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June 9, 2012 (WAU) – South Sudan on Saturday published an account of top-level government officials who have been contacted to inform them of an amnesty, offering them the opportunity to return embezzled funds.

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South Sudan president, Salva Kiir (Central Banking)

An estimated US$4 billion was taken by more than 75 government officials, according to a report published on 3 May and signed by South Sudan president, Salva Kiir.

Kiir’s recent communication urges the employees to return stolen funds “immediately” in the knowledge that their anonymity will be retained.

Funds are to be sent to a bank account in Kenya, with the account number 0810299067373.

At the start of this year, South Sudan’s government lost 98 percent of its income when, after a transit fee dispute with Sudan, it stopped all oil-production. Reuters estimate that this figure could indicate that the revenue from one in every three barrels of oil South Sudan has exported since 2005 has been stolen.

Austerity measures have been put in place to take up some of the economic slack but South Sudan is already one of the poorest countries in the world, as illustrated by its poor health and education statistics. Less than three in ten South Sudanese have basic literacy and maternal mortality is among the world’s highest. Outside the capital there are hardly any paved roads.

“This statement serves to inform officials named in the letter of the president of the details of an account to be used in case you have not been able to access it. The president appreciates your respond immediately”, reads part of the statement released on Saturday.

The release received overwhelming support from within government officials and members of the general public.

Secretary for external relations with country’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, Suzanne Jambo, commended the president’s “bold decision”.

“The time has come to put our new republic in order and move forward as a clean nation”, Jambo told Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

South Sudan’s Information Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin told Reuters in May, that over half of the estimated US$4 billion of embezzled funds was from the infamous grain scandal, where large orders of sorghum were ordered but never delivered or distributed.

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  • 11 June 2012 04:53, by salah

    This idiot Barnaba has become so accustomed to lieying that he beleives his own lies. It is not that one Billion of sorgum ordered but never received, it is One billion of dollars stolen. There is no sorgum ordered and will never be received you pathological lier.

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    • 11 June 2012 06:05, by Panthouandbeyond

      We ask all 75 governmental officials whom implicated
      themselves in this embezzlement to return all stolen money to the provided account number. No joke at this point.

      Panthou

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      • 11 June 2012 06:18, by Mi diit

        President Kiir should release the names of those 75 top official thieves to the public. It is a public money and the public has the right to know who are these thieves roaming in the society so that a good care is taken and they are prevented from stealing again. Don’t beg the thieves, Mr. President, arrest them and force them to repay the stolen property of the public.

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        • 11 June 2012 06:21, by Mi diit

          Again those thieves may only remit to that Kenyan bank account only 10% of what they have stolen. And be careful because another giant thief can finally steal the remitted money from that Kenyan bank account. The struggle continues...

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          • 11 June 2012 08:45, by Otong

            Midit, President Kiir is among these 75 thieves, how can he himself tell the names while he is the first person to lead corruption in th South?

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        • 11 June 2012 07:23, by P.K.M

          We all know the names of those with the embezzled billions; just begin from the top of SPLM/A leadership to the bottom. Would anyone say they don’t know who they’re?

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        • 11 June 2012 09:13, by godless

          I totaly agree with you Mi Diit; these thieves should be exposed and shamed. the public has all the right to know who is stealing it’s resources, also to make sure they would not be elected for office again. keeping their names in the dark will encourage others to walk in their track.

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    • 11 June 2012 06:06, by katnyokarieu

      bro, salah marial is not idiot he is over age to be realistic, he is at the right time for retirement. We have put blame on mr. Kiir for miss in ss by keeping those mzee in public instituation.

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      • 11 June 2012 06:29, by salah

        Dear Katnyokarieu, I feel I am living a bad dream. How can something so beautiful go so wrong? I had very high hopes on SS to become a shining star in Africa and lifts the contenent from its darkness and look what his gang of corrupt thieves did to the country that was the darling of the world just 10 months ago.

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        • 11 June 2012 06:45, by katnyokarieu

          mr. Salah,ss is like a widow without bro to the husband in the hand of SPLM after Garang,of course Garang was having problem same people but he can led the nation down the way kiir is doing now.am a Dinka but i cann,t agree with kiir.in missing up the country.those were vote out thier respective community ,but force them in his gov,nt here all count on him

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    • 11 June 2012 06:12, by Panthouandbeyond

      Mr. President Kiir

      You need to do further and deepest investigation to take legal action against them; otherwise, you will loose control financialy. Just continue, we support your move.

      Panthou

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      • 11 June 2012 09:26, by godless

        panthou,
        what are you talking about! Kiir already has the names of 75 officials and if he didn’t let the people know who the thieves are, most likely they will be elected for office again and keep stealing people’s hard won resources. Kiir is either a chicken or a thieve himself otherwise he will let the people of south sudan know who are the thieves who doesn’t deserve their vote.

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    • 11 June 2012 07:55, by Dinkawarrior

      This horrid culture of thieving and lying has nowhere to found except in the Arab world. For example, North Sudan President Mrs. Leech Bashit had stolen $9 Billion dollars form North Sudan government. Secondly, the same North Sudan government had stolen South Sudan oil.

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    • 11 June 2012 10:09, by Monydit K

      As law makers it is their responsibility to look after the nation sovereignties not to enrich themselves while the country still in the dark. However, is unfair for all country men and women whom the government borrow billion of dollars in the name of our country but unfortunately goes into individuals account.

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    • 11 June 2012 10:11, by Monydit K

      Why the amnesty has to be issue for those who stealing such big amount of public fund to their own accounts? For those who have big hands in corruption deserved the tough laws so that some of them could end up in jail.

