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South Sudan admits difficulty in paying recalled diplomats


April 27, 2017 (JUBA) –South Sudan, Thursday, admitted its failure since several months to pay salaries of its diplomats who are recalled to Juba, creating a havoc within its embassies abroad.

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Deng Alor Kuol (Photo Reuters/Lucas Jackson)

Since September 2016, the foreign ministry has experienced difficulties to pay the salaries of its diplomatic staff. This failure also pushed Juba to suspend the recall of diplomats and attachés ordered in August 2016.

However, this month the foreign ministry told them to use the salaries of October and November 2016 that it has just transferred to return home by the end of April.

Several diplomats wondered how they can return knowing that they have debts in banks, not paying their rentals for more than five months. Also, they wondered how they can leave alone children in schools.

However, Foreign Minister Deng Alor Kuol minimised these difficulties saying the ministry of finance is making arrangements to pay their salaries so that they can return.

“There is no problem. There was only a challenge in facilitating the return of the recalled diplomats and attachés that completed the period of their assignments but this issue has now been resolved," Kuol to Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

He went on to say that the delay to facilitate the return of the recalled diplomats to the headquarters was due to the economic situation in the country.

He further said those who were recalled had been replaced, adding that it was a normal administrative procedure to ensure the recalled get replacement and are given new assignments.

The new assignments are either at the headquarters or a post in other countries where they can continue to carry out their diplomatic responsibilities.


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  • 28 April 02:13, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    This has become the slogans or the language of the day.There should be accountability for those who are responsible for the pay roll the HR the human resource management. Instead of individualistic Payers! Just a correct system will do!

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    • 28 April 06:59, by Gatluak jal

      Donald Trump calls the "fake" media do not pay attention those hopeless and desperately groups of people.

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  • 28 April 06:43, by Eastern

    This is the cause of waging war to remain the "president"; the economy has collapsed; widespread insecurity, mass diaplacement, deaths, diseases, famine, breakdown in social cohesion, hatred......The war with the opposition is taking its toll on Kiir’s government!

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  • 28 April 07:16, by Adok son

    Who cares of what is going on there in your organization in Juba? We are out of that calls but peaceful settlement of SS crisis is highly needed by all rebels.
    U play your all trick there and make sure that there will be no peace in this country if DR Machar is silenced. So we call international community to rescue the life of SS’s people who are now killing by that organization of Dinka in Juba.

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  • 28 April 07:22, by Manyngoo

    This article shows that the ministry doesn’t clearly tell if they are shutting down their offices abroad. recalling diplomats and replacing them is not the same as closing the embassies.
    How possible to sustain such kind of work when you spend annually more than $500 million on military hardware yet you don’t win the war!!!

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  • 28 April 08:09, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Bureaucracy is agiant mechanism operated by bourgeoisie; they ’re just dedicating themselves and their kids wherever they are otherwise for God seek, if they are really represent us abroad, should a continent like Australia with over 100,000 South Sudanese lack Embassy?i wonder if such place doesn’t have embassy whom ’re they representing abroad!They shuold be close until further notice.There is n

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    • 28 April 09:02, by Nuer bi Bay Dom

      so many various types military forces will continue fighting with Dinka govt in south sudan.Dollar Independent movement,Famine liberation front,Human right report for accountability,SPLA-IO,SSNF,NDM,and UN SCall will fight with dinka govtenrment.

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  • 28 April 15:32, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    This is no longer a Dinka government my friend, even others Dinka are now dying; Call it the government by the people for the people of interest groups or bourgeoisie or call it Bonapartism.or call it our government in a polite way but if uou want to give it a name, bring other name otherwise u may and have already offense others innocent Dinka.This classification will not take us any where.

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