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March 2, 2012 (JUBA) - More constitutional post holders in South Sudan declare their personal income and assets to the South Sudan Anti-Corruption Commission (SSACC) on Thursday, although like previous declarations the results were not made public.

The policy was reintroduced by a presidential decree, after the previous attempt had failed, calling on all the constitutional post holders, senior civil servants and officers from the organised forces to declare their income and assets before the 31 March. Any official who fails to submit the form before the deadline will be asked to resign.

Two weeks ago the vice president Riek Machar declared his income and assets to the commission, although his net wealth and assets have not been made public. Machar urged his colleagues to follow suit. The army’s top generals were also issued with the declaration forms and expressed their readiness to declare their wealth.

The most high profile of the latest batch of officials to declare their assets was Rebecca Nyandeng Garang de Mabior, a presidential Advisor on gender and human rights. Upon receiving a certificate on Thursday verifying she had declared all her assets and liabilities to SSACC she denied rumours that her family owns a beer company in Juba.

Speaking to reporters after receiving her certificate of declaration on Thursday, Nyandeng thanked the anti-graft commission. She said it was appropriate for officials to declare their wealth and assets so the public knew what was happening to the country’s resources.

In a statement on national television, Nyandeng explained that she filled all her income, assets and liabilities clearly. She said that most of her assets were from an insurance payout after the death of her husband the former chairman of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), John Garang de Mabior. Garang died in a helicopter crash in 2005 just weeks after becoming the first vice president of Sudan and the President of South Sudan as part of the north-South peace deal.

Nyandeng denied and condemned the rumours and allegations that she owns the White Bull Company, which makes beer. She told state TV and radio that she did not know who owned the company, stressing that if the company belonged to her family, she would have declared it like other assets she had declared.

Other officials including minister of information and broadcasting, Barnaba Marial Benjamin and water resources and irrigation, Paul Mayom Akec declared their assets at the same time.

The declaration forms are South Sudan’s latest attempt to root out corruption, which is rife in the young country. Billions of dollars of public funds have gone missing since the SPLM took power in Juba in 2005 following a peace deal with the Sudanese government in Khartoum.

In July last year South Sudan became independent but the world’s youngest country faces a host of problems including humanitarian emergencies and security issues as well as corruption.

On Thursday the chairperson of South Sudan’s workers trade and union also joined the top government officials in declaring his assets and liabilities to the SSACC.

Meanwhile the minister for information and broadcasting, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin urged all the ministers and top officials of the government to be transparent in the exercise saying everybody should be accountable.

At the same time, the minster for water resources and irrigation, Paul Mayom Akech asserted that they will assist the commission take tougher decisions to reduce corruption vowing that they did not fight to embezzle public funds.

On his part, the chairperson of the Anti-Corruption Commission, Justice John Gatwech Lul announced that whoever fills the form without declaring all the assets and later discovered will forfeit the assets which will then be transferred into government account.

There are concerns that some officials may have banked stolen money under different names, making it difficult to trace.

The SSACC boss however earlier said he was mobilising expertise from Europe and America who will employ the latest techniques of tracing and detecting “stolen” money from financial institutions around the world.

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  • 3 March 2012 08:05, by mosa mel

    Dear chairman of anti-corruption

    Make sure the expert from western coontries are not corrupted one. They may be pay by corrupted South Sudanese officials to prevent effective investigation of money stolen. Be careful. There are many criminals too in western countries.

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    • 3 March 2012 12:56, by Mike Mike

      What a tricks and domain declaration of assets from GoSS officials. Whoever will said that those guys are going to declose the exact list of their assets is a fool and we will be closely monitor whether anti-corruption commission will cought someone accused of looted public money?. This one will end up like that without prosecuted anyone across the South, because this assets declaration is fake.

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  • 3 March 2012 08:06, by George Bol

    I definitely think that this asset declaration is a waste of time and energy.The millions of dollars has been spent for non-investment. Some will say that they have acquired their assets from relatives or through partnership and all goes.

