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South Sudan President Kiir reveals corruption discussion with US president Obama


October 3, 2011 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, revealed that the issue of corruption was at the top of his agenda in his discussions with the US president, Barrack Obama, during his recent visit to New York.

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Barack Obama and South Sudan president, Salva Kiir (Getty)

The minister of information and official spokesman of the government, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, on 29 September told the press that Kiir briefed the Council of Ministers about his meeting with Obama.

Kiir met Obama on 21 September at the UN General Assembly, where South Sudan was welcomed into the UN fold two after it gained independence from the rest of Sudan.

Kiir told the South Sudanese population he will tackle the issue of corruption after a series of high profile incidents. This includes billions of US dollars spent on contracts signed by the ministry of finance with fictitious companies to deliver the grain throughout the country.

Marial explained that Kiir also discussed the need for good governance, transparency and accountability in South Sudan with Obama.


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  • 4 October 2011 06:32, by Peter Nhiany

    Mr. President, "action speaks louder than words." You spoke of "good governance, transparency and accountability in South Sudan with Obama." Mr. President, you must be kidding. Things happened in your watch and you are telling us that you will hold some greedy ministers accountable for their selfish act. It would be better for the South Sudanese citizens to know who are those looted public fund.

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    • 4 October 2011 12:31, by OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

      Mr President,your dicussion with the US President is first step in fighting corruption in this new Nation,start implementing some of your promises ,let it not end in words,Mr Kiir,wheather your brother is among the corrupts officials precuite him.


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      • 4 October 2011 14:53

        Zero tolerance should actually mean zero tolerance nothing less, corruption, trilism and nepotism must end in south sudan period. The Dura saga must not go without trace and accountability. Expose the culprits and they must face the true arm of the law be they be BIG or SMALL FISH. The law is the low

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    • 6 October 2011 14:54, by G’ son

      u are right man but corruption have no colours who is doing it not known.

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  • 4 October 2011 06:54, by Kon Ajith Deng

    Hi Mr President
    Corruption become a second disease after Aids in the Republic of South Sudan,among ministers,fake companies and among generals in the SPLA,be serious about that,we want you to take all those corruptees to the court,so that the coming ministers could not do the same,it is only way to secure your regimefrom corruptionists

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  • 4 October 2011 07:03, by Akol Liai

    Obama’s heart and mind hasn’t come back home(Africa) yet and he is to blame for the genocides that are taking place right now in Blue Nile, Nuba Mts and Darfur regions of North Sudan. Everyone has seen the US Carrot to the NIF fugitive leaders, but no where for the stick to be seen as the first mentioned incentive of "Stick & Carrot" from US Administration to NIF administration of Khartoum.

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  • 4 October 2011 07:44, by Ram B

    President himself is the master minder of corruption in southern Sudan because those to corrupt official are his close friends. In 2008 his brother-in-law Salva Mathok steals half of military budget, he has not got punish for it and now he work as deputy ministers of interior. What corruption is his talking about and he is employing all his brothers Rek who are not even qualify. REK ALWAYS THINKS

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  • 4 October 2011 07:47, by Anyangaliec

    Do it and we shall see.

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  • 4 October 2011 11:32, by Abraham Lueth

    Dear President,
    I hope you will immplement what you have discussed with Baraka Obama and follow his feet, We sons and daugters of this Coutry are proud of you , Hopping that changes of living stantdard will happen to our Country one day .
    Corruption comes down when there is a follow up from Ministers and Government officials from the top to the grass roos levels otherwise Something to be done .

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  • 4 October 2011 11:37, by kimatong

    Corruption is not a recent phenomenon in our government Mr. president. Your talk about a zero tolerant for corruption is all too-familiar rhetoric. Mr. president enough talking do some about it.

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  • 4 October 2011 11:45, by Abraham Lueth

    Dear President,
    I hope you will immplement what you have discussed with Baraka Obama and follow his feet, We sons and daugters of this Coutry are proud of you , Hopping that changes of living stantdard will happen to our Country one day .
    Corruption comes down when there is a follow up from Ministers and Government officials from the top to the grass roos levels otherwise Something to be done .

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  • 4 October 2011 12:13, by Both Nguot

    Action Mr president.

    Mr president,we have seen in many occasion that you talk about corruption, all along we been waiting all these days since the formation of your cabinet to declare the names of those thieves through the office of anti-corruption commission so that those corrupt officials should face justice.
    we can’t believe unless, we see with our eye the action the have taken.

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  • 4 October 2011 13:18, by YBizzy

    what ever we are seeing today are the aftermath of war
    people are hungry they need to eat at the expense of others which is morally wrong..corruption ’ll never be eradicated since every body is implicated in one way or the other.there’s no truth in what the president is saying.we ’ve heard his zero tolerance to corruption over and over again specially in the army but what have we seen apart from promoting those culprits involved.typical example is the airforce were the so call directors are richer then some other ministers while the technical trained soldiers are merely like beggers...am optimistic that time is the best medicine for after 10 or so years,their bellies will burst and the new generation will take over..

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    • 5 October 2011 02:54

      Enough is enough we all been crying about our independes and now we get it just like we want and now we cant do things in the right ways STOP the racism and let build our country such as schools and hopistal...

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  • 5 October 2011 10:42, by Wen Tek

    Dear President,
    Most of us expected you to exclude corrupt politicians from your new cabinet,but you graced them with ministerial porfolios.Some big thieves got appointed to the National Assembly and the Council of States too.So my understanding is that you take what the public has rejected and reject what the public wants.If you want to gain the trust of the public,then take action now.

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