Archive for June 22, 2016

Why doing nothing is not an option: An open letter to David Deng Athorbei, Minister for Finance and Economic Planning

By Agok Takpiny, Melbourne, Australia

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Newly re-appointed minister of finance and economic planning, David Deng Athorbei

June 22, 2016 (SSB) — The financial crisis is getting deeper by the day. The judiciary and Universities lecturers are on strike because they have not received their salaries for months. The army, the police and other government employees are doing it tough. Food prices in the market are almost out of reach of everyone; this is because the country’s currency (SOUTH Sudan pound or SSP) has lost nearly sixty percent (61%) of its value against the US dollar.

Currently, one dollar ($1) is equal to 51 SSP. As South Sudan is 100% dependent on imported goods, traders need dollars to go overseas to buy goods. Typically, merchants purchase good at one price and then sells the good for a higher price. Markup pricing is a cost of goods plus desire profit. By having the markup on products, a trader can earn profits. If the importer sells the goods for what they cost, then he or she will not make a profit, the selling price would just match expenses, thereby not earning any profit.


Open letter requesting the President of the Republic of South Sudan to relieve Mr. Ateny Awek Ateny from his position as Presidential Spokesperson

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Ateny Wek, Presidential press secretary

Your Excellency,

June 22, 2016 (SSB) —- Two recent incidents threaten the reputation and integrity of your Office. On 7 June, your Spokesperson Ateny Awek Ateny caused to be published in the New York Times an Op-Ed purportedly signed by you and 1st Vice President Riek Machar.

The Op-Ed called for the scrapping of the planned Hybrid Court to try those suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the recently concluded civil war.  Instead, blanket amnesty, irrespective of remorse, would be offered to those who testify before a planned truth commission.


By Sunday de John–Nairobi, Kenya


Governor Kornelio Koryom with Strauss-kahn, former head of the IMF, in Juba.

June 22, 2016 (SSB) — South Sudan economics’ downright downfall is multifactorial. The downfall isn’t one or two years old. Rather, it started even before independence and progressively to few months following independence. Had it been a baby, it’s death would have been categorised as infantile death.

The factors involved are multiple and each has incommensurable pestilence. The downright downfall started with acceptance of incomprehensive remittances from Khartoum during the periods of the government of Southern Sudan when Gen. Salva Kiir was preoccupied with the duties of the First vice Presidency and when Dr. Riek was too occupied by the plans of his future leadership.