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S. Sudan’s anti corruption body will "leave no stone unturned" over stolen money


April 14, 2013 (JUBA) - The head of South Sudan’s anti corruption commission, John Gatwech Lul, said Sunday vowed to find the truth behind the disappearance of thousands South Sudanese pounds and dollars from the office of the president.

Chairperson South Sudan Anti-corruption Commission John Gatwech Lul (John Burrnet/NPR)

Lul has been appointed to head a four-strong committee by President Salva Kiir to discover exactly how much money was stolen on two separate incidents in March.

“We will certainly leave not leave any stone unturned until we get the whole story. All we need now is full cooperation. We need members of the public who may have any information to assist the committee in the process of establishing the truth", Lul said.

Such incidents, Lul said, were "creating a bad image" of the young nation.

Justice John Gatwich Lul heads the committee, with Awad Masha, Kuyok Abol Kuyok and Ochan Livingstone as the other members.

The committee, according to the presidential order which Sudan Tribune has obtained is tasked with investigating all potential suspects in the office of the president.

The order directs the committee to establish the exact amount of money stolen and explain how such a huge amount of money was stolen, despite presence of heavy security in and around the office of the president.

The are questions over why such large amounts were kept in the building rather than in a bank. The committee will also access the legal measures and steps were taken after the incident and be granted all relevant documents, the presidential order states.

The same order directed the Minister in the office of the President, Emmanuel Lomoro Lowila, to suspend Mayen Wol Jong, Chief Administrator in the office of president, Yel Luol Koor, executive director in the office of the president and Nhomuot Agoth Cithith, the Controller of Accounts.


Members of the public in series of interview with Sudan Tribune on Sunday welcomed the president’s decision to suspend the officials and form the investigation committee.

Bol Aguer Yak, an unemployed graduate from Khartoum University’s faculty of law, commended the move but doubted whether the result of the investigation will be implemented even if the suspects are found to have taken the public funds.

“The president has taken right decision to suspend suspects and form investigation committee. What I do not know is whether the results of the committee will be implemented because we have seen similar committee formed before but we didn’t see the result implemented."

Corruption is rife in South Sudan but no official has ever been prosecuted for graft since the SPLM gained power in 2005 as part of a peace deal with the north, which led to South Sudan’s independence in 2011.

"Such practice gives bad image not only to the president himself as head of the state but the whole country. I know we are a country of thieves."

In June last year a letter Kiir wrote asking 65 senior officials to return $4bn of stolen funds was leaked to the press. The letter asked that the funds be returned anonymously a bank account in Kenya.

Yak told Sudan Tribune on Sunday:

"People steal money meant for development making it difficult for ordinary people to get services for the last eight years because some people decided to steal in order to enrich themselves with public funds but going to the extent of keeping money is inside the office of the president and steal it is not acceptable. Thorough investigation must be carried and those involved must be held accountable before the court of law.”

Wani Subek, an economic student at Makerere University in Uganda, currently visiting Juba, said honesty in public administration is required in the country so that the public does not lose trust in the government and feel that there are people eating alone while majority of the rural poor are suffering.

“There is really a need to clean up the image of this country. The culture of embezzling public funds is not in our society. South Sudanese in general do not like stealing public resources. So where did this culture of stealing public resources come? The government needs to exert a lot of effort to clean the image of this country in the international community. Corruption is giving us bad name. We are afraid to participate in debates about corruption sometimes at the universities, because some critics comes up with questions which are hurting.”

Majur Mayen, a senior public servant in the government said:

“The issue of corruption should be the public concern. It should not be left to those in the government. It requires collective efforts. The president and his government alone cannot do everything. All the stakeholders are required to contribute in fighting against corruption."

Machok Lual, a resident of Juba said the government has a challenge to come up with clear policy about how it wants the public to help in the fight against corruption.

"For the government to call public support there must be clear policy. It is true we want an end to corruption in this country. Our people believe in the principle of transparency and accountability. Development will never come no matter how much money we have if corruption is not given utmost attention. We have a government which is controlling. We need a government that imposes proper order in place because where is proper rule of law, things move properly but things do not move properly in a country where a system appears to lack controls."


