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South Sudan president contests lack of commitment in combating corruption

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June 17, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudan president, Salva Kiir, has defended his commitment to combating corruption in his administration, pushing the blame to global community for failure to support his drive to recover public funds stolen and stashed into foreign accounts by former and current government officials and their business associates before and after independence.

President Salva Kiir addresses the nation at the South Sudan National Parliament in Juba, November 18, 2015. (Photo Reuters/Jok Solomon)

President Kiir’s Press Secretary, Ateny Wek Ateny, said the president attempted to recover the stolen monies but could not get the need support from the international community.

“The people of South Sudan and President Salva Kiir are the victims of corruption. It is the desire of the president to ensure those stolen money are recovered. This was why he wrote letters to 75 officials to return the money they have stolen and even offered to pardon them. This was a clear demonstration of willingness to combating corruption but the international community did not support this important campaign,” said Ateny on Friday.

The presidential aide was reacting to a report by a United States-based policy advocacy group, the Enough Project, which called on president Kiir to exhibit strong leadership and take bold decision if he were serious to combat corruption.

Enough Project also stressed that the call for global support was not formalized, suggesting lack of seriousness on the part of President Kiir.

Ateny however emphasized that his boss would be the last person in the country to entertain corruption.

He pointed to the sentencing to life imprisonment of officials in the President’s office believed to have played a role in the scandal in which 14 million US dollars and 30 million South Sudanese pounds, slipped between the fingers through forgery and impersonation of presidential seals.

The officials who stole the money got approvals from the central bank in the name of security matters at the presidency over the past years.

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  • 18 June 2016 05:25, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The president, Salva Kiir, would resign, if there support from international community about corruptions Toch tackle.

  • 18 June 2016 06:39, by Hardlinner

    the corruption that led to stealing of 14 millions dollars and 30 millions pounds should be blame on Kiir polities. His signature from first place should mean nothing when it come to management and transfer of monies. had there have been coordination between the parliament and bank, such scandal wouldn’t have happened. the notion that Kiir suggestion can not be question let to this sort loophole.

  • 18 June 2016 06:55, by Hardlinner

    Kiir and people who regard him as owners of south Sudan resources should know that he civil servant and must listen to parliament. if he doesn’t respect representatives and act as every thing, he would expect a lot of scandals coming directly from use of signature.

  • 18 June 2016 08:45, by Mr Point

    Why is the international community not more effective in preventing corruption in South Sudan government?

    Because it’s not their problem to deal with.

  • 18 June 2016 09:13, by Dengda

    Its not too late though, I hope he means what Ateny said, no more you U-turn, the country badly that monies, but remember justice never got old.

  • 18 June 2016 09:32, by Eastern

    I would love to see how embarrassed South Sudanese leaders would look as they try to get visas to attent the UN General Assembly here in New York on Tuesday, September 20, 2016!!!! Kiir, Machar, Makuei, etc will struggle to enter the US. Wani’s Igga already suffered the humiliation sometime back.



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