South Sudan lawmakers walk out of budget presentation

President Salva Kiir

President Salva Kiir of South Sudan: sacks finance minister and other officials

President Salva Kiir of South Sudan.

In a serious way of registering their displeasure over the state of affairs in the country, regarding non-payment of salaries of civil servants and soldiers, South Sudan lawmakers on Thursday were said to have stormed out of a budget presentation for the 2019/20 financial year by the finance minister.

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Reuters quoted one of the lawmakers as saying, “Our army is cutting down trees to make a living, our foreign missions; it is now almost one year we are unable to pay them. Our teachers are not being paid. What are we doing? We are now presenting a new budget while our salaries are not being paid.”