Unpaid South Sudan officials struggle to survive

Civil servants, judges, doctors, teachers unpaid for months as opposition accuses government of caring only about military

Unpaid South Sudan officials struggle to survive

World Bulletin / News Desk

Cash-strapped South Sudanese government is struggling to pay its employees as the country’s dire economic situation worsens and inflation soars above 900 percent.

Government employees, including civil servants, judges, university lecturers, doctors and teachers have gone without pay for months because of the economic collapse stemming from the ongoing three-year long civil war.

The non-armed opposition leader for People Liberal Party official Peter Mayen Majongdit blamed the delayed payments on greed, corruption and mismanagement of oil money.

“The little money from oil sales are squandered by individuals, they only care about the presidential guards, and military, these are the security that hold the grip of power,” Majongdit said.

UN sanctions monitors alleged last month that South Sudanese government is boosting its forces using millions of dollars from oil sales to purchase weapons to fight rebellion and dissidents led by former exiled vice president and rebel leader Riek Machar, despite millions people facing starvation.

It says 97 percent of South Sudan revenues come from oil sales however; half of the budget or more is devoted to security, an accusation government denied.

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Nisan 2017, 09:58
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