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    • 11 June 2012 10:12, by Monydit K

      Look guys it will be very sad for taxpayers to pay the debt that they don’t know whereas the smart guys are enjoying public funding.

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    • 12 June 2012 11:44, by Johndumo14

      The CIDS must check all south sudan`s officials buildings and their home villages homes,or houses,because some of these stollen money are still in the country,some of thse money are hidden in their homes,or hidden under ground in special boxes.
      One of my friend who is a top S.Sudan`s official called me in Europe and said he has $30,000,000 million in cash and he don`t to know what toDO WITH THIS

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    • 12 June 2012 11:48, by Johndumo14

      The CIDS must check all south sudan`s officials buildings and their home villages homes,or houses,because some of these stollen money are still in the country,some of thse money are hidden in their homes,or hidden under ground in special boxes.
      One of my friend who is a top S.Sudan`s official called me in Europe and said he has $30,000,000 million in his house,and he don`t know what to do withTHIS

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  • 11 June 2012 05:56, by katnyokarieu

    i wounder how can a thief bring back what he/she took with sweat without much law friction,otherwise president u better seek legal advise from ur chief Nyal Chan Nyal about how the case of thief are handle in the society, this Telar Ring Deng have fail u in legal procedure of handling those case.

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  • 11 June 2012 06:14, by Kenyan the cushite

    the only solution is to shame those who are suspects and punish them. east africa stands by our brothers in south sudan. we are ready to help with money and weapons to exterminate the shame of africa. north sudanese arabs. i am a cushite like the arabs who came from arab peninsula but we love south sudanese. kenyans dont like mass murderers like bashir who licks the north and middle east arab fee

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    • 11 June 2012 22:31, by sudani ana

      Kenyan Kushit

      Will you please stop licking South Sudanese arses, it is getting very embarrassing. A subtle hint; read the article first then comment. This is becoming very patronising.

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  • 11 June 2012 06:21, by 4Justice

    Evil spirit of corruption

    And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. (Mark 1:2

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    • 11 June 2012 06:31, by 4Justice

      (Mark 1:23-25) Corruption is an evil spirit that possesses not only human beings, but also institutions, like financial institutions and governments. Persons possessed by the evil spirit of corruption are greedy and selfish. They think only of themselves. They enrich themselves at the expense of others.

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  • 11 June 2012 07:08, by 4Justice

    Somebody has to bite the bullet and tell Salva his leadership has been a disaster therefore it is necessary for him to stepdown now. No anti-aircraft, No Food, No roads, No refineries $4 billion stolen.

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    • 11 June 2012 07:26, by Panthouandbeyond

      4Justice

      We need someone who knows and understands Rules of Law like yourself; hoever, what justice are you talking about? We need to know you before we give you our recommendation. Please help us out. We are sick and tired of these people.

      Panthou

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      • 11 June 2012 07:37, by Dinkawarrior

        Quit lying Mr. Vice President and all alike, you had pointed your one finger on somewhere while four fingers back on your chests. We will not believe on you unless return $89 million dollars you stolen and whole $5 billion. You and your friends and Kiir must change your lies and greediness otherwise we will throw you into the Lion-den. Shame on you!

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  • 11 June 2012 08:01, by sudani ana

    Mr Kiir’s. You may have been a good fighter in the jungle, but am afraid you are not the brightest of people. My prediction is that you will be assasinated by your criminal organisation SPLA very soon.

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    • 11 June 2012 09:30, by katnyokarieu

      for his comitment in the long struggle, we don,t hatre he let him be fool by Nztional criminal party tought boys like Taban Deng De Gai,in unity state who failed the election but rigged it in kiir defend like what ur bullshit bashir did, umma party won the election.

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    • 11 June 2012 09:36, by katnyokarieu

      please sudani na stop obscene words, who will assisenate hero kiir.of course gov,ment have some corrupt officers but those were NCP boys who pretended to be SPLM/SPLA.those will be solve in ss.non of arab concern who blood thisrty gey, we will vote kiir but not to assissenate him,and the next president will build for a house in his village home Akon of Awan chan Nyal as a reward.

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  • 11 June 2012 08:19, by Ahmado

    Mr. president this clearly indicate failure of your regime you made little progress and you left south sudan solders to be skilled by SAF through air raiding and anti-aircraft to solders to support their operation but nothing being done only concentrating on looting of dollars,embezzlement public funds. shame on your regime.

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  • 11 June 2012 14:13, by Good Citizen

    the president is an accomplice of corruption looting spree in the country.guys, also get that there’s no single Equatorian in the list of 75 that the president is hiding to reveal.am happy for my fellow Equatorians for being patriotic to their country,not participating in the looting spree of 2005-2011.Equatorians please teach the rest of southerners the right ethics.No corruption in Equatoria.

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  • 11 June 2012 17:40, by pabaak

    I never heard a country where official have access for all the wealth of the country, free cars, free home, even free gas, and on the top with whupping salary of over $ 6,000 a months, and at the end still steal public money, this is unbelievable, something most be done to establish public service that fixed pay mechanism

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  • 12 June 2012 15:59, by Grace Amani

    From the top to bottom should be taken to the court? Anyway because they are the one heading the problem nothing will done but remember the coming elections to come in the nearest future, Shame on you all!!!! Leaders with out knowing their rules.

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  • 15 June 2012 09:08, by Eastern

    The secrecy, orders, coercion and tribalism which are the trademark of SPLA during the war have been adopted into running goverment business. The presedent is using methods of tackling crime the way typical village chiefs do. This is crime against South Sudan NOT against Salva Kiir!!! The two are different!!

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