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Prosecute corrupt officials, UN tells South Sudan President Kiir

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By Julius N. Uma

September 28, 2011 (JUBA) - The UN’s special representative to South Sudan, Hilde F. Johnson, on Wednesday urged the new country’s president Salva Kiir to ensure that those implicated in corruption are thoroughly investigated and prosecuted.

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Hilde Johnson, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), speaks to journalists. 28 September 2011 (Photo UN)

“It is unacceptable when money devoted to developing the new and independent South Sudan ends up in private pockets and foreign bank accounts. [But] with the actions the president is now taking, he is ending impunity for the individuals involved,” Johnson, who just returned from the UN General Assembly meeting, said.

Such anti-corruption moves, she told journalists, are the preconditions for South Sudan to succeed in building a new, strong and stable nation. Johnson also urged South Sudanese to put the country above any individual interests.

In his message delivered by the vice-president last week, president Kiir reiterated new government’s policy of a zero tolerance for corruption, saying his new administration will focus on good governance, democracy, accountability and transparency.

South Sudan seceded in July as part of a 2005 peace deal which ended a conflict that had raged - with a 11 year break (1972-1983) - since 1955, a year Sudan’s independence.

Despite being one of South Sudan’s most critical problems since it gained self-rule in 2005 no official has ever been prosecuted for corruption, despite a commission being appointed to investigate graft.

Johnson called upon the international community to assist the Republic of South Sudan in implementing its development plans. She specifically appealed for countries like Switzerland, the UK, the US and Australia to help South Sudan recover and repatriate funds that had been diverted by corrupt officials.

“The engagement by the Legislative Assembly and civil society, requesting additional actions against corruption, is positive. To win the fight against corruption, all parts of society need to engage,” she emphasised.

The UN Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) also lauded President Kiir’s historic first address to the General Assembly on behalf of Africa’s newest nation, describing it as the “right message at the right time”.

“The president has clearly shown commitment to peaceful relations with neighbouring north [Sudan] aimed at establishing a solid foundation for the new nation, based on political pluralism, good governance, transparency and accountability,” Johnson said.

The head of the UN in South Sudan further appealed to the southern leadership to ensure that both the Political Parties Act and the Electoral Act, which are due to be discussed in parliament, are subjected to extensive consultations with all political parties in the country.

“This commitment also needs to be reflected in protecting political space, and respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms of all political actors in the country,” the SRSG added.

The country’s leaders, she reiterated, should also review and regulate policies governing land sales, describing it as a fundamental approach towards reducing inter-communal tensions.

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  • 29 September 2011 06:55, by Raan Naath

    Of course action speaks louder than spoken words.

    President Salva Kiir should start seriously investigating and prosecuting all those dozens of corrupt officials who have squandered millions from our nation’s resources.

    And that is when we will begin to believe in what he says about his zero tolerance policy on corruption.

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    • 1 October 2011 01:26, by deng_ateny

      Guys, i agree few of you who tried to shed some lights on this critical issue of Corruption going in Repubic of South Sudan however, i don’t with United Nations representative Ms. Johnson she has overstepping UN mandates. i think her Job is to ensure that Human rights and peace is given room in new Nation of South Sudan. the issue of corruption is government issue.

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  • 29 September 2011 07:13, by longtweng

    Pres Kiir is afraid of his old corrupt comrades and afraid to fights Bashir in Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile States. Arabs conquered Egypt, Nubia, Nuba Mountain Blue Nile, Abyei and soon South Sudan. They will conquered Africa as whole if South Sudan doesn’t stop them.

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  • 29 September 2011 07:20

    Hi Johnson ,

    You are right but the problem is Kiir himself is a corrupt president coz since he formed the commision of anti corruption up to this movement no any single official has been brought for questioning ,so if the president himself is a corrupt how could he investigate corrupt individuals ? never .

    Kinkak.

