By Peter Gai Manyuon
September18th, 2014 -The recent order from the Ministry of Labor and Public Service in the Republic of South Sudan that was issued on 16th of September 2014 is absolute enough, appropriate and welcoming by the entire South Sudanese globally unless those who lack intellectual dynamism in them can disputes the Ministerial order.
Comprehensively, South Sudan as the Newest Nation in Africa has become an employment ground for all the people who came from Asia, Europe, America, India and different African Countries for the last Ten years. Most of the professionals South Sudanese who studied abroad have been pushed out from jobs due to what some people called lack of professionalism within nationals, which is not appropriate.
Hence, the ideology of under-estimating the literacy among the South Sudanese who have studied in different parts of the World is an abuse/insult of the citizen rights and obligation in the newest nation.
Absolutely, since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that was signed on the 9th of January 2005, there have been a good numbers of foreigners who have dominated jobs opportunities in the Southern Sudan by then and subsequently until the Independence of the Republic of South Sudan which was declare on the 9th of July 2011.
Sixty percent (60%) of the employees in the new Republic are foreigners who claimed of having skills in different disciplines. Where will you find in the whole world the number of foreigners is beyond the nationals in workplace? Is South Sudan a country of global people or for South Sudanese who have suffered for twenty one years during civil war? Realistically, did Uganda, Kenya and other part of the world help in contributing human beings to fight dictatorial regime of the North Sudan during the civil war? Is it wrong if South Sudanese Nationals are considers first at the jobs opportunities in South Sudan? Is South Sudan a Country for all East African Community or a Country which has inhabitants?
However, the number of expatriates that came to South Sudan after Independence have increased greatly due to what the World Bank estimate in their research where they mentioned the number of South Sudanese who when to school as 27% which I can term as vogues and exploitation policy of research.
Truly speaking, in South Sudan there are numerous South Sudanese citizens who always graduate yearly in different parts of the World including East Africa like Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and the world at large. The numbers of graduates are thousands and thousands compare to 2005 when the Peace deal was signed. Who are you to says, South Sudanese are not experts in Education system globally? Are your senses functioning really?
Are those who are under-estimating informs upstairs about the progress of South Sudanese as per education system is concern yearly?
Moreover, this issue of saying most of South Sudanese are illiterate is one way of exploiting and this is the right time for South Sudanese to disapprove claims from those who want to still resources indirectly.
Besides, the numbers of Professors, Doctors in different disciplines in the Republic of South Sudan are beyond other countries that got Independence some years back. If you want financial Analysts, Computer wizards, Journalists, Public Relation Officers, Political Analysts, Legal Experts, Engineers and different categories of experts, the newest nation have got good percentage.
I have one hundred percent (100%) agree with the order, those who have not carry out proper research about the people who have gone to school in South Sudan should take it from me, enough is enough. Some organizations like World Bank estimate the percent in their interest. Who told you the literate South Sudanese are 27%. Well, interpretation is always full of Assumptions.
More interestingly, in South Sudan, you find a hotel is managed from the top to cleaners by Foreigners, Banks as well like Equity, Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Stanbic Bank and many more….are being run by foreigners who call themselves experts.
And on other hand, most of International Organizations are for foreigners in South Sudan. Is South Sudan for Kenyans, Ugandans, Ethiopians, and different categories from globe?
Keys points to notes
One of the remarkable points to note is the issue of taxes increment in all part of work place can force the foreigners from working in South Sudan, if imposes on them highly. South Sudan government should come out with the new policy to charges all foreigners with high taxes so that they leave the newest nation quickly.
Restriction of giving Visas in Diplomatic Embassies can as well reduced number of foreigners working in South Sudan. Government can reduce numbers of foreigners entering South Sudan by giving instructions to the diplomatic offices to screen and increase the visas fees to 300 dollars and as well the work permits need revision.
Author is an Independent Journalist and Columnist who has written extensively on issues of Democratization and Human Rights in South Sudan. He can be contact on http://www.independentjournalistpgm.wordpress.com.