:35, by jubaone

            South South,
            You bloody jienge liar. Which Juba market? There is no air ticket whether to Khartoum or any of the neighboring countries that is less than 540 U$. Your 340U$ was in 2015. Even Ethiopian airlines is not that cheap. If you can’t afford a meal how can you even buy a ticket? Are you those jienges living on stolen monies? Work for yourself you parasite.

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            • 25 April 11:34, by South South

              Jubaone,

              your lies are so many to be handled. Now, you drop the claim that USD is 2100ssp and you jumped to air ticket from Juba to neighbor countries. Yes, air ticket is only $340, only $340 period. Lie and lies of Jubaone are many.

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              • 25 April 14:45, by jubaone

                South South,
                Re-read the article. You’ve again totally misunderstood my writing. I think you jienge are notoriously foolish and dull. Who came first with the U$ 340? You. I said this was the fare in 2015. Oh my God. The jienge is really a numbskull. We can’t help.

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          • 25 April 19:41, by jubaone

            South South,
            Just save some of your stolen monies and give as contribution to feed this family in N. Bahr elghasal. Could forwa we that to King Paul Malong. He may identity the old lady. Check on www.gurtong.net

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  • 25 April 09:02, by Sunday Junup

    South Sudan,
    You are liar, when did you defeated Nuer white army? It is Gony Beliew fighting in Lou Land, Nhial Batoang in Paloich, Puljang in Bentiu. Where are Mathiang Anyor? Can you tell me who from Jieng Council of Evil (JCE) comanding troops? Our Equatorian are doing a great Job in Raja, Kapota, Yambio and Wau. Kiir has to feel heat this time in Juba.

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    • 25 April 11:42, by South South

      Sunday Junup,

      You are struggling with facts. First, there is no war in Yambio. Equatoria generals from IO either they are killed or they have taken refuge in Uganda. SPLA is fighting as national army, not a tribal militia like what Riek Marchar led before he was parked in South Africa. Taban Deng in the real commander of IO while wicked Reik which I believe is now legally blind in South Sudan.

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  • 25 April 09:05, by Sunday Junup

    South Sudan,
    It is a good news if you admit that Dr. Riak is the head of IO in South Africa. Please tell Taban Deng that he is not the head of IO so that he step a side. we have been telling him but he could not listen. He rely on you (Dinka) thinking that you made him head of IO

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  • 25 April 12:59, by THINKTWICE

    The guy has been the number one master minder of the country’s judicial progress for a long time and its now right time to let him quit or face being fired by his brother(kiir)who has done all his best to put the country on standstill (kiirdit)its a matter who leave first we (South Sudanese) are damn tired of you mr reech and kiir they must go. and if you support them then you are in the cage dude

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  • 25 April 17:14, by john steven N

    it is better to commend on the pressure putting on the kir leadership to step down instead of commending on innocent chief justic

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