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SSP2 million stolen from South Sudan’s Council of States: official

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February 14, 2017 (JUBA) - Two million South Sudan Pounds (SSP), according to an official, was stolen from the Council of States, the upper house of South Sudan’s national assembly.

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President Salva Kiir Mayardit speaks to the National Legislature on the occasion of the inauguration of the three years extension of his mandate, on July 8, 2015 (Photo Moses Lomayat)

Joseph Bol Chan, the Council of States speaker told Sudan Tribune that the theft occurred from office on 12 February, despite tight security at the premise.

“It is unfortunate to say two Million South Sudanese pounds have been stolen from the Council of States on Sunday morning, the 12th February, 2017”, Chan said on Monday.

The speaker said two security guards were arrested and are being investigated.

The money, Chan said, was to cater for the reception of his Sudanese counterpart, who visited Juba recently in response to an invitation extended to the Sudanese legislature.

This is the second time such an incident has occurred in the legislature after the first incident occurred in October last year. It however remains unclear what the probe committee found out and what actions have been taken.

Chan could not adequately explain when asked why such a huge sum of money was kept inside the office and not the bank, since a similar incident had occurred in the past.

Another MP said the house was forced to make a statement to avoid public outcry and because of the awareness on its negative implications on the house of representatives.

"An investigation was to be carried out in clandestineness, but we in the council said no. What has been lost is public money and the public ought to know what has happened so that they can judge”, Michael Lusike, the Council’s deputy head of information, said.

Lusike said he was disappointed when he discovered on Sunday morning that millions in cash money kept in the safe of the legislature had been stolen by unknown people.

South Sudan has been hit by allegations of corruption and mismanagement of public resources. In 2012, President Salva Kiir wrote to 75 of his officials asking them to return millions of stolen money, but no positive response has been publicly made known.

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  • 14 February 19:13, by koang mi kei

    corrupted government always stolen and lose money plus unknown gunmen. if they are not a fail government why do they steal their own money, i know Kiir very well he may run away with good amount of money like yaya jamme of Gambia who away with the country money shame on you

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    • 15 February 06:13, by Midit Mitot

      Government of fool, stolen, stolen every month at the Government offices, shame on your fake regime.

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    • 15 February 08:41, by Mayom County Troops

      Dinka Govt always there are report of Money stolen in the country
      why don,t you feel a shame about the crimes that are happening always ?
      I call this corrupt govt

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  • 14 February 20:24, by Dalta Cirea

    The Culture of Stolen is known in South Sudan government. That is not surprise as it became routine from Kirr government official stolen their own money. Shame on you.

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    • 14 February 21:46, by Work force

      This corrupt Government of Dinka with there unknown persons/people/gunmen what a shame for this Government how can you keep this huge lam sum of money in the Office when we have plenty of Banks within Juba town!!! the security is at your disposal wherever you go you Dinkas how comes that unknown people break into the parliament or ministry you are well known for you corrupted regime

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  • 14 February 21:48, by barbayo

    Bari accountants use to stolen money of public, ministry of health, office of president ,Ministry of Agriculture ,all accountants are Bari

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    • 15 February 06:02, by jubaone

      Barbayo,
      Try something else, that wasn´t good enough!

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  • 15 February 01:06, by Kush Natives

    What was the reason of why storing the money in the council of states minister’s office? Who do you folks trying to fool here? Stored them under the beds and steal them. But, don’t jump to the media and say blah babala

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  • 15 February 02:18, by john akeen

    Well I like Sudan tribune because they give us a chance to advice our government from wherever country we’re resort even if you’re underground. Anyways, our government they need to come out with strong law & order against any theft in the government, wish mean any minister or any governor who want use public money on something, they should go to barlamane or ?????? for some questions first to

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    • 15 February 06:54, by john akeen

      make sure he/she is going to do what they asking for, it should be in the TV so that way people can C who is asking government for their money, then the person who is going to receive the money, that person should be responsible the money that he/she received, if he or she losses or lost that money or someone stole the money from him or her, you’re still responsible for it and you should resigne a

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      • 15 February 07:27, by john akeen

        Or go to jail for more then 10 to 25yrs in prison until he or she return the money back to the owners SSUDANESE. Why because you should not keep money that you have received to do something important with it, not to just go and leave in the office, anyway government should try to make some different peper checks that can not be copied easily and not to be easy to be found by anyone accept pess

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        • 15 February 07:39, by john akeen

          Well I’m writing from my ph that’s why writing it’s not clear to understand, but you’re smart to understand what I’m talking about

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  • 15 February 02:54, by john akeen

    Well I like Sudan tribune because they allow use to advice our government from anywhere around the world. our governments they need to come out with strong law & order against any thefts.If you’re a minister or governor and you want public money for any reasons you should go to barlaman ?????? first for some questions and if you got approve for it, that should be fine, but the problem is

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  • 15 February 03:25, by Kush Natives

    Sometimes one wonder, like if it’s real deal within the government or is it really thevies who meant it? Up to now a days we still haven’t got a hold of the 75 top officials whom stolen money. What does this tell the public? President Kiir completely dismentaled the rebels of Riek Machar, Oliny,Lam Akol and Late Tanginya in less than a month. The question is, why not corruption? Mr. President Salv

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    • 15 February 21:47, by Lokoli

      Mr Kush Natives. The government that you are so proud about and defend it regardless of it incompetence in managing public resources. Shame on you!!!

