Activist calls for delay of national budget

By Opio Jackson

A civil society activist has called President Salva Kiir to delay the approval of the national budget to avoid supplementary budget in the new government.

It is about thirty days to the formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU).

Edmund Yakani, the Executive Director of Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) said the national budget should be delayed till a new government is formed.

“The supplementary budget gives huge opportunity for people to play around with figures. I am really adhering if the President can listen to me as his voter to let the budget be delayed until the government is established,” Yakani said.

He said it makes no sense to pass the budget now since it was only about thirty days to the formation of a new government.

“We are hundred percent aware that our civil servants have gone quite for a number of months without having salaries that have impact on their livelihoods and families,” Yakani said.

“This does not mean the government has no money to pay salaries because we are aware that media always report on the increment of oil production,” he added.

The activist questioned the whereabouts of the oil money.

“Whether there is budget or not the salaries of the civil servants must be cleared. There should be strategies in dealing with our resources,” Yakani explained.

However, Yakani said in order to minimize corruption and promote transparency, it is important to have a guiding frame work for expenditure in place.

“I know in financial and economic practices you cannot do public expenditure without budget because it helps you to stop multi-practices,” he said.

“The challenge is now the government is expected to be formed in less than thirty days so what does this budget mean for the new government if it is passed now,” Yakani said.

It is over one month since the parliament passed the national budget for the fiscal year 2019/2020 and sent it to the President for approval.

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