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Foreign advisor to South Sudan’s president flees Juba after disclosure of corruption letter


August 20, 2012 (WASHINGTON) — A presidential advisor to South Sudan has been forced to leave Juba after the disclosure of a letter urging 75 officials to return some four billion dollars they are accused of stealing, a news report has unveiled .

According to a report published on Monday by McClatchy Newspapers, an Ethiopian-American advisor to President Salva Kiir was forced to flee Juba fearing for his safety following the release of a letter sent to influential officials and individuals close to the government.

Ted Dagne, (L) late Congressman Payne and John Prendergast of ENOUGH at a meeting on Darfur crisis in 2008 (file photo Enough Project)

Ted Dagne, hired by the UN to advise Kiir on anti-corruption policy and international relations, played a key role in the preparation of the letter which was made public to embarrass the officials who are accused of stealing four billion dollars.

On 3 May Kiir asked the 75 officials to return the money they have allegedly stolen and offered an amnesty if they deposit it in a special bank account, Nairobi, Kenya.

However the letter, released one month later on 4 June, was contested by many officials who denied the accusation as some others openly disputed the $4 billion figure. The UN told McClatchy Newspapers it "is not familiar" with how the $4 billion figure was calculated.

Following his departure to Nairobi after the release of the letter, Dagne received a message from the South Sudanese president telling him that "he should remain outside South Sudan." Dagne later tried to return, but was refused entry, the report said.

However, the United Nations said he is still on contract with its mission in South Sudan.

Dagne, who has lived in Juba since January 2012, was picked for the coveted Presidential Advisor position by the head of the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), the Norwegian Hilde Johnson, who was closely involved in the peace talks between Khartoum and the former SPLM rebels.

The influential US Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, supported the appointment of the former Norwegian minister at the head of UNMISS.

Dagne, and Rice, were together in a close circle of people who worked over the past years to mobilise American officials and Congress members to support the South Sudanese cause. The group narrated in a long story published by Reuters last July how they worked to achieve South Sudan’s independence.

The Ethiopian American researcher and activist told US newspapers, when leaving Juba, that he was very frustrated by the extent of corruption, tribal wars and lack of development in the new nation.


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  • 21 August 2012 08:25, by panda

    Hi all
    South Sudan getting into problem that mean truth are not going to be said in this country full of tribalism President himself had some money the country is corrupted from the top to the bottom.OOH who will save this young nation,what can we do citizens.It real they have put a nation resources on their pockets

    • 21 August 2012 08:34, by Joseph Canada

      let them enjoy the corruption now because they might not see the leadership comes 2015. Plus most of them use the money to buy cows and beer and luxurious cars that will soon go down anyways.

  • 21 August 2012 08:29, by 4Justice

    When the Gov loot public funds ’the people die’ it’s that simple! When money needed to provide medicine and hospital equipment is looted ’the people die’. When public funds needed to construct paved roads so patients who are critically ill can be rushed to hospital is looted, ’the people die’. if funds for anti-aircraft is looted ’the people die’. Looting is therefore the number one cause of death in South Sudan. No amount of training will change a looter only Jesus can cast out that demon of lying and stealing in them. "While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption:" 2 Peter 2:19

    • 21 August 2012 08:40, by 4Justice

      The manner in which Kiir is handling or mishandling corruption in his dysfunctional gov can cause intolerable levels of frustration. It is driving away our most ardent friends with disastrous consequences. Denials, threats,coverups and expulsions will only aggravate the situation.

  • 21 August 2012 08:31, by Ruach

    Hey Dagne,you met with the head of Nyankir carried to u!!Sorry for that and our President has told you the truth.Give him thanks for telling u the truths.Leave the corrupted officials.We have no mercies on them,God will not forgive them too!!

    • 21 August 2012 19:07, by panom lualbil

      HEY GUYS !
      Why NOT Nyariek [VP] talked of corruption of $ 4 Milions
      that was stollen by 75 officials since declaration then ?

  • 21 August 2012 08:39, by Liberator

    huh juba! for sure a city of rumors n i hope 2moro they r coming to tell us that this was not said. pliz international watever, leave us alone...u can’t even do something gud to us. we r being attacked day n night from the north n u tend to pay deft ears just to aim at our oil n its money. u r so biased. continue with libya n the rest!!!!

  • 21 August 2012 08:49, by siddaw

    South Sudan is known for the crooks which love money more than themselves. Is Kiir telling the truth to the Nation that he is not involved in this stealing? If that so, then why is he on the side of thieves who pretend to have stolen nothing but the money are clearly written on their bellies. Anyway. let him eat till he end up in a stomach busting e=and eventually in the grave. 2015 is underway...