Salva Kiir orders investigation of his office administrators over stolen money

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  • 15 April 2013 08:46, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    Gatwit Lol is the only Nuer comedian employed by our gorvernment,The rest like General Quack are fine as long as they have food on their mouths.

    • 15 April 2013 20:24, by omoni jr.

      It is something become monotonous to see thieves keep repeating the same thing everydays, and non of them has been caught or arrested and charged.
      Look here below,
      1-Dura Saga>> No stone unturned>>despite we know the suspect.
      2- 75 strong and powerful thieves—same song No stone Leave unturned—Despite that H.E president Salva Kiir had already aprehended the suspects by sending them letters..

      • 15 April 2013 20:33, by omoni jr.

        3- Over 6 millions combined currencies south sudan pounds and U.S dollars disapeared under president pillow case.
        who is the owner of that money?
        2-why the huge amount of money keep in the house instead of Banks.we build the banks for the reasons, not for show.
        3-what was the last time kiir saw the money in that pillow case?

  • 15 April 2013 08:58, by Ajongtar

    Now Kiir who have you apointed as care takers of those positions.
    It sound to me like those who are holding these positions are all people from Warab.
    I sugest that you could have form the investigation commitee ten (10) members comprosing from the ten state with one (1) member.
    So us sure that this investigation will prove the theft on the huge amount stolloen from your office.

    • 15 April 2013 11:37, by watakarabu

      Something fishy, all administrators are from the same tribe. All investigators almost from the same tribe despite the more tribes south sudan has.
      I think this investigation will end up with nothing tangible.

    • 15 April 2013 13:11, by Wunditda

      It’s not a surprise. Kiir is encircled by people from Warrap. Starting from Chefs in the Kitchen to Executive Director in President’s Office. Aah ahhhh aaaaah! Rek are messing! My God Help them.

  • 15 April 2013 09:05, by tootke’bai-ngo

    Another blind folding by the president of Republic of Thieves? How many committees that has been formed during your 8 years Mr. president of Thieves? Just to mention few, you formed a commitee in "dura saga, $4bns, mass rap incident in police academic, WBG State killing incident, assination of Isaiah & Malok Ring & many more". Why even bother to waste everyone’s time when nothing comes out of thes

  • 15 April 2013 09:10, by tootke’bai-ngo

    John Gatweech should find something else to do becouse that Job make him look like a fool. Kiir himself knows why such amount of money was kept in his office, all this was planned to look like an incident.

  • 15 April 2013 09:11, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear readers
    Look at him and the way he is standing with sign of railway line on his forehead. In my understanding nothing positive will come out from these investigations
    Governments of S-Sudan like to cheat and fool peoples on media, where are the facts finding on Dura Sega/ 75 thieves & development funds etc the list is endless . I wish obesity / cancer and car accidents to deal away with p

  • 15 April 2013 09:13, by Alfredo christiani

    peoples who don’t want to stop corruption in our country

  • 15 April 2013 09:21, by tootke’bai-ngo

    forget about all these billions we lost so far, the time is coming for big scandals as the same thieves are hastenly waiting to scoop upcoming oil money to reach Juba soon. And no doubt, Kiir is going to form more committees to fool the public. In politic, the term committee is use to kill the case, if a politian want to avoid addressing the case, he/she form the committee & it’s over,full stop.

  • 15 April 2013 09:46, by Paul Chadrack

    how can a suspect himself appoint a coomittee which he could be under an investigation?, this information appeared as a result of disagreement between thieves including kiir, it is a waste of time and resource to form this body becuse the outcome will zero.

  • 15 April 2013 09:49, by bak junup

    i wise Mr. president could had begin from those 75 thieves who are found last year to fire them our from government than the situation of stealing public fund could had reduce and now thousand of committee are form and give which taken right by head of leader than the better involved them rather than finding corrupt people for him.

  • 15 April 2013 09:51, by cbuongdit cholkua

    Mr.Gatwech,there is a saying in Dinka which goes like this, "Domcueer ku titrot" Which means that, when you are about to be confronting the thief, you got to be careful.So brother Luol,my advice to you is that, take that risk but know yourself those thieves might be bigger than you. Not by sizes, but in ranks.

  • 15 April 2013 10:01, by cbuongdit cholkua

    I know for sure that they are 8 foot tall in their ranks.

