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Reveal list most corrupt officials, ex-minister dares S. Sudan speaker

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February 09, 2012 (JUBA) - A former minister for Finance and Economic Planning in South Sudan has requested the national assembly speaker make public a list, supposedly handed to President Salva Kiir on a visit to the US, allegedly detailing the “most corrupt” officials in the Juba government.

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Arthur Akuein Chol, South Sudan former Finance minister addressing the media in Juba, February 09, 2012 (ST)

Arthur Akuein Chol told journalists in Juba, the South Sudan capital, that the onus is now on the speaker, James Wani Igga, to disclose the names of the 13 senior officials allegedly holding large sums of money in foreign bank accounts.

The speaker, according to Chol, reportedly told lawmakers that the officials named are alleged to have stolen millions of dollars and hidden it in banks outside the country - one of the poorest in world.

“Go and ask the speaker who told MPs of the 13 most corrupt officials. He has the list and it’s high time he made them known to the public,” he said.

“Those implicated should tell the public how they obtained all that money.”

2005-2007 AUDIT

Chol, who served as finance minister from 2005-2007, also lauded last year’s auditor general’s report, which was presented in the national assembly. The document revealed how billions of dollars, mainly from oil revenues, went unaccounted for during the first two years of the interim period.

During the 2005-2006 financial years, for instance, over $1 billion is unaccounted for in transfers of oil revenues from the Government of National Unity - the power and wealth sharing partnership in Khartoum created by 2005 peace deal - to the autonomous Government of South Sudan (GoSS) in Juba.

In addition, the auditor general’s report further indicated that for two consecutive years, there was no financial reporting of what happened to non-oil revenues that were collected in taxes by the national government or South Sudan’s 10 states.

The ex-finance minister, who looked composed during the press briefing commended the auditor general’s report, but said “sufficient attention” was not given to these discoveries.

He remarked, “I am of the opinion that the auditor general should instruct his auditors to do a full audit and discovery on the national bank, and I am sure if they do this in a diligent and transparent manner, they will find the missing links [which] are there, but not yet discovered.”

Chol said that in 2006 some individuals from within South Sudan’s ruling party accused him of stealing public funds. An investigation by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) caucus found him to be innocent, he said.

According to the former minister, he was only involved in making approvals after instructions were issued from “above” concerning government spending.

OIL DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Chol, a holder of masters in economics from Switzerland, expressed concern over the ongoing oil crisis following the nationwide shutdown oil production as part of a dispute with Khartoum over transit fees.

According to Chol, while serving as finance minister, he advised the government to concentrate more on collecting taxes from customs to avoid over-dependency on oil revenues, which constitutes 98% of South Sudan’s budget.

“My advice was largely ignored,” he said. “Now see where the country is headed in light of the current oil crisis,” he said, urging the southern government amicably resolve the ongoing dispute with the Khartoum regime.

So far African Union led negotiations have failed to bring the two sides together. Juba wants to pay around $1 per barrel exported through northern pipelines and refineries, whereas Khartoum wants to be paid over $32 per a barrel.

North Sudan also claims the South owes $1 billion in unpaid fees and began to appropriate southern crude as payment in kind, triggering Juba’s decisive move.

(ST)

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  • 10 February 2012 07:20, by Darkangel

    I stated this 5 months ago - some of these blind SPLM supporters called me a lair !!!!

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    • 10 February 2012 07:23, by Darkangel

      Hardtalk
      Hilde Johnson - UN Special Rep
      Zeinab Badawi speaks to the UN head of mission for South Sudan, Hilde Johnson.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/p00ncfxr

      The Lier Hilda denied the GOSS had it or such a list existed.
      More evidence of here unprofessionalism and affiliation to the SPLM

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      • 10 February 2012 08:02, by Joseph Canada

        what you say my friend is opposit to what hilda said. She explained clearly the situation affecting the development, giving the situation of of coming right from the bush with guns to the minister. From Gorilla to Billion Dollars. She said the situation is there and the President is trying. Listen to it again bro. thanks.

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        • 10 February 2012 08:06, by Darkangel

          I have heard the interview clearly my friend. Hilda was trying her hardest to give excuses for the corrupt GOSS. Listen to UN.Org Website ... the journalists were asking her why is she so protective of the GOSS despite all the corruption and killing. No other UN diplomat has been so protective of a country they work in.

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    • 10 February 2012 07:35, by Wal P Muoranyar Biet

      How does the list of 13 most corrupted explains the charges uncle Akuiendit? We the people of South Sudan still deserve rights to hear your response to the allegations levelled against you. We have heard about the list, and it will be taken care off in different time. Tell us about the money which went missing please. Tell us who took them?