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  • 29 September 2011 07:37, by PT92

    Prosecuting the culprit is the only option left to stop vice in the face of new nation.

    Thanks UN for advising RSS on this matter!

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  • 29 September 2011 07:42, by jamustwo

    Iam very happy for the step to be taken by the goverment to see the corrupted people,but what i know our people talk but don’t act.

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  • 29 September 2011 07:45, by Majok Garang

    Dear South Sudanese citizens,

    I am so grateful to see the UN exerting tremendous pressure on the corrupted regime of South Sudan. It is a laudable and genuine call I want to see the International Community plays so that South Sudan must back off from the corruption and protect from plunging into an ultimate dictatorship or lack of democracy. The South Sudan is not only corrupted but autocratic.

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    • 29 September 2011 20:32

      am rely happy to hear that the corrupt officials must investigate and prosecute by international communities probably south Sudan is not place of poor people but we going to be make poor by this leadership due to malpractice and corruption which some people may thought is a kind of richness but they must prosecute and taken to trail if UN and the president can manged this crucial situation

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  • 29 September 2011 07:47, by jamus3

    Dear readers,
    It is part of democratic transition based on its tenets of accountability, transparency and responsibility. Those involved in corruption, especially, the inflation of GOSS vehicles’ prices, the awarding of lucrative contracts to relative and to cap it all, the dura scam culprits need to be arraigned in criminal courts. With this, the government will gain its credibility from the pub

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  • 29 September 2011 07:58

    Thanks so much for the good words delivered to our south-sudanese but is this be implemented start at state level to national?if yes,then we are happy to appreciate president speches.

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  • 29 September 2011 08:00, by Majok Garang

    Congratulations Hilde Johnson,

    The issues addressed by the UN Representatives are those concerns that are now plunging South Sudan into chaos.
    1. Elimination of Corruption,
    2. Regulations of policies governing land sales and title deeds.
    3. Permitting fundamental freedoms of all kinds including respect for human and bills of rights.
    4. Democracy, fair election, and parties’ participations.

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  • 29 September 2011 08:09

    Sound is good Hilde, but don’t blame those guys of stealing money, they are lack of leadership and skills. You give a lot of money to somebody without plan or show them how they are going to use it, you are the one corrupting them they doesn’t know how to use it. Before those countries give them the money why not they have to make plan and how the money will be use,. Those guys are uneducated.

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  • 29 September 2011 08:19

    Hey
    Most of the guys are corrupted, from the top to feet lack of leadership and skills spend most of their lives in bush. Giving them a lot of money without plan is not good thing to do. Thieve can not investigate thieve. All those countries giving them money should make plan what the money will be use for and how, or send their people to help people of south Sudan.

    Tambura

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  • 29 September 2011 08:36

    Anti- corruption,you are now pro-corruption, where were you? are you really in the South? our land, our money, our leadership and our words are graped, diverted and misused by South Sudan vampires. Please come out with a full force to wash a way these corrupist,or other wise all government officials right from the top to the cleaners should be sued and held acountable for the lost money.

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  • 29 September 2011 09:17

    Good speech Ms. Johnson! For South Sudan to be better and a stable nation, those who have stolen public funds must brought to justice. How president kiir going to eradicate corruption while he also infected by these disease? Pagan Amum accused Dr. Lual Achuek of betrayed the people of South Sudan by selling oil for the whole Month of July while he sell company and divert the money to his account.

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  • 29 September 2011 09:25, by Wen Tek

    "Action speaks louder than words"Saint James wrote.
    All we need to see are arrests,investigations,convictions and repatriation of the stolen cash.
    So Ms.Johnson has hit the nail right in the head.
    The President should start cleaning his house immediately,touching the untouchables and the top bananas.
    Thank you Ms.Johnson for souding an alarming bell to the top leadership.

