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Kiir reveals plan to downsize South Sudan’s cabinet in austerity measure


July 9, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has revealed that he will soon downsize his cabinet in the wake of the austerity measures as the new country faces economic shock due to lack of revenues.

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South Sudan President, Salva Kiir (C) watches alongside top military officials as a military parade marches past during a ceremony celebrating the anniversary of South Sudan’s first Independence day on July 9, 2012 (Getty)

Speaking at the occasion marking the 1st anniversary of the independence of South Sudan in Juba on Monday, July 9, 2012, Kiir said the country had run out of money to finance the huge government, saying he will reduce the number of the ministers in the cabinet.

The cabinet currently is composed of about 60 ministers and deputy ministers.

The one-year old nation has shut down its oil production due to misunderstanding with its northern neighbor, the Sudan. Kiir in his speech accused Khartoum of stealing the oil which forced his government to shut it down, adding that his country was looking for alternative routes of pipeline to the neighboring Kenya and Djibouti.

He also said new refineries are being built in Upper Nile and Unity states to serve the fuel demand in the country.

Currently South Sudan depends on money reserves which may finish in few months, according to officials, forcing the government to introduce austerity budget in the anticipation of the financial shortage.

Kiir however warned the people of South Sudan not to cry for tribal representation when the number of ministers in the cabinet is reduced. South Sudan informally considers ethnic and regional representation in the cabinet formation, though some tribes always get the lion’s share.

There were only 25 ministries when the government of the semi-autonomous region was established after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in July 2005. But the was expanded in 2010 when a ministry for peace and CPA implementation was created with the ministry of investment, Human Resources Development, Animal Resources and Fisheries, ministry of culture and Heritage among others.

However, in 2011, some ministries were merged and others were abolished. The ministry of Peace and CPA implementation affairs were dropped but the ministry of culture and heritage remained.

However, in June 2012, a cabinet minister disclosed to Sudan Tribune that he has been authorized to look at the structures of the government and provide recommendations on how it should look like.

The minister on Monday said he was still working on the plan but at almost at finishing stages. The president will be the first to look at it and then the cabinet will discuss and refer it to the parliament.

The minister said he finished the overhaul where he indentified ministries and commissions to which should emerge or be dropped.

"All the non essential ministries and commissions which were created for accommodation purposes will have to go this time. The president has approved," the minister told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

The president also reiterated his commitment to fight corruption which has resulted to the loss of $4 billion dollars.

He earlier wrote a letter to over 75 former and current senior officials of the government whom he suspected of involvement in corruption and asked them to return the “stolen money.” None of the 75 has responded positively to the President’s letter.

Kiir also surprised thousands of celebrators at John Garang’s Mausoleum during the same occasion that the long awaited creation of new counties will not be possible due to lack of money to finance their administrations.

The SPLM ruling party has always been singing the slogan of principle of taking towns to the people through the creation of new counties closer to the people.

However, the government for the last six years has had huge number of institutions at the national level while small at the base or local levels making it difficult to deliver services to the grassroots.

Recently the office of the president had directed all the ten states governors to present crooked maps and estimated populations of the new proposed counties in order to announce their establishment.

Due to the lack of money caused by a combination of money lost to corruption and the shutdown of the oil production which provided for 98% of the revenues, the creation of the new counties will be halted.


Salva Kiir’s speech at the first anniversary of the State of South Sudan

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  • 10 July 2012 06:13, by Mi diit

    I hope all the corrupt ministers Kiir wrote to will not come back to the cabinet during the downsizing.

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    • 10 July 2012 10:19, by daniell

      Downsize South Sudan cabinet for austerity measure is another way of repaying back 4billion which went missing into government account.It is so stoushing though to see government solving a problem with another problem.Cutting number of ministers with a corruption on the other hand widely spread is clearly an invitation of more corruption.spla has more to do.Thanks for reading.Best regard always.

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    • 10 July 2012 16:45, by JohnGarangFreedom

      Good job Mr. President of S. Sudan, Salva Kiir. You have done a fantastic job. Personally, I am not pro-persecution of S. Sudanese’ heroes. I believe, those who claim persecutions are mostly pro-destruct ions of new nation. I forgive them as their rewards. How much money has been looted from S. Sudanese by N. Sudanese since the creation of Sudan? People will get money again, but not people life.

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    • 10 July 2012 20:16, by Aher

      South Sudan belongs to all Southerners who carry the blood of South Sudan, despite all our diversity and the adversity we suffered. Southerners should give love to each other unconditionally, and give space for healing and the restoration of our spirits.

      We have all paid too much and have endured enormous pain and suffering which no amount of money can undo.

      Yes, we come from a difficu

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  • 10 July 2012 06:38, by Common Cole

    Many things are said but only the implementation that waits for the whistle blower and all the indiscipline will correct their behaviors or face isolation, the corrupt and self-serving ministers will even be the part of downsizing the government and therefore only surprise to our ears will be that, all are ministries including portfolios are important hence no downsizing,Oh God help us!

