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Salva Kiir orders investigation of his office administrators over stolen money


April 13, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has taken drastic actions, ordering for suspension and investigation of three top administrators after money went missing from his office over two weeks ago.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir addresses a joint news conference with his Sudan’s counterpart Omer Al-Bashir in Juba April 12, 2013. (Reuters)

Hundreds of thousands of combined US dollars and South Sudanese pounds, sometimes reported in millions, was stolen from the office of the president in mysterious circumstances.

Last week South Sudan’s police told the press that they had already identified some of the suspects within the president’s office whom they had asked to voluntarily surrender to the police for further investigations. The police said that if they failed to turn themselves in they would be arrested by Friday last week, however, neither eventuality occurred.

An intercepted quarrel between the suspects over the division of the stolen money had revealed them, the police said, adding that one of the suspects told his partner in crime not to bother him over the division of money.

The suspect told his accomplice to go ahead and reveal theft if he wanted because, according to him, nobody was clean in the country and the stolen money did not belong to anyone, the police said.

The theft in the highest office of the land, which only came to the public notice a week later, caused a public outcry in a nation overwhelmed by corruption.

President Kiir, issued a presidential order on Friday forming an investigation committee under the chairmanship of the anti-corruption commission chairperson, Justice John Gatwech Lul, to investigate into the loss of money and report it back to him within 30 days.

In the order, the president directed the committee to investigate his office’s top administrators. These include the chief administrator, Mayen Wol Jok, executive director in the office of the president, Yel Lual Kur as well as the controller of accounts, Nhomout Agoth Cithiik.

Salva Kiir also directed the minister for the presidency, Emmanuel Lowilla, to immediately suspend the suspects involved and assign new people to act in their positions.

The president’s order also revealed that the money was not only stolen once, but twice in the office of the president, on 15th March and 23rd March 2013, respectively, and that the committee in its terms of reference will also have to ascertain the exact amount stolen during the two events.

All the relevant documents in the office of the president will be audited by the investigation committee, the order added.

The committee, according to the terms of reference enumerated in the order, will among others, also investigate how the money was stolen from the president’s office “despite heavy security in and around” the area.

The committee will also investigate “why such an amount of money was kept in the office building and not in the bank.”

The president’s top administrators are ordered to appear before the committee for investigations whenever they are asked to report themselves to the committee.

The four-member committee is also directed to recommend any further legal actions to be taken against the culprits.


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  • 14 April 2013 07:51, by cbuongdit cholkua

    I wanted to see more thieves getting fired, otherwise that would be like their usually way they always fooled the public.

    • 14 April 2013 07:58, by simon yel

      I wanted mr. president to suspend the minister for presidential affairs (minister in the office of the president ) too because he has more powers compare Yel Luol and Mayen Wol .

      • 14 April 2013 12:22, by Mi diit

        Yes, the president seems to look serious on one battle against corruption unless he means it to fool the public and then stops the investigations silently. The big guys in the so-called administration in the office of the president are all thieves who give a very bad example to the office. If the presidency is serious let the public know every step taken in the investigation and punishment.

        • 14 April 2013 12:52, by Mi diit

          Is too bad that the president has either his relatives or those from his region as top administrators in that public office. This shows the president is tribal man or can be perceived as tribal. Why not mix them with people from other tribes. At least when I visited the office of Vice President I found that his office executive director is Dinka and DG for administration and finance from Wau (Jur)

          • 14 April 2013 13:02, by Mi diit

            But even working with other tribes is not enough to stop corruption. Though I don’t agree with the thieves from Kiir’s office that there is no clean person in this country, I do think that there is a tendency to fool others to remain clean while at the same time allowing others to steal and benefit alone at the expense of the humble and innocent. This makes thieves richer and clean people poorer.

            • 14 April 2013 22:16, by panom lualbil

              I also support president’s decree to sack his deputy-REIK MACHAR too. Cuz he corrupted huge amount of money of which he didnt fight 4! This oils is belongs to those who struggled 4 it, not those who were used by KHARTOUM against us!

              • 15 April 2013 05:51, by Mi diit

                Lualbil panom,
                I believe you are one of the thieves in the president’s office trying to divert this serious issue to your usual nonsense. Many of your colleagues will end up in chains if you will remain blinded by greed and thievery.

