Weak Enforcement of Ministerial Decrees: The Biggest Problem facing South Sudan

BY: BOL Mathiang, South Sudan, MAR/23/2015, SSN;

Although I get some negative responses for having spoken my mind in the articles I write on this website, I will not stop writing as long as things are not moving in a way we expect them to. Republic of South Sudan has become a laughing stock to many if not all countries just because, we are known for being unserious with whatever we say or intend to do.

That has undeniably earned us contempt because, once a particular ministerial decree is issued and threats are received from the countries, the result is usually a revocation of that ministerial circular.

The followings are vivid examples that justify the above reasoning:
You might recall the time when the ministerial circular was issued to terminate the foreign Bodaboda riders. Yeah, it was implemented somewhat effectively but due to lack of follow up to ensure that Bodaboda riders are purely South Sudanese, the foreign riders that were expelled have now bounced back in large numbers.

I do not blame Minister Aleu because enforcement is not his role alone since, there are some junior staffs under the ministry of interior that are in charge of the enforcement, in particular, the traffic police officers should have averted the accumulation of foreign riders in a business that does not require any education.

If you want to prove my claim, just take an evening walk around Arkel Hotel at Thongpiny. The riders of that stage and many other stages all over Juba are no longer South Sudanese purely but a combination of both. Is it palatable for us to have our brothers spending the whole day at home playing cards and some sitting at tea places when there is something they do very well to earn a living?

It is up to the ministry of interior to act or ignore this call and earn public dismay.

The second area of concern is the issuance of passports to foreigners. Nowadays foreigners do not have to hassle to be south Sudanese by nationality. They forged nationality simply so that they can compete with us in the job market.

For a friend of mine that was with me in the university in Uganda is freely a holder of south Sudanese nationality now when in reality, she is Ugandan from Arua District. What does that say about the passports’ issuing authorities in South Sudan? Who in Uganda is holding Ugandan Nationality when he/she is South Sudanese?, you readers have that answer.

Thirdly, some of you might have heard of the system that required foreigners who want to register any business in South Sudan to do so with South Sudanese nationals mandatorily. That sounds good to every patriotic South Sudanese but in reality, that is not what happens in reality.

In reality, yes…they register a particular business in question collectively but those businesses end up being owned by a foreigner. For example, the writer was seated next to a Kenyan business lady in a bus from Kampala to Juba. As we explored various issues particularly what she would be doing in Juba, the lady narrated everything as it is elucidated above.

What that tells us about government’s regulatory and monitoring roles?

Last year, a ministerial circular was issued ordering foreign workers to be phased out and replaced with Qualified South Sudanese, the circular received the biggest outcry and criticisms from the neighboring countries particularly Kenya and Uganda.

In just few days after the publication of the circular, the circular was cancelled and the hopes of having 80% of South Sudanese working in a given NGO, private business….etc was dumped in the dustbin of hopelessness.

For your information, we do not have any other link with Kenyans, Ugandans, etc other than their economic involvement in south Sudan. So, if the aim of current government is to fulfill the interests of neighboring countries at the expense of its citizens, then someone can ask, where they in the front-lines with us when we were struggling to be independent?

What we have is a country where most things are well said and written on papers but in reality, they are not implemented to the latter.

The writer is South Sudanese Economist, you can reach him bullenbolm@gamail.com


  1. Kenyi Kenyi says:

    Mr. Bol, Any economy managed by non economists is moving grave.

  2. Eguatorians says:

    Running the country cattle camp fashion and how do you expect, Mr.Bol. Wait until south Sudan becomes a member of East African community. It will be more of foreigners than south Sudanese.

  3. Lotim Koroma says:

    Mr.Bol,you are very right in whatever point you have mentioned in your article.To tell you the truth,our leaders are one letting us down because most of them are owning lofty buildings in either Nairobi or Kampala and they cannot phase out foreigners in the job markets in South Sudan since they are protecting their property in neighbouring countries.The only thing is to remove them and be replaced with young south sudanese who can steer this nation to economic prosperity.

  4. The question is , who advice president on Economic issues????? Yes, he is not an economist but he can be advised to take an informed decisions that suits South Sudanese interest and their nation as a whole

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