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June 30, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan has started investigating its two ministers recently suspended for alleged involvement in what is regarded as the biggest financial scandal in the country’s post-independence era.

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South Sudan president Salva Kiir (Reuters)

The finance minister, Kosti Manibe and his cabinet affairs counterpart, Deng Alor are accused of approving the transfer of $8 million of public funds without the knowledge of relevant state institutions.

The two were suspended in a decree issued by South Sudan president, Salva Kiir who also appointed a five-member committee to investigate the duo.

No South Sudanese official has been prosecuted for corruption, despite millions of dollars going unaccounted for since the south-ruling party Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM) gained control of south as part of a 2005 peace deal.

However, since the country’s independence in 2011, president Kiir has rhetorically pledged tough measures against corruption, but his recent action was the first ever move against senior officials accused of financial malpractice.

An investigation committee headed by the chairperson of the the country’s anti-graft commission chair, John Gatwic Lul was formed to find the facts and establish the legality of the contract for which the money was requested and approved by the two officials.

The five-member committee on Friday took oath before the president pledging allegiance, independence, secrecy and commitment to establish facts of the case.

Gatwic, who spoke to reporters soon after the swearing-in ceremony, said his committee was ready to start the process.

It is alleged that the funds were released from South Sudan’s national treasury into a private account.

Last year, president Kiir wrote to 75 both former and current senior government officials asking them to return $4 billion in missing public finds.This investigation, according to analysts, is regarded by the general public as the SPLM’s response to corruption allegations, which have tarnished the image of the new nation.

The two senior ministers are the first high-level officials to be investigated for corruption, since the country gained independence from Sudan two years ago.

Ngai’s predecessors at the ministry of finance and economic planning were removed from the post following reports that they were implicated in similar allegations, but none of them was ever probed by the country’s anti-corruption body.

Several top-ranking officials at the ministry of finance, including acting general for accounts are also said to be under investigation.

Meanwhile, Kiir has ordered security agents to ensure that the officials cooperate with the anti-corruption commission and do not travel outside the country without the knowledge of the committee.

A presidential aide quoted the Kiir as saying that considering the amounts of funds and assets involved, it was clear that most of the alleged corruption cases were deliberately being carried out by individual officials.

“I want a full report on these allegations. We cannot condone such acts of abuse of public funds,” Kiir reportedly told the investigation committee, while reiterating his stance on zero tolerance to corruption.

Kiir, the aide told Sudan Tribune, has also demanded a thorough forensic investigation of the government departments implicated in order to get to the root of the allegations.

"The president has asked the investigating agencies to carry out their work in accordance with the law, noting that the alleged perpetrators of corruption should be accorded due process and their rights to a free and fair trial should be respected at all times," said the aide, who preferred anonymity.

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  • 1 July 2013 08:12, by Mi diit

    While thieves are busy stealing money to eat chickens without development, true nationalist are working courageously to make peace, build bilateral relations and prepare the nation for change that will utter in development. A big thief cannot catch a small thief. Otherwise, soon the small thief will expose the big thief.

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    • 1 July 2013 08:44, by Simbaya Afrika

      what peace you talking about here? you mean to say your uncle machar is making peace while he is behind rebels in Murle area? you follow the footprint of your uncle machar.

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    • 1 July 2013 12:01, by munene

      pliz, your damm riek will end up like ralla odinga and kizza of Uganda coz he is not a nationalist for that matter we may favour the ruling splm in the name of fallen herous and beny kiir for his tirelessly following the foot step of DR. JOHN up to this time not ur riek black who is looking for the post of kiir

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      • 1 July 2013 16:36, by Wut Nyang

        Son OF a thief,@ munune or whatever name you call yourself,are you telling us that Dr.John Garang was a thief and that is why prof thier Kiir is following his footsteps?.hahahahahah,it is true that dinkas are thieves naturally,no doubt for that.the ten ears stealing period is ending by 2015,so i don’t know where you will again steal money from.Machar oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee,obuto mamur oyeeeeeeeeee.

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        • 1 July 2013 19:53, by Nani

          Dear wutnyang! pliz stop bringing riek in such distractive conversations. he’s a big figure who has what can take south sudan at a pace beyond race. he’s a nuer of course but it’s not only Nuer who will bring him to be the president. he needs the support of other tribes. do not think by posting his name on such pages you’ve shown the love you have for him. no pliz.

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    • 1 July 2013 12:02, by munene

      pliz, your damm riek will end up like ralla odinga and kizza of Uganda coz he is not a nationalist for that matter we may favour the ruling splm in the name of fallen herous and beny kiir for his tirelessly following the foot step of DR. JOHN up to this time not ur riek black who is looking for the post of kiir

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      • 1 July 2013 12:52, by Msudi

        Hello Munene,
        welcome on board. Plz don’t be too negative because I have already tracked down your real name and where you live.

