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S. Sudan risks army unrest over delayed payment of salaries


July 7, 2017 (JUBA) – There are fears months of delayed salary payments could spark unrest among South Sudanese army (SPLA) soldiers and other security organs in the world’s youngest nation.

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SPLA soldiers are seen at the airport in Bor January 19, 2014. (Photo Reuters/Andreea Campeaunu)

In recent months, the government has been making several attempts to solicit financial help from the donor community and other financial institutions in the wake of the economic crisis.

The young nation, its finance minister admitted on Thursday, is currently facing a serious financial meltdown with the country’s economy showing no sign of a positive outlook.

“I would like to announce that we are working on paying one month salaries. It will be paid in three to four days”, said Stephen Dhieu Dau.

The prevailing situation appears to have affected the security forces with some threatening to stage protests in what could represent a threat to an already fragile peace and stability in the country.

Delays in salary payments, the minister explained, could largely be attributed to the conflict that has affected the country since 2013.

“That’s why we have arrears in the national government, the state governments and our embassies abroad”, further stressed Dau.

A military officer told Sudan Tribune on Friday that the military would no longer accept delays due to the unbearable situations they face within the institution.

He faulted the finance ministry of allegedly failing to fulfill increments.

“What is happening is beyond tolerance. They are not feeling anything because they are eating, traveling in and out of the country. When a minister or a general is sick, they travel out and come at will, but when a soldier is sick, no attention is paid. Salaries are not paid on time,” said the officer, who preferred anonymity.

“Like now it is going to three months without payment. What kind of government is this?” asked the officer.

He also wondered why the government under President Salva Kiir had failed to fulfill promises made to raise the pay for junior officers.

“They promised a salary increment and now they are backtracking and not only from their promises but even giving us the meagre salaries which we have always been paid. Now they are talking of something else. They think people are fools”, stressed the officer.

South Sudan has suffered political instability and external shocks over the last two and a half years.

Observers, however, say despite being oil-rich, the young nation was likely to record negative gross domestic product growth in 2016 after growing by 30.7% two years ago, largely due its conflict, decline in oil production and global fall in oil prices.

Last year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned of further in South Sudan’s economic situation, unless quick economic reform policies were adopted and political environment eased.

Although potentially rich, South Sudan is ranked one of the poorest in Africa and the world at large, with the worst indicators of health, education and underdevelopment.


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  • 7 July 2017 20:11, by Eastern

    How can RED CATERPILLARS mobilzed by King Malong be paid? How about those who died in the bushes? What the Mathiang Anyoors have done is priceless!!!!

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    • 7 July 2017 21:11, by Majesty

      SPLA was on wrong hand till true soldier Gen. Malong took over. His sudden removal elevate and elate enemies across the world. Malong prioritized the army and within few years at his hand, SPLA was recognized one the continent strongest fighting forces. Coward Salva Kiir should pay for humiliating SPLA true commander and defender.

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      • 8 July 2017 20:46, by garrak1520

        Bench of morons, what can Malong do except hoarding the salaries of soldiers in the field. Time to change South Sudan leadership. Bunch of thieves nothing more. A hand full want to take the country hostage. Get rid of them rather than glorifying morons thieves such as Malong, Tabang, Kiir, Machar.

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    • 8 July 2017 08:52, by South South


      Please leave government of SS alone and focus on the big mess you IO is facing. We are much better than you, do you know that?

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      • 8 July 2017 10:55, by Eastern

        South South,

        I am not in IO and I am not IO. I am fighting Kiir’s inept and tribal cabal in Juba. The country is sinking everyday and hapless folks like you are denying the obvious. I not seen any mess in IO either.

