June 23, 2012 (JUBA) - Awut Deng Acuil, a senior member of South Sudan’s governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), on Saturday published a list of her bank accounts and invited her wealth to be investigated.
Acuil is one of 75 top-level government officials who received a letter from South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir asking them to account for $4bn in missing government funds, since the SPLM took power in South Sudan in 2005.
She denied involvement in the allegation and is one of the few South Sudanese politicians to declare their innocence after the existence of Kiir’s letter was made public.
The SPLM MP for Tonj East in Warrap State released the details of her four accounts on Saturday, two of which are in Kenya.
“I am one of those who have received the letter from the office of the President regarding the $4 Billion that was stolen. I am going to go public to clear myself", Acuil said before the South Sudan National Legislative Assembly on June 12.
The official said she did not vote for the independence of South Sudan last year in order "to steal public funds” and that she was making her bank accounts public for the purpose of accountability and transparency.
She added that it was time each of the accused follow suit or be identified as a corrupt official in the court of public of opinion.
“Since I receive the letter from the office of the president, I am inviting the public to review and scrutinize my personal financial information as well as my background”, Acuil said in a press release.
“I am not above the law; therefore, I would welcome any investigations", she adds.