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Allocate more money to fight Coronavirus -Activist

By Kitab A Unango

Civil society activist has urged the government to inject more money to help curb the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Before South Sudan confirmed its first case, the government had only allocated five million dollars to the High Level Taskforce to fight the disease with part of the money meant to help students abroad.

Following the confirmation of the first case in the country on Sunday, the activist said the money was not enough for effective management and control of the pandemic.

“The government has not demonstrated reasonable amount in term of fighting coronavirus. The five million dollars is just a drop in the sea,” said the Executive Director for Foundation of Democracy and Accountable Governance (FODAG).

Speaking on phone to Juba Monitor on Monday, Kolok urged the government to emulate neighboring countries like Uganda and Rwanda and provide enough money to enable the Taskforce effectively implement their mandate.

Countries in the region like Uganda allocated over 80 million dollars to combat coronavirus with Rwanda injecting 104 billion dollars to the COVID-19.

 “What is wrong with South Sudan that has been an oil producing country, selling the oil to a tune of billion dollars? Why should they inject only five million dollars and out of that still part has been taken to help students caught up in the same situation in the region?” he questioned.

“As civil societies, we want to see the government commit reasonable amount or resource that will be managed in transparent manor,”

Kolok also demanded that the taskforce should be re-constituted to include representatives of civil society organizations to ensure transparency in the implementation of their mandate.

“It is very unfortunate that the High Level Taskforce consists of only politicians. I expected the High Level Taskforce should be constituted to involve even representatives of the civil society organizations, people who are able to behave as transparently as possible,” he added.

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