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S. Sudan presidency warns finance officials over bribery

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November 18, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese presidency has threatened punitive actions against finance ministry officials who extort bribes from companies before contract awards, an aide disclosed.

Minister of finance and economic planning Aggrey Tisa (second from left) launching the Global Human Development Report in the South Sudanese capital, Juba (Photo: UNDP)

“The office of the president is filled with reports that there are people at the ministry of finance who extort bribes. If you have a government approved project requiring funding by the government, you must be made to pay to get approval of the concerned departments,” a presidential aide who spoke on condition of anonymity told Sudan Tribune.

“This means people who pay bribes get money regardless of whether they have a genuine project, which is unacceptable,” he added.

The presidency is reportedly alarmed by the level of bribery at the finance ministry with allegations of payment delays in exchange for kickbacks and nepotism cited as common practices.

The office of the president has received several petitions and complains calling on the president to order the minister of finance, Aggrey Tisa Sabuni to institute a committee to investigate the behaviour of the acting director general at the ministry, Benjamin Ayala, and deputy director for accounts Wol Moses, noted the aide.

“There are a number of institutions of the government and business entities which have raised serious allegations against these people. To prove that they are involved in this practice, the office of the president on Monday asked someone to approach them with promise to pay them money to expedite the process to pay funds allocated for the construction of houses for presidential guard force,” disclosed the aide.

“This person paid them 50,000 South Sudanese pounds, with each taking 25,000. And they took the money. This is a hard fact and empirical evidence,” he said, adding, “The money was given to them at Beijing hotel on Monday”.

Finance ministry officials interviewed by Sudan Tribune emphasised the importance of transparency and accountability at the institution.

PUBLIC REACTION

Samuel Duku Charles, a native of South Sudan’s Central Equatoria state, said he was not surprised about these corruption allegations.

“I am not surprised about these allegations. Corruption is already becoming a normal practice in this country. We only hear about corruption but we do not hear about actions taken against it. Even in the office of the president, some money was stolen and nobody has been held responsible up to this moment. So it is not something new,” he told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

Political commentator Anthony Sebit urged the government not to compromise on its constitutional duties and responsibilities.

“I know talks about corruption these days do not draw significant attention because people who are supposed to take punitive actions are themselves involved but we will not relent. We will continue to demand the government to not abandon its duties and responsibilities. We will continue to maintain that we cannot let the past and its ghost rest. We will always reject the doctrine that advocates let’s accept and move on while the nation suffers,” said Sebit.

“We must take charge of the future of our country,” he added.

Benjamin Majok, a Western Bahr el Ghazal state official, lauded the presidency for its stand on officials involved in corruption practices.

“I think it is wise to call for immediate resignation of all those officials involved in this scandal, their immediate arrest and their immediate prosecution. The accountability must begin at the top with the arrest and prosecution of Mr. Ayala and Wol,” said Majok.

He also called for an investigation and proper auditing of the suspected department and principal officers at the ministry of finance.

“This scandal kills completely the credibility and global standing of our nation. We have reason to believe that this corruption network remains intact in government. It is wreaking more havoc on our economy, compromising provision of public services, while at the same time raising the cost of those same services, shoddily rendered,” said Majok.

“The integrity of the ministry of finance has been brought into serious question. So is that of any other public institution led by any officer who participated in this fraud. All individuals and institutions mentioned must account,” he added.

Such investigations, Majok stressed, should be extended to all sacked ministry officials who have since been deployed elsewhere.

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  • 19 November 2014 07:02, by Gangura

    Mr. Kirr himself is full of bribery why is he talking about bribery in the ministry? of recent huge money went on missing in his office what did he do about it? Walahi this Dinkas are soon to go and leave power to Dr. Machar who is educated and who can rule the Nation not the cow boy who only know how to handle cows.

    • 19 November 2014 08:35, by Mr Point

      According to transparency.org South Sudan is regarded internationally as the 5th most corrupt state out of 177 countries.

    • 19 November 2014 10:39, by siddaw

      What a lame decision fromn Mr. Kiir? How many time have such empty headed plonbkjers been warned to refrain from embezzling our meager funds into their account yet they have bot listen? Just kick their asses out of your govt if they don’t listen

    • 20 November 2014 02:54, by NgorKur Mayol Chier

      I am really so tired of hearing president Kiir always given warning after warning on corruption, and nobody has been caught and be accountable for their actions. For example, 4 million had been stolen in the past and again now 50’000 sdf is stolen a gain, and this Kiir is still continue to gives the same warning and him with his government officials in South Sudanese haven’t done anything about it

  • 19 November 2014 07:02, by Mi diit

    You hypocrites! Is this something new? Corruption has always been a normal rampant practice in the kingdom of Dinka Nyankiir Museveni. Bribery has been there for the last 10 years. Don’t lie as if it is something new. Shit!!!

