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Sudan’s Central Bank fires southerners in the north


By Julius N. Uma

April 30, 2011 (JUBA) - The fate of South Sudanese, who hitherto, worked as employees in the Khartoum-based Central Bank remain in jeopardy after management reportedly, issued them with termination letters, Sudan Tribune has learnt.

Sudan’s Central Bank (Reuters photo)

The move, according to Sudanese Media Center (SMC), a pro-government agency, was taken by the bank and other departments within the federal government after southerners overwhelmingly voted for separation during the January self-determination referendum.

The plebiscite was a key part of the Sudan’s 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA); the accord which ended over two decades of a bloody civil war between north and south of Africa’s largest country.

Recently, southern legislators serving in the country’s National Assembly were also denied participation in the August House, after the northern leadership claimed they belonged to the southern assembly after the referendum.
John Luk Jok, the southern minister for legal affairs and constitutional development told Sudan Tribune that there is a need for the expansion of the current Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly (SSLA) to accommodate the bulk of the southern legislators from the National Assembly.

“We have no option. If the Khartoum government says they do not want our MPs [Members of Parliament] to make contributions in the National Assembly, then we just have to accept them back and accommodate them in our Parliament. We also need to find a way of paying them salaries,” the minister said.

Juma Malok, who returned from Khartoum where he worked as a court magistrate, told Sudan Tribune that the majority of southerners currently holed up in north of the country have embarked on an exit strategy to vacate the region before the July independence declaration of the south.

“What do you do when you have no clue of what to do next? It’s better to define your next move before things get out of order. In any case, southerners were well aware of all these and it was simply a matter of time,” Malok said.

Established in 1956 by the American Federal Reserve Bank, the Central Bank emerged to replace all those institutions, which carried out its functions of regulating currency issuance and planning monetary and financial policies to serve economic sectors, and build a strong banking system capable of responding to Sudan’s economic development needs. It became independent in 1960.


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  • 1 May 2011 06:47, by Hero

    No excuses!Let them come back to South Sudan and seek employment where they naturally belong instead of North Sudan.

  • 1 May 2011 08:30, by amon

    Let our President see now how the Northerners are treating our brothers there. Governor Taban Deng has right to chase all the Northerners who are working at the oil facilities in Unity State.

    • 1 May 2011 16:21, by Paul Ongee

      Ya Adam and the likes,

      Never even try to sound like a southerner. We are proud to welcome our brothers and sisters back. Khartoum is not in good mood economically and politically with Southerners because of "lost oil revenue" which develops Khartoum faster than any city in the North Sudan.

      Economic experts are even worried about the potential economic woes in Northern Sudan but the West which you’re now enjoying freedom and a better life than in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is trying its best to limit or downplay economic catastrophe which is already accompanied skyrocketing prices of essential commodities, fuel and sectarian tension and violence which already started with firing Salah Gosh.

      Firing Southerners working in the North is never a problem to GOSS. They were doing their part not because they forced themselves to work there or they do not have homes or the same institutions to work for in the South. We even want any southerner working in any sector in the North to come back home. It’s not our business to worry about whether the firing is based on attainment of independent South Sudan or lost of oil revenue.

      Did you really follow the news closely in Khartoum here after the overwhelming vote for the separation? Senior NCP officials said "the devils have won the game". Who are the devils and who are humans and why did you fail to win the game if you are righteous before God, regional and international community?

      In addition, the rulers in Khartoum have repeatedly failed in the past to value basic freedom and cultural diversity and will certainly fail and collapse shortly after July 9, 2011. They failed to keep the Sudan united over the last five decades and will fail likewise to keep the Northerners united in July 2011. Believe me or not.

