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S. Sudan Cabinet approves over SSP 22bn annual budget

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October 1, 2016 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese cabinet on Friday approved a 22bn South Sudanese pounds budget for the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years.

South Sudan finance minister Stephen Dhieu Dau (Getty)

The Council of Ministers deliberated on the budget after it was presented by finance minister, Stephen Dhieu Dau following weeks of thorough discussions on how it was spent by individuals and institutions before it is taken to the cabinet for more scrutiny and approval by the executive.

The budget will now be presented to the transitional national legislative assembly for deliberations at legislative level.

This year’s budget, compared to last year’s budget which was over 10 billion Pounds, has doubled.

South Sudan’s Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Martin Elia Lumoro told reporters in the capital, Juba that differences in the budget was dictated by projects and programs.

He said peace implementation and new institutions like new ministries, which were created, like the office of the first vice president and the ministry of federal affairs require a budget to boost their establishments.

Lumoro did not, however, reveal which areas or sectors have been prioritized in the budget, although security and defense sectors continue to lead in the order of prioritization in the budget, taking up to 40% of the money.

The budget was initially proposed at 29.6 billion South Sudanese pounds.

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  • 1 October 2016 23:30, by Mr Point

    South Sudan’s most important problems are the 5 million civilians facing food shortage..

    There are 2 million who are homeless.

    The economy is destroyed and inflation is 700%

    The government can’t afford to pay its workers. Some have been without pay for months.

    Why is it the government priority to spend 40% of its budget on the army and security organs?

    • 2 October 2016 10:18, by Hardlinner

      military budget is not new to those who were born after 2013 war. it as been like that since your king Riek was in the same government. remember tents of thousand of your village militias were Incorporated in the SPLA and had to be paid. your Riek is no need period.

  • 2 October 2016 08:36, by Midit Mitot

    Where will your criminal government get this amount for the fiscal year of 2016-27? did you bring back the money which you have corrupted? don,t confuse South Sudanese communities with the fake information.

    • 3 October 2016 04:32, by Chong Thow

      Who is going to be blame? If the government is use public fund for individual interested. The government must blame for this missed. This government is failed. It fails to security country as well as governor.

  • 3 October 2016 10:03, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

    the government should prioritize road, health sector and agriculture but i know the priority no.1 will be settling the bills of the ministers in the expensive hotels which can take 1/4 of the budget this is ridiculous

    • 3 October 2016 21:02, by Midit Mitot

      Majongdulthii,
      Look at your confused government, loan for jet fighters, loan for ammunition’s, loan for man power, loan for food and loan for hotels, what a poor leadership is this? never talk of road, health care centers, educations etc, this budget is not there,just assumption of getting loan from China and Egypt.



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