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South Sudan Parlaiment Tackles Overspening

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By Isaac Vuni

December 31, 2008 (JUBA) – The speaker of Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly, James Wani Igga, ordered chairpersons of specialized committee and their deputies to immediately return Christmas bonuses paid illegally to them contrary to his directive issued before Christmas.

Hon James Wani Igga

Hon James Wani Igga

He also suspended Emildio Marcelino, deputy clerk, for failing to implement the directive, while a quorum of less than 60 MPs are meeting under closed door with the speaker over a technical boycott, disclosed Hon. Alhag Babala.

With serious declines in government revenue due to lower oil prices, administrators continue to seek ways to cut expenditures. The Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, who is also acting Minister of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development and party leader of South Sudan Democratic Forum, Dr. Martin Elias Lomuro, ordered all Undersecretaries and Director Generals of Administration and Finance to strictly stop paying Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) employees residing in hotels at expense of the government.

All managers of hotels in Juba are urged to furnish Lomuro’s ministry with lists of government employees in their respective hotels. South Sudan’s Criminal Investigations Unit and the economic sector of the national intelligence agency are tasked with enforcing the ministerial order.

Reflecting on achievements of GoSS since the CPA was signed on January 9, 2005, Lomuro hailed GoSS for establishing interim governments in Khartoum and Southern Sudan and for providing security that pave the way for free movement, expression and association in Southern Sudan.

Minister Lomuro noted that GoSS has a very poor development record in Southern Sudan particularly in Juba city, but he praised Eastern Equatoria as being the best example for the rest of states, where officials are building in their own state rather than buying houses in Khartoum, Kampala or Nairobi.

He called on Southern Sudanese to carefully learn the provisions of the CPA on population, census, election and representation, which state that a population census throughout Sudan shall be conducted and completed by the end of second year of interim period—a date now passed.

In a separate development, Elijah Malok Aleng, who joined SPLM/A on December 28, 1983 and was formerly in the SPLA High Command, acknowledged having given instruction barring young Southern Sudanese from pursuing further education rather than joining and training as SPLA soldiers to fight for liberation of Southern Sudan.

However, Aleng reminisced that the split of SPLA in 1991 created grave destruction within the ranks of the people’s movement, bringing it nearly to collapse. He said Lam Akol Ajawin was behind the split, using Riek Machar to execute his plot.

Aleng’s remarks indicated that he supports unity of Sudan rather than separation, when it comes to the general election scheduled for July next year, which preludes the 2011 referendum for independence. He has already written a book entitled “Southern Sudan Struggle for Liberty,” though copies are not available and the book is due for launch on January 22, 2009.

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Written by torit1955

January 2, 2009 at 6:28 am

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