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By Julius N. Uma

June 6, 2012 (JUBA) - The Kenyan Commercial Bank (KCB) on Wednesday unveiled a SSP 200,000 ($40,000) cheque in support of the dilapidated Juba military hospital, as part of the institution’s corporate social responsibility to the community.

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SPLA Gen. Pieng Deng Majok (R) holding a cheque with Kenya Central Bank (KCB) staff at the ceremony in Juba, Central Equatoria State, South Sudan 6 June 2012 (Julius N. Uma/ST)

The event, held at the military hospital premises in Juba, the South Sudan capital, kicked off with a tour of the visibly under-funded health facility, which was run jointly by Khartoum and Juba during the interim period of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement until South Sudan seceded in July last year.

While speaking at the occasion, John Kimanthi, KCB Sudan managing director lauded the relationship between East Africa’s largest commercial bank and South Sudan, which he said commenced before signing of Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005.

The CPA ended over two decades of a bloody civil war fought between southern rebels and Sudanese government and gave South Sudan greater autonomy for a six-year period, followed by the right to independence through a referendum, which took place last year.

Kimanthi said that his bank began full operations in South Sudan in May 2006, when Southern Sudan was a semi-autonomous region of Sudan, after obtaining official license from the Central Bank in Khartoum. The fist two branches were in Juba and Rumbek, the provincial capital of Lakes State.

Currently, KCB has 19 branches spread all over the 10 states of the world’s newest nation, employing over nearly 330 staff, and 80% of which are South Sudanese nationals.

“It has not been an easy walk,” Kimanthi told Sudan Tribune, while applauding the “strong commitment and persistence” from KCB staff at all levels.

“Our future plan and vision is geared towards becoming the preferred financial solutions provider in Africa, with a global reach,” he added.

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John Kimanthi, Kenyan Central Bank (KCB) Sudan Limited Managing Director during an interview with Sudan Tribune, June 6, 2012 (Julius N. Uma/ST)

Susan Omanga, the chairperson KCB Foundation underscored the fundamental roles played by a fund initiative, especially in supporting communities in the areas such as education, health, humanitarian need response, and environment as well enterprise development.

In the education sector, for instance, KCB has supported South Sudanese students through scholarships, constructed schools and provided school facilities, including reading materials.

“As a bank, we strongly believe that an educated society is an empowered society,” she said amidst applause.

On the environment, KCB has reportedly planted 31,000 trees throughout South Sudan, while the donation to the hospital is meant to support the health ministry in its efforts to improve service delivery in the country.

Peter Muthoka, the outgoing KCB board chairman emphasised the importance of strong partnership with countries where the bank currently operates. To-date, he said KCB boasts of 223 branches spread throughout Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and South Sudan.

He pledged the banks continued commitment towards supporting South Sudanese, saying the country will make an immense contribution to the East African Community (EAC) once it becomes a member.

“KCB is here to stay with the people of South Sudan,” noted Muthoka, adding KCB is committed to helping South Sudan, where it reportedly controls 42% of the banking industry, achieve its economic independence.

Meanwhile, Gen. Pieng Deng Majok, the deputy chief of general staff in-charge of administration thanked KCB for its generous contribution to the health facility, pledging continued cooperation between the army and the financial institution.

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  • 7 June 2012 07:31, by Ahmed Chol

    The government lacks credibility and there is no guarantee that the money will reach its intended target or will just get lost like any other money given to South in the past.

    4 billion lost and no punishment, how long will the government function like this and continue to stay around?

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    • 7 June 2012 07:57, by Mach

      It’s embarrassing for SPLM/A officials that Kenyan are donating $ 40,000 to assist military hospital in South Sudan, when this is just like a pocket change for SPLM officials with tens of millions of dollars each in the overseas banks. Where is the pride for motherland?

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    • 7 June 2012 10:39, by Manyieldit

      OOh my God, is this is true? The so-called SPLA Medical Corps is the most corrupt unit in the SPLA under the Brg. Gen Kuol Deng Kuol who is the brother to Gen. Pieng Deng who witnessed the cheque donated by KCB. Many Donors including USA govt. has donated several time in cash and in kind to the same hospital but Kuol put them in his pocket and went and bought a house in South Africa where his

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      • 7 June 2012 10:44, by Manyieldit

        family is residing, not only that he has been eating the salaries of over 200 health workers who are now working outside Medical corps since 2009 until today while the SPLA finance did not know about it, when it was discovered he was been covered by his brother Pieng. I urge the KCB not to give the money to these thieves, but contract the company to renovate the facilities in the hospital.

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        • 7 June 2012 10:49, by Manyieldit

          There is no different between Pieng and Kuol, these are thieves from Abyei who the father has sold the Abyei land to Arab and they here looting the money of the people of South Sudan, same as their father did. SPLA has many doctors and who struggle during the liberation period unlike Kuol who was in Nairobi working with NPA until 2006 when he run to come and eat the fallen elephant. SPLA should

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          • 7 June 2012 10:53, by Manyieldit

            remove Kuol and replace him with any of the Veteran Doctors who are now working in the SPLA, they are more senior then him (Kuol) but because they did not have good connection with Pieng and Kiir that is why they are not given the post. When will SPLA learn from mistake which are occurring?

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            • 7 June 2012 20:53, by Zionist

              Manyieldit
              You sound like you’re suffering from Abyeiphobia. If you can not present any supporting document or prove to your claim, then you’re misleading and spreading lies and should be sued for defamation. Abyei should not be your escape goat for all corruptions and failures in South Sudan. Moreover, those missing $40B are not in Abyei, you better look elsewhere.

