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U.S. Sentry alerts against corruption by South Sudan senior military leader


President Salva Kiir poses with the South Sudan army leadership in Juba on 24 January 2019 ( ST photo)
May 28, 2020 (JUBA) - U.S. watchdog group, The Sentry, has alerted against major corruption and money laundering by high ranking military leaders in South Sudan.

In a report released on Wednesday “Making a Killing: South Sudanese Military Leaders’ Wealth, Explained,” the sentry said that the fact the engagement in business activities of the last four army chiefs of staff and three opposition militia leaders in South Sudan is "demonstrating red flags for money laundering and corruption".

The report examines the commercial and financial activities of former Army Chiefs of Staff Gabriel Jok Riak, James Hoth Mai, Paul Malong Awan, and Oyay Deng Ajak, along with top-ranking military chiefs Salva Mathok Gengdit, Bol Akot Bol, Garang Mabil, and Marial Chanuong.

Militia leaders linked to major instances of violence both before and during the civil war — Gathoth Gatkuoth Hothnyang, Johnson Olony, and David Yau Yau — are also profiled in the report.

One of the Sentry investigators Shannon Mizzi said the lack of transparency and anti-corruption measures in the country allow its military leaders to easily divert funds and conclude corrupt arms deals.

"Many of South Sudan’s senior military leaders have amassed enormous wealth. Their posts provided easy access to government funds that appear to have financed luxurious lifestyles for relatives overseas in some instances," Mizzi said.

The report comes out weeks after the announcement by the World Bank last April of a $7.6 grant in support of South Sudan efforts to fight COVID-19 pandemic.

South Sudan medical infrastructure and response capacities have been already stressed by civil war and weakened by the corruption that has benefitted military officials and top political leaders, says the report.

“With three times as many generals as physicians, South Sudan’s medical system is completely unprepared for COVID-19," said John Prendergast, Co-Founder of The Sentry.

For his part, J.R. Mailey suggested to take a proactive response to ensure that the international support in response for COVID-19 pandemic would not be diverted by the country military officials to their private accounts.

“To help protect funds and resources meant for the pandemic response, we have all the tools at the ready including network sanctions, anti-money laundering measures, asset seizure and recovery, and domestic and international investigations," he said.

On Friday 29 May, the UN Security Council will vote a resolution to renew South Sudan sanctions regime—including targeted sanctions and an arms embargo—which expires on May 31st.

The Sentry, in a separate statement, strongly urged the renewal of both the arms embargo and targeted sanctions.

In the past recent years, the group produced a series of investigative reports exposing the high level of corruption and profiteering linked to mass atrocities and human rights abuses in South Sudan.


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  • 29 May 2020 11:41, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

    Pastoral tribes can never be satisfied. They will continue to loot this country up to the end. Visit their houses and see the number of relatives who stay with them. How can you feed more than fifty people with the meagre salary we receive if you are not a thief? the unknown gun men are also from these group of people.

    • 29 May 2020 12:06, by Games

      Is Salva Kiir pass away, I can’t see his name in the list. Although Gathoth Gatkouth accumulated his wealth from the bribes money he received from the JCE. Anyone from IO, either he/her defected or still firmly in the main stream, they are all clean from corruptions. Corruption is only practicing within the Dinka community

      • 29 May 2020 12:57, by Khent


        You just contradicted yourself, you dolt. The Nuer are almost inherently corrupt and this is why Paulino Matip Nhial was given tens of thousands of acres of land by his Arab masters and became a Major-General in the SAF. Gordon Kong, Gabriel Tanginye and many other Nuer sons were enticed by money by the Arabs and this is why they served Khartoum for so long. Research Jarch Capital.

        • 30 May 2020 07:22, by Nueri Dial

          Why you always like to divert the topic? You Dinka are looting our country resources thinking that Arab gave Nuer a Land? You should be joking, We are talking about SS high ranking involved in corruption here not what has happened during the war. I like the meeting joke created by Dr.John when he ask everyone to explain why he has big stomach and where that person got that money from?