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  • 10 July 2012 06:46, by Madina Tonj

    Very interesting.

    Does president Salva Kiir understand now the point which the oppositions Parties were trying to make? The oppositions said, the new nation should not have these 382 PM and SPLM Party did not listen, this is why the country need three Parties so that, they can check on each other and I have been telling Southern Sudanese people that, one Party in one nation is a trrible Idea

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  • 10 July 2012 06:55, by 4Justice

    Setup a Financial Management Group.

    The Financial Management Group develops and advises on the budgetary and financial framework applicable to public sector agencies, on governance, and accounting policy issues, on the Government’s investment funds (Future Fund and the Nation-building Funds),and employees. The Group will also be responsible for developing and maintaining the

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    • 10 July 2012 06:56, by 4Justice

      RSS Government’s procurement policy framework, including the initiation and management of a range of government contracts. Additionally the Group consolidates Budget updates, contributes to the preparation of the Budget statements and prepares the Commonwealth’s monthly and annual consolidated financial statements.

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      • 10 July 2012 07:08, by 4Justice

        correction ’the national’ not ’commonwealth’

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  • 10 July 2012 07:55, by viper

    Kiir should also bear in mind that those ministers who are not following up their duties like prof. Adwok Nyaba should be fired. Commissions like the one of anti- corruption should be closed. The ministry of labour should be victimized couz their existence is not felt. They are just employing non qualified relatives

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    • 10 July 2012 08:08, by viper

      Once you relieve this so called Adwok mr president, please replace him with prof. Moses Machar Kachuol. Moses Machar is a pure Nationalist, a skillful man in higher Education, a prof who brought up S. Sudanese in terms of Education when we were in the BUSH. Please Kiir Appoint this great south sudanese

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      • 10 July 2012 08:26, by Baby Polic

        "Creation of new counties will not be possible due to lack of money" Said Kiir
        If i may ask can you return you Mr president your 27million that you put in Australian Bank? This money alone can create ten counties. What do you mean by taking town to people if there is no creation of new administration units. Shame the slogan died with Dr John and you should be careful before we get tired of SPLM.

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        • 10 July 2012 10:29, by Lachrymose Dinka

          @ Baby police, I agree with u that the slogan died with the owner n what is remaining is " executive first public later" I thought the issue of new counties was the 1st in the president’s speech but shockingly ......... This would have restored the deteriorated image of SPLM but now Nkt.

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      • 10 July 2012 11:29, by Gumbulla Junior

        To Viper,

        hey are u in cocoon? you moron,stop preaching shit out ur tribeman prof.machar why not point ur dirty fingers at ur bunch of thugs/corrupt ’dinka-crats’ gvnt and ministers?poor u quick to point fingers at minorities...idiot of highest oreder...

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    • 10 July 2012 08:20, by J P Puok

      President not creating more counties, while some governors are creating more like Unity state, had splitted pariang county into three, mayom into two and Rubkona into two making the then 9 counties into 13 counties. what about that huge unproductive ministers in Juba? America have only 6 secretaries not even ministers compare this to our 60 ministers. Unity state buy more 15 new brand v8 to

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      • 10 July 2012 08:25, by J P Puok

        ministers who with thier extra service vehicles parted with them at end of their tenure. this at every government form more then 100 vehicles had been taken home by these unproductive ministers

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      • 10 July 2012 08:41, by allan

        To anti traitor
        U need to shut the fuck up and stop fucking talking abt gogriel people we dont ever have that much in parliment and u bitches never stop talking abt us , and u have no ideal we have lost alot of our brothers n sisters in uniform in shit that u guys are enjoying right now i believe u are those type of people who used to fight us on another side during the war now everybites is talki

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        • 10 July 2012 08:58, by Sir King

          More talks less work, what can we do in South Sudan. Sorry indeed to Mayardit’s led government.

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        • 10 July 2012 14:54, by Loko El Pollo


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  • 10 July 2012 09:34, by Mony Junubi

    that will be abomination to other people

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  • 10 July 2012 10:08, by Good South in Ruin!

    Thank you Mr. President for finally realizing that more counties, more ministers and more V8’s etc are a waste of resources.

    Go ahead as we watch you.

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  • 10 July 2012 10:11, by kuac Agol

    Iam worried the Ministers/Dupties who will be removed may cause Destablization/Rebellion in South Sudan and more lives will be losed compare to that of Athor Deng and so

    Please, lets take care and be vigilant about that guys rather than saying that many people who will be removed are Dinkas or Nuers.

