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Jonglei to suspend housing allowances as teacher strike enters third week


By John Actually

March 7, 2011 (BOR) - Amid a three-week strike over housing allowances by primary school teachers in Jonglei, the state government has decided to suspend allowances to all government appointees, including teachers until the budget for 2011 is finalized.

Jonglei state finance minister Aquila Maluth Mam at his office in Bor. March 7, 2011 (ST)

Primary school teachers across Jonglei went on strike on February 22, following teachers in Bor who began striking the day before. The striking teachers are asking to be paid housing allowances, which they are mandated to receive according to the state council of ministers.

All government employees in Jonglei were paid housing allowances in January apart from teachers. The suspension of allowances will back be dated to February.

Jonglei finance minister, Aquila Maluth Mam, told Sudan Tribune that ministry of education in Jonglei has been unable to find the money to pay the allowance to teachers. He said that the state ministry receives 75-80 percent of the budget from the South Sudan government with over 20-25 percent to be provided by the state. There are 2,941 primary teachers in Jonglei’s 11 counties.

Mam also mentioned that the state has a “huge” deficit in the budget due to lack of revenues. He said that the state wanted to give housing allowances to state senior officials in January but the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) minister of labor and public service issued a circular declaring that all the state ministries appointees, which includes teachers, should be paid housing allowances.

“We were trying to boost the moral of senior officials in the ministries by giving them housing allowances”, he said.

Mam said the state council of ministers had made a resolution to suspend the housing allowances until the New Year budget is completed. He added that the January housing allowances will be paid to teachers.

Mam told Sudan Tribune that Jonglei’s education and health ministries received a plan to pay allowances on top of salaries from the South Sudan government but when the state tried to pay the teachers the extra money they could not find the funds.

“When the state tried to put in some money to pay allowances, the money was not enough to cover all the state workers. The state needs around 6 million Sudanese pounds to pay all the workers which is hard to come about.”

Teachers have vowed to reopen schools once they are paid January’s allowances.


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  • 8 March 2011 05:34, by Hero

    Be clean or else people are watching and they ready to punish the culprit when time comes.

    • 8 March 2011 06:32, by Historical Boy!


      SPLA has just announced that it has launched all out-war (preemtive attacks) against forces of George Athor Deng Dut (the Dinka renegade General).

      I watched on TV on Monday evening the semi-illiterate spokesman of SPLA, Philip Aguer, who looked as if he did not know how to read what he called a press statement.

      Wanting to imitate or sound like an American defense minister announcing preemptive strikes against Afghanistan and Iraq, Aguer said many bases of George Athor were attacked on Monday by SPLA forces.

      Aguer on South Sudan TV said the SPLA launched the attacks to George Athor including his headquarters on Monday, 7th March 2011.

      He lied that an intelligence report indicated that George Athor was going to attack Pigi on Tuesday, today, 8th March 2011. What a lie!

      The fact is that the indisciplined SPLA command in Bilpam was simply driven by emotions and reacted to the statement of the Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar who said on the same Monday that he was opposed to all-out war against George Athor because of its foreseen widespread destructive consequences which are not good in the transition to statehood in July.

      But now it is clear that the SPLA command which said they were ordered by the President and Commander-in-Chief were driven by emotions which only aimed to show that they could disobey the peaceful approach suggested by their Vice President.

      What a shame. That decision based on emotions has no quality at all.

      What a government run on emotional feelings and influence of other substances.

      Well, the Vice President’s position has already been known by the world as pursuing peace in the South. If any destruction of Jonglei state this time or across the whole South, then those who are after it emotionally will be responsible.

      Aguer looked naive and sounded proud that the SPLA will fight wars in many states of the South including Jonglei, Upper Nile, Unity and Western Equatoria. I laughed at his statement and I came to understand that the guys do not understand what they are inviting.

      That is fulfillment of Ngundeng’s prophecies unknowingly.

      If I were Dr. Riek Machar I would just keep queit and leave these warriors at their comfort in Bilpam to see how far their war mentality will take them. Let Jonglei state burn like hell.

      The world will now know they are responsible for dragging South Sudan on fire at this critical period.

      May God save South Sudan and provide good leadership sooner than later.


      • 8 March 2011 06:43, by Bol Deng

        Historical boy,

        Please you should not be worry because SPLM/A will deal with all militias in the South like the way we did in the past.

        We do not care about what the traitors of the past says. Leave the matter to SPLM/A loyalist.