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        • 8 July 2017 19:09, by South South


          "The country is sinking everyday and hapless folks like you are denying the obvious", "I not seen any mess in IO either"

          It’s very hard these days to understand your writing Eastern. No single one on SS care about what you think about our country. You are IO

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          • 8 July 2017 22:18, by Eastern

            South South,

            " No single one...." Phrase has just killed you,,,,

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            • 9 July 2017 02:38, by South South


              I know now why you are very useless rebel. I have put out your poor English writing and it is like the Sun in the sky, but you are struggling to accept. Is this English sentence we know. "I not seen any mess in IO either". Good English: (I have not seen any mess in IO either or I haven’t seen any mess in IO either). Go back to school my English Advance Learner.

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  • 7 July 2017 20:44, by Lenin Bull

    Eastern, the current SPLA is pure and patriotic comprising of the real elements or their young ones that braved the 21 years without money payment enduring intense fighting, deprivations, hunger, and diseases. They will not do anything bad or unpatriotic to their country and people. Those miserable stomach-let fake SPLA/militas would misbehave in such circumstances have all gone away with Riek as

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    • 8 July 2017 14:18, by Akuma

      Lenin Bull,

      Please note Dr. Lucifer Riek Machar stage coup and he never succeed until he remain in house detention in South Africa but who took South Sudan oil money (Dollars)? Nile petroleum is now being control by Awan (chan) Awan cin lel yiol (Fox without tails) You better feel the shame.

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  • 7 July 2017 20:48, by Lenin Bull

    IO bandits.Our gallant SPLA understand the present situation of our country in which OIL fields have been burned down by Riek’s mad forces, no meaning sizable taxation money is being collected on roads due to low volume of goods and services moving into and across South Sudan and above all international conspiracy of withholding funding to South Sudan to starve the people and government to accept

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  • 7 July 2017 20:54, by Lenin Bull

    SPLA_IO especially Riek back into government after their failed bid through attempted coup initially and now failed/defeated rebellion. Patriotic folks of my motherland I wish you SIXTH HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY celebrations.We are free forever Riek and Kiir will day if not soon go and our land will be happy again.

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    • 7 July 2017 21:52, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      Sincerely speaking,we/those working for govt now are the true patriots of this nation,the work for there country with meaningless unreliable salaries,but the worst of all is that some IOs or greedies takes advantage of our nationalistic stand for their gains.

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  • 7 July 2017 21:38, by john locke

    Alot of you in here are morons, i can tell ypure jiangs. How do you or better yet can you blame riek machar for a war started and planned by both kiir and malong. The people are and country are suffering because kiir wants to rule forever. Blame kiir and malong. No an innocent man like riek who freed you from the arabs.

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    • 8 July 2017 05:24, by Garang Akeen Tong

      John Locdu

      Drawning man catch the air, arn,t you? How you jump into nile and you couldn,t know how to swimming, are you not fighting to overthrown elected gov,t? And blame others? Your dr. Riak staged a failed coup in 1990s to dr. John folloWING the Bor MASSCARED and merged with Khartuom regime to jeopardize the people movement SPLA/SPLM

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      • 8 July 2017 05:36, by Garang Akeen Tong

        John locdu

        Dr. Riak fought SPLA FROM 1991 to 2002 when he begged Dr. John to forgive him, when & where dr. Riak freed people, he,s most know for killing s.sudanse only.

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  • 7 July 2017 22:00, by Newsudan

    the biggest challenge facing South Sudan army(SPLA) is issue of ghost names in the payroll.Gen.Ajongo should do something about it. so that it remained lean and manageable army.

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    • 8 July 2017 06:51, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      @John l
      no wonder why others do refer to you as Ugandans not Equatorians! Even Ugandans knew who Riak Machar is "a typical traitor SSvamper" through LRA n his collaberations with Khrtum against SS masses mr foolish!.ur intentions not tellings the truth to hurt the souls of our matyres but God will not leave u.

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      • 8 July 2017 22:23, by Eastern

        Dinka Aliap something,

        Northern Ugandans should APPRECIATE Dr. Machar for making Kony and Museveni understand peace. Just refer to the available documents in Juba Peace talks.

