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South Sudan president’s daughter involved in dirty mining deals of E. Equatoria: report


April 3, 2020 (JUBA) - South Sudanese president’s daughter, vice-president’s son, military officials and local officials are involved in illegal mining activities in Eastern Equatoria state, according to a U.S. Watchdog group.

A man shows off his gold to potential buyers in a hotel in Kapoeta, South Sudan September 27, 2012. (REUTERS/Adriane Ohanesian)In a new report released on Thursday, The Sentry a group co-founded by actor George Clooney and rights activist John Prendergast denounced a high level of corruption in the inner presidential circle saying that Kiir’s close relatives and associates are tied to 32 mining companies.

"Memoranda and articles of incorporation reviewed by The Sentry reveal that politically exposed persons—both President Salva Kiir’s close associates and lower-level ministers—have held shares in no fewer than 32 South Sudanese companies established to extract minerals," says the Watchdog in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

"Kiir’s daughter partly owns a company with three active mining licenses. A company with three mining licenses lists former Vice President James Wani Igga’s son as a shareholder," reads the 33-page report titled "Untapped and Unprepared: Dirty Deals Threaten South Sudan’s Mining Sector".

The report went further to claim that Ashraf Seed Ahmed Hussein Ali " Al-Cardinal" a Sudanese businessman known to be close to President Kiir and placed under Global Magnitsky sanctions in October 2019 owns the company currently holding the most mining licenses.

Also, the anti-corruption investigation group pinpointed to the local official in Kapoeta area saying they have issued gold mining licenses independently of the central government, in violation of South Sudan’s Mining Act.

"South Sudan’s military has developed problematic mining interests in an effort to address budgetary shortfalls," said the report. Also, it mentioned Deputy Defence Minister Malek Reuben Riak Rengu, who is under UN and US sanctions, and Lawrence Lual Malong Yor Jr who claimed family ties to former army chief of staff.

"Without swift action, South Sudan’s mining sector may fall into the same traps as the oil sector, which has helped drive war in South Sudan for decades. Military interests abound, either through joint ventures with private investors or companies controlled by the Ministry of Defence," said Sophie Lombardo, Investigator for The Sentry.

Referring to a report by UN experts on South Sudan speaking about the involvement of the holdout rebel National Salvation Front (NAS) in the gold mining activity, the report warned that the current state quo may fuel violent competition and put at risk the ongoing efforts to implement the revitalized peace pact.

The Sentry in its finding further raised alarm over the illegal gold mining activity saying it reveals signs of possible money laundering

To demonstrate the magnitude of corruption, the report pointed to the failure of the Ministry of Mining’s screening and deliberative processes, saying some license applications were approved within days of receipt.

"Children have been identified as shareholders in two companies actively exploring for gold, a possible contravention of the 2012 Mining Act’s provision against titles held by minors, and the governor of Eastern Equatoria has allegedly funnelled the proceeds of South Sudanese mining operations into luxury real estate in Kenya," further said the report.

To end the mismanagement and corruption in the vital sector, the Sentry called for an audit and to create a public register disclosing beneficial ownership which will promote good governance and serve as a vital accountability tool for anti-corruption advocates.


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  • 3 April 13:23, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

    this is ho they mow money. They will never get satisfied,

    • 5 April 00:13, by Paul

      Daughter of president Kiir caught in shady business? Oh what a surprise!! How did this happened?

  • 3 April 17:53, by Mayendit

    President Salva Kiir Mayardit don’t know that, the people are following him and his family. Major general Mawien Mawien Ngook known as Mawien Magol said something very important. He told one of his close friend that president Kiir Mayardit is the most corrupting leader in the world. Mawien Magol also accused him boss Akol Kordit for corruption too.

    • 3 April 18:11, by Mayendit

      Mawien Magol also accused his Boss Akol Kordit but he failed to mention anything if they were making fake South Sudanese pounds in Kenya. Basically, there’s no one is clean when it come to talk about corruption, ngotism, favoritism and discriminatory for government services.

