South Sudan Judges and Justices strike

By Nangayi Guyson –

JUBA, South Sudan -South Sudan Judges and Justices have gone on a sit-down strike  calling for the resignation of the country’s chief justice and better working conditions, chairman of the judges committee said on Wednesday.

Khalid Abdalla Mohammed told a local newspaper in the capital, Juba that the strike which began on Tuesday is the latest action by state employees.

All Courts across the country  have remained  closed after talks mediated by the government to end the dispute between the judges and the chief justice failed.

The strike was called on to demand for improvements in judicial laws, working conditions, transport allowances and an increase in the number of courtrooms to easy the judicial process and also for the resignation of the country’s chief justice who they say is incompetent.

Last week, South Sudan Judges and Justices suspended the planned strike in order to engage in negotiations with President Kiir’s office but failed prompting the strike to go on.

Mr. Mohammed said government was playing politics over their demands but government denied and also accused the Judiciary for denying a dialogue with the president.

Last year, judges across South Sudan went on a full month-long strike on the same demands but no much action was taken by the government to resolve the issues.

South Sudanese economy has been hit hard by more than three years of civil war that has send millions of refugees to the neighboring countries.

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