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S. Sudanese army general embezzled millions: report


May 31, 2017 (JUB) - A senior South Sudanese army official used his position to accumulate millions of dollars through personal business dealing while facilitating a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions, a Washington-based group said.

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Arms and light weapons have been used by both warring parties in South Sudan to commit abuses (Photo courtesy of SSANSA)

The Sentry said Lt. Gen. Malek Reuben Riak, South Sudan army (SPLA) deputy chief of defence force for operations, accumulated over $3 million in a personal account between January 2012 and early 2016.

The documents revealed in The Sentry’s newly released report indicate that the South Sudanese has directed foreign companies to purchase explosives from a private company owned by Riak.

John Prendergast, co-founder of The Sentry and Founding Director at the Enough Project, said documents revealed in The Sentry report illustrate a broader pattern in South Sudan in which powerful officials work closely together in a relatively small network and preside over the country’s violent kleptocratic system of government.

“The documents indicate that, by using international facilitators, these officials can get rich while the rest of the country suffers the consequences of a brutal civil war and a horrific famine,” he said.

He said network sanctions should be imposed on Riak, his companies and his associates, in order to send a strong message to South Sudan government that business, as usual, is no longer acceptable and going forward there will be steep and escalating consequences.

The Sentry’s senior investigations manager, J. R Mailey says the new report uncovers conflicts of interest and potential wrongdoing by Riak in his roles at Mak International Services, his company that sells explosives to private companies operating in South Sudan, as well as Bright Star International, a mining company where Riak sits on the board of directors, and Jubilee Bank, where he also holds shares.

"Today, top generals responsible for South Sudan’s famine are promoted and rewarded, rather than held to account. Meanwhile, the documents described in The Sentry report indicate that many of these same military officials are involved in questionable business transactions in the very same sectors they are meant to safeguard from corruption,” said Mailey in the newly released report.

He added, “Action is needed to alter the incentive structures of those responsible for atrocities, famine, and continued conflict in South Sudan. Without consequences, we have no reason to believe that the highly lucrative but destructive conduct illustrated in the documents will change”.

The report by the Sentry, a group co-founded by George Clooney and Prendergast, founding director of the Enough Project, cites corporate records, letters from international companies doing business in South Sudan, and U.N. reports to make the case that Riak used his senior position to strike exclusive deals for personal interests.

The report questions the legality of Riak’s role in Mak International Services, a company over which he has control, which sells explosives to private companies operating in South Sudan.

A January 2016 United Nations panel of experts report identified Riak as being one of the leaders who “planned the offensive” in famine-stricken Unity State and “oversaw its execution” since January 2015.

Fighting between South Sudan’s government, led by President Salva Kiir, and opposition forces led by former vice-president Riek Machar has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions since December 2013.


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  • 1 June 2017 10:31, by Malakal county Simon

    Corruptions with the impunity is a disease in South Sudan under failed leadership of Salva Kiir while millions are starving to every day...... only God can help South Sudan from her self fish leaders......

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    • 1 June 2017 10:33, by Malakal county Simon

      Corruptions with the impunity is a disease in South Sudan under failed leadership of Salva Kiir, while millions are starving to deaths every day...... Only God can help South Sudan from her self fish leaders......

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    • 1 June 2017 13:32, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      South Sudan citizens are blaming president Kiir why he accommodate such army generals and ministers to activate supper corruption.

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    • 2 June 2017 11:50, by Midit Mitot

      South Sudan corruption is from the top to the bottom, no way to correct it or eliminating it at all.

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    • 20 October 2017 18:51, by sirking79

      i am always looking for some free stuffs over the internet. there are also some companies which gives free samples. Cougar Life

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  • 1 June 2017 10:38, by Sunday Junup

    Yiin ke han e tok (you and me are one) by dinka in Itang 1988. They used to steel money using that slogan which they change to be ’’one nation one people’’to loot resource of country. Dinka are always good in robbing public resources. God help South Sudan

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    • 1 June 2017 11:33, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Sunday Junup

      I thinks, you are not former NYIGATEEN but new NYIGATEEN right? I am sure you knews, hw Dinka treated you, and Am always talk to you, that not attack Dinkas as a tribe. Not all Dinkas are benefiting in this gov,t, the current gov,t was madeup of 64 tribes of s.sudan.

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      • 1 June 2017 13:42, by Sunday Junup

        Garang Akeen,
        Go to hell with your current government, soon you will rule only animals if no change, the tribe you are talking about are now displaced from their homeland except Dinka areas. Those you are now calling Nyigateen are pioneers to self determination, unless you apology to them you will never have peace. Garang Said ’’first bullet to separatist’’ remember!