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    • 8 July 2017 08:21, by Malakal county Simon

      Black jalaba

      Then where is the cease-fire that has been declared recently by the failed president Salva Kiir if Pagak has been besieged???? This is what’s we been telling South Sudanese and the world at large, that this foolish president is not interesting in peaceful mean thinking he has an upper hand to defeat IO militarily which is a wishful thinking... Anyway, i’m happy to see truth is coming

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      • 8 July 2017 08:23, by Malakal county Simon

        Coming to light slowly to see Kiir rejection of peace!!!!

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        • 8 July 2017 09:50, by Garang Akeen Tong

          Malakal county simon

          Where is the source to prove you claim, that Pangak has been besieg by gov,t force, we are peace yaa gatnyere.

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  • 8 July 2017 07:18, by Newsudan

    where is midiit and Jubaone.
    Riek io terrorists group are running naked in Pagak, currently under SPLA besieged.

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  • 8 July 2017 07:31, by john locke

    Pagak will never fall to the jiang government. Mark my words. In the words of the IO spokesmen, it will be a river of blood before we let pagak fall. The government forces have already began scattering. We nuer are a tough tribe to beat. You jiang needed to go buy the sudanese rebels just to fight us. How sad

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  • 8 July 2017 07:42, by Eastern

    All this mess is due to Kiir’s ineptness for taking ideas from advice from moron like Daniel Awet Akot to fight Dr. Machar and his group militarily. Paul Malong jumbed into the fray resulting in a huge number of dinka youth killed in action and the entire community becoming antagonised by the rest of the other South Sudanese.

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    • 8 July 2017 08:08, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      Dont blames Awet or Maluong for the mess,the case squarely lay on Riak together with his approach (military ones) to his presidential ambitions,and another hands Kiir response was equal to that of Riak,and Middit,Jubaone,Eastern etc radicalised the youths from two sides and war rage on.Maluong join voluntary join when he was govnr of NBGS and fought alongside Ping Deng,Kuol Manyang,Mobote

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    • 8 July 2017 08:46, by South South


      What do you mean by:"Paul Malong jumbed into the fray". Please check your English sentences before posting them to the public. If you killed huge number of Dinka youth, why are you not controlling South Sudan by now? Please stop lying, ask Riek and his White Army, they will tell you the truth. You are in US enjoying good life while you want others to flight for you.

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      • 8 July 2017 12:03, by Eastern

        South South,

        I like it dude!! "Paul Malong jumbed into the fray" is a special type of internet based weapon that can startle folks steeped in denial!! Next question please?

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  • 8 July 2017 08:36, by quiz

    Hopeless soldiers, you have been the ones silent for so long. You would be the right people to defeat this useless regime if you know u right. U R suffering at the front line fighting, Ur families suffering and you still following useless gov,t. get up for your right now!!

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  • 8 July 2017 09:50, by Dengda

    Army and other organised forces face it tough. I felt sorry for them, instead of you fight for right course, you fought for wrong course. claiming of protecting constitution of the country. Is that constitution you pretend protecting doesn’t including Equatorians, Wau and Nuer at large? Sgt can change government through coup, but any keep starving and beg deaf government for your welfare, good luc

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    • 8 July 2017 12:04, by Eastern


      The constitution of South Sudan is Kiir for your information.

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    • 8 July 2017 12:06, by Brigadier Pato

      Kiir and his Nieces Akol and Ajongo Mawut time is over!!!! It is planned and it will be soon acted upon.

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  • 8 July 2017 12:11, by Eastern

    Kiir squandered the little money of South Sudan in waging a war he was ill-advised was winnable. Just because Daniel Awet was able to lead SPLA in Juba against unarmed Nuers, Kiir bought his fallacy of waging war against his political opponants was the best action. Barely 4 year into the war, Kiir’s tribal gov’t is failing to finance the current budget. NO DONOR SHOULD BAIL OUT Kiir!!

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