  • 3 April 18:03, by Mayendit

    President Salva Kiir Mayardit.
    When the general within National security is leaking information against his president in the country perhaps, it mean that, there will be a lot of information coming out about you and your families and this is why some of your supporters asking you to hand presidency to the person who will successful you because that leaking will expanded to others things.

    • 3 April 20:24, by Langbaar

      Mr. Mayendit,
      There is no doubt that there is an obscene corruption in South Sudan. But this piece of news is an old one that SUDAN TRIBUNE usual troll setters to send out to woke up some section of South Sudanese who are not aware of what SUDAN TRIBUNE is all about. Brother Mayendit, over 80% of SUDAN TRIBUNE articles are ’fake news’>>>>

      • 3 April 20:32, by Langbaar

        I am not trying to defend the undependable, but the records must always be put straight. If SUDAN TRIBUNE reporters were always genuine about their articles, then their names ’should always and contacts’ should always accompany their articles for ’verification and fact-checking’. Some people may say that they are protecting themselves for retributions and that is why they don’t their names and contacts under their articles>>>

        • 3 April 20:40, by Langbaar

          I for one do agree with those concerns, but that is a price you have you to pay for being a journalist. Yes, journalist all over the world are sometimes bullied by some low lives just for doing their jobs or even whistle blowers all over the world. But don’t they say, "tell the truth, and the truth would set you free"?. Telling truth sometimes, the truth doesn’t set you free brother and these are the examples:>>>

          • 3 April 20:46, by Langbaar

            Isiah Abraham told the truth about how corrupt some of senior leaders were. Mr. Isiah Abraham was a senior civil servant and could and had blown a whistle so that South Sudanese people should know what was going behind the scenes. There are no whistle blowing protection laws in South Sudan brother. And Mr. Isiah Abraham was gunned down for telling the truth>>>

            • 3 April 20:56, by Langbaar

              Here in our Nilotic plains and valleys, things are always told like they are. ’Greed, corruption and theft’ are always frowned upon. Cowardliness is not part of our people’s DNAs. Egalitarianism used to rule supreme in our Nilotic plains and valleys brother. But you know, as the Dinkas/Muonyjiengs of the Sudan say, "with money that you cannot see in his/her poecket and how he/she got that money, a thief can get away with a crime">>>

              • 3 April 21:02, by Langbaar

                But the old school Dinkas/Muonyjiengs think, ’with cattle that you cannot stuffed into your pocket’ and get away with how with it on how you got your cattle wealth, your wealth would always be proven by others. Times have changed brother Mayendit. But the right thing, must always be our country and our people should always aim at all costs.>>>>

                • 3 April 21:08, by Langbaar

                  There is nothing good than always be on the good side of history. Many South Sudanese people sacrificed their own precious lives dying for this country with being paid a dime by anyone. But they did what our people always do. Fight to kick out our enemy----the Arabs who have attached themselves to our country and our people. Our ancestors were the ones who welcomed the Arabs into our country and into our lives anyway>>>

                  • 3 April 21:14, by Langbaar

                    and it has becomes our biggest nightmare to push the vermins back to Saudi Arabia and Muslim converts to West Africa. But at least, we have taken back our putting and direction. Mr. Brother, the most corrupt countries on this planet earth are the US, the UK and other countries than even South Sudan chap. But in those countries, corruption is slickly legalized>>>>

                    • 3 April 21:21, by Langbaar

                      Here in South Sudan and even in some other countries, corruption is pretty much very crude and here in South Sudan to be precise, corruption is seen as ’an assault on South Sudanese people way of life’ people are very much vocal on it than other countries. In the US, the US is owned by big multinationals and corporations around the world>>>>

