South Sudan announces its army salary review structure amid economic crisis

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[Juba, South Sudan TCT] --- South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Commander in Chief of the South Sudan People’s Liberation Army forces late Saturday instructed high command to review army payroll statistics to address salary delay and inconsistencies in paying the forces. This instruction of the president comes amid economic crisis with South Sudanese Pounds rapidly losing its value against U. S. dollars.

[Juba, South Sudan TCT] --- South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Commander in Chief of the South Sudan People’s Liberation Army forces late Saturday instructed high command to review army payroll statistics to address salary delay and inconsistencies in paying the forces. This instruction of the president comes amid economic crisis with South Sudanese Pounds rapidly losing its value against U. S. dollars.

Brigadier Lul Ruai Koang, army spokesman high command, recommended that there is need to increase the salaries of the army in order to meet the need of the economic hardship.

He said a private currently receives 600 local currency an amount previously equivalent to 300 U.S. dollars before the devaluation of its currency in 2015.
“Adjusting army salaries will motivate the army to have country at heart and offer absolute protection to the citizens as well as defending the sovereignty from the ongoing conflict,” he added.

This came during a six-day workshop of division commanders held at the army headquarters in Juba that ended over the weekend.

“It was brought to the attention of the high command that there was need for restructuring of the army salaries to reflect the current economic reality,” Koang told TCT.

An Army spokesman revealed that a soldier currently earns only 6 U.S. dollars due to inflation in the war-torn nation.

Last year the country restructured the top echelons of the South Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) in a move to professionalize the army that has struggled to shed off the guerilla character within its ranks.

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