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  • 10 July 2012 15:26, by Nhomlau Nhomlau

    Mr.President is very absolutely right. I know very well the public and well wishers wil agree with me for Mr. president decision to downsize this unwant number of ministers(60). cos what I know as nationalistic citizen, pple outsider there laught at us with this this N0. of ministers. why why why our leaders?, plis think of betterment of your pple cos "too many cooks spoil delicious broth"

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  • 10 July 2012 16:43, by JohnGarangFreedom

    Good job Mr. President of S. Sudan, Salva Kiir. You have done a fantastic job. Personally, I am not pro-persecution of S. Sudanese’ heroes. I believe, those who claim persecutions are mostly pro-destruct ions of new nation. I forgive them as their rewards. How much money has been looted from S. Sudanese by N. Sudanese since the creation of Sudan? People will get money again, but not people life.

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  • 10 July 2012 16:46, by Sudani+

    To SS,
    To Kirr;
    Shame on you and SPLM, is this what you managed to do to our brothers and sisters in SS.
    you and SPLM have only brought to them corruption, poverty, illness, suffering, death, hunger!! with shattered hopes!! is this what SPLAM/Ananya fought for for the last 50 years!!

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    • 10 July 2012 17:08, by Nibs

      Sudan+,i hope you are trying to be very funny,the are corrupt that is true but as long as you are not south sudanese it’s completely non of your business.

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      • 10 July 2012 20:09, by Northern Sudanese


        why do you actually care about these insects? we know these insects care about us and in every single article about sudan you find insect comments. but why should we care? these insects kill themselves in the name of oil, so what?

        lets leave them alone with their land and oil and hope that one day. just ’’ONE DAY’’ they will leave ’’US’’ alone........

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  • 10 July 2012 18:17, by Chi Jguel

    The downsize will be good if Mr. president has appoint the talent, capable and noncorruptee cabinets, otherwise there will be no different from last cabinets.
    Mr. president, where are you? and didn’t you know that there is no money when idea come up about more counties creation?. Thanks Nation

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  • 10 July 2012 18:36, by Chi Jguel

    Mr. John, I think this is not right way to teach our Young nation to be thieves. It is right time to fight with corruption as mr. president said before. The money are not from our oil and agriculture prouces, are from international funds, which need to be account for, they can not end in an individual pockets like that. Thanks Mr. Kiir, this is a first step to fight corruption in SS.

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  • 10 July 2012 18:42, by panom lualbil


    Downsize and downsize and downsize untill what sir? It should be better we hear another plan like starting of new pipeline or improving of corruption otherwise this downsize of yours will stop when you’re only employee to be downsize in austerity measure. Please think of something else to put focus on!

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  • 10 July 2012 19:03, by Garang Mangok

    I like H.E Kiir to downsize the people who stolen money instead of others people who don,t know corruption because they are people cause economic problem.

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  • 10 July 2012 22:52, by panom lualbil


    You must stop your being favorable to culprits by offer them an amnesty for our country to progress prosperity and peaceful. Although there are folks who would retorted and defect to OMER ELBASHIER, we all [especially nuer] learned of ELBASHIER as the USER of slaves against slaves for ONLY foods. Therefore banning them for being defect to ARABS, will let them think twice

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    • 10 July 2012 23:12, by panom lualbil

      them think twice, whether or not they would defect to ELBASHIER and remain slaves for lives. Your H.E all you gotta do is to moblize SECURITY and DOWNSIZE corrupters. Corruption become a big problem nowaday, becoz you gave them leeway. It’s only you and VP to make laws function at best for criminals to control themselves as long they laws will let them repay if caught. Plus fines and jails too.

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      • 11 July 2012 01:12, by Lok T Simon

        Dear President
        We are happy to have our first an anniversary on 9 July as a result of our being in consistency always on our rights since day one of our creation in South Sudan and in Sudan as whole, We are happy to hear you saying that you are planning to downsize cabinets within the government, we are happy to hear you challenging corruption in the South, but we need you to knock ---

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        • 11 July 2012 01:26, by Lok T Simon

          more doors all over southern Sudan states for peace and quality all sides so that we innocent Southerners enjoying our independence. There is a sign of unhappy still going on, that is why we haven’t seen W. Equatorian, E. Equatorian and central Equatorian showing their happiness on website. We have seen Jonglei, Unity states and Western Bhar el Ghazel happiness on the website, but where are others

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          • 11 July 2012 01:39, by Lok T Simon

            We are proud of you being the first president of Southern Sudan, but we need you also to be a president who united all of us as one family, one nation in economically, in politically and in socially.
            This time is the time of killing sayings , but doing actions for development, for solving problems and for unity of Southerners all over the coners of Southern Sudan.


            Lok T Simon.

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  • 11 July 2012 05:22, by Odingo

    Great job Mr. President Kiir

    I would like to tell you that those suspected 75 corrupted Ministries must go for the good of the country. I don,t care wether they are from Dinka Bor or Nuer, they need to go home or face justice. Folks, people are dying across the country due to shortage of foods caused by those ministries who stole the foods moneys. What a crimes and shame on them.

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