Are South Sudan’s political parties on the government payroll?
A memo dated April 20, 2022, seen by NCMP, raised some questions and concerns about the financial situation in South Sudan.
In the memo, the SPLM was requesting 120 million SSP for salaries and operations from SPLM Pre-interim period oil Revenue.
Looking at the memo critically, one might conclude that SPLM salaries are not being paid by the Ministry of Finance and Planning, but rather that it is demanding money that has been held (as debt) by the Ministry of Finance and Planning for years, some of which could be used for salaries and other purposes if it is transferred to SPLM’s account.
But the question is where is the enforcement of the policy of public financial resources management reforms (PFRMR) that was adopted for implementation as advised by the financial and diplomatic partners? The Presidency and Cabinet has made a pledge to enforce the reforms in the new year Presidential address on the eve of 01/01/2022.
Were salaries and operations of the SPLM part of the fiscal year budgetary allocations in the national budget act for the financial year 2021/2022? The PFRMR policy required that public finances should be spent as per the national budget act.
Also looking at it from another perspective, SPLM was a rebel movement without legal standing during the war period. It had no right to share in the national resources.
Moreover, a share from national resources for war period cannot be charged on current oil production incomes. That is an illegality that cannot withstand legal reasoning. Let SPLM know that they are joking with our mental reasoning to hoodwink us through that dishonesty.
This means that political parties are now paid by the Ministry of Finance and Planning. When civil servants haven’t been paid in months, the institution that isn’t supposed to be on the payroll is paid in advance.