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              • 8 June 2012 08:23, by Manyieldit

                Zionist,
                I think u re not inside South Sudan otherwise u would have agree with me. just pay a visit to Bilpam and talk to one of the Medical corps staff and again come to Military hospital in Juba and do the same then come and prove me wrong. Don’t defend what u do not know these are fact on the ground and there is no doubt about it.If u heard of the list of corrupt SPLA Gens then see who are the

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                • 8 June 2012 08:26, by Manyieldit

                  Generals on the top of the list, it seem u re behind the news are not been very close to what is going on in South Sudan. Do that task and come and tell me your finding.

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                • 8 June 2012 16:02, by Zionist

                  Manyieldit
                  There’s no reason for me to defend corruption, unless I’m corrupt myself which I’m not. However, and like any citizen of our country, I’m frustrated with this corrupt governmet that stole $4B, and then come and accept this little money from KCB to build a hospital for its army, how shameful that is? If I had power in this country, I would investigate all including the president himsel.

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                  • 8 June 2012 16:14, by Zionist

                    ...These corrupt SPLA/M officials made the late Dr. John Garang turn in his grave. In addition, I came to believe that most of them are money hungry and money driven individuals who would not hesitate in emptying this country from its wealth if they can, and let its people die of hunger and starvation, why not they’re the librators to begin with. I understand how you feel about the whole

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                    • 8 June 2012 16:48, by Zionist

                      ...corruption and you’ve the right to venue you disappointment. And let me tell, our people’s support to SPLA/M will never be the same again, unless something is done to clear its name, or our entire nation’ll turn into thieves and looters. However, there’re still great SPLA/M out there who’re determine to make things right by all means, and those’re the ones our people’ll support.

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    • 8 June 2012 05:31, by Monydit K

      Pieng is the most corrupted number one general who stolen million of dollars because he want president Kiir to be hate by the entire army.

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  • 7 June 2012 07:35, by Monydit K

    Big thank for Kenyan government but they suppose to bring their engineers to built the hospital and also buy it facilities. This people are money lovers they don’t care about others and even military that keep them in the power.

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    • 7 June 2012 08:00, by Jeti

      Kenyans are known to be great liars in the world!
      Which Kenya donated to South Sudan when her own citizens are starving in Turkana region, Pokot region, North Eastern region, etc?!
      Please don’t jump in and say Kenya has donated to South Sudan. They are making news about South Sudan.

      Bullshits!

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  • 7 June 2012 07:36, by Lorolokin

    Will this amount not fall into dirty hands ? coz majority of the big cats in the Southern government including ministers and high ranking military officials are so corrupt.
    watch out,

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    • 7 June 2012 09:47, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Kenya would have donated inform of aircraft than money,to improved the airspace of our country.
      Since Panthou is ours.

      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 7 June 2012 07:38, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    good news for south sudanese, kenya is good keep it up building relationship with south. like kenya is a first country which creat peace to sudan generally

    congratulation kenyan.

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    • 7 June 2012 10:55, by angunliach

      This is lost money, who told Kenyans to give this money to Sudan official, Pieng will construct his own hospital, please Kenyans you give them check only, rush and cancel the check and find different contractor some where to do the construction then call them during handing over, they are greedy, selfish and careless about Nation and minded a lot about their own properties.
      Shit! what a lost mone

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  • 7 June 2012 07:54, by Tambura

    I know and believe from bottom of my heart KCB is corrupted bank. Don’t let them brainwashed with this little money and you think they helping. This just very little of what they stole in south Sudan....

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  • 7 June 2012 12:25, by sudani ana

    There was once a man
    Called the Dinka warrior
    He lived near the land of the Funj
    But he had the hots for Madina Tonj

    Let’s meet he says
    In Juba, Wau, or Yae
    The poor Dinka warrior
    Wanted to get his own wicked way

    Madina Tonj felt sick
    Go away she said, you prick
    For am a man, you see
    Wanna see my big dick?

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    • 7 June 2012 14:00, by Loko El Pollo

      ABYEI SENIOR OFFICIALS NAMES ARE ON THE LIST OF THE MOST CORRUPTS,THE QUESTION IS.WHAT WILL WE GAIN FROM THEM IF WE HAVE TO SACRIFICE OUR CHILDREN FOR THEIR LAND?.THIS KUOL AND ANOTHER KUOL IS CORRUPT IN ADIS-ABABA.

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  • 7 June 2012 18:28, by Zionist

    If it hadn’t been for corruption; however, we wouldn’t be accepting rent money from Kenya for our "Ilemi" triangle, we are heading for being a nation without pride, wating for hand-out from others, like most of our citizens in diaspora. Shame on us if we didn’t say it, and on them if they didn’t accept it.

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  • 7 June 2012 18:58, by Bush man

    This is one of the funniest story in our government. KCB should know that their donation is not going to the poor SPLA medical corps. It is entering into the pocket of big brothers. Kuol and Pieng, the two sons of Deng Majok. I have been the SPLA medical corps staff but the son of Dengdit Majok frustrated me in that important unit. He was there too busy promoting his sisters and brothers.

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  • 8 June 2012 00:19, by solider

    lit me remind u that ilemi triangle is not only rich with oil, but also have incridable amount of uranium and gold and good land for agriculture. do u think kenya can give up ilemi specialy after lamu became ss only access to the ocean ? ss say goodbye to ilemi.it used to be 100% sudaness land but now it is gone

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  • 8 June 2012 06:02, by MKee

    Jalaby,
    No one is forgetting Illemi triangle, it is part of south sudan and the whole world know that including Kenya and Ethiopia. So don’t divert our attention from Heglig to Illemi triangle.

    If KCB is to successfully run in South sudan they have to employee local people. it would be shame on them if they leave locals unemployee and bring people from kenya to work in their branches in South sud

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