According to the minister of information, Michael Makuei Lueth, South Sudan will change its offset from UTC+3 to UTC+2.
The change will be effective at 00:00 (midnight) on February 1, when clocks will be set back 1 hour to 23:00 (11:00 pm).
“The current time zone is not our actual zone, we are in longitude 30 and the difference between the Greenwich time 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 Time zone,” Michael Makuei, the government spokesperson told the press after Friday’s cabinet meeting.
“So it was clear that the far East is 2.4 hours and the far West is 1.6 hours.”
South Sudan has been operating using the old-time that was adopted in Sudan before independence. The county is supposed to be two hours ahead not three hours in accordance with East African time.