          • 14 April 2013 15:56, by watakarabu

            I like your critism on him having three administrator from only DINGA tribes. To me, that is abuse of office.
            Let’s wait and see what will come up in this investigations.

      • 14 April 2013 16:07, by watakarabu

        Simon Yel
        If the minister is suspect, he will be suspended too, but i think there is no reason to suspend him yet.
        But why keeping such a huge amount in the office to be stole when ordinary citizen/soldiers are going without food/medicine?
        Same of president and his alike.

    • 14 April 2013 21:38, by Johndumo14

      The money was stolen twice in the office of the president, on 15th March and 23rd March 2013, respectively.The total amount stollen was 28 million s.sudanese pounds and $8 millions dollars, this figure is kept secret because will damage president Salva Kiir image. Top administrators.Mayen Wol Jok, Yel Lual Ku,Nhomout Agoth Cithiik.These 3 men are Salva Kiir`s brothers,so what?

    • 15 April 2013 04:01, by daniell

      Suspended those who involved in theft is the right way for president.This behaviour of conluding is dominating our government and it can not happen.

      • 15 April 2013 06:24, by Mi diit

        Ahahahahahahaaaaaa.....I have heard that the one who always calls himself Dinka Dominated SPLM/A is among the suspects (thieves) in president’s office.

  • 14 April 2013 08:04, by simon yel

    will the investigation team be free and fair from being biased ? . what mr. Kiir Kuethpiny manyardit wants is just to escape the blames from the public from being unreactive over such sensitive issues .

    • 14 April 2013 13:16, by Mi diit

      Kiir is so clever. He wants the investigation into his guys to die in the hands of John Gatwec Lul so that the public blames Gatwec for not carrying out the president’s orders successfully. Or Judge Gatwec and police will soon get rich of bribes if they don’t act in a national spirit. I am afraid the next step will be to bribe them and manipulate the investigation like other failed investigations.

  • 14 April 2013 08:21, by simon yel

    who thinks that Mayen Wol and Yel Luol are the first officials to steal money in Government of south Sudan ? we should rather start from 75 officials who have stolen 4 billion USA Dollars then we come back to tsuch minor corruption allegations or does it mean that Kiir is even included in the list of 75 officials ? investigation should be inclusive to whoever is involved from 2005-2013 even Pagan

    • 14 April 2013 09:54, by Ngomtoda

      God is so funny,you bring your relatives and tribe mates to work with you in a country govt such that you overcome the opponents,they (your fellow men) will turn around and a shame you.the govtn of the dinka,for the dinka and by the dinka will never be a successful govt becoz they belief in thievery, corruption,nepotism and killing inoncen.Salva!!!,just leave them.all of you (dinka) are thieves.

      • 14 April 2013 10:06, by Ngomtoda

        this stealing is too much from Gogrialists and Aweil.these people from two places never knew abt money.So kirr shown to them money they never expected they should have got in their life.this is the reason why they are becoming serious thieves in a country like S.Sudan.in fact,it is the whole of Bargazel region that has great thieves hence kneeling the great nation on its kneels.FUCK DINKA bgzl.

        • 14 April 2013 13:20, by Mi diit

          This belief in president kiir’s office that there is no one clean in the country is very dangerous. The thieves also mean that even kiir himself is not clean. Does it mean the country is rotten all over? I think there are some leaders who are still clean but will have to work hard to clean the mess. Or am I dreaming?

        • 14 April 2013 13:22, by Nuer Empire

          Ngomtode:Its a good definition

      • 15 April 2013 03:15, by maway

        Yes you are right, as long as the govt of S. Sudan a pointed the ministers because who they are, not because of qualification, that the nation will remain like that forever.thanks maway

  • 14 April 2013 08:24, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The supension of those cited people of stolen huge money is enought they should be arrested to show example to other corrupist.

  • 14 April 2013 08:25, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The supension of those cited people of stolen huge money is not enought they should be arrested to show example to other corrupist.

  • 14 April 2013 08:34, by Eastern

    This serves Kiir right! This is the sweet taste of nepotism and tribalism. The government run by relatives and tribesmate - what do you expect. All those ’suspended’ and to be ’investigated’ will just walk away with their bounties. Don’t expect much from the ’investigation’. Waste of money and time. God come to rescue of South Sudanese!!!

