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Judges resume work today

By Jale Richard

The justices and judges who have been striking for close to four months will resume work today after calling off their strike unconditionally last week.

Justice BolLul Wang, the Chairperson of the Justices and Judges Committee last week said the general assembly of the justices and judges decided to call off the strike unconditionally to save the citizens from suffering.

In May, the judges across the country laid down their tools demanding for the resignation of the Chief Justice Chan ReechMadut, accusing him of mismanaging the judiciary. They also demanded for increase of their salary, and improvement of general working conditions.

In July, President SalvaKiir sacked 12 of the striking judges including the then chairperson of the justices and judges committee. However, a new committee was constituted and Justice BolLul Wang was elected the Chairman.

He promised to continue the strike until their demands aremet, including the reinstatement of their sacked colleagues.

“We have resolved to continue with our strike in solidarity with our honorable dismissed justices and judges until all our demands are met,” BolLul Wang the new Chairman of the justices and judges committee said.

“We are therefore placing the matter in to the able authority of the President of the republic to decide on either to meet all our demands, including the immediate reinstatement of our dismissed colleagues who had been championing our course, or to dismiss us all who are on strike.”

Since then, the judges’ demands have not been met.

However last week after meeting with the President, justice Wang said they believe the President will work on their demands.

“It is our voluntary decision to resume the work, not from pressure from anybody but it is us who considered that the citizens have been suffering for about four months and they cannot continue to suffer again,” he said.

Wang said the judges also asked the President to consider reinstating the dismissed judges because they need them for the work.

“It will be the same situation but what can we do? Our demands are there in the office of the President, and we said it clearly that without those things provided, the work will not smoothly be delivered,” he said.

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