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Weak institutions a cause of corruption in South Sudan – Machar

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June 10, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s Vice President, Riek Machar Teny has blamed the new nation’s weak institutions for corruption that has blighted the country and urged the international community to assist in building their capacity.

South Sudan is internationally recognised as one of the world’s most corrupt nations following a revelation by President Salva Kiir that $4 billion of government money has gone unaccounted for in the last seven years.

The figure, estimated by Reuters to be worth about a third of South Sudan’s oil revenue since a peace deal in 2005, came to light in a letter Kiir wrote to 75 senior officials asking them to return the stolen money.

Most of the money was stolen during a grain scandal in 2008. Funds were embezzled by fake companies who did not deliver grain or building new grain stores.

The balance of the missing funds are believed to have been stolen in the process of implementing contracts signed by officials with foreign companies in their respective ministries.

The ghost companies which registered in their hundreds within a very short period of time to deliver the grain managed to get recommendation letters and licenses from the ministries of commerce and trade and legal affairs and constitutional development; now the ministry of justice.

The ministry of finance and economic planning also approved contracts with such companies to deliver grain to South Sudan’s ten states on behalf of the ministry.

Speaking on Thursday, with a ministerial delegation from the Netherlands, Vice President Riek Machar said the situation on the billions of dollars lost to corruption occurred partly as a result of the combination of weak institutions coupled with incompetent accounting system.

He called on the international community to help the 11-month-old nation build its government institutions and instill effective systems of accountability and transparency.

South Sudan has governed itself since a 2005 peace deal ended decades of conflict with Khartoum. In July the year the same agreement enabled South Sudan to become independent.

President Kiir in his letter he addressed to the 75 individual former and present top officials urged them to return the money to the designated bank accounts in return for an amnesty from prosecution.

The ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement’s secretariat is organising a peaceful mass protest in the capital, Juba, on Monday in support of the President’s latest measures to pin down corrupt officials.

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  • 11 June 2012 04:52, by George Bol

    Riek Machar is good at blaming while a part of the game. What institution he is talking about? He should be proposing instead of blaming. He did it in Abyei proposal while he has once be part of negotiation team. Do you guys know why he was remove in the team?

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    • 11 June 2012 05:28, by katnyokarieu

      George Bol don,t keep on condeming even when put apoint,are u now happy with the sitituation of ss now.look how ur uncle Kuol Athian Mawien was distributing cheque to his Awiel &Gograil bro,s.there was a woman who malualkon (a poor woman) knew nothing about grain was approved a cheque of 200,000 SDG.that she has transported 280000 bag from kosti to Awiel was that not a day ligt rubbing con...

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      • 11 June 2012 05:38, by katnyokarieu

        by ur barh el gazal bro with protection mf their chief salva kiir Mayardit,by the way kiir was one of the respect dignitory among ss.including me i payed my loyality to him by than ,but now how he is doing ss future i felt sorry &regrade why to vote for him in 2010 election,2015 if kiir run SPLM presidential election no vote for him.

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        • 11 June 2012 06:06, by Mi diit

          That is true VP. Weak instutitions and weak and greedy top officials appointed by Kiir alone. SPLM as a party should come up with disciplinery measures. No thieves should be appointed by President Kiir’s decrees. Advices from visionary leaders should be considered also.

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          • 11 June 2012 09:39, by mohammed ali

            Diit, what is true? Could you tell how could he aquired a luxury villa in US where his family is living.How could his children go to school in USA while the poor marginalized pupils in SS don’t have a shelter or a desk?! They study under the tree!This is not his money, this is the money of these poor people.Machar is one of the richest politicians in Africa!! How did he do it?!

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            • 11 June 2012 19:07, by Mi diit

              Mohamed Ali,

              I think you are talking about a different South Sudanese politician, not Riek Machar. I am in USA and Riek Machar has no single villa in USA. His children went to school in England several years ago. They are not in USA. Check your source of information well before writing nonsense here.

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          • 11 June 2012 21:39, by panom lualbil

            More than this $4 billions stolen by top officials in south sudan belong RIEK MACHAR alone. He should voluntarily submited it b4 running his BIG FOOD MOUTH. To assure you: RIEK MACHAR fled to american with $1 trillions balanced in his bank account funded by HUMAN RIGHT WATCH when he lined up with OMER BASHIT to topple GARANG. HRW terminated its assitance immediately when riek massacred civilians.