  • 14 April 2013 08:41, by master

    if he fired a theft another theft will replace him
    the is land of thieves
    these web fighters will be thieves if they appointed as officals
    your DNA say that

    • 14 April 2013 08:47, by cbuongdit cholkua

      Master, moorbet menth ecueer.Those thieves they learned from you when they were in Khartoum.We are here to clean up that bad culture that inherited from you.

      • 14 April 2013 09:57, by master

        no arab/ jalaba at SS , this occusation , blames and lamintation will not solve your chronic problems
        suppose your thieves learned from us . then you want us to solve this plights
        just cry blood tears

    • 14 April 2013 13:01, by South South

      Arabs are the only thieves I know in Sudan. The different between South Sudan and fake Arabs of Sudan is that in South Sudan we talk about corrupt openly, you will not see that in Sudan. All what you see is that people are fucking themselves 5 times a day in name of Allah and then steal by the end of the day.

  • 14 April 2013 08:43, by master

    if he fired a theft another theft will replace him
    the is land of thieves
    these web fighters will be thieves if they appointed as officals
    your DNA say that

    • 14 April 2013 08:51, by cbuongdit cholkua

      Master, being a thief is a bad reputation in Arabs culture. So, no wonder!!!!

    • 14 April 2013 18:44, by Majongdit

      theft can not be fired, it’s a thief that can be fired - what English is this?
      By the way, did Beshir reach arrive there safely?

  • 14 April 2013 08:57, by Costa

    "An intercepted quarrel between the suspects over the division of the stolen money had revealed them, the police said" I believe the suspension will ignite further quarrel between those minor thieves and the top ones. Consequently, leading to revealing of more names ending with the master mind thief of our public fund. This works more effectively than the superficial investigation that is claimed.

  • 14 April 2013 09:38, by dinkdong

    All the top government officials are thieves. Kiir himself is a thief. In fact, all those from Awiel and Gogrial are thieves.

  • 14 April 2013 09:52, by wang

    “Nobody is clean in the country” then why bother for investigation, while the investigators are thieves as well? This country is fuckup for real

  • 14 April 2013 10:03, by Deng Thiak Adut

    My questions to my president are these: why would you keep money olin your house? Is your house a banking institution? Secondly question, why did you order an investigation? What is the role of Director of public prosecution? My third question, for transparency, get someone qualify lawyer to head the commissioner of enquiry.

  • 14 April 2013 10:08, by trinitri

    we do expect that investigations will be serious, not as usual...

  • 14 April 2013 10:16, by Ngomtoda


    • 14 April 2013 10:58, by Nuer Empire

      I think the thieves who had stolen 6 millions$ have allerged another affairs away with their teammate Kiir.The 75 professional thieves have been caught again in another stealing scandals at the President Office.However,they had refused to give him something or it may be a cover up reasons from the thieves.It is reported that 6 millions$ were stolen,but they failed to exchange explicit sums with Ki

      • 14 April 2013 11:12, by Nuer Empire

        The report claimed that the new thieves from his office had been frustrated at life in Kiir ’s Office getting nothing from what they are instructed to steal on his behalf.That is why they hid the money or gave him less than he expected.Kiir was heard to be ’frustrated’ upon hearing the news and issued order not even helpful.A source in the media said;in President ’s House they cheated the presiden

        • 14 April 2013 11:19, by Nuer Empire

          He didn’t know anything,but when he discovered about it,he went crazy.It was a huge shock for him! The Dinka team-mates are said to be rekindled their relationships after holding a series clear-the-air talks before the resumption of oil productions.Their spoek person also said they now laugh at it,lol....
          The Nuer Empire

  • 14 April 2013 10:25, by malieng

    Simon Yel need to be identify, the arrest of innocent people those of Mawien Mayot cannot make him to talk like he is depending the one they are sharing one name, we are really sorry why the President’s office dominated by one groups who are master of shitting, well tough by Khartoum

  • 14 April 2013 10:51, by steven

    This is a serious matter and should be investigated thoroughly.

  • 14 April 2013 11:06, by John The President

    According to one of the suspects as stated above, they stolen the money because " theft is a norm in this Country and that no body is clean" what a shame, we members of Public who are bearing a severe pain in different aspects voted u in with the hope that the challenges we were facing would be reduced , now you have voluntarily shown us your inability to lead. " Change must be effected".The youth

  • 14 April 2013 11:33, by wang

    Funny, Dinka have fooled former secretary general of the (SPLM), Pagan Amum Okiech to return his $50 million which he was stolen because he was from Shilluk, while Kiir and his administration are too soft or refuse to chases other Dinka thieves to returns those public money. What hell is going on in this country?