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        • 1 July 2013 15:32, by munene

          its not that am new in the system but i came to realise that some of you guys are misleading people however u can not get my identity what ever method that you may apply, so pliz u better avoid saying u know me but know that what am saying is true. Don’t not be such irrisponsible man, dam

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    • 1 July 2013 14:18, by Agutmajak

      Mi diit wen de nyagat amokic stop cheating people, you are son of rebel leader ,you must fellow your father in the grave or in the bush. A shame on you son of dogs.

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      • 1 July 2013 14:28, by Gäär

        Agutvulture is another lost surrogate child of illiterate Kiir. we found him in may last year when we went to United States for a conference. Pure fools with pot-sized stomach. a typical Bhar el gazalian.

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      • 1 July 2013 14:32, by Mayom County Boy

        Jalaba please make sure this time south sudanese people become clever than white people ,we will not be your friends an more please you should know that my friend we will not be having good relationship again

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    • 1 July 2013 20:33, by Aweil the Role Model State 4peace

      Midiit,
      You ’ve choose a wrong element, why did you take such a rough path? and claims to ’ve played a politics in the name of a welknown dirty guy like Dr. Traitor Killer.
      Pliz Mr. Traitor Agent, i would like you to shift your political effort to any other Naath who is clean & more Nationalist than your Master Killer and you will won my vote i promise.
      Otherwise theft is better than Massacre

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    • 1 July 2013 21:50, by Brig General Paulino

      President should also form the committee to investigate the following
      Luka Biong Deng
      Gier Chuong Aluong
      Anthony Makana
      Paul Malong Awan
      Emmanuel Liwolla
      Clement Wani
      Jumma Nuna
      Garang Diing Akwuong
      Agnes Lakudo
      Salva Mathok Gengdit
      Pagan Amum Okiech
      Tor Deng Maiwen
      Telor Deng
      Daniel Awet Akot
      Taban Deng Gai
      Nhial Deng Nhial
      James Kok
      Dr Chirino
      Akot Lual
      Yel Luol Koor
      Mawien Wol Jong

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      • 2 July 2013 16:11, by Alier42

        @ Paulino
        You need to give the evidences beyond all reasonable doubt,i do not understand why you have just listed the names of the people to be investigated without evidences, which appears to me as if you ve targeted them as a campaign of intimidation and bullying.it is a notorious humiliation.

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    • 2 July 2013 08:33, by Kedo

      ADVICE: Do something for yourself. Don’t waste your time talking politics while others are enjoying their lives with money without politics. See how this Sudanese poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling accident cars, Very interesting idea. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) to see the methods and companies that she was using to do that (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) Wake Up Africans

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  • 1 July 2013 08:25, by Jalaby

    I don’t believe Mr. visionless Kiir is serious on fighting thieves and corruption otherwise what measurements he took against those 75 big (crocodiles) thieves who stole $4bn?
    Well, we can say you captured two but 73 crocodiles thieves still at large enjoying the money they stole touring around the globe with their families leaving behind southerners dying of hunger!

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    • 1 July 2013 09:08, by kamal

      Jalaba 73 ministers doesn,t have approve documents showing the transfer of money from government account to theirs personnel account unlike they two ministers were transfering money directe to their account.

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      • 1 July 2013 09:39, by kamal

        People assume $4billions just missing in the hand of 75 ministers but when asked to bring the prove documents showing the transaction did by the central bank of south Sudan governor (malok aleng) during those years rampit corruption malok fail to bring the prove for 73 ministers Dr kamal in khartoum.

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        • 1 July 2013 12:09, by Jalaby

          Ya Kamal (Kemo),
          No documents,no transaction,no evidence to indict and prosecute the 75 thieves could be valid under a country that respects the law and has fair trial system but S Sudan is a good example for outlaw country hence the above evidences do not apply!
          Just capture the thieves and beat them hard and they’ll confess!

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    • 1 July 2013 11:54, by munene

      mr. jalaba
      you are a true nationalist who know how citizen are suffering here in south sudan
      pliz keep that one, youn deserve ceridt but the two ministers should not hestitate to disclose other thieves prepare to enjoy while the two are being humilated publicly

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    • 1 July 2013 12:34, by Peter Mading

      It is true Mr. Jalaby. These 73 officials who are at large were the products of Arabs. Any thief found in Scandals is a product of Arabs. They learnt this through arabs and that is why South Sudan is backwards. Dr. John if he got his education in the North he could have been the worst thief and SPLA could have failed. But thank God he was not a product of Arabs.

