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South Sudan Students’ Union in Uganda accused of corruption

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October 04, 2012 (KAMPALA) – The Secretary of finance for the South Sudanese Students’ Union in Uganda (SSSU) is in police custody in Kampala after being accused of forging signatures and withdrawing more than $50,000 without the knowledge of other members of the union.

Bill Dhieu, the embattled students’ financial chief in Uganda, is alleged to have forged signature for David Lam, the Union’s Secretary General in order to gain access to the Union’s joint account. Lam claims his signature was forged and describes the action as "theft".

James Mayar, the leader of South Sudan students in Uganda, told Sudan Tribune that this misappropriation of public funds has embarrassed the Union.

“We will not condone this,” Mayar said when asked what steps are being taken to stamp out corruption amongst the students who are seen as future for the new country.

Allegations of misuse of public funds are common in South Sudan. In June, President Salva Kiir wrote to over 70 top government officials asking them to return about $4 billion that has been allegedly stolen.

In Uganda, South Sudanese students in higher institutions of learning are governed by the SSSU whose leaders are elected annually. The president of SSSU, Secretary for Finance and Secretary General are the signatories to the Union account. It was not immediately clear how the Secretary for Finance forged one signature and managed to withdraw $34,000 and 59 millions Ugandan shillings (about $23,600) without being detected.

Bill Dhieu, the finance secretary, was arrested on Tuesday and bailed out hours later by officials from South Sudan’s embassy in Kampala with a hope that the case might be settled out of court.

Bill Dhieu, who is now under supervision of South Sudan Education Attaché in Kampala who could not be reached for comment. Education Attaché Lual Akol says he could not comment since is still being investigated.

Students in Uganda fund their organization through donations from South Sudan officials and mismanagement may interfere with donors as well as embarrassing to members who often criticise government officials for corrupt practices.

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  • 5 October 2012 07:12, by sudinka

    It is bound of stupidity for mr Bill Dhieu to stolen the money of students where will mr Dhieu got job with this bad conduct before he even graduate shame on you young man.

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    • 5 October 2012 07:27, by omoni jr.

      what do you expect from this community?
      walk like a dog,eat like a dog ,quak like dog eat like dog ,and is eaxctly dog,,,,,,,,,,,,

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      • 5 October 2012 07:44, by Eastern

        Omony Jr., there is nothing good in the so-called student union. It is rather a dinka union. These bodies both in Uganda and Kenya is not representative at all. It is a tribal body as you can see by those involved in the scam. Can you imagine these guys move on diplomatic passport. I one time flew on Air Uganda with one of those students’ leaders who was so arrogant at Entebbe airport because he..

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        • 5 October 2012 07:47, by Eastern

          ...was carrying a diplomatic passport of our nascent country. These guys have just copied the habits of their fathers and uncles: Corruption (thieft of public goods), greed, tribalism, nepotism, arrogance name it. See how leaders of tomorrow are behaving. Big shame on them!!!

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    • 5 October 2012 09:43, by mayom maboung marek

      it is not him [Bil Dhieu]alone,there are some elements who gang up togather to steal money. FYI, thousand of dollars donation from president kiir’s office this year were partially given to students in Uganda and some are not given upto now, saying resumption of money to students will resume in September, 2012. I think, this is the money being stole from the account.wonders of our time!!!!

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  • 5 October 2012 08:27, by Northern Sudanese

    ah its you south sudanese you are very known in the north for theft and breaking rules, your country is even a lawless state where you rape a girl as young as 18 months and kill each other for cows. if your leaders stole $4 bilion then am not even surprised that you steal money from education. this is one the reasons why we northerners refuse 4 freedoms with south sudan!

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    • 5 October 2012 10:48, by Nibs

      N.sudanese
      Your stupidity and distortion of facts is of highest quality."abuse" doesn’t mean rape.you must be one of these idle characters on khartoum’s streets who only find pleasure in write rubbish on websites.

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      • 5 October 2012 15:26, by Northern Sudanese

        you must be from those who have nothing to do in life but defending a man who doesn’t give a shit about his people. i admit it was ’’torture’’ not ’’rape’’ of 18 months girl. however the rest of the facts are true, you are known for theft and breaking rules in north. you vp told you to not commit crimes in america. and you kill each other for cows! + your leaders stole $4 bilion lol

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        • 5 October 2012 15:52, by Nibs

          Good that you consent your wicked behavour.you are blinded by ignorance and your hatre towards s.sudaneses.you talk of our bad governance,of killing ourselves,looting our resources.how good then are you?saint or something else?all you need to do,is mine you business!and you’ll be a good boy.

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  • 5 October 2012 09:50, by majok akol

    even the official who bailed him out of the prison are culprit if not why don’t they comment? and what was the purpose of that money being in an account without giving it to the students who faced problem of tuition fees. further more how can that be solve out of the
    court even up to today familly cases can be settled in the court of law let me hope that law is not south Sudan embassy in Uganda.

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  • 5 October 2012 10:09, by majok akol

    this clearly shows that there are some criminal in that embassy who condoned bill dhieu’s criminal act.
    note to south Sudanese students in Uganda be aware of your rights, don’t let those criminal like Lual akol use your association’s name to get money from Juba for his own use together with those who collaborate with him.like dhieu

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  • 5 October 2012 10:24, by doublebookdialled

    This thief called educational attache should be the first to be arrested as he refuse to give us the student the money by just hiding himself in the chinese restaurant in Kampala. if he is not part of the forgery why he refuse to comment, yet they bailed the thief. shame on this community, regime who always want to eat the innocents and they steal their own properties. shame, shame, shame on you

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  • 5 October 2012 13:09, by michael coma

    God is great,Uganda students always said that Kenyan students are thieves with their primitive leaders in S/Sudan.Kiir himself had problem with Kenya south sudanese students in Nairobi.Giving out alots of money every yearly to Uganda students who are sillent killers.

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  • 5 October 2012 13:17, by michael coma

    I do support you mr.Dhieu for your genuine stealing methood you have used when coping somebody signture.The money you have been stolen are not bad for your health man.Kula sana

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  • 5 October 2012 18:07, by nyantung

    Jesus Christ.

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