  • 21 August 2012 08:56, by Alier42

    Kiir should be politically responsible for this day light robbery of public fund by individuals serving in his government.kiir is surpose to provide protection to his adviser, other than telling him not return to the country ,since he wasn,t the one hiring him ,his" is to provide safety.

  • 21 August 2012 09:19, by Chol A.

    Can anyone tell how many corruptions had by happening in southern Sudan in last 21 years?. if these people stolen money in just within six years then why are we not forget those who run away with these large sum of money and Kiir should focuse on how he can block them way from is leadership since he already know them. The steal public assets and our Nation now still standing.

  • 21 August 2012 09:35, by Madina Tonj

    Mr. Mcclatchy maybe trying to fuel more problems in South Sudan.
    Yes, there is a corruption in South Sudan’s officials but how he come up with that big numbers of 4 Billion is something that, no one could it belief he is telling the truth. There is too much corruption in her country Ethiopia than South Sudan do but why not going to write newspaper about corruption in Ethiopia?

  • 21 August 2012 09:53, by Mr Equal

    Ha ha ha haha that is so funny story.It means president has been cheated by foregn adviser to write a letter to 75 officials to return $4 billions dollars which he did not wanted to write.Because of that president Kiir forced him to leave south sudan and refuse him to come back in to the country. I do not know really how many advisers kiir have.

    • 21 August 2012 10:10, by Mr Equal

      I will be waitting to hear from minster of information the way he is going to deny this report.

    • 21 August 2012 10:11, by Big Boy

      ha ha ha hha ha Kiir And why does we look foreigners adviser’s does we don’t have qualifier advisor in south sudan or what? just enjoy your governering now, but in 2014 forth election you will never evr taste the sweet of now again!

      • 21 August 2012 11:08, by jjb south

        To Big Toy,
        you never went to school,check your writing,is it in English or Dinka language?
        remember,if you oust your bro Kiir in 2015,then doom for you & uncles who mainly depend on begging at ministry of finance & president’s office for money or position.
        i agree with his adviser,make the names of the corrupt public.

  • 21 August 2012 10:01, by Modi Lo Laja

    Dear Leaders,
    You should be heedful leaders having eloquent and moving leadership RSS newly nation, and not downing it by Corruption, tribalism, nepotism, friendly, by any so call and etc.
    To be good leaders, you should accept accountability because human reformation is better than holding back the integrity.

    • 21 August 2012 12:22, by Modi Lo Laja

      Cont of jjb South, Philip and Readers,
      I will advise you not to accuse your brother without proper prove/justification. God say do not accuse without any reason. One expert in certain book said, Accuser is always a wrongdoer or corrupted-man and always wanted hind his to someone who innocence not like him.

      • 21 August 2012 13:44, by jjb south

        to Modi
        that’s exactly what Kiir & Philip are.
        they accuse yet they are the wrongdoers.
        why hide criminals?. birds of the feather fly together.
        criminal hiding criminal, finished.

  • 21 August 2012 10:03, by Modi Lo Laja

    Against, no any foreigner in whatever case is being made Presidential Advisors of a certain nation but only under RSS leadership and this shows that this nation doesn’t have qualified leaders yet.
    Therefore, you should amend your mind and accountability though you are under Corruption, tribalism, nepotism, friendly, by any so call and etc.

  • 21 August 2012 10:06, by michael Nhomlau

    Kiir is also among those who were very much involved in corruption in South Sudan, he is ashame to arrest them, because he knew, they may disclose his name. He do not want the advisor to disclose his name too that is why he told him to stay away from SS.......I do respect him, but as for now, I withdraw my respect, I will not even vote for him next time, come ellection.. Kiir should resign

    • 21 August 2012 13:17, by Big Boy

      Dear Mic,
      I do agree with you Michael that Kiir is part of corrupted person, that’s why every weekend he used to go to their cattle camp behind Gudaily to see if their’s any cow has deliveried new born at night during he busy day with corrup in his office.

  • 21 August 2012 10:21, by philipdit wol

    Dagne leaves South Sudan alone OOOO!

    • 21 August 2012 11:29, by jjb south

      i know your are one of the seventy five officials.
      Dagner was doing his work as asigned,so let him disclose the names & the president must protect him from you the criminals.
      The existance of corruption is very clear,even the deaf & blind know that,why hide it?
      $4bn+ is in private foreign Bank accounts.
      Kiir should know these same people he is protecting one day will kick his ash.

