This Week in South Sudan – Week 25

Monday 20 June

Tuesday 21 June

  • More than 140 South Sudanese judges went on strike, demanding better working conditions and the reimbursement of four years of expenses.

Wednesday 22 June

  • The Troika countries denied sending a letter to President Salva Kiir demanding the removal of the Minister of Finance and the Central Bank Governor as a condition for further donations. The story was published by Eye Radio, who later removed the article.

Thursday 23 June

  • The UN will repatriate certain peacekeeping troops and officers over their confused response to the attack on the Malakal refugee camp in February. The UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations has accepted the responsibility.
  • South Sudan’s foreign currency reserves likely to last for only a month according to a Central Bank official.
  • Hungry soldiers stole food from traders in the Konyo Konyo marked in Juba, causing many traders to close their shops to avoid theft.

Friday 24 June

  • The Government of South Sudan will not organise an official independence day celebration this year due to the economic crisis.
  • In an unexpected move, President Salva Kiir refused to sign resolutions to establish cantonment sites for the SPLA (IO). This is in violation of the consensus reached in the presidency three weeks ago.

Saturday 25 June

  • Clashes broke out between the SPLA and unknown armed groups around Wau, Western Bahr el Ghazal State, forcing thousands of civilians to flee the area. The SPLA later declared a state of emergency due to the continued insecurity in Wau town. Meanwhile President Salva Kiir abruptly dismissed Governor Elias Waya and replaced him with Andrea Mayar Achok.

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