    For me,this ministry should focus on the now economics and loss of assets in the coming days. The laws to manage financial activities such as proper payment

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    • 3 March 2012 08:35, by Land-of-Cush

      George Bol

      you and Dinka dominated SPLM/A claiming has make it clear that you two guys and your relatives are very much involved in stolen most of south Sudanese billion of dollars.
      Make sure that whatsoever you hiding will be discovered. Nhialic atow, Koch a ci wuew kual ebi ke ting ke nyinke apany!!

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      • 3 March 2012 14:50, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        The most useless are those who never change through the years, you will be like that of your grandfathers who where born nyagat and die nyagat,

        When will you change throught the years?
        Death to you,

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    • 3 March 2012 08:48, by Ruach

      This White Bull Beer Factory is for u Nyandeng though u denied it.Your late husband looted a lot of money for name of SPLA.Shame on u to deny white Bull factory having the same horns running upwards like your marks

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      • 3 March 2012 13:46, by Loko El Pollo

        IF I SAY THE FACTORY BELONG TO ME,AND IT IS NOT MINE WHAT DIFFERENT WILL IT MAKES.GO NUER BOY WITH YOUR USUAL FALSE ASUMPTIONS.

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      • 3 March 2012 20:45, by panom lualbil

        RUACH: I already knew anything done by Dr.hyena riek wont help at all.riek should have started with honesty declaring his income included incentives paid 2 him by bashiir when he looted civilans’properties.Since 1979 this oil was there for arabs. But when dinka led you out of slavery,you called them ur arabs. World know dinka 4 goodness of south though regardless of ur dicksucker riek.

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        • 3 March 2012 21:46, by panom lualbil

          It’s a matter of u nuer born with natural doubt like blinded person.That y all of u kept prodicting dinka ppl name when u cannt specify when & what. But fact is dinka do value themsleves the most than u nuer. It’s better ya love dinka taking care of leader [riek] out of arabs. I dont give damn of any wrongdoers either but goodness of country.

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  • 3 March 2012 12:42, by s sudan boy

    south sudan government always think of backward instead of forward they just consuming time, by preaching this filling of forms to delcare assets and liabilities. this will never stop them from stealing public funds, Gatwech was told to design this forms by kiir and his vice though that will free them from corruption. however, it wise for government to forget unaccounted monies and look for future

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  • 3 March 2012 13:15, by wang

    Leave Rebecca Nyandeng alone, she is investing her family wealth. The corrupted one from Bor-side is governor Kuol. And thank you anyway Rebecca for your cooperated with anti-graft commission.

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  • 3 March 2012 13:15, by Marco A. Wek

    All those looters should bring that money back and buy good weapons from the US to face the evil long time enemy of our people.

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  • 3 March 2012 16:56, by Mayar

    Let’s all hope for the better, these once will not eliminate all the corruption we have in our country, but it is the beginning. the big problems will come when the most doudted figure declare their assets less than what public know what the own, that is when people will question their dishonesty to the people they claim to lead..

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  • 3 March 2012 22:13, by morogot batal

    - WE WERE BEEN FIGHTING TIGETHER IN THE BUSH WITHOUT SALARIES.
    - SOME OF THE PEOPLE BECOME MILIONEIR AFTER SIGNING CPA.FROM WERE??
    - SOME PEOPLE COMMENT WITH SABOTAGING THE PROCEEDURE OF ANTI CORRUPTION.
    - TO COVER YOU PEOPLE MEAN A CRIME CONPIRACY
    - THESE ISSUES MUST BE ADRESS PROPERLY. IF NOT, IT WILL LEAD TO TOTAL COLAPSE OF THE NEW BORN COUNTRY

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  • 4 March 2012 03:20, by Anynya One

    This is not enough! Vowing that they did not fight to embezzle public funds is not enough; not only should the GOSS assist the commission takes tougher decision to reduce corruption. Southern Sudanese people need openness as early as now. We need the names of the corrupt officials first, followed by transparency which can now be weight under the official’s corruption details and face impeachment.

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  • 4 March 2012 03:39, by Anynya One

    The will of the people must be considered when solving such problems. With corruption problems piling on our face? while dis-respecting/minimizing the will of the people, will definitely cause anger and/or resentment, (a double edge sword) within the Republic of the South Sudan. Is this Democracy you meant?

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