South Sudan spends $16m on automobiles for MPs

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir arrives at Uganda's statehouse in Entebbe on 7 July 2018 Image copyright Getty Photographs Symbol caption Parliamentarians agreed to extend President Salva Kiir’s term to 2021 in advance this month

South Sudan’s FOUR HUNDRED MPs have received a central authority loan of $40,000 (£30,300) each and every to shop for vehicles for themselves, inflicting public anger.

A presidential spokesman defended the $16m expenditure, saying MPs could not be anticipated to “use motorbikes”.

Critics have accused the government of worthwhile MPs weeks when they voted to extend President Salva Kiir’s term to 2021.

The government says elections cannot be held because of the continuing civil warfare.

more than part South Sudan’s inhabitants is threatened with hunger – the meals difficulty is blamed in large part on the conflict which broke out in 2013 between forces unswerving to Mr Kiir and his sacked deputy, Riek Machar.

South Sudan’s concern

Image copyright Getty Photographs Image caption greater than seven million rely on food aid in South Sudan South Sudan is the world’s latest state President Kiir has been in power because it gained independence from Sudan in 2011 The warfare, that erupted in 2013, has caused certainly one of the worst humanitarian crises in Africa It has left 7.1 million people out of a population of 12.2 million “in danger of severe meals lack of confidence”, consistent with WFP About two million other folks were compelled to take shelter in camps inside of South Sudan Any Other 1.8 million are refugees in neighbouring states The elections had been first of all due in 2015.

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Some Other resident mentioned a few civil servants had now not been paid for four months, and the federal government will need to have spent the money on their salaries.

Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny advised BBC Newsday that the it had been budgeted for and it used to be “nonsensical” to indicate that South Sudan’s ruling elite was losing cash.

The MPs would pay off the loans over 5 years, just as they had repaid an identical loans given to them in 2005 and 2009 to shop for vehicles, Mr Ateny said.

“Mobility is part of the rights of the parliamentarian,” he introduced.

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