      • 21 August 2012 12:21, by Modi Lo Laja

        Philip, jjb south & Readers,
        Philip, South Sudan need higher pressure to adjust or alter Inhumane acts, Insecurity, the way of corruption practices need international observers (IOs) in the Country. These IOs should or must not be made State Presidential Advisor.
        jjb South, I don’t know if you see Philip name among those officials who have stolen, I hope u don’t at all.

  • 21 August 2012 10:36, by Maker Ngong Maker

    Forcing people to leave the country is not the best way for the fledgling country. President Kiir should take bold decision to fight this disease call corruption. begging those thieves to return the money through back door is not helping the fight against corruption but taking them to court could have force the rest to stop stealing public money.

  • 21 August 2012 10:46, by Tutbol

    I know the people under Kirr are the most corrupt in South Sudan not Kirr himself. We know all these since the bush days of the dishonest people and what region they hail from, that couldn’t be used to divide us. To be blunt, corruption and blatant abuse of power will not take deep roots in greater Upper Nile And greater Equatoria except the capital. But greater Bha el gazel needs our work.

    • 21 August 2012 15:27, by Lango2010

      Philip wol, Bigboy, Michael Nhomlau,Jjb South etc.
      can one of u define for me Corruptin: because the way u talk here is amazing me. i agree with Tutbol all those belong Kiir at different levels are they one corrupting him. starting from book keepers to above. this is adicted to there blood and innocent President can overcome them. this need riddicle nationalist call spade a spade not spoon........

      • 21 August 2012 15:33, by Lango2010

        each any everyone in this nation is corrupt, and if the government want to prove me right or wrong: i would request the Auditor General to list all the employees and the children and next of kin ACCOUNTS THEN DECLARE THEIR SAVING AND THEIR ASSET both within and out side the country. there we can name the corrupt people and innocent one. let not finger point yet to others. we are all here.

        • 21 August 2012 15:38, by Lango2010

          we need free corrupt nation and if so let look for chrasmatic leaders from the youth not this oldest people because we are living in modern world. that need progress. if our slugon read " Justice, Liberty and Prosperity than let mean that to all the citizen of the Republic of South Sudan.

  • 21 August 2012 10:47, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    We South Sudanese are too open for anything n foreigners. Corruption is everywhere in the world even in UN systems. In 2009, UN reported corruption of $ 640 million dollars on purchase of cars, accommodation n transport. What do U call this? I am afraid that even Islam that we fought against is spreading like wildfire in South Sudan. Why shld GOSS officials join Muslims in Ramadan!? Shame on those

    • 21 August 2012 11:01, by 4Justice

      Do u mean if UN is corrupt so should Kiir’s and his cohorts?

      • 21 August 2012 11:09, by 4Justice

        kiir and his cohorts are quick to label a person ’traitor’ when they mess up real bad!

    • 21 August 2012 11:42, by jjb south

      Aklde Nhiak Jinub
      when you are called a thief,it means your theft practice has exceeded peoples expectations.initially every country is corrupt,but the level in South Sudan is more than expected.
      Imagine,if UN(whole world org.) only has $640m yet a one year old county already counts in billions.
      No wonder,you are in the system.the public will soon kick you out of those positions you abuse.

  • 21 August 2012 12:49, by Jerry Joe

    Disclosing official and confidential information is an act of treason and Mr. Ted Dagne and his co-conspirator Alan Boswell knows that the same apply in the US.
    Such information are protected under the Official Secrets Act. President Salva Kiir has stated clearly stated that this information was a "confidential communication between him and the officials in question" and it should have remained s

    • 21 August 2012 16:05, by Tiger

      Why in the world did President Kiir hired a foriegner to be his advisor when he’s not going to comply with his advice...big shame!

  • 21 August 2012 13:48, by 4Justice

    "For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." Ecclesiastes 12:14
    Leave Mr.Ted Dagne and Alan Boswell alone you greedy weasel!

  • 21 August 2012 14:23, by Kodi Wilson

    Brothers of south sudan thank God so much that you are liberated into independence ,why do you allow foreigners to direct you any longer .kick them away.

  • 21 August 2012 14:43, by Dengyom

    Meles may your soul rest in peace .And the next advice is for the Ethiopians follow the footprint of your hero.

  • 21 August 2012 14:53, by Dengyom

    Hi, South Sudanese correction is part of life we lived why do you hit it. And for those who owned our money as Nation God will do away with you. You will cheat us but you can cheat Alla (God). Malaria has ears it will come and do away with you because of that MONEY. You harvest what you have not planted wreaked idiots.