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  • 29 September 2011 09:31

    Dear Sudan Tribune editorial team
    You must take these actions long time ago, the offences language and diverting main article into individual’s interests have already determined. This cause no more peace among commentators in this website, but seem like you don’t care about those offence language against south and north Sudanese leaders that have been kept on table for so many years since the foun

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  • 29 September 2011 09:36

    Its really wonderful to speak about prosecuting those corrupting South Sudan money for their own benefit. But the question one could ask is that: Is it easy really to begin it and from where?
    Since the beginning of self rule in 2005, some government officials are well groomed with external defense either from the military wing, Top government or fellow tribe mates giving these people chance 2abuse

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  • 29 September 2011 09:37, by angunliach

    Anti-corruption, you are now pro-corruption, where are you? your voices are not heard since you were formed,you are actually confirmed inactive and if the eye of the nation failed to see then we are leading a blind nation, a nation in which our land,money and words are diverted by vampires and anti-corruption still toothless to bring the culprite into justice.

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  • 29 September 2011 09:52, by Silk Bin Kottoraa

    Before telling others to combat corruption, UN should combat corruption within its own system.Where are the salaries of Sudanese REPs in the CFC for the last three months of 2007. Were not those salaries stolen by senior officials of UNAMID ?!. The money was mobilized by UN SG in the name of those REPS through an appeal to the donors through the SC.

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  • 29 September 2011 09:55, by Silk Bin Kottoraa

    Before telling others to combat corruption, UN should combat corruption within its own system.Where are the salaries of Sudanese REPs in the CFC for the last three months of 2007. Were not those salaries stolen by senior officials of UNAMID ?!. The money was mobilized by UN SG in the name of those REPS through an appeal to the donors through the SC.

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  • 29 September 2011 10:18, by Gueth

    Why not. If the president is really commited to fighting corruption, what else would he do other than bringing corruptee to judge otherwise he is joking. President needs to be series at this stage of our nation.

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  • 29 September 2011 10:53, by Runrach

    NOTHING AS HURT AS DENYING THE TRUTH. IN ORDER FOR MR. PRESIDENT TO WIN PUBLIC SYMPATHY I WISH KIIR SHOULD ALLOW THE ANTI CORRUPTION COMMISSION TO TRACK DOWN THOSE CABINET AND PUBLIC SERVANT INVOLVED TO BE BROUGHT INTO BOOK AND CHARGE IN THE COURT OF LAW.

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  • 29 September 2011 11:07

    It is really challenging when another man tells you how to behave at your home and very very bad when it is the woman telling you.

    Let the government come up with something to convince the donors otherwise we will be in the middle of no where.

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  • 29 September 2011 11:22, by Okucu Pa Lotinokwan

    This is now a good news for the new nation,implementation is the good way to development,prosecuting our corrupt officials is the example to others who are now in the government offices,to let them work in te right direction
    The SRSG,should talking to our president on his promise.

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  • 29 September 2011 11:33, by deltabravo

    Who is she to tell our President what to do in his own Country? Is it becaused she was in Peace agreement does not mean she tell any leader what to do. This European are still thinking of Colonialism of Africa. We been suffered for 22years of Civilwar, we were even called Socialist by those of Western World Leaders. She needs to take it easy they got worst Corruption in Europe more ours.

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    • 29 September 2011 13:45

      to delta bravo

      the rate of corruption in our country is very high because our leader are not qualified for the position they are holding.
      people have been silence for six years.
      now every body will speak loudly about corruption;
      her message is welcome by all the patriot of south sudan

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      • 30 September 2011 04:43, by deltabravo

        To Unknown

        UN itself is Corrupted leave alone the New Nation. I know there is corruption in our Country. Most civilian are suffering especially the Ruler areas and those who dnt have anyone working for the Government.