      Wal P Muoranyar

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    • 10 February 2012 07:51, by Darkangel

      Here is the list Mr. Ex-Minister ; 19 October 2011 09:13, by Sam.Eto

      South Sudanese Bank Accounts in US (Offical US-Norway report);

      President Salva Kiir: $38 Million
      Vise President R. Mashar: $36 Million
      Deng Alor: $28 Million
      James Wanni: $25 Million
      Pagan Amun: $21 Million

      http://www.sudantribune.com/South-Sudan-Speaker-briefs-Kiir-on,40464

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      • 10 February 2012 08:15, by Kuer Dau Apai

        The former finance minister mr Akueindit has rights and numerous number of reasons to disclose all the hidden facts.

        Mr Akueidit, please you do not have to compromise while they have already coloured your name. This is your right time to prove to the public all those misrepresented accuses which were forteited on you. We have already gained our independent, therefore, everyone can talk freely.

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      • 10 February 2012 11:10, by mohammed ali

        Darkangle, we are talking about billions dear; this what you mentioned ie pea nuts!This not taking consideration on assets they have villas, mansions..etc Deng Alor and the Abeyei gang have hotels in Kenya & Ethiopia which costs hundreds of millions! The best way to cover up for this is to creat tension with Sudan & call them " thives" to cover up for their mega-robbery sceme.

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        • 10 February 2012 11:22, by mohammed ali

          Most interesting thing is that Pagan has the courage to talk about MARGINALIZTION!Helda said the rural areas in SS will not be affected by the oil shut down,because already nothing goes there..marginalization!$ 17 billions & nothing reachs the rural areas;isn’t this enough cause to have cattle rustling & tribal wars...blame the jalaba, they are supplying the arms!Why there was 50 years of war then

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        • 12 February 2012 19:09, by morogot batal

          my friend,
          the devel you know is beter than the angels you dont know. arabs are our real enemies. we face them with the same way they are to us.
          GOSS are our own brothers that we are also having right to do any thhing to theem accordiing to our laws..
          let us not mixe things and thanks

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      • 10 February 2012 12:21, by pabaak

        Basheir’s has $9 billion in foreign country more than ten time what South Sudan have.

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        • 10 February 2012 13:45, by Darkangel

          Pabaak - i know you have $2 Million in foreign country too. i dont need to prove it .. i know !! You took this money from you cousin working in the Bank of Sudan and its in an Australian bank. The Bank says your dont have it .. but im sure you do.

          Nut !

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        • 10 February 2012 13:47, by Darkangel

          So South Sudan has less then $900 000. Poor South Sudan. What happened to the $17 Billion they got in the last 7 years. Thanks for proving our point.

          Nutter !

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    • 11 February 2012 07:54, by WendeMajok

      When ex-government staff are out of the positions, they start to reveal the unknown but why can’t they expose the hidden stuff when they are in system? We should be cautious in perceiving such info as they might be out of anger and state of being desperate.

      We know that our current leaders are nursing 21 years ulcers of poverty but please lead as not into failure.

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  • 10 February 2012 08:30, by Daniel Buolmawei

    When I heard the news I though Akuein would just list down names for the public, however, to my surprise, he resorted to cardplaying. Why he wasted his time about the list we already know about it instead of naming the names, that’s all we are waiting for. Well, even though you didn’t talk out, I like the way you threw the ball to Hon. Speaker James Wani Iga. It is to him to reveal the names.

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  • 10 February 2012 08:34, by Daniel Buolmawei

    But I think your names Arthur Akuein Chol are there in the list, however, a good thing is, you already accepted responsibility to explain your self before public. According to my sources, you have $51 millions and it be exciting to hear your explanation how you got to be this rich in a relatively short period of time.

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  • 10 February 2012 09:10, by ABDALLA BIN ABDALLA

    Gangs of thieves acussing each other. Who is better? A thief who stole before or a thief who is still stealing? Akuen Chol stole and the other finance ministers are still stealing. Leave him a lone or otherwise he will embarass your president as a thief number one.

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  • 10 February 2012 12:03, by Emmanuel Ajang Solomon

    Thanks uncle u have talk your points but remember the history of our country will never forget this and u will be always called to answer more points.

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  • 10 February 2012 14:50, by viper

    Wani will not tell these names because those involved r all from SPLM including the president. This SPLM has now become a safe heaven for thieves n lotters of public funds. May almighty God save us from those lotters

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