          • 30 May 2020 07:26, by Nueri Dial

            William Nyuon whom was not among those needed for explanation ask him to begin from himself(Dr.John). He answer that, he got his big stomach from invitations b/se he is a leader. have you seen where you problem is? When ever Dinka steel money and caught red handed, he will claim to be a Nuer! Let wish for a better leadership who will not bribe people but fight corruption

            • 30 May 2020 23:32, by Khent

              Nueri Dial

              I don’t have a history of diverting topics, however, I do respond to your ethnic-tinged barbs and I will disabuse you of your many delusions and misconceptions. Your people hold onto child-like beliefs. The idea that the Nuer are free of corruption is laughable and is contradicted by historical facts, and this is why I mentioned that all your sons became slaves of the Arabs...

              • 30 May 2020 23:41, by Khent

                ..And this was achieved by understanding that the Nuer (above all else) can be easily enticed by money. Your mentally challenged brother admitted that Gathoth Gatkuoth was corrupt, but then pretends that this is some sort of aberration unknown to you. I mentioned Jarch Management because it sold 400, 000 hectares of South Sudanese land to a U.S. company for the purposes of oil exploration...

                • 30 May 2020 23:52, by Khent

                  ..So the idea that your sons can be absolved from the rampant corruption in our sector, is laughable. Sudan’s oil sector was established precisely because of your greed and your easily corruptible nature. Your generals became Khartoum’s slaves due to their greed. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth was also corrupt and there will be no shortage of Nuer names at the heels of a proper and extensive investigation.

  • 29 May 2020 18:45, by Mayendit

    The leadership of president Kiir Mayardit has betrayed the whole Dinka people. The SPLM I0 is the one who prepared the list for people who are working in government to be sanctioned. One day, the President Kiir Mayardit will see his two boys in corruption list as major general Mawien Magol has said, Manut is a corrupt boy.

  • 29 May 2020 18:58, by Mayendit

    I think the sentry watchdog is sanctioned some people who have done nothing and they left wrong people that were supposed to target them. General James Koang Chuol is the one who has committed massacres in Bentiu capital. Riek Machar Teny is the most troubled makers in many years but the sentry watchdog failed to sanction him because they are not finding the real people who have brought killing.

  • 29 May 2020 19:33, by Mayendit

    General Thomas Cirillo is now killing people in South Sudan and he was not sanction. The former Secretary general Pagan Amum Okuich has steals $600 million and runs to exile and the sentry watchdog failed to sanction these people because they’re not looking for true. Every time when Riek Machar returned back, he caused a trouble things in South Sudan.

  • 29 May 2020 19:49, by Mayendit

    The President Kiir Mayardit is pushing the nation to edge of disaster. The friends who have been helping us during the 21st years of civil war in Sudan cannot be sidelined easily. This is why we are recommending the President Kiir Mayardit to hand his presidency to someone who have knowledge and foreign policy skills so that, the new leader and new government will set up a good foreign policy. The

  • 29 May 2020 20:02, by Mayendit

    The pew which advises President Kiir Mayardit and the President himself don’t understand the way foreign policy is runs and they are not care whatsoever as the young nation is facing a catastrophic threat. There’s indications that, the Old friends are working day and night to created something similar to terrorist on the road block as Riek Machar did same thing in the past.

  • 30 May 2020 09:08, by Chiir

    There are many classes of looters in this country. Focus is on Army Generals when some ministers, businessmen, and oil industry officials are screwing up everything. If I may ask, is the minister of finance an army general? Are some self-proclaimed business tycoons generals? Such a fucking awful shitty mess in this country. These are mixed: they are not Dinka or Nuer alone!

  • 30 May 2020 09:08, by Chiir

    There are many classes of looters in this country. Focus is on Army Generals when some ministers, businessmen, and oil industry officials are screwing up everything. If I may ask, is the minister of finance an army general? Are some self-proclaimed business tycoons generals? Such a fucking awful shitty mess in this country. These are mixed: they are not Dinka or Nuer alone!

    • 31 May 2020 15:25, by Langaar

      Yes, there is a corruptions in South Sudan, like every other countries in the world. But living over other people and their people doesn’t make anyone anything. How can South Sudanese became *lowly educated indians, Pakistanis,>>>

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