    • 21 August 2012 15:36, by wacjak

      Some fellows are naive to understand this simple logic that Kiir is protecting this guys for the sake of peace and harmony in this country. What do you think will happen to this country if they are exposed? They will cause trouble in all the states and more killings will happen then you imagine. I guess, South Sudanese will not die all soon, but these thieves will be dying one by one till we r fre

  • 21 August 2012 16:39, by kimo

    we know that the 75 thieves will try to control the media in south sudan by bribing and they will not hesitate to torture or even liquidate any person who tries to bring their case to focus

  • 21 August 2012 17:20, by ViVa Sudan

    WITH A KIND OF Corrupted ,Rotten, Dreadful, Lousy ,Terrible Political Insects figures like "Fake Salva Mechar , Taban" Who are involved in influencing public policy and decision making for thier Own Intere .It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.its A false state & ppl ,money u paid 4 dvisers use it 4 to save ur own ppl feed them

  • 21 August 2012 17:56, by Johnpop5

    Take it easy Mr Dagn.
    nobody gona kill you or after your damn life.South Sudan ever peaceful.how do you think South Sudan citizen live?, are you special.@Kiir was surprise by the accidental leadership with out intellectual brain.if not ,why staying with a rotten dead list of corrupted Ministers with out acting on it ,yet this country is a military nation ,it deserve to be in a military governance

    • 21 August 2012 18:19, by panchol

      you are really right, let us wait for 2015 election. we the south Sudanese are going to vote for the one who shall come work by not an hyena.

  • 21 August 2012 22:11, by panom lualbil

    Although he was told by Mr. President or had decided to evacuate, he was smart enough he chose that. Becos he dont want to be kinap and insert into a bag to be crying like woman compared to Deng Athuai of previous incident in Juba.

  • 22 August 2012 00:11, by JAMES KUOI STEPHEN

    The foreigners staff who are holding the list of corruption,please!leave Juba without turning back to Juba, because,the government of South Sudan had no corruption or stolen any money.If foreigns staff are encouraging discrmination and hatred within Southern Sudan government,they will not fight due to your fogery list of corruption.No corruption in South Sudan. Wrong advisors leave our home!

  • 22 August 2012 00:58, by SeekingTruth

    The news itself came from Mcclatchy Newspaper which mean it was written by the same guy who allegedly wrote about President Kiir’s private apologetic letter to President Obama. If so then, the guy is looking really hard to smear South Sudan gov’t with bad blood. The Rss gov’t must be very carefull of this Mcclatchy Newspaper. Besides, if it is really true then what is wrong with it? he should go!

    • 22 August 2012 01:07, by SeekingTruth

      These foreign cuns are not doing any good for the young nation. Instead, they are draging its supposedly prosperity behind by looting its resources in the name of corruption and bad leadership. They never said none for 2 decades Southerners had suffered under Arab’s domination. Don’t be fooled by the false rumors that they had facilitated the CPA! We were getting stronger and stronger...

      • 22 August 2012 01:12, by SeekingTruth

        they jumped in and the self-claimed their achievement in S. Sudan’s independency. Asia and South America are getting better today both politically and economically after they’d rejected Americans or Europeans involvement in their countries affairs. Africa will never be better off with Kawaja faciliating its way forward!

        • 22 August 2012 07:57, by Paul

          Seeking Truth, I am happy there are still wise sons in South Sudan like you! I can’t agree more with you. Facts are that every country that allow the west and europe to interfere in its business, is destined to messy ride and dependency! If you think they care about corruption in SS, you are dead wrong. If SS official are so dumb to bank money in their countries, their economy grow, why bother

  • 22 August 2012 09:03, by Ahmado

    You have right to leave my dear advisor because my country was not trusted does why killing,corruption, looting and insecurity issue become rampage in new nation and even ifeel so sorry for you to work with such people because you will be amongst of those 75 officials and these 75 officials are dinkas and nuers food lovers have no vision for the development.

  • 22 August 2012 09:18, by Ahmado

    To work with corrupt people will not produce a good result because people like dinkas and nuers are only food lovers know only corrution looting public funds they think that looting of National income is like what they doing among themselves in cattles rusting in their states death them.

  • 22 August 2012 09:20, by Ahmado

    To work with corrupt people will not produce a good result because people like dinkas and nuers are only food lovers know only corrution looting public funds they think that looting of National income is like what they doing among themselves in cattles rusting in their states death them.

  • 22 August 2012 11:26, by thok chuni yok

    well come foreign advisor to south sudan.

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