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        • 1 June 2017 18:17, by Garang Akeen Tong

          Sunday junup

          No one displace them, but they displace themselves, we are going no where pls.

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          • 1 June 2017 20:24, by Sunday Junup

            Garang Akeen,
            No one displace them bla-bla.. The problem is that Dinka never fight, they hired mercenaries to fight in your behalf. When white army Storm Bor, you run a caused problem to peaceful tribe in Nimule, invited UPDF to protect your Land. It is Pul Jang in Bentiu, Nhial Batoang in UNS and Gony Belies in Waat. Where are Dinka? In Juba airport begging food

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            • 1 June 2017 21:55, by Garang Akeen Tong

              Sunday junup

              You are an idiot, withno reasoning capacity,
              You know, who are we from day 1 to now,
              We manage to defeat you with your master jalaba during strucgle and now,
              When will you talk sensitively? 2013 failed coup, we didn,t know what is going to happen, you plane it to dissarm bor youths in 2012, and you gave those weapon to lou nuer youths to support coup.

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              • 1 June 2017 22:07, by Garang Akeen Tong

                Sunday junup

                Cont........... And yes, that we have alot of Nuer generals in army with no foots soldiers, except Mathew Puljang With Bul youths are fighting alongside the gov,t, they do refuse to follow Dr. Riak interest.

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                • 1 June 2017 22:26, by Garang Akeen Tong

                  For your imformation, we had captured SAF fighters who fight along side rebel in Pan-Akuac and unity on date 14 march 2014. To meantion few officers,
                  Lt. Col Abdelrazik Alajaf.
                  Capt. Jalal Abubakr
                  1st.lt Nur aldin Ahmed
                  1st.lt Ashraf
                  2nd.lt. Ayup Bilal. Thiese are only officers.

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                  • 1 June 2017 22:34, by Garang Akeen Tong

                    Sunday junup

                    Accept defeat and comeback home.

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    • 1 June 2017 11:41, by DumoMakuachdit

      Dear Sunday,
      you need to notice that, it is not every dinka is furthering from Kiir ’s government, not every Akhon citizens are benefiting from Kiir government but he had his own brutes who are milking the country South Sudan. Therefore, it is most of dinka whom you are killing that are advocating for regime change.

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  • 1 June 2017 13:37, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    South Sudan will never and never progressing in development and democracy though such of people hands and their amnesty leadership.

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  • 1 June 2017 14:24, by John Majak

    Enough project! You always make report of south sudan corruption and buying of weapons. What about report of your friend Riek, where he get supply of arms,Ammunition and explosives? Does he uses stones to fight? Where does he get money to buy such destructive things? Give the world a chance to develop and leave generation of war of interest. The people of this world belong to God but not human oth

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  • 1 June 2017 17:16, by Fair Man

    John Majak
    You shor. Malong (relieved) and Riak are just accomplices. We have enough paper evidences to implicate whoever think he is innocent. They have written down their stupid plots and we found them. A matter of time, each will be either asked to confirm his signature on deadly deals or he must produce reasons for change of s’tures. Watch out!!!!

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  • 1 June 2017 17:20, by Fair Man

    John Majak
    I meant, you should know that Kiir, Malong and Riak Ruben are the criminals of the highest order. They must face justice. We records to prove that they designed every crisis in the Country. All International Community must rise up. We can not spare any shit of NGOs who countries are condemning the war and the same time benefiting. Uganda and Kenyan will pay for their stupid acts.

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    • 2 June 2017 10:57, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


      You should not express yourself like that if you still do not have the ability to do something material. Calm down man!!

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  • 1 June 2017 23:13, by John Majak

    Wrong man! Iam not talking to you, because you are below human capacity. Continue to rape your sisters and mothers in IDPs then turn it to government soldiers for political gain. I know how u think and behave unlike your sisters inlaw kawaja

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    • 2 June 2017 01:01, by Mr Point

      John Majak
      You have not read the article well. You have not understood what you read. You have not understood how the allegations against Kiir’s corrupt generals are held up by detailed bank records and investigations. General James Hoth Mai Nguoth paid $1.5 million in cash for a house in Australia.

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    • 2 June 2017 01:02, by Mr Point

      John Majak
      You have not read the article well. You have not understood what you read. You have not understood how the allegations against Kiir’s corrupt generals are held up by detailed bank records and investigations. General James Hoth Mai Nguoth paid $1.5 million in cash for a house in Australia.

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