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N. Bahr el Ghazal suspends secretary general over financial scandal

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February 20, 2014 (JUBA) - Authorities in South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal state have suspended secretary general Garang Kuot Kuot over his alleged role in the misappropriation of public funds.

Garang Kuot Kuot, the suspended Secretary General of Northern Bahr el Ghazal state April 11, 2011 (ST/File)

Several other officials, including Sabrino Majok Majok, director general for administration and finance, are also reported to have been suspended, some of whom have reportedly been jailed.

An investigatory committee tasked with establishing the facts and make appropriate administrative recommendations is said to have been assembled.

The state minister of public service issued a decree on the directive of state governor Paul Malong Awan on Monday ordering the suspension and arrest of officials suspected of involvement, as well as the formation of the committee.

The amount of money believed to have been misappropriated remains unclear, although multiple sources within the state administration claimed that about 9.8 million South Sudanese pounds (SSP) are alleged to have been squandered by the officials.

The scandal forced authorities to suspend the salaries of teachers and other local workers for the entire month of December.

In a series of interviews, well-placed sources in the state finance ministry told Sudan Tribune that public funds had been lost in syndicated activities involving senior officials.

Many officials in the state ministry of finance have claimed that the central ministry of finance has documents showing that governor Awan had taken 2 million SSP in public funds to Juba.

It remains unclear what became of the money, although it is assumed the funds were to support military activities in which NBeG was engaged in in Jonglei state late last and early this year.

Awan says he provided troops to help the central government contain a spiraling rebellion in the state, but maintains he never took any money.

“People say I took the money, this is false. I actually paid 4 million South Sudan pounds when I first heard of reports of shortfalls in funds to pay the employees. The only thing I took from here was the Mathiang Anyoor,” Awan said on his return to the state on Sunday.

Mathiang Anyoor refers to a military battalion of youth, allegedly mobilised for recruitment and military training to join a reserve force loyal to president Salva Kiir.

Awan was reportedly angered by allegations he pocketed public funds in the name of supporting military operations, threatening to remove those working against him.

“When you have been away from your house, the house becomes dirty with all the dust and scraps. What do you do? You clean it, isn’t it? This is what I will do,” Awan said.

The governor reportedly told state ministers at an emergency cabinet meeting on arrival on Sunday that he would deal with officials who had alleged he pocketed the funds.

(ST)

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  • 21 February 2014 06:11, by Johndumo14

    PRESIDENT M7 DON`T MAKE ANY MISTAKE BY WITDRAWING UGANDA TROOPS.
    Ugandan army MUST NOT WITHDRAW FROM S.SUDAN!!
    If you withdraw from South sudan,the LRA and DR Riek Machar`s rebels will follow you to Kampala!!

    • 21 February 2014 06:55, by Sir King

      Johnsondum1,
      You and your thickminded leader Kiir should quit and give power to M7 to be the leader of South Sudan instead. If I were Salva Kiir, I would never welcomed UPDF to South Sudan because if it is war between Nuer and Dinka, you know better, Nuer can not defeat us. But now Stupid leader SALVA KIIR has spoiled us, we Dinka are the most brave people, but Bustard Mayardit spoiled our dignity

      • 21 February 2014 07:30, by Sir King

        Johnsondumo14,
        Your thickminded leader Kiir should quit and give power to M7 to be the leader of South Sudan instead. If I were Salva Kiir, I would never welcomed UPDF to South Sudan because if it is war between Nuer and Dinka, you know better, Nuer can not defeat us. But now Stupid leader SALVA KIIR has spoiled us, we Dinka are the most brave people, but Bustard Mayardit spoiled our dignity

      • 21 February 2014 07:59, by Mou

        You’re addressing wrong topic here guys

    • 21 February 2014 07:44, by Mike Mike

      This issue of money stolen in NBEG is not the first time for such kind of money laundry to occurred.The group whom are arrested now has played a lot with state money and i wish if were Malong i can deal with them seriously. U decide to work with govt to have good historical records but not to scandal away with money of the nation while many things remain unmade to pple of SS.

  • 22 February 2014 04:44, by kinagonago

    There is a saying that whatever you do underwater will surface one day. Now, it is clear that Mr. Garang Kuot and Majok Majok will be answerable to accusations label against them. These guys are not different from the rebels that kill people in Uppernile region because the people that they stolen their money for 3 months will die from hunger. Shame on them.

  • 23 February 2014 12:55, by Never

    this is bad uafuntronate to Garang Kout and Mr Smooth Sabrino. is not fair Garang can taught computer system in Canada to go a lot the public funds in system. Majok is most corruption since he was born in Wun Anei, his family was well knowledge thieves in Wun Anei.
    only 1 thing Malong must have to do, to fire them or he lost his popularity to Aweil Community.



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