Zimbabwe to export unemployed graduates to South Sudan

Professor Amon Murwira. Photo: The Herald (Zimbabwe)

Juba, January 1, 2019 (SSNA) — Zimbabwean minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Professor Amon Murwira says his nation is prepared to finalize a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with South Sudan’s Ministry of Higher Education, saying Zimbabwe is “very literate,” according to an interview obtained by the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA).

In the interview, the minister claims that Zimbabwe’s best leg is an education and that Harare is ready to export education to South Sudan. The minister explained during the interview that the agreement needs to be completed so that Zimbabwe should start generating “foreign currency through human capital exportation.” The minister also praised his country as “an educated nation.”

“We always say you kick with your best leg. If Zimbabwe’s best leg is education, it means our export should be education. Australia’s fourth largest export is education. In Zimbabwe, we pride ourselves of being very literate. We discovered that we have to up our skills, but we know that we are better off in this area. It must be seen through foreign currency inflows using education,” Dr. Amon declared.

Professor Amon indicated in the interview that the two governments would be finalizing the deal anytime this year.

“During innovation Africa, I had the privilege of meeting my counterpart, Minister of Higher Education from South Sudan in order to learn at which stage we were. But I then learned that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was not finalised. And we are going to finalise the MoU as we enter 2019,” he explained.

Duop Chak Wuol, one of the prominent South Sudanese analysts and writers, a government critic, and editor-in-chief of the South Sudan News Agency, was the first to criticize the news of the exportation of unemployed Zimbabwean graduates to South Sudan on his Facebook’s page on Monday. In his post, Duop wonders why South Sudan’s government would be willing to hire more than 16,000 Zimbabwean unemployed graduates when there are too many unemployed South Sudanese graduates, declaring the government’s assertion as a “joke.”

“Zimbabwe is expected to export at least 16,000 unemployed graduates to South Sudan in 2019. I wonder where countless South Sudanese unemployed graduates will go. South Sudan under Salva Kiir has indisputably become a joke,” Duop wrote

When contacted by the SSNA to clarify if he is against human exportation to his home country, Duop responded by saying that he understands there are international treaties that allow nations to export people but insists on why the South Sudanese government be open to bringing in that many unemployed foreigners when there are too many unemployed graduates in the country.

“I am not against Zimbabwe wanting to export their people to South Sudan to work. We probably need their expertise as their minister asserted. However, the entire claim doesn’t make any logical sense for the fact that Salva Kiir’s government is struggling to employ its jobless citizens who are also graduates,” he explains, adding, “The people of South Sudan would like to know where Kiir will find salaries of these unemployed foreigners, especially when corruption is still rampant in all government departments.”

South Sudan’s government ministers and senior officials were in the past accused of secretly employing foreigners in their offices, prompting the public to accuse them of looting the nation’s wealth through foreigners.

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  • Kiir lost his mind
    why South Sudan’s government would be willing to hire more than 16,000 Zimbabwean unemployed graduates when there are too many unemployed South Sudanese graduates, unless he don’t trust in his own people

  • Chadi Michael
    January 1, 2019 11:05 pm

    They have already imported prostitutes from the neighboring East African countries, the tankers and food vendors. Now they’re at it again to import ”human capital” of some sort. The fact remains that South Sudan isn’t in a position to rush into such programs right now by bringing skill laborers to the country. The most pressing issues Salva Kiir’s government should prioritize are: uplifting state of emergency, ending arbitrary detention and releasing wrongfully convicted individuals, improve security inside Juba and throughout the country as well as implementing the recently signed peace without delay.

    And also, revitalize the country’s economy by encouraging and empowering citizen farmers to grow enough produce, increase intrastate commerce and accessibility throughout the country by constructing roads and railways so that local communities and citizens can be employed in those sectors before bringing aliens to occupy those jobs meant for South Sudanese.

