Salva Kiir Orders Payment of Salary Arrears as South Sudan Runs out of Cash
South Sudan president Salva Kiir has ordered the finance ministry to clear all civil servants’ salary arrears before Christmas amidst a cash crisis.
Salva Kiir’s sacked junior finance minister revealed that government had run out of cash days after his boss showed him the exit door.
It has now emerged that Kiir has instructed Minister of Petroleum, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, and finance minister Stephen Dhieu Dauto clear all arrears by Christmas.
KIIR ORDERS ON SALARY ARREARS AMID CASH CRISIS
Gatkuoth told reporters on return from an Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting in Vienna.
“We have received instructions from President Salva Kiir Mayardit,” said Gatkuoth.
“He has instructed me, the minister of petroleum and also the minister of finance Stephen Dhieu Dau, to make sure that salaries of civil servants are paid before Christmas.”
Gatkuoth said salaries government will start paying salaries next week.
“I wanted to inform the people of South Sudan that the instruction of the president will be implemented and the people of South Sudan will be paid their salaries before Christmas, so starting from next week they will be getting their salaries,” he said.
Gatkuoth said the war had reduced South Sudan’s oil production and revenue.
“If you look at the production in Dar Petroleum or DPOC in Paloch, we used to produce 270,000 bpd but now we are producing 135-140,000 bpd.
“Then if you go to GPOC we used to produce close to 200,000 barrels a day but now we are producing zero.”
Additional Reporting: Courtesy