  • 15 April 2013 10:04, by cbuongdit cholkua

    I know for sure that they are 8 foot tall in their ranks.

  • 15 April 2013 10:20, by steven

    This is a good way to solve this problem - investigation by the authorities.

    • 15 April 2013 10:41, by Peter Mading

      If justice was in practice, the South Sudanese people should not be seriously after the few 176,000,000 SSP and 14,000,000 USD because it is unfair justice that did not prosecute the former 75 corrupt officials which now resulted to stealing of that huge amount in the office of the President by the complex presidential officials.

      • 15 April 2013 11:09, by wang

        Peter Mading
        All these so called 75 thieves are the ones running the government… from police, governors, army, and the head of state… Stealing will goes-on in the name of” Nobody cleans in this country”

  • 15 April 2013 10:51, by wang

    Common on South, this case was absolutely has nothing or any so connected to the country’s corruption… it was a daylight robbery and the local police should specifically deal with those where were caught, without involving that so called anti-corruption organization into it… or if that I heard yesterday is true that Kiir’s two nephews have had involved in this missing money, then it would be bette

  • 15 April 2013 10:52, by wang

    then it would be better to drop this case and move on….instead of ejecting another of thousands of public fund into this investigation..

  • 15 April 2013 12:08, by Letigolight

    Dear my beloved citizens the South Sudanese; if it were not due to the professional conducts of one of the bank staff in Kenya, nothing would be known about money being stollen from the president’s office, they are reacting because of being caught red handed inside Kenya! Good job foreign banks!

  • 15 April 2013 12:17, by Letigolight

    If this investigation leeds to prosecution of the thieves, it will serve as a trigger as those imprisoned will be a good source of information to the anticorruption commission for the multi billion dollar scandle! The whole nation will be surprised with names that will come up!, they are watching this investigation with unease!

  • 15 April 2013 13:03, by hamil

    How about the millions of Dollars stolen by you and some of your high ranking officers Mr. President? Don’t worry only GOD will investigate you and some of the thieves in SPLM

  • 15 April 2013 13:25, by Tata

    We have funny couontry, funny people and funny government in the entire world. Can the President or his closest person tell us how the money was stolen? Was that money stole over a period of time that invites santi-corruption to earn some allowance? If that money was stolen at once in a given second per that hour only and off, does it warrant anticorruption paper work? Absolutely No. Very big NO.

    • 15 April 2013 13:35, by Tata

      The President is a citizen of this country called South Sudan. He has the right to sue or be sued to court of law whenever ncessary. Mr. President don’t entertain this so-called ANTICORRUPTION. They will spend the 30 days and beyong producing nothing. They have’n reveal one thief and send to court for prosecution. They are either baby or old lion without teeth. But they very sharp strong steeth

      • 15 April 2013 14:23, by Tata

        to bite food. They will finish your acount and render you bankrupted. What you need to do Mr. President is to open police case and engage the CID and other security agents to search for those thieves. Kindly apply to the Public Prosecutor General to issue WARRANT OF ARREST of every person who entered that block and treat accordingly to reveal that thief or thieves. Put those thieves in 1 sq.m cell

        • 15 April 2013 14:43, by Tata

          A country cannot develop where thieves are pardoned. I think one day the President wanted to become a Catholic Priest, who knows very well about the 10 laws of God to Isrealis in Sanai Desert on their way to the promised land. The sixth law clearily says in plain English "DO NOT STEAL". God hates theft. Why do you entertain them? Send them to prisons for correction. Or otherwise you will leave NO

          • 15 April 2013 14:53, by Tata

            reputable legacy of which the people of South Sudan may remember you like late Garang. Look! It has’nt happen in any country on earth that the most respected people and office of H.E the President is an avenue for theft. Mayardit, those thieves destroy your image. Whenever you land in foreign airport they fingerpoint you that "See the President of thieves. Theft is professional job in his Country"

            • 15 April 2013 15:05, by Tata

              His people enjoy theft. Everyone steal each other. People working in his office were appointed because of successfful theft experience. They impunitively steal in his office at their own will. Beware something may miss in our PALACE or State House". Look at these: Dura saga? US$4billion? theft in your office block? Take courage to arrest those thieves. It is painful to hear those stories. ACT.

