South Sudanese president sacks striking judges

South Sudan President Salva Kiir. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has sacked several judges who have been on strike for the past two months.
The presidential decree, aired by the state radio Thursday morning, said at least 13 judges had been relieved of their duties.

It is believed the judges were sacked for their industrial action that has crippled the judicial operations.

Better wages

They have been on strike to demand better wages and the removal of the Chief Justice, Mr Chan Reec Madut, who they accuse of failing to address the improvement of their wages and work conditions.

The judges downed their tools in early May, prompting President Kiir to form a committee to investigate the matter.
The findings of the committee were submitted to President Kiir last month.
Multiple problems

However, the striking judges maintained that they would not resume work until their demands were met.
Efforts to get a comment from the Presidency on the matter were futile.
President Kiir has faced multiple problems of national concern, including a civil war that has engulfed South Sudan since 2013.

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