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Judges in South Sudan declare nation-wide strike


May 2, 2017 (JUBA) – Concerned about the “poor” working conditions in the profession, judges in South Sudan on Tuesday declared a nationwide strike, demanding the chief Justice’s resignation.

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Justice Chan Reec Madut (AP Photo)

According to the committee chairperson for judges and justices, Khalid Abdalla Mohamed, all courts across the country shall not function after earlier calls to resolve the problem, failed to succeed.

The law fraternity is among others, agitating for the immediate resignation or removal of the chief justice, Chan Reec Madut.

Also at the forefront of their demands, are the enactment of judicial laws, transport allowances, improvement of working conditions and that a court room be created for each judge across the country.

Last week, a similar strike was called off after President Salva Kiir promised to meet the country’s chief justice to resolve the impasse.

Meanwhile South Sudan Bar Association (SSBA) has revoked an earlier decision, which saw two lawyers suspended for failure to renew their practicing licenses.

Kiir Chol Deng, one of the initially suspended advocates, described the legal body’s decision as “null and void", vowing not to comply with the directive.


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  • 3 May 2017 08:34, by Eastern

    All lousy employees handpicked by Kiir must go then finally Kiir himself must leave the scene for South Sudanese to sort things out....

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  • 3 May 2017 08:54, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Are judge political?Do judges make policy?The power of judiciary review and possibly invalide laws degrees and actions other branches of government.let it a classical sense to from existence of codified constitution. But if is the principle of ultra vires then you are right.Do what will for you

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  • 3 May 2017 09:49, by Dengda

    Kiir called off the strike last week and promised the judges to wait to consult with chief justices. Just a matter of day, Chief justics and justice minister were full committed to eliminates the vocal voices example Kiir Chol because he was term as Ring leader, similar to what happened to Dr Dhieu Mathok in Crown hotel. Fools thinks they are smart and clever and just settles for short term gains

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    • 3 May 2017 09:55, by Dengda

      Off course, it the fact each judge should has court room, offices clerk, vehicle and equipment to facilitate his/her work. Those money spent for deportation of opposition figure should used for various pressing needs in the country. Kiir seem not to reading the policies and vision of SPLM as party echoed by Dr John garang in Rumbek and his brief of the outcome of Naivasha agreement.

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      • 3 May 2017 09:57, by Dengda

        Since he took offices he been opposing all Dr John Garang framework policies as if he was from different party. Good luck dumb enjoy your leadership and you would milk the it product.

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        • 3 May 2017 11:55, by Kuch

          Mr. Dengda, Salva Kiir has been working for the independence of our country and our people. Do you idiot think, he (Salva Kiir) fought all his life for the independence of our South Sudan, but handover our country to evil corporate America, British, their evil juus, their evil juus, their UN, their creepy NGOs and some of their criminals in between in lieu of free food!>>>

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          • 3 May 2017 12:02, by Kuch

            The so-called judges can wait. Other people have never been paid for three months, but they are not screaming at the top of their dirty lungs about being paid. Because, we are at war. The mighty SPLM/A fought the war with our so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan. Without pay and manage to come on top. Our country is being taken and be re-united with the evils we hate to death>>>

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            • 3 May 2017 12:09, by Kuch

              the so-called clone arabs of North Sudan. Mr. Dengda, our country is being Geo-poltically played by our enemies---the so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan, the mighty US, the Island of England, the gulf Arabs states, our own African countries http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/civil-war-in-nigeria
              Mr. Dengda, our country is>>>

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              • 3 May 2017 12:18, by Kuch

                being is being Geo-politically toyed around simply because we are have been found the most stupid and foolish people on earth by our enemies. There is a Buja one, Abuja two and Abuja two was when William Nyuon Bany came and rebelled against the SPLA. Mr. Dengda, we have bombed the Nuers and we are going to bomb the mighty US, their UK, their evil juus, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of>>>

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                • 3 May 2017 12:32, by Kuch

                  their creepy criminals in between.

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                  • 4 May 2017 00:41, by lino

                    Ya Kuch,

                    Do you know what the friends of South Sudan did for the country??!!! Maybe you were not born at that time, or wondering under Khartoum’s Bridges, or even in Kakuma Camp.
                    The war in South Sudan was not won, but a negotiated peace deal and your uncle Kiir just handed a silver spoon.
                    How comes all Dr. John’s enemies especially from Bhr Al Gazal run back to Juba as soon as he was killed??!!

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                • 3 May 2017 12:40, by Malakal county Simon


                  You bombed Nuers in your dream and never been a realistic.... You should have praises Your God father UPDF and SPLM-N otherwise, you could have been a refugee from now.... Anyways all in all, you have started and Nuers will finish it we just need more bullets for forget about your useless national dialogue!!!!

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  • 3 May 2017 13:09, by Sunday Junup

    Ba duol jaani dak (i will dis mantle Jieng Council of elders) this is the beginning of fulfilling prophecy.

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  • 3 May 2017 14:41, by Good Foe

    What is the relationship between the judges’ strike and the international community? Can somebody help? This idiot must be sniffing cocaine.
    Who are they supposed to cry to when their working conditions isn’t good? You even clearly accepted that some civil servants aint paid for three months and if I’m not mistaken, your closest relative is one of them. Don’t you feel sorry for them?

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    • 4 May 2017 08:19, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      Good Foe

      we are all aware of sitiuations in our country here even those abroad knew it.but Mr Kuch is not agnst judges demands for a better conditions wc is their fundamental rights.he’s frustrated and responding to usual traitors in this forums.but do you know strategy to bring Kiir down must start from B.E.G and replacement must be someone like Riak.anybody thinking that way should think again.

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  • 3 May 2017 18:39, by JUNUBDA

    I wish we act like Amin by living those lawyers on the road striking and then we use option of opinion leaders in the court who are much wiser then these modern lawyers. Because they are practically seem. They are not using these funny articles or codes but they are using their nature knowledge

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