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Jonglei and Unity state’s calls for utility of new South Sudan currency


By Ngor Arol Garang & Bonifacio Taban Kuich

July19 2011 (JUBA) - Kuol Manyang Juuk, Governor of Jonglei State on Tuesday called for South Sudanese to quickly adopt the independent country’s new currency, which was released on Monday.

A file photo shows notes of the new South Sudan pound, which pictures the late South Sudanese independence leader John Garang, in Juba on July 18, 2011. (Getty)

The new currency which carries the portrait of the former leader of the rebels that led South Sudan’s 21 year conflict with North Sudan, John Garang, is now the legal tender in the world’s 193rd country.

The new bank notes were unveiled on Monday 18, by the former branch office of Central Bank of Sudan which became the Central Bank of the new Republic of South Sudan after it officially became an independent state on July 9.

“This is a great achievement within few days of independence. It took some countries including our neighboring countries of Uganda and Kenya for example, time to introduce new currency when they got their independence”, said Juuk.

He pledged necessary assistance to bank authorities in collecting the old notes from the public in his state and called for the new notes to be used.

“This money is now the official currency for use in any transaction. It can be used to buy goods and payments. The old note should now be surrendered to the bank within the time frame”, explained governor Juuk.

He commended presence of portrait of late John Garang in the new note as honor of the contribution he made in the liberation struggle for the people of South Sudan.

“The printing of this currency with the image of late leader, Dr. John Garang reflects both dignity and respect for our martyrs who sacrificed their lives during the years of our liberation struggle for peace and justice”.

The senior member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) said the 2005 peace deal which they signed with government in Khartoum to end the decades of civil war was not a gift from anybody but a result of the sacrifices he said were made by the people of South Sudan.

“The CPA which brought us this independence was not a gift from anybody. It was a peace that Khartoum accepted to sign because it realised that we were gaining momentum and growing rapidly against their existence. So it came as a result of the sacrifices made by our people”, he explained.

“All these you see us do today much of it is attributed to late John Garang, so putting his image in our currency is one of the ways to honor his contribution”, said the senior member of the former rebel movement turned ruling political party.

“We have to honour him just like the other countries like the United States have done to founding leaders of their nations. The dollars which you see being used worldwide carries the portrait of George Washington. George Washington was the first American President who contributed to the liberation of America from former colonial power”, explained Juuk.

Garang Diing Akuong, a caretaker minister of energy and mining in the government of South Sudan also commended the launch of the new currency calling on citizens to use the new currency.

Akuong also congratulated president of South Sudan on the independence of the new country and patience he exhibited during what he described as “critical period” of implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

“Had it not been the patience our president exhibited during critical period, especially during the implementations of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, there would have been no independence and certainly the launching of this new currency”, said minister Akuong.

He called on citizens and all political leaders to give their support to the president of the new state in order to complete the mission of his party, the SPLM.

There are concerns that the new notes do not have the date of when they are printed on them.

Unity State

Authorities in Unity State gathered Tuesday to discuss the policy to be use by private banking institutions on the conversion of old Sudan Pounds to the new South Sudanese Pound.

The deputy governor of Unity State William Dawut Riak and state Minister of Finance Thomas Jal Kume briefed Kenya Commercial Bank and Ivory Bank of Bentiu branches in Bentiu on the two month period to exchange all Sudanese Pounds into the new currency.

Kume said, tomorrow Wednesday a group of representatives from the Central Bank of South Sudan would be coming to state, he said this while talking with Sudan Tribune after a successfully meeting with KCB and Ivory Bank managers.

Unity’s finance minister: “We had a meeting on Tuesday with deputy governor and the banks managers of Bentiu town, because we have learned on Monday that the new currencies has been launch in South Sudan and which are supposed to come here Wednesday”.

He added that employees of the Central Banks of South Sudan, will travel to Unity State to bring the new currency and supervise exchanging the currencies.

Kume, added that it would be very difficult for citizens based in Unity State nine counties especially remote counties with poor road networks such as Mayom, Leer and Parieng County. He suggested that local citizens quickly change their money to ensure it does not become worthless.

North Sudan is also planning on introducing a new currency to replace the Sudanese Pound, which was demanded by the SPLM in the 2005 peace deal that ended decades of conflict and granted South Sudan self-determination.

Many more civilians in Unity State never see the new currency since it has been launched yesterday in South Sudan capital Juba.

On Tuesday morning the bank managers of Kenya Commercial Bank and the
Ivory Bank told state local authorities if individuals want to change more than 10,000 Sudan Pounds customers are advised to open a bank account in order facilitate the transaction.


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  • 20 July 2011 06:38, by Mi diit

    "this year every one will pray for his own future" prophesied ngundeng.

    the country is finally split as he prophesied. the next is coming.

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    • 20 July 2011 06:44, by Mi diit

      putting john garang’s head on every note of money is so boring and uncivilized behavior. even his next picture, the animal called buffalo, was not put on every note.

      even if we claim that garang is a founder of the independent south sudan six years after his death, then one picture would be enough. the rest would be spared for cultural heritages or other great forefathers who contributed since 1947. it is too much appeasing rebecca nyandeng with too many pictures on the notes.

      even the true founder of america his picture was put on only one note, not all the notes.

      i hope the dateless currency will be amended to introduce other images too.

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      • 20 July 2011 07:46, by Toney Toney Matot

        Mr Getwich,
        when will you sense responisble and grown up person bonehead?
        fortait of our late John Garang De Mabior did not harm any person in south sudan but your problem only you hate Dinka.may be in the coming future,same thing can be done to you if it happen for you to have done historical achievemnet to people of South Sudan anything that reflect your memorial can be symbolize to the pubilic and no one will reject it.
        also,your slogan always claiming Nasir faction to have champion south Sudan independence is a mere lie and let us give a breake to it since it is a old story. let us unite and build the new born Country.

