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South Sudan government accused of nepotism

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardiit (File Photo)

December 30th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – The South Sudan government led by President Salva Kiir Mayardiit has been accused of exercising nepotism in providing jobs opportunities to South Sudan citizens in different sectors.

Since December 2013, following the outbreak of the South Sudan civil war, several South Sudanese working in different sectors fled the country or to IDPs camp within South Sudan leaving their jobs behind.

The ongoing conflict is mostly fought along ethnic lines with the Dinka supporting President Salva Kiir Mayardiit, an ethnic Dinka with the Nuer mostly supporting former First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon.

In a statement issued on Sunday, former SPLA-IO (TB) spokesman Col. Dickson Gatluak Jock Nyuot  said based on his assessment following a trip to former Unity state, he learned that 90% of the jobs are occupied by Dinka tribe from among which President Kiir comes from.

“My recent assessment in Juba upto Unity State, oil fields, I have learned that ninety percent(90%) of oil jobs and particularly from Section Head to Vice-president positions are occupied by one tribe (Dinka) with Minister of Petroleum (Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth) becoming a ‘bigotry minded,” he said in the statement extended to the Nyamilepedia.
“This is simply because the recruitment and selection process is not an open based competition, rather is about whom you know and how powerful your ‘uncles ‘are in that government. In other words, the children of peasants remain poorer and poorer forever regardless being educated or not,” he added.
He further said the Nilepet, a state oil company in South Sudan, is a family entity providing job opportunities to most close relative of the President and doesn’t provide similar work opportunities to other South Sudan.
“It doesn’t matter the experience, qualification and skills one has. Hence all is about NILEPET under presidency running this family business/hiring,” he further said in the statement.

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