    • 14 April 2013 13:33, by Mi diit

      Of course things are very funny in this country. Where is God to save us? Yes Pagan was fooled to return his money so that others steal it themselves. The strategy is to fool others to remain clean or scary them from stealing so that determined groups monopolize stealing, get richer and the clean ones get poorer. It is a mess I can tell you...

  • 14 April 2013 12:27, by Edward Marshall

    Government without oposition parties is always under asingle community controle.Iwish my government of the RSS should give afree and fair chunce to the oposition parties to invole fully in the administration of the country.Mr president!you got to change the system wright from your office.Otherwise u are still keeping the same 75 staffs.Mark me wrong,but we are all your kids.God bls you.

    • 14 April 2013 14:32, by Bentiu son

      Yeah,opposition political parties in Republic of South Sudan should fully participate in the RSS’Government so as to make checks n balance by scrutinize and challenge the Government policy daily.Hence,in order to fighting this rampant corruption,tribalism,nepotism,clanism and chronic tribal hatred our government should have zero tolerance in any inappropriate acts otherwise they won’t end.

    • 14 April 2013 20:21, by Nuer Empire

      Hey,I don’t know what these Dinka waiters are doing in the government.

  • 14 April 2013 14:06, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

    Dear South Sudanese Citizen I have one question to you , who is the Profesional Thieft?

    • 14 April 2013 14:38, by Bentiu son

      Only some top government- bourgeoisie officials are professional thieves in South Sudan leading government

      • 14 April 2013 18:06, by Mou

        Why such huge millions dollars and pounds were kept in the house instead of Bank? The first thief was the one who kept them in the house and the second thief is the one who stole it from the house. So thieves were stealing from thief

        • 15 April 2013 06:21, by Mi diit

          "The four-member committee is also directed to recommend any further legal actions to be taken against the culprits." The committee should put the three suspects under house-arrest otherwise you will hear that they have escaped to foreign country. It is shame that they even think the stolen money does not belong to any one. How can president’s officials think public money doesn’t belong to any one

  • 14 April 2013 19:19, by Kim Deng

    Don’t you know that this Jungle has been run by coward/thieves Jaang/Slaves?
    What do you expect from these thieves? Of course, coruption all the time. Shame on them all including their idiot/coward King!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 14 April 2013 22:02, by D Akook

    It is absurd that the president has decided to suspend only those who are perceived to have been responsible for the loss of less than $60,000 and yet the 75 people who were responsible for the loss of $4bn are still at large!!!

    • 15 April 2013 00:46, by NgorKur Mayol Chier

      I believe that 90% of the South Sudanese citizens are believed that President Kiir will never be able to takes the case of corruption in his government seriously, unless when someone have to steal his wife Ayen. This is where Kiir will be able to takes the corruption seriously like a president.

      • 15 April 2013 06:12, by Mi diit

        Too bad, we better alternatively turn to churches and pray harder so that we invoke God to act swiftly and turn this country around. Otherwise, we will soon find out that it is too late. I don’t believe president Kiir means what he wants public to believe. There is a game of blackmailing haunting him, I guess.

  • 15 April 2013 06:29, by Zionist

    The president is helpless, powerless and weak, and so is his government. Equally, the thieves are strong, powerful and well organized that they kept on stealing more and more every passing day no matter where the money is, they go and get it. They live among us, talk like us and walk like us, yet they steal everything from us. They are unstoppable because they know somebody who knows somebody...

    • 15 April 2013 06:41, by Zionist

      ...otherwise, why all their crimes go unpunished? No investigation, no suspects and no money recovered!!. South Sudan is the only place where you get away with murder that’s committed in broad day light. The government should put an end to this satire, or resign all at once.

      • 15 April 2013 07:01, by Zionist

        ...let the power be to the people, to media and to the press, to the judicial system and to the police. Let the police investigate their suspect and charge them if they break the law, then let the judges have their rulings without fear. When that happens, there’ll be few thieves living among us, and lots of them living behind bars.

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