        This is not going to be your job because you like nyagatism. Thanks

        • 8 March 2011 07:12, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

          history boy we all know that the plan ’B’ of riek machar is caming to unend. because all this mass is riek machar made up to distory the SPLA/M like what he said last month that he came to distury it on the inside,
          death to nyagatGai tut and riek machar plus anglina gon

          • 8 March 2011 09:50, by actiongatkuoth


            Dinka Dominated SPLA,

            please look every things about finance/wealth /and so on, dinkas are the first to fight,

            is it because you are strong indeed dinkas???????????

            no!!!!! I don’t think so,
            it is because you are food fighter, schame on food fighter dinkas,look this useless kuol manyang all the news from south are mainly from jonglei please adjust your state.

            schame on wealth greedy dinka!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • 8 March 2011 06:57, by onlysonmabi

        stoupid boy do you have problem with Dinkas please stop thatwith out this Dinkas Arabs would have been using you with your wives.

        • 8 March 2011 08:19, by Cibaipiath Junub Sudan

          Dear Readers;
          Only Hero touches this point. Use your tools were they are relevant. The point here is suspension of House allowances. Why suspending House allowance when an approval had been made already and some of the staff in variouse Ministries of Department have got their January House allowance? Why are these politicians always looked down at Education and Health as if they got their Education from the Kitchen and not Schools where teachers imparted their knowledge to them and when they get sick they are treated in the Hospital by the Doctors and nursed by Medical personnel. It is also like that Teachers, Health Workers, Soldiers, and Peasant or farmers are regarded as 3rd Classes Citizens in the Country. Eloquent speakers, looters or theives, oppressures, Dictators, selfish personnel always aimed at being 1st Class Citizens.

          Please pay their allowances.

      • 8 March 2011 10:00, by Xeno

        Historical boy,

        Head up dude. Worry not of someone’s else illiteracy but your own. You are sure no far from someone needing helps in English language.

        By the way, there is no euphoria in what is going on in Jongeli state whether it involves the Dinkas or Nuers. The drum we should be beating should be that of peace, not an excitements of war as is your stance.

        Very few people, ofcourse like-mindeds like you think that calling for all out war against Athor and his nuer affiliates is good idea and it makes you happy, but be warned that don’t let yourself be fooled again like in 90s when you were promised resurrection after death by your idol. This time you should by now know that there was no such resurrections. Those foolish white army kids as they were so called, died that time once and for all.

    • 8 March 2011 08:16, by Kuer Dau Apai

      Let also look on Agriculture as source of income

      The state wanted to give housing allowances to state senior officials, instead the senior officials should be encouraged to encourage the civilians and other stakeholders to cultivate and provide enough security to the cattle keepers in the state. Giving them allowances won’t develop the state rather than putting the investment on other sources of income.

      Not only does the nation/state relies its economic basis on cash/money but all sides of development

    • 8 March 2011 16:05, by Justin Chicago opiny

      Housing allowances is causing a lot of problem since the creation of Goss. Make a big problem simple by thinking logically. There is no need for a housing allowance to be given out to people who are earning salaries.You are encouraging a situation that will be a big issue in the future.The best thing the Goss can do is let the ministry of housing and infracture start building a lot of estates and housings that are affordable to all the citizens for rent to change the situation altogether. The government will then make alot of money from the rentals from all people and not only those working in government. They can as well as put some housing estate on RENT TO OWN this way those who do not have money to build their own houses can pay out for the house over the years based on the agreement.The other alternative is give out loans for those working and let the deductions be taken from their salaries on a monthly basis. Depending on the government on housing, transportation, food,gas and others is one way of killing the government indirectly and also harboring corruption and other ill practices. Put the ministry of housing to work now and employ as many as possible in the housing sector and do away with the housing allowances. People should stop depending on the government for every thing and if possible privatize some government institutions . The ROSS is just lucky because it is starting from a scratch with nothing. Put the oil money to good use before the wells go dry and other alternative energy take over the oil. Oil in the future will only be used for lubrication as we turn to solar energy to drive cars,planes,light the streets,used in homes etc.

    • 9 March 2011 18:26, by Garang’s Son

      yes the housing allowances is suspend the qusstion is who is to be given this money???????????????????????????
      when is this money to be brought back????????????????????
      Bse the ward suspension is for awhile eg two to three weeks,
      but is not mentioned here if for all you better the pacts then
      deceiving the public.the government of Southern is not fools to give this money,why do people fought for 21 years???????????????? you the State government you are promoting more problems in a other way around in the State
      while there is a big problems already,you the particulars if you are given the whole State,what can you do with it?????????????? with out these small people there will be no big people as you says,you were selected to save the people not to save your self,as you are saving your self the cry of these small people will be on your neck all.

  • 8 March 2011 08:17, by Jeti

    Jonglei, Jonglei, Jonglei state government. Teachers are striking for their rights. You need to pay them their allowances they are demanding and let them go and continue teaching children.

  • 8 March 2011 10:07, by Xeno

    Clarification needed!

    what a heck is this thing called HOUSING ALLOWANCES?...is this something paid on top of individual’s salary or else? anybody knows?

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