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Kiir directs finance ministry to ensure prudent funds utilization

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By Ngor Arol Garang

September 4, 2010 (RENK) — General Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the semi autonomous regional government of southern Sudan, on Friday, instructed the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning to ensure that all the funds, allocated for development projects are properly utilized irrespective of their sources.

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Sudan’s FVP and GOSS President Salva Kiir Mayadrit (AP)

The presidential administrative directive came as the region approaches upcoming referendum on self determination. But fears about little resources to conduct the already delayed referendum as secretariat charged with administrative activities and coordination plans has not been established.

Speaking shortly after cabinet meeting in Juba on Friday, President Kiir, in what appears to be administrative tone, instructed David Deng Athorbei, minister of finance and economic planning that “there must be clear and proper spending of the funds to accomplish programs.”

"Even funds that will be allocated for the same purpose in next year’s budget should be properly spent for Government to deliver development to the people," said Kiir. He fruther urged all line ministries to working with finance ministry to successfully implement development programmes.

Many people in the region see the position occupied by minister Athorbei as key to any development taking place in the region. Deng Kuol Miyen, an official from the ruling party and who works in the regional assembly explains that finance ministry is one of the key ministries which control not only money but also economic activities.

"The ministry of finance controls all economic plans and growth related activities of any country. It is the only ministry which has a voice on how a budget allocated for each ministry must be spent," explained Miyen from Juba.

"We are entering referendum and we don’t have enough time. So, the ministry of finance has to work hard to ensure that it is capable of running its affairs smoothly," added Miyen.

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  • 5 September 2010 11:36, by Lokorai

    Mr. President,

    Your directives are in place, but you need to go a little bit further and stop or freeze a budget line named as MUSADAAT. This is the most abuse and exploited area you ought to seal if you want anyone to take you serious on the fight against corruption and sound thrifty measures for your government.

    Because not all Southerners are beneficiaries of the so-called financial assistances (MUSADAAT), but small section of tribe that always jump to every thing, be it power, money, name it.

    But also Hon. Minister should do something about these people (that tribe) ever presence in finance ministery; they stop or disrupt official businesses from other related finance units, as guards from the same people do a poor ’screening’ of who should go in and who not, unless you produce an ’identity’...

    Lokorai

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    • 6 September 2010 03:50, by Abuoi Jook

      Affirmative Mr Lokori! You absolutely stated the heart of the matter because there’s no need for Musadaat at this point as each has a salary!!!

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      • 6 September 2010 13:38, by Eric

        You guys say it all, therefore Mr president needs to also follow up on whether funds have been spent well on development related issues on has ended up in people’s pockets. Wise people should be interested in services that accrues to the entire public other than few individuals who happens to be relative to an important post holder. We must put in our minds that Southern Sudan needs roads, water, electricity and reconstruction, on this note whoever is embezzling public funds will be cursed forever and above all will never taste any recognition and appointment to positions of merits.

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        • 6 September 2010 14:20, by Dengcol malual

          Things like house allowances to employees in all ministries are not needed if we want to see transparency and development. what is the salary for if the workers are still receiving houses allowances and food assistance. people of South Sudan want road, school, health centers, security and not housing allowances for people who haven’t done anything. please use our money wisely.

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