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South Sudan president sacks top judges over salary strike


July 13, 2017 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir has issued a republican order sacking 14 judges who spearheaded a campaign seeking to improve working conditions in the country’s judiciary.

The republican order, read on the state-owned SSBC on Thursday, affected five courts of appeal judges, two from the high court, five first grade county judges and two-second grade county judges.

President Kiir did not give reasons for the move and neither the office of the president nor that of the country’s chief justice commented on the matter.

The chairperson of the judges and justices committee, Khalid Abdulla Mohamed and several colleagues who went on strike, demanding higher wages and the chief justice’s resignation are among those affected.

The directive came after negotiations between judges and a committee formed by the president to hear their grievances failed to meet the demands set by the judicial officials.

The committee chaired by the minister of justice, his information and cabinet affairs counterparts did not, however, make any public comment about recommendations they presented to the president in relation to the grievances of the judiciary.

Meanwhile, the courts of appeal judges sacked by the president include Khalid Mohamed Abdallah, Malek Mathiang Malek, Geri Raymondo Lege, George Anger Riing and Charles Abyei Jok.

High court judges affected include, Nyok Monyrok Akwai, Awol Moyak Deng, while the first-grade county judges affected are, Thor Andrew Makur, Geri Leon Wani, David Eriko Kati, George Phillip Laku, Maker Tong Kiir. Also, the second-grade county judges affected by the president’s order are Bullen Isaiah Kulan and Paulino Duk Wayo.


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  • 14 July 2017 01:49, by lino

    OMG!!! Again! We thought judiciary is independent. The Gen went too far. The move will not save your neck this time brother; these are not guns holder; they do everything by the book. They have at least 4 years of laws studies, and they know what they are complaining about. What out!!! They we end up putting you behind bars!!!

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    • 14 July 2017 04:12, by lino

      Correction: watch out!!! They will end up putting you behind bars!!!

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  • 14 July 2017 06:28, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    This is the only democratic country in the world as claimed by those in government that has fused independence of three arms of government namely executive, judiciary and legislature where a despot can decide their fate through dictatorial decrees. What unfortunate situation for the poor South Sudanese. It is the rule of gun camouflaged in the colour of democracy.

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    • 14 July 2017 07:00, by Malakal county Simon

      Where is that knuckle-head called Newone, who claimed last time that removing unwanted Kiir, should be through peaceful means.... Did you see what’s happened to them judges?? just by going to streets peacefully to demanded their wages to be increased?? They are currently jobless, and lucky enough to be alives too!!!!!

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  • 14 July 2017 07:01, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    The reason most South Sudanese are fighting the government is for such types of problems where the citizens have no right to ask for their natural rights. No freedom of press, no freedom of speech, no freedom of association, and Directors of institutions, army, police, prison wardens, wildlife soldiers all Dinka. Fight for change now. Join freedom fighters now. As long as all these institutions

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    • 14 July 2017 07:10, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      are under them federalism and all freedoms will be a mirage of this century to the country. It takes time, determination and sacrifice to throw these idiots out of politics so that genuine freedom of all can be achieved where compassion, humility and humanity, the qualities of culture of most of us can achieved wjth all faces of citizens represented in the government.

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      • 14 July 2017 08:52, by Dalta Cirea

        Lino, You thought judiciary is independent. How is it now?
        I think you hope agreed with those who challenged you Uncle government is completely dictatorial government where there is no freedom of speech.

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  • 14 July 2017 08:53, by deng

    Why government against improvement that judges are demanding for the welfare of nation?

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