JUBA – South Sudan’s information minister and government spokesman Michael Makuei Lueth has said that the country’s money are being diverted for development in neighboring Kenya and Uganda as young people in the world’s youngest country are looking down against private sector in favor of public institutions.
The senior government official made the remarks during a press conference in Juba yesterday, telling youth to join the private sector against public institutions which doesn’t pay enough.
“The government will never give you anything. The salaries that are given to you by the government per a month, you can get it per day in the private sector. Those who go and face them in night clubs are those working in the private sector. These are people who make money and they go to nightclubs,” Makuei said.
“These are the people who go and defeat you the youth in the night club because they have the money but our youths are saying we are educated and we do want to work, this is a dirty job and you must be seen to be clean, continue to do that work up to the time you when you are in the position to get an employment in the government,” he added.
He further urged South Sudan’s young people to join the construction companies instead of sitting under trees taking tea and playing cards.
“For the youth if they want money, I advised them to join these construction companies instead of foreigners doing these jobs. Why don’t you do it?” He asked.
“There are those who are even now moving in the market selling clothes, these are foreigners doing things in our country which you are supposed to do as youth but it is the foreigners which are doing it all because they have come here to work to make money and they are making money’l he added.
He further said that the country’s private sector has now been occupied by Kenyan and Ugandans who later diverts the country’s money to develop their countries, urging youth to enter the private sector to sanction the Ugandan-Kenyan moves.
“We are building Uganda and Kenya now and the money being used in building Kenya and Uganda are our money and then why are we not moving in that direction,” he expressed.
“I said this because our people do expect white collar jobs and at present if you want money, don’t look for white collar job. Don’t look for a government institution to employ you. Because what you will be getting in the market doing your manual work, using your muscles, you will get more money than any other person, even better than me.”
“Do some manual work in these construction companies. There are a lot of constructions taking place but what is happening is the foreigners are exactly working in those places and our youth are redundant playing cards and talking teas under trees and they said we are looking for employment meanwhile there are a lot of opportunities for employment but they want to work in government institutions.
“If you go to the market and start working there, you will never think of coming back to look for job in the government because here in the government, there are people who are paid one thousand, the lucky ones get two thousand and the most lucky one get three thousand, meanwhile if you go to the market here, you will get that three thousand per a day.”