    • 20 November 2014 03:07, by choldit

      People of SS are playing the Dinka plan. It isn’t a bribery issue it is a trick nor those director generals are the target for the Dinka regime but the minister is the target. The Dinka need to get ministry of finance, foreign, security, and other vital ministries b4 the deal is signed with freedom fighter Dr Riek Machar. The ministers from other tribes holding key ministerial posts must go!

  • 19 November 2014 07:12, by Zeki

    Dear all
    We have heard those evidence which are laid down, if presidency fail to take action against the mentioned criminals even minister, then all pple of S.Sudan will become rebels against this corrupt government.
    I was been fighting defense our country constitution and if constitution is not longer working then we have to quit and see what president and his officials do nor go. Exile or die.

    • 19 November 2014 07:31, by BM-21

      There must be something wrong with the person who report this programmed regardless of figure he reported . he wrote the (50,000 SSP) Then each of them was taking 250,000 SSP imagine Fifty thousand and two hundred and fifty thousand South Sudanese.

      • 19 November 2014 17:13, by Joseph Canada

        Ilitaracy and luck of math is the order of your life. Where do you get the other Zero? the guy said 50,000SSP and each get 25,000 each. Either you are stupid or part of the people who are nepotistic and corrupt in South Sudan working for these il hearted people. Read the words carefully and act like someone who love the nation not a tribe and corrupt leadership. S.S leadership is corrupt.

  • 19 November 2014 08:08, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear All:
    Secrets news Kiir know well that, the stolen money in his own office were not taken by thief, he spend all that money on the funeral of his mother in law, how can the government ministers could be blamed. Shame on Dinka useless kingless instead of kingdom.

  • 19 November 2014 08:41, by Akuma

    Hon. Aggrey Sabuni Minister of Finance need to be relieved from his post because he is misusing institution funds as his personal institution. How come he get life Assurance for himself of 1.8M South Sudanese pounds year alone. What about other South Sudanese people. Government must investigate that too.

    Dr. Akuma,
    Chicago, USA

  • 19 November 2014 10:23, by paliau

    absolutely the Ministry of Finance had fraud since when some one called Wol incharge of giving out payment advice to others institution, therefore he ask percentage to be given to him before release transaction

    this is how Bhre el gazal people are exercise corruption, wol must to sack

    • 19 November 2014 10:56, by dengdanger

      I agree this Guy Name wol is the most corrupted everyone knows him as mr. percentage
      this what he do he give u his number to call him in his private time then he tell u i want some percentage if u want ur money sometime he even ask for the half of the contract ,president kiir like corruption otherwise he would have not put those guys who stole money in his office back in to his office
      wol must go

      • 19 November 2014 12:23, by Frak Cho

        Corruption has become in South Sudanese life. For those who might prefer Dr. Machar claiming to be educated man. Dr. Machar is also most corrupted soul with Taban Deng. Simple question; where is the 2% 0f oil producing state like Unity? During 6 Years interim, 2% was successfully according to CPA agreement. Where is it? Tell people about ....

        • 19 November 2014 17:23, by Joseph Canada

          Frank Cho, you are right right. Infact every Govt. is corrupt. Even in the US where we have Lobbyers to have a certain bill to pass so they can benefit. Unfortunately, Kiir have put this in his leadership as an obvious daylight robbery. This is due to his luck of Education and how he places those who were from the North during the struggle to power. we need an open minded person to lead.

        • 19 November 2014 17:23, by Joseph Canada

          Frank Cho, you are right right. Infact every Govt. is corrupt. Even in the US where we have Lobbyers to have a certain bill to pass so they can benefit. Unfortunately, Kiir have put this in his leadership as an obvious daylight robbery. This is due to his luck of Education and how he places those who were from the North during the struggle to power. we need an open minded person to lead.

  • 19 November 2014 19:04, by denis

    Warned and threatened!! too weak. Why not jailed and punished! If they accept bribes they should be jailed and shamed, not threatened!



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