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  • 15 February 05:24, by Eastern

    Kiir Mayardit is a sleepless man indeed! Generals are decamping politicians are pilfering national resources within their reaches, the next thing is now predictable....

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  • 15 February 06:06, by Wadipach

    The Juba’s regime is known for day light corruptions. These fat cat guys have no shame to steal 2 million SSP.

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  • 15 February 06:25, by Wadipach

    Dear editor,
    I am having trouble publish an article on this website because when I try to send my article to the email provided on this website to be published its return back. So please you send me the correct email so that I can email you the article to be publish on this website. Thank you very much for your cooperation and fair media.

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  • 15 February 06:56, by Delta force 1

    They just took the money and want to blindfold the public that it was stolen. what a poly! Let them continue their days are numbered.

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  • 15 February 07:00, by real Dinka

    Stolen!!!!!! always in the office of president, why every time like that?

    Mr. president you have really destroyed the image of mighty Dinka to the whole public with the fact that we don’t know how to lead the nation, whereas you are the most fool failing the country upto this mess.
    Please resign and leave us peacefully

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    • 15 February 11:15, by majur Akuemdit

      You fake demon, lend your damn years the has occurred in Council of states office not the president. Your hatred speeches will bring no peace. Your wicked and malicious heart is the root cause the dismay that the innocent citizen are going through. You sow and you shall ripe most.

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  • 15 February 07:55, by hamil

    Whoever is the head of the Council of States is the thief, South Sudanese Officials are naturally born thieves and liars. That’s why they have sharp tongues and dull heads they have groomed thieves in all their families that’s why all children of the elite in the South Sudan government and the army are thieves. They don’t know the language of hard work.

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  • 15 February 08:00, by hamil

    If you take statistics of robberies and burglaries in South Sudan, you would find out that the majority victims are the hard working Equatorians who earn their living from their sweats. You rarely hear that a Dinka’s house was stormed by robbers

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    • 15 February 09:03, by Eastern

      Hamil,

      Dinka homes are heavily armed; no thief, often members of the SPLA, will dare visit a Dinka home. Equatorians hobnobbing with Kiir need to read the writing’s on the wall!.......

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    • 15 February 10:00, by Kush Natives

      Hamil,
      I don’t think you read the title of the article, there’s no one mentioned anything about Equatoria here! You should personally write to sudantribune.com so that you express yourself dude. There’s none single burglary committed a felony here, the money were stolen peacefully in the government or institutions offices. So let all just congratulate those thieves for the job well done in J1!

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      • 15 February 10:17, by Eastern

        Kush Natives,

        It was not the case of comprehension on the part of hamil....You may need to be educated instead....

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        • 15 February 10:35, by Kush Natives

          Eastern,
          I know that you are his bodyguard. But, would you please give me a break and let him response his shameful interpreter analysis?

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      • 15 February 11:53, by hamil

        Kush Natives

        Don’t assume I never read the article I actually did and understood every content I simply want to drive a point home about things that aren’t mentioned in the media or whose chances of being mentioned are slim. This very topic to me will have a close link to the content of my comments it necessarily doesn’t have to be what the article talks about I hope I have made myself clear now

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  • 15 February 09:44, by may patrick

    is it new ? who is thief even who can go to manage to reach that place if not you an idiot ? and useless leadership

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  • 15 February 09:53, by may patrick

    Dirty mind mr barbayo
    your are another idiot who will never know what is going on ,let asure u dude, kiir can kill u and u can say is Nuer or Bari who kill me ,what if u dinka are stealing whom do u think can keeping for u that u are going to steal idiot

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  • 15 February 11:08, by majur Akuemdit

    The August House should be very careful in this critical moment of dealing war mongers in fifth column are trying day and night to tarnish the of the government by all means possible, the thieves were not from outside but within.

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  • 15 February 12:04, by Manyngoo

    Everyday something goes wrong in south Sudan the authorities don’t do anything to those who caused it. you know what? when we are working with impunity we keep breaking the laws everyday and assume that everything is alright.

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  • 15 February 14:25, by Theallseeingeye

    Joseph Bol Chan or Michael Lusike, if any of you resigned tomorrow, he will be accuse that he is the one who has stolen this money!!!????!!!

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    • 15 February 15:49, by General

      Look at the stupitity of splm (cocas) they are usually make offices as bank,resturant,bar etc,but a true history,"The boy who sent by his father to steal does not go stealithles but break the door with his feet

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  • 15 February 15:33, by Diko Man

    The only thing that this government of Kiir will be remembered of, is the way it trains her officials to loot and rob public resources.

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  • 16 February 00:38, by Naath

    Dinka tribal gangs leader Kiir trainned his Dinka ’s ministers to be professional thieves.Dinka thieves always steal larg sum of money and get away with it without getting cought. However, when a non-dinka attempted to steal money, the Dinka security personel cought them.

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