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  • 29 September 2011 12:19, by William Deng Chang

    Weldone Ms Johnson, your words if followed by actions shall save lives of the poor people in this infant country. Keep it up, the entire international community together with the new conutry’s public are with you. For your previous hard work for the interest of peace in Sudan not to be forgotten, pressure on the current South Sudan’s political and government leadership is urgently required. Will

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  • 29 September 2011 12:27, by jembo lo yei

    Johnson, we are proud of you, but why you promise national un staffs that by last month they suppose to get Hard currency as their salaries?
    I think don’t jump from corner to corner.

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  • 29 September 2011 12:46, by Mathiang A Y

    Thanks to Hilde, Our leaders,, its white speaking about South Corruption. You better bring back the money to South from wherever you hide it. even if you burried it, please better return it to Government’s account for the new state development. Let’s take town to the people.

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    • 29 September 2011 13:32, by puok Bai

      Dear Ms F.jOHNSON,

      Special thanks to you for the very good words you have adviced South Sudan President.Mr.President you need to strengthen Anti-Corrution department to eradicate those are usually revert the public fund into their private pockkets.

      Your offical corruption need not to contue.Anti-corruption should esure that they have tracing all those cabinet involves.

      Thanks

      Puok Bai

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  • 29 September 2011 12:58, by Anna

    In my area the rate of malnourished children is increasing daily; one sac of "durra" is 500 ssp in the local market. Sick people have to walk long distances before reaching the only hospital operating in the area (MSF); no cars, nightmare roads.

    It is not Somalia: it is our new Republic of South Sudan, What have to say, those people who have stolen all that
    money?

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    • 29 September 2011 14:45, by WUNDIT

      to anna
      my friend our people will suffer most because world vision are really trying their best but they staffs on are selling food out instead to give it the right people i know from marial lou to that end it is really far.

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    • 29 September 2011 14:45, by pabaak

      Good steps from the SudanTribune editorial teams, there are people who don’t know where to aim their guns, now they should know that who are really enemies of South Sudan, Corruption,NCP, Laziness, and etc. We should be focusing on bringing new ideas that will benefit us instead of wasting time on tribal war of words.

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    • 29 September 2011 19:16, by junubiine

      we re all peace loving citizens and our new nation is heading in different directions. we re stick to monitoring the peace and build our young nation without corruptions or misused our public fund.our new head of State has already made it clear to all the corrupted leaders who have been in ripping up our citizens since civil war broke out.

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  • 29 September 2011 15:17

    Dear Mrs Hilde F. Johnson,

    The corruption in South Sudan will not end, because if the same ministers are the people who takes offices always then there will be no change at all. But, South Sudan will be a useless country because of corruption. In fact, the blame go to Salva Kiir Miyardit who is the president of South Sudan.

    By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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  • 29 September 2011 15:28

    Dear Mrs Hilde F. Johnson,

    The corruption in South Sudan will not end, because if the same ministers are the people who takes offices always then there will be no change at all. But, South Sudan will be a useless country because of corruption. In fact, the blame go to Salva Kiir Miyardit who is the president of South Sudan.

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  • 29 September 2011 16:51

    sound clear, action agaist corrupted leaders in the government of south Sudan is the only option for the nation to move forward. We want to see investigation will start from the top leaders. Secondly, one of the root causes of corruption is polygamy, leaders who has more than one wife must be out from the leadership because more wives leads them to steal public money.

    By: Kaci-Ma-Banno

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  • 1 October 2011 04:26

    First, I would like to thank the UN representative in South Sudan for this precious advice.

    second, I am asking Mr. President Kir. salva!!! If you are really serious about curruption, could you please persecute your former bodygaurd whom you had taken from USA and set him up on public resourses which lifted him from rag to riches? How many properties he has now? in Uganda, Kenya, USA?

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  • 1 October 2011 06:20, by Dr. fool

    Hilde F Johnson.
    Thanks for your words, but they will fell on deaf hear of our president, there are clear indication of how it will be difficult for him to clear he will rather quit the Government then to prosecute them.

    all the corrupt cases he or his childrens are part of it like most contract where his children are partners, do u think he will bring them to books like the case of ABMC,

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