South Sudan’s Kiir blames minister of finance on salary delay

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardiit, speaking at the launch of South Sudan International gateway in Juba on Tuesday, May 21st 2019 (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

November 7th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit has blamed the minister of finance Salvatore Garang for delaying of civil servants’ salaries.

Kiir who was speaking at the Freedom Hall in Juba during the opening of the second session of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) said the ministry of finance was not obeying its promises of paying the salaries on time.

“The Ministry of Finance never obeys its promises,” said Kiir.

“But I commit the government to make necessary arrangements to expedite the payment of all outstanding emoluments of the honorable members, constitutional post-holders and the civil servants,” he added.

South Sudan descended into civil war in December 2013 following a dispute at a national convention for the ruling SPLM party.

The war has since have negative implications on South Sudan’s economy with the Pound losing strength against the United States dollar.

The government sometimes goes six (or more) months without paying the civil servants.

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