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        • 20 July 2011 08:15, by Mi diit

          toney toney mitot,

          i am not getwitch who teaches you good lessons prescribed to suit your mentality.

          i know you don’t like old history as you have said. but without a old history there is no foundation of history. you can’t just begin history in 1983 so short and so cheap like that forgetting all those other greater contributions that brought us to 1983.

          i tell you that you will never run away from us the champions of self determination. it is already written in history books and in the hearts of minds of all people of south sudan with the exception of few of you who just converted to self determination in 2002.

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          • 20 July 2011 11:17, by Toney Toney Matot

            Midit,getwich or whatever you call yourself.
            first of all Nguendeng was Just a witch and there is no need always to Talk on such people as we intend to be educated.i once again ask you to have a sense of respect and mutual understanding to all without dicrimniation.it is a high time to engage ourselves in positive aspects arguements not in tribal line.nation building,fighting corruption,elimination of napoetism and tribalism is our moto.stop all your err commences which will never benifit you.iam sorry to waste my time writing in response to your comment and you will not understand me.

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    • 20 July 2011 09:56, by Anti Dinka’s

      I prefer to use dollars or euros

      than using money with DINKA’S PICTURE ON IT



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      • 20 July 2011 09:58, by Anti Dinka’s



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        • 20 July 2011 14:43, by Marco A. Wek

          Oh yes you will use that money no matter what you say. Yours is only website talks Mr. Anti Dinkas but the best thing for you is leave south Sudan since you hate Dinka as you have nothing to do to help it.

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  • 20 July 2011 06:48, by George Bol

    Whether you guys like it or not,those who don’t want our hero head( Dr John Garang) will still have his head in pocket, now what will you doing with those budern?

    When we called it a real war there is no retreat and this what we have been doing during the war even though some parasites are biting us at the back,we still go a long and there we are at the stage of smile and even the stabbers are smiling too with us. Without the work of SPLM/A,we would be not smiling.

    This is why i do respect our SPLM leaders because their struggle during the war must be respected no matter what someone who hide in Uganda and under the umbrella of Khartoum think.

    You guys must know that the South Sudan is going to be safe now and forever because there will be no safe heaven for rebels this time. Things will be solve accordingly and to the way someone wanted it in our country.

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    • 20 July 2011 07:22, by Mi diit

      george bol,

      don’t misunderstand me. you call it a war of images on the notes? well that could be the cheapest war you have ever fought if that is your achievement.

      don’t forget that john garang’s image is now on ’south sudan independent currency’ not united new sudan currency, okay?

      why would i reject garang’s image in my independent country which he previously rejected until he was forced to sign to self determination in 2002 and confirmed it in 2005. i would want his image in the south sudan independent country’s currency to show that his vision for uniting sudan is completely dead and joined the vision of self determination and independence.

      my friend, image is an image on money. you can put john garang, buffalo, deer, chicken, goat, cat and even a rat if it means something at least.

      what i was after is that one note would be enough for john garang’s image if uncivilized greediness or appeasing of rebecca nyandeng who refused to participate in independence celebrations in juba was to be put aside.

      i suggest that from the notes of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 to 100, we divide images; one for guek ngundeng (first important martyr who fought the british), azande king (who fought the british) both diu (the founder of first south sudan party), father saturino (the founder of anya-nya, deng nhial (who contributed greatly, joseph lagu and john garang.

      by that it would have shown all our regions in the note and the rest of the notes faces would have our cultural heritages and animals that are part of our livlihood. if we do it in civilized manner far from greediness and history theft, it would be fine..

      and i hope the currency will looked almost like in my suggestion in the future.

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  • 20 July 2011 07:25, by Sam.Eto


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    • 20 July 2011 07:41, by Mi diit


      tell us more details about it if that is not a baseless rumor about pagan amum.

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    • 20 July 2011 07:43, by Akibon

      Sam ’Eto,

      When did pagan form a New party? provide us with your source please! anywebsite report? Stop being a liar.

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      • 20 July 2011 10:09, by Sam.Eto

        Im not lying guys - all im doing is passing the news i found. Its an arabic website and it states - Pagan forms a new part - If i can translated correctly the party is called Mordern SPM. Its states he also resigned from secretery general of SPLM. You will probably hear about it on sudantribune in a few days - hahaha

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  • 20 July 2011 07:25, by Aleu

    Well, if the Stat Officials not work very to make sure the citizens have exchanging their money then, the blame for someone who will loss the Old one within 2-3 months.

    The exchange also have nothing to loss if the law said, you will exchange one Sudanese pound with one South Sudanese pound then, I guess every thing is going smothly. Whether or not the Road is not good for citizens to come State’s captal, those State representatives must find way to reach these citzens to make exchange before two months end.

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  • 20 July 2011 09:51, by Mi diit

    people should have learnt from the wise and civilized way of printing dr. riek machar teny dhurgon’s image on the new south sudan currency.

    instead of riek machar putting in personal image on the money, they were made to put the image that represented his self determination, which is the picture of the baffulo during his movement of south sudan independence movement.

    every body knows that the center of riek machar’s flag had the courageous baffulo like that of anya-nya one as well as the military attires.

    so the black baffulo of his flag and military attires has officially represented his image.

    john garang’s image should have been replaced by the symbol he loves including a white bull.

    i hope the next amendment of the currency will change for the best.

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    • 20 July 2011 11:42, by jacob mayen ajuoi

      yes i can support you Mr Governor Kuol.these peace does not came by itself, the peace came want the Khartoum government realize that we are maintain momentum and coming back for war. that is why they agree to sight on the paper so you are right Excellency.

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