      Everybody needs basic freedom and peace as you’re enjoying in the West not religious bigotry based on competitive interpretation of Quran to run the country. If you believe in freedom and cultural diversity but not religious bigotry, you better start chanting now:
      Down with National Criminal Party (NCP)
      Long Live Northern Sudan under SPLM-Northern Sector

      Paul Ongee
      Khartoum Watch

      • 1 May 2011 18:52, by mohammed ali


        I have no problem with southerners living in Khartoum. My problem is you! If you hate us that much what make you remain in Khartoum? What makes you stay? I am sure nobody is forcing you to remain here! Hundereds of thousands are living in Khartoum and will continue to do so and they will live in peace and security, nobody is bothering them. They feel that they are living as first class citizents in Khartoum and they donnot want to live as unattended garbage in the SPLA paradise!

        Just leave Khartoum now and leave us alone!

  • 1 May 2011 09:22, by Adam

    Let us be fair. SPLA/M right from 2005 has made the lives of Northerners in the South unbearable. They illegally confiscated their lands, canteens and even capitals (money) . No merchant or a nomadic tribe has been spared. Many reports were out ever since of this shortsighted policy. SPLA/M replaced the Northerners’ merchants, who bring good commodities to the South, by Ugandans and Kenyans who brings wines prostitutes and false goods and medicine.

    What is the GOSS is doing to the few Northerners left in the South is unjust and unfair. They can go and find their places in the North, but the GOSS proves by badly treating them that it is an irresponsible and ignorant Government.

    I am not sure that the GOSS is ready to find jobs for those who should leave the North. You know guys? They will be treated as Northerners or spies for the Jalabas. What the SPLA will do with the Southerner s serving as Military and police force in the North and are expected in the South soon? Can our civil service accommodate the non-military/police staff? Can their children find housing, schools or clinics? Nothing will be done. That is why they are so worried. They should.

    Can anyone comment?

    Anyway, the MPs who were in the North will find salaries, but who will speak for the regular citizen who return from the North? Some reports are suggesting that even some of those who returned are returning to the North due to what they are facing. Thanks to the Government of Stupid Servants (GOSS).

    Down with SPLA/SPLM

    Long Live Southern Sudan

    Adam Milawaki – Mayendit
    Southern Sudan

  • 1 May 2011 10:24, by Dinkawarrior

    I think the Regime had forgotten its own people in the South where they are conducting false business. Everybody is waiting for July 9th to see if both sides are going to depart in good faces. If so, then let them come back to their territory. And all the Jalaps or whatever they call themselves, those who are here in the South will pay the price.
    "There is a time for everything according to (Ecclesiastes 3:1- 22"

  • 1 May 2011 17:22, by Jamjamez

    All Northerners in the South should be fired immediately whether they are doing business or are contractors or work in the oil fields. All NORTHERNERS SHOULD LEAVE SOUTH IMMEDIATELY!

  • 1 May 2011 20:28, by lakoda

    Dear Mr. President Salva Kiir

    last time you issue decree to return Northerner to Bentiu, while ours Southerner now being sacked by khartoum beginning from our Mps now Bank workers. We need not to beg Northerner this time let them go,we better have to hired Western to help us if there are posts which we can not fill for now in the oilfield, while we are in process of training ours own southerner to manage it. Please withdraw your decree that you issued last time.


  • 2 May 2011 09:41, by Jalaby


    I can see some southerners are angry because southerners in the north start to loose their jobs!!!

    That’s very strange, why are you angry??!! you chose voluntarily not to be nation of north Sudan then why are you crying when they fire you??!! were you fully awared when you voted to separate and know what separation means??!!

    You can’t cry for being treated as second class in the north as you claim and you chose not to be north Sudan citizen and in the same time you cry when fire you!!!

    I think firing Jonobean from all government and private companies in the north is justify and well expected as Jonobean chose not to be citizen of that country!

    Yet the worse to come when they fire them from all government organizations especially SAF and police!

    All jonobean are required to pack their stuff and leave north before July 9th or correct their status and make it
    foreigner after that the government will review their applications and appeals to stay in the north case by case on who should stay and who should leave right away (I believe that will apply for SPLM members and supporters)!

    Jalaby (Abo Tagia)

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