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    • 1 July 2013 15:14, by mathem jech amer

      Jalaby
      What about your corruptees in Khartoum, did they pay back public money? Devil Bashir with 15 storety buildings in Saudia Arabia while magician Ali Osman with 25 storey buildings in Dubai and Emerites. Too much corruption than ours. pls mind your Jalaba corruption before talking about South Sudan

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  • 1 July 2013 08:51, by Simbaya Afrika

    Some of us are appalled by kiir’s idiosyncrasy! corruption would have been eliminated since he suspected the 73 thieves who stole $ 4 billion. If he really let the 73 thieves go then we are done and no more south Sudan! I don’t care if any idiot here support him!

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  • 1 July 2013 09:53, by barbayo

    go ahead ,take all in jail any involve looting public resources ,more and more are Bari very corruptist.

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  • 1 July 2013 10:04, by Marco Bul

    Too little too late is being use as an excuse to defend these thieves.2 are easy to catch than 75 gangs.LOL.

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    • 1 July 2013 10:12, by Peter Mading

      A Soldier is never being fed with theories but with practical facts. I will be happy if the two Cabinet Ministers are sentenced to long term imprisonment if found guilty. And also if the President open rooms for active Public Fund surveilance to explore more funds that have been stolen by officials in a similar manner in all Institutions.

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  • 1 July 2013 10:13, by banner beng

    I think Kiir just pick on ministers of minority ethnics. Deng is not smart enough. He should had took more fund to deal with Abyei CPA. Who make money? Money make man or man make money. If people died there no investigation are implement to follow death of people that Killed by rebel. And if money missing there is quick action to investigate to find out who steal money.

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  • 1 July 2013 10:16, by banner beng

    Theft should kidnapped Kiir’s wife and money the same time to see. Whether he will go to look for money or wife.

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    • 1 July 2013 14:08, by Ding Ding

      Banner Beng, you are doing sucid, I don,t think you can make it and should you try to make it you see the genocid her in this coutry, kidnapping is the crim and human right violation think of fucking your mother or sister don,t bother of all these things

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      • 1 July 2013 18:33, by banner beng

        Ding Ding, U need to wake up. my analysising to your step dad Kiir Kuethpiny.The end of his day of life will be cry like Muammar al Gaddafi. There Your mom will be widow & u will came & ask me 4 help her that my mom need imotional support from u Banner. And will not be hesitate I will give it to her hard even ought she is third world ugly. I will do it 4 will of God to show u how real step dad car

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        • 2 July 2013 16:48, by Ding Ding

          Banner, I think you are not good for compaign because your reasons doesn,t sound like educated person, I am sure you were drunk to get my mother is the succid to your self.Second to that, go back to school and laern not to be drive by politician to give 5ssp for transport and feeding, I am sure you are those youth who beg money from politicans, please be independent and show one of your friends th

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          • 3 July 2013 16:35, by banner beng

            I have bad because dump follow me around & skip him. Ding Ding u remembered me, u Moron I though u are human but I noted that u just Vulture Because of the way u jumped into others precessional conversation. U think u describe me shit non of those u said relevant to me. I thought u will be writing about ur step dad Salva Kiir illeteracy.

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            • 3 July 2013 16:41, by banner beng

              . How many time he went to beg Chinese and Japanese for fund that will goes to his pocket. I wonder what language he spoke w/ them since his English is not understandable he always drunk & did have a time to learn English language to fit in. Ding Ding what u are doing here in this professionals website? I wait no problem just tell me one word that describes u. Mine is I am a motivator.

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              • 3 July 2013 16:46, by banner beng

                I am teaching u Ding u 2 be better behave. u need 2 change ur blinded lifestyle Ok. U sound like a Thief of Warrap who went to Kajoh long time a go to work for cleaning Arabs’ toilets, u are the one right? do not be shy tell me the truth I will help u. I will watch u if not going change ur dump action than Next Don’t ever comments reply on my thoughts because I will not be wasting.

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                • 3 July 2013 16:52, by banner beng

                  Ding need to read u are the one right? do not be shy tell me the truth I will help u. I will watch u if not going change ur dump action than Next Don’t ever comments reply on my thoughts because I will not be wasting my time redefine ur fool inability. U tried to be writer but u not fit in, find other place u can practice ur dump Ideas. This Web is 4 precessional people who contributes.

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                  • 3 July 2013 16:55, by banner beng

                    Ding ding final lesson their analysis to help public, u not one of us. Get out here u heard me, fool.
                    Ur approaches look like u are one of those who work hard 4 failing others. Come on fool come to my class that change the moron to be precessional & better only if u want 2 fit in public eyes.

