South Sudan is turning its clock back by one hour after realizing that they have been using the wrong time zone.
The young African country has been using the East African timezone that most East African countries fall in even before they got independent.
Confirming the change, South Sudan government spokesperson and information minister Michael Makuei Lueth said South Sudan will now share the same time zone with neighboring Sudan, Chad, and Egypt.
“The cabinet came to realize that our current time zone is not our actual zone. We are in longitude 30 and the difference between Greenwich Meantime of the UTC and the longitude is every 15 minutes is one hour. So, we are in the 30th longitude and as such we are supposed to be two hours ahead of the Greenwich Meantime.” Makuei stated.
“After the thorough presentation, it was clear that the far east is 2.4 hours and the far west is 1.6 hours. If you combine it will be 4 hours. The average is 2 hours. Therefore, it is passed by the cabinet that our official time zone should be 2 hours from the Greenwich meantime and that is from the 1st of February 2021.”He continued
The country’s official switch takes place effective 1sth February 2021
According to Makuei, South Sudan adopted the current time zone from Sudan before independence, and even after independence, South Sudan maintained the time although Sudan already changed its time zone.
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That means South Sudan will from 1st February operate using UTC+2 and not UTC+3 as has been the case, an hour behind East African Time.
The change means that South Sudan will now share the same time zone with neighboring Sudan, Chad, and Egypt.