    The need for foreign can be seen in the education and healthcare sectors but so far those departments rarely get enough budget to buy medicines let alone state of the art medical equipment and technology. So the whole madness of hiring foreigners before putting food on the table for our people in the country is one of those sorry examples of intellectual bankruptcy and lack of nation-building initiatives. If shows that the government is run by people with very little understanding of the world. People whose interests and heads lay elsewhere but only in government to rip off the citizens.

    The lack of employment opportunities increases boredom and boredom can lead our youth to join criminal syndicates in this case, form tribal groupings, unknown gunmen and eventually bringing the nation in the brink of war.

    • South Sudan lost its sovereignty and vision when resorted to such a evil plan against its citizens. Many graduates are on streets of Juba looking for jobs and government fails to recruit them and utilize their local expertise. It is an unfortunately that South Sudanese all failed to strongly hold their Countries Sterling wheel for the new generation.

    • SOUTH SUDANESE leaders on power are very illiterate and they don’t understand word exporting unemployed graduates, they thought they are goods to be consumed as they are addicted to what to eat and fill their bellies.
      Infact this issue is a burning one that need all SOUTH SUDANESE scholars to debate it before it comes to force by the government.

  • kiir, south Sudan have many graduates who study in different countries including Zimbabwe why don`t you employ them in stead of foreigners if it is matter of education

  • SB Chiok Guek
    January 2, 2019 2:26 am

    Such a step have indeed shown that Salva Kiir and his top government officials have very low concerns about the unemployed South Sudan citizens since they have only focus on their close relatives and families. Infact South Sudan is home to all people but those who claims to be the Leaders considered the country to be their own property, that’s why they value the resources instead of the citizens. How come the government is willing to employ foreigners while we have thousands of own citizens, educated persons are lacking jobs within South Sudan particularly in Juba Capital.

  • Bongiri Augustine
    January 2, 2019 3:55 am

    Dear readers,am sorry to hear that the Minister of Higher Education is planning to bring in unemployed experts from Zimbabwe while we have too many unemployed graduates and those few who are employed go for 2-3 months without salaries,p’lse let us thinks.

  • Gatdeni wugok Nguany
    January 2, 2019 6:49 pm

    The country South Sudan is failed by those outdated and inexperienced personalities who have ruled the country for many years but non-productive.

    How can Zimbabwe exports her graduates/underemployed to S Sudan when most of our graduates are almost to go after cattle for not being engaged by their government? This is a great mess that our leaders can avoid.

    God rescue our nation from such unwanted thugs

  • Mathou Ruop Chöl
    January 3, 2019 12:18 am

    Nonessential message to the minister of education.Does he think that South Sudan doesn’t have unemployed people??

  • Fellow south Sudanese, this is not empirical foreign relation policy, If our leaders are really being driven blindly, then the current unemployment trend, crimes and prostitution in our country will keep increasing we still have lot of challenges facing the citizens, many graduates are in the street, jobs being offered on tribal or favoritism foreigners are still taking lead within NGO and government, Anti corruption commission in the government is keeping silence to hamper internal problems facing nation, again government encouraged more on doing evils still signing betrayal MoU. God help south Sudan from hands of betrayers

  • Stephen Chieng Tai
    January 3, 2019 4:49 am

    Let’s wait and see whether this information is reliable or media misinformation. Because if Zimbabwe could export 16,000 experts, are we here to sucumb on Zimbabwean expertise alone? And if they have that quality of education in terms creativity, why not creating jobs for themselves in their country. Wonders will never end!

  • Dual Giel koryom
    January 4, 2019 3:41 pm

    I just want to beg almighty father please give us wisdom love our self not foreigner as country is looting by east Africa country, how come while there is 100,000 of S Sudanese unemployed please God

  • Davidkuir Deng
    January 15, 2019 5:57 pm

    It’s totally mess and, I disagree with South Sudan ministry of Education for seeing educational graduate from the foreign Nation, such as Zimbabwe attempt negotiable with South Sudan Government sent their jobless to the young Nation.

    The youngest Nation had more graduate across Sudan and east Africa Country. While many south Sudanese diaspora are more educated and qualify to bringing unique education their nation.


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