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    • 1 July 2013 16:49, by Wut Nyang

      hahahahah,Bro Beng, Kiir will look for money instead to look for AyiAn his wife.she(AyiaN is less important than money to kirr. kiir will die ON counting money my bro. DinkaS’ blood is mixed with money and food plus heineken as well prostitutes.that is now the FULL freedom OF Dinka.

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      • 1 July 2013 18:57, by banner beng

        Wut Nyang u are correct that what I thought kiir will look for money 2 buy himself 2 increase his active HIV + for kiss Bad girls of neighboring countries in home & away hotel. Ayen kiir wife have hard time to see kiir in bed. Kiir did not have time w/ her only have time 2 kiss Bottles of beers bad girls and liquor. Our Country went to Bitches pockets.

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  • 1 July 2013 14:23, by Gäär

    The biggest Bhar el Gazal thief has ordered to catch another Abyei thief. Only Costi Manibe is a victim here in this equation. For idiot Kiir to be trusted, he should declare his assets first, what he has in foreign banks, how many surrogate kids and wives he has etc. the last time he tried to ask generals in Bilpam, he was humiliated badly. pumpkin heads!!

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  • 1 July 2013 14:39, by Turism

    Response to BARBAYO ,don,t talk against one tribe ,corruption is a global problem and those corruptists should be held in to accountibilty wisely to avoid losing of public funds ,BY PAGAZA

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  • 1 July 2013 16:37, by Equatorian

    I think investigating these two ministers for misusing public funds is a right thing to do, but the questions that always come to the minds are, why only these two ministers? why Equatorian? and why an Abyei citizen?. it is obvious that the ministers that come from Equaroria or any other region considered of a little influence in the country can be easily prosecuted and embarrassed.

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    • 1 July 2013 23:33, by Zionist

      Equatoria
      You have a very good point, those two ministers can, or, can not easily be prosecuted, taking into account, their background, their tiny ethinic groups and how much do they know. NOW, how much is $7m compared to the lives of those who were murdered at the hands of the forces lead by Riek Machar in 1991? Why there ain’t no investigation carried out? Why there ain’t no charges being laid? Infact, the criminal is awarded the highest level in the government, and now, he is hoping that he will be the next president, what a joke that is? One thing is for sure, if president is a fraid to prosecute his VP, then he won’t prosecute anybody, including, his two embattled minsters! I believe that any attempt of that kind will spill a disaster in ruling party, therefore, alot will come to the surface, including the names of the other 75 minsters that were contacted by the president.

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  • 1 July 2013 22:51, by Zionist

    President Kiir is, tirelessly, backstabbing the Ngok Dinka and the people of Equatoria. Suddenly, he laid off two of Abyei top generals who could have lead their people in a war against the Misseriya who are backed and supported by Sudan. Moreover, he sacked another powerful minister from Abyei, and who will be investigated by a comittee that’s hand-picked by Kiir himself! To make things worse, the president, has added a minister from Equaroria to the mix. Furthermore, non of the presiden’s close advisors is from Abyei, or from Equatoria, however, the 75 culprits, who are on the loose could have been from the president’s inner-circle, if not from Warrap State! Why does the president need a comittee when there is the police whose job is to investigate, then lay charges when an individual breaks the law? Infact, why is president always above the law of the land? What happened to the lawmakers? In conclusion, the president’s move has dealt Abyei Rereferundom a fatal blow, beacuse of its timing and its nature.

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  • 4 July 2013 06:13, by Odingo

    There is no doubt that the president is misleading by his advisors.Folks, he is president, the judge, the investigator and the Attorney genral of the country.In a developed country, this is not a president job.if these two ministers were accused of stealing public fund, the investigation should be done CID.Then, the criminal justice investigation department has to submit their finding to judge,

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  • 4 July 2013 06:23, by Odingo

    and the judge should if there is enogh evidence to prosecute them. Anti corruption commission is a waste of public funds. Any corruption in the country it is fall under criminal justice department. I know the reason why the president accused Kosti Manibe. Because this highly educated man shut down the stealing door of Dinka Kiir Kingdom. Since, Kosti took the responsiblitiy of financial,no steali

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  • 4 July 2013 06:23, by Odingo

    and the judge should if there is enogh evidence to prosecute them. Anti corruption commission is a waste of public funds. Any corruption in the country it is fall under criminal justice department. I know the reason why the president accused Kosti Manibe. Because this highly educated man shut down the stealing door of Dinka Kiir Kingdom. Since, Kosti took the responsiblitiy of financial,no steali

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