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South Sudan asks Uganda for loan to pay for SSBC service fees

South Sudan President Salva Kiir (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

January 22nd 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan government has asked the government of Uganda for loan to cover service fees for South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC) after the Saudi-based ArabSat threatened to shut down the station over failure by the government to pay its costs.

Early this week, the ArabSat said it was closing down the country’s only TV station after the government failure to pay costs.

Speaking to Nyamilepedia this afternoon, a foreign ministry official said the government has asked the Ugandan government for a $2 million loan to cover the costs so that the only TV station is not closed.

“The government of the Republic of South Sudan has requested – from the Ugandan government – a $2-million loan to pay for the SSBC service provider, the ArabSat,” the official who requested not to be named said.

He said this was “to avoid shame for the government of the Republic of South Sudan and its people.” He further added that the ministry of information have wrote to the Arabsat asking for a seven-day period before they could arrange the payment.

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