      • 15 April 2013 14:51, by Mou

        One big question is, which law will anti-corruption commission use to turn all stones? Has their bill been passed into law?

  • 15 April 2013 14:36, by Wen Majokweng

    shame on u all,people in big position like u are also stealing money for which reason,while u were doing well,if i was u people i could have paided them back and leave the country alone with people b,se it is something shameful,specialy Dinkas all.

    • 15 April 2013 14:51, by Wen Majokweng

      Am very very glad to our leaders who are not joking around with corruption people and it is also good that u put thier names on wave size such each every one can see, and i wented to ensure u it will be the first and last to u all if the have taken action against u.

    • 15 April 2013 22:15, by Never

      People talk about money and what about those who kill many people in war time, some of them kill a lot of people and the run to Omer Bashir. Even Omer makes them on their ass, I granted that, and am not afraid to say who was been put the make on their ass. Lam Akol, Riak Machar were second wives of Omer
      They have the make on ass; if not then late they take out their clothes in front of south S

  • 15 April 2013 15:07, by nyantung

    For those who are confused about the timing of these announcements, note that there’s a donor’s/investor’s conference in DC going on right now. It is standard practice to announce you will start turning stones (leaving none unturned) when seeking donations/investments.
    Nyantung Ahang

  • 15 April 2013 15:09, by Wen Majokweng

    Accountability is the best way to the people such that the may fear that every single money will not got lost.

  • 15 April 2013 15:27, by Wen Majokweng

    Anyway am not trying to abuse any body but wanting to say some saying to my dear readers.It is very difficult for cat to be employed as the guard to the rat will it? A drankard shuold not be a good brewery at the sametime! but it happened in what the so call feeding government of Papa prist His Lordship Salva Kiir Mayardit!

  • 15 April 2013 15:53, by Gen.Quack

    I don,t understand why sudantribune wrote the number to be 65 people ant last time it was 75 did ten people refund their billions back?

  • 15 April 2013 16:14, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

    Dear South Sudanese Let me ask you about this Incident for Stoolen Money in the Office of the President Absolutly it is the President who is Stoolen Money to make it like deal with others thieves I sort President Salva Kiir it is the one who challenge him self Not for whoole South Sudanese and is the first professional of thieves to bringing all thieves here in South Sudan from Foriegn Countries.

  • 15 April 2013 16:17, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

    Dear South Sudanese Let me ask you about this Incident for Stoolen Money in the Office of the President Absolutly it is the President who is Stoolen Money to make it like deal with others thieves I sort President Salva Kiir it is the one who challenge him self Not for whoole South Sudanese and is the first professional of thieves to bringing all thieves here in South Sudan from Foriegn Countries.

  • 15 April 2013 16:17, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

    Dear South Sudanese Let me ask you about this Incident for Stoolen Money in the Office of the President Absolutly it is the President who is Stoolen Money to make it like deal with others thieves I sort President Salva Kiir it is the one who challenge him self Not for whoole South Sudanese and is the first professional of thieves to bringing all thieves here in South Sudan from Foriegn Countries.

    • 15 April 2013 16:25, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

      there is No any positive point to bring this money back because we are not forgetting our President for the lack of his Leadership he is now talking about stoolen money in his office what about 75 officials who was Stoolen our Big money and they was not bring our money back leave such a money.

  • 15 April 2013 16:24, by Zionist

    When a crime is committed, it’s the police that conducts the investigations, lays the charges then makes the arrests. The police should have the power to investigate all suspects equally, including the president if they have enough evidence to do so without fear. For the president to order the investigation, this sounds very fishy !!. If the police can’t do their job, then why investigate?

  • 15 April 2013 16:38, by Zionist

    ... we don’t need anti corruption body, we don’t need the president’s interfererance, all we need is a powerful police, powerful lawmakers and powerful judiciary system for justice to take place. That’s my belief and that’s the belief of many people who want the best for this country.

  • 15 April 2013 22:12, by Matem Ngor Matem

    There is no excuses about the thousands pounds and dollars stolen in the office of the president, only court of law must revealed go on head of anti corruption in South Sudan. Find for us exactly money stolen.

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