By PaanLuel Wel, Washington DC, USA (Borglobe.com)
With the newly-decreed national ministries of the Republic of South Sudan, President Salva Kiir’s last promise of and commitment to appoint a leaner cabinet for his new post-independence government seemed to have been a belated publicity stunt. Instead of the promised lean and broad-based cabinet, the unveiled national ministries hovers around thirty. This is in addition to the already bloated bi-cameral South Sudan National Legislative Assembly numbering about 382, the ten state governments and the expansive counties in the country.
Cost-wisely, it is just puzzling where and how this gigantic white elephant would be funded, and if, at all, there would be any resources left for security and development of the new nation. With this kind and numbers of the national government, one would bet that virtually 99% of oil revenue would go to the salarying of civil servants of the national, state and counties governments.
Numbers aside, it appears some ministries were created just to accommodate certain personalities, not public service delivery. The main troubling aspect of these national ministries is the unnecessary duplications of departments. For instance, it is weird and mind-boggling to see, under separate departments, ministries Category: South Sudan News
Category: South Sudan News