                      • 3 April 22:05, by Langbaar

                        all the politicians in the US in both federal and states’ level are in the ’pockets or are owned big multinationals and big corporations’. Most of them go to into politics when they are not millionaires or billionaires, but later get out when they are billionaires or billionaires. Where do you think, they always go and get their wealth from? You cannot get rich ’tax payers pay checks’----it is as plain and day and night>>>

                        • 3 April 22:11, by Langbaar

                          there is what they called "companion contributions". Where the big multinationals and big corporations, back or pay for their candidates whom they would then go and controls in the senate or the congress. It is ’a plain buying of elections’. Ordinary Americans are bombarded with ’with heroic Hollywood and managed’ propaganda machines 24/7 to keep them uninformed about what is going on behind the scenes>>>>

                          • 3 April 22:16, by Langbaar

                            that they had long since been gamed. The US has never been a democracy anyway, but a republican. All these bullsh*ts that they always come and lecture our fools here in South Sudan are not always the reality on the ground. In the UK, it is the same scenario. The devil infested Island of England is where the corruption emanates from. They don’t even have a constitution in the UK>>>>

                            • 3 April 22:20, by Langbaar

                              For all I care, I just can’t stand anything that is connected to the ’evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus (so-called israelis) and their gulf Arab states of Saudi Arabia intrigues. Reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM. I was not born with racism though, racism is something you just earned.>>>

                              • 3 April 22:25, by Langbaar

                                My grand, grand father, grandfather was killed by the evil English in Mongola long time ago. And vermin went and tried to intrigued me into their dirty ’secret societies when I were in Canada, but when I flatly turned down the evil offer’, then they followed me to South Sudan. And they have been ’stalking me every single day’>>>

                                • 3 April 22:32, by Langbaar

                                  with my family and friends. And they even coerced me to work for them and they would pay me better than what I currently earn. The vermin are playing with fire though. I took up arms and helped blasted our cloned so-called without of North Sudan without being paid a single dime. But the low lives don’t want to heed these warnings. But the vermins are going to heed our warnings anyway, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM>>>>

                                  • 3 April 22:38, by Langbaar

                                    Mr. Mayendit,
                                    these so-called ’SENTRY PROJECT’ are bunch of evil juus (so-called israelis) who have taken the US, the UK, Kenya and almost every country on earth chap. These are just bunch of activists, who are behind what is called "NEW WORLD ORDER, ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT OR their so-called AFRICAN UNITY AND REGIONAL INTEGRATION">>>>>

                                    • 3 April 22:46, by Langbaar

                                      Or globalist criminals of Mr. Barack Obama, Susan Rice, Ban Ki Moon, Thabo Mbeki, Paul Kagame, Jakaya Kikwete, Hailemariam Desalegn, Abiy Ahmed, Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga and their puppets/stooges here in South Sudan of Mr. Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Thomas Cirillo, Majak Agoot, Adwok Nyabe, Rebecca Nyandeng and her ugly son>>>>

                                      • 3 April 22:50, by Langbaar

                                        Mr. Mayeyndit,
                                        Our low lives, must man up and let us bomb these vermin and their masters out of our back. The evil have attach themselves like ’leeches and ticks’ to our country and over our people. Mr. Mayendit chap. WW3 is going to start here in South Sudan. Let any evil bring these vermins into our country and our lives again in the names of the so-called>>>

                                        • 3 April 22:54, by Langbaar

                                          ONE WORLD ORDER, ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT OR REGIONAL INTEGRATION PIECE OF TRASH, and that low life would be as good as dead. Reasons, pure HATRED AND RACISM CHAP. Some of us who know how to fight thse vermin are being ’stalked 24/7’ by these vermins. But when you tell our low lives to be very careful about these vermins. They will simply call you mentally ill good luck fellows>>>

                                          • 3 April 22:57, by Langbaar

                                            No one wants to lives side by side with these vermin in our country never ever again. reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM. The vermins love affair with our country and our people has gone too far and they going to be shown their right place.>>>>

  • 4 April 03:01, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Their day of standing before the court of justice for stealing national resources will come soon. It is however overdue.

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