The Central Bank of South Sudan (CBOSS) has announced it has printed notes of 28 SSP (South Sudanese Pounds) especially designed to promote and encourage the 28-state system, and is to be released into circulation the same day the designated First Vice-President of South Sudan Dr. Riek Machar is expected to return from ‘exile’, and two days later in the other state capitals – the day the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) is expected to be formed as per the terms of the peace agreement.
Sample specimens of the 28-pound note were also displayed during the abruptly convened press conference in Juba – the capital of the World’s Newest Nation.
The samples looked not-dissimilar to the 25-pound note with about three-times the shade and colour of the green 1-pound note. It also felt a bit lighter and fainter than the 50-pound note, yet it had “a strange sense of dirtiness, like holding an illegitimate child of your best friend,” said one journalist.
“This is not how we conceived it… the note and the figure of 28… but now that it is here, there is little we can do except let it be embraced or avoided….let the people decide”
This is not how we conceived it… the note and the figure of 28… but now that it is here, there is little we can do except let it be embraced or avoided….let the people decide
Asked what business it is of the CBOSS to meddle in state politics, the representative of the bank said they had no business printing state symbols and images of wildlife on their notes, but that did not raise any questions about their love for animals – so the same should apply for this special unique note and their interest in investing in housing, gold-mining, river transportation and music-entertaining business (like the involvement of the son of the governor of the CBOSS in the $1.5 million deal to bring Congolese musician to Juba for a half-day concert).
“This is an exceptional note only available in South Sudan, and we urge all businesses to treat it just like a 25-pounds plus 3 more one pound notes. Anyone reported to have issues with this note will be considered and judged as an opponent of the 28-note system,” warned the bank.
“Because it is special and rare, anyone trying to sell or trade the note for more than it is worth will not like it when … you know what I mean…just obey what we say…”