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            • 11 June 2012 21:50, by panom lualbil

              VP is right saying ’weak institution’ though. Because the institution is full of vissionless defectors like him too. He is right MR KIIR should prone valueless thugs and leave those heroes for the governace to function right.

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              • 11 June 2012 22:32, by panom lualbil

                It’s clear 75 senior officials whom president sent 75 letters to bring this money [partial/ full] with amnesty guarantee. But VP’s speeches here is different and general. Why nobody want to declare names or impose prosecution against them ? I know they would immediately plow way to OMER BASIR to be used against us. And VP [himself] doesnt seem to notice this policy.

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                • 11 June 2012 22:45, by panom lualbil

                  Yo it’s easy they can face imprison with fines and sack off or leave them alone to aviod defection to khartoum. One of two you [president or vice] can rule out.

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    • 11 June 2012 07:28, by Dinkawarrior

      Quit lying Mr. Vice President, you had pointed your one finger on somewhere while four fingers back on your chest. We will not believe on you unless return $89 million dollars you stolen. You and your friend 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 08:23, by Mi diit

        Dinkawarrior,

        The VP was not lying or pointing finger to other direction. He is part of that weak system and what he did was to honestly confess that there is weakness in the institutions that need some improvement. I think we should understand it that way.

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      • 11 June 2012 08:37, by Otong

        @ Midit
        You please don’t waste your vaulable time to argues with this Dinka warrior and George Bol, this Dinka will never listent till ages to come my dear. Their hatered toward VP ’ll make Stupid Salva Kiir to loose the 2015 election for sure and I swear that I will never vote again for fucking Dinka where ever I live.
        We are very good in Leadership, let them corrupts their time.

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        • 11 June 2012 23:05, by panom lualbil

          OTONG,
          Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha you make my day fool, talking of not vote for dinka wheras all s sudanese I know will not vote for nuer’s candidate by luck if you have any. Dick sucker, your tarnished community and leaders are dogs better than them.

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    • 11 June 2012 13:37, by Loko El Pollo

      WHY COMPLAINT NOW? IS IT NOT THE KIND OF DEMOCRACY THAT YOU WERE LOOKING WHEN YOU REBELLED IN 1991.THAT IS WHAT HAPPEN WHEN INSITUTIONS HAVE MORE LEEWAYS,INDIVIDUALS WILL RUN THEM AS THEIR OWN,DECIDE WHAT TO DO AND WHAT NOT.PEOPLE WITH NO EDUCATION ARE RICH WHILE THE TEACHERS AND LAWYERS ARE SUFFERING DUE TO POOR COORDINATIONS AND MISSMANAGEMENTS.

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  • 11 June 2012 04:59, by Madina Tonj

    VP Dr. Riek Machar
    We thinks, the weakness of having no strong constitutional should blame on those Top officials starting from president himself and you as well as the whole SPLM leadership for not setting up a strong justice and rule of law to be follow everyone. Being a VP mean you have a very rights to advice president and show people what your view particular, corruption and right direction

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    • 11 June 2012 05:46, by manyang mawech

      Bol,

      tell us the reason why he was remove from talk about Abei. u may be dump if u fail to do so.

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      • 11 June 2012 06:19, by katnyokarieu

        he was removed becozs he argue ABC REPORT ,he disputed Abyei map that they have flood to unity state territory,and u Abyei are the sole advisors to mr.kiir but he is not them position thought is best in his government.

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    • 11 June 2012 05:47, by manyang mawech

      mad… i agreee with u

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      • 11 June 2012 06:09, by Mi diit

        Manyang,

        But was he removed from the Abyei team. I thought he finished the whole negotiation with Ali Osman Taha and people wait for Abyei referendum now with clear Abyei territory ruled by hague court. Addis Ababa talks is between junior officers, not between Vice Presidents Ali Taha and Riek Machar.

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        • 11 June 2012 12:29, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          In case you never aware of his removable from ABC, He was removed because he was found bias toward Dinka Ngok, he has also found having link with some Abyei son and messirah who are opposing Dinka Ngok land to be part of south Sudan, he is also found being in bribe negotiation with some Sudanese official of how the land can be clam by Khartoum, there is so many more guilty found from Riek and I

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          • 11 June 2012 12:30, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

            am not going to tell you detail on the web, need more, go on south Sudan intelligent documents if you will be lackey to find them, Riek fail the south for so long and he can live there as symbol but not as a leader, he is very weak to do good other than his own stomach, Abyei will be in south Sudan without Riek, Riek become a symbol of failure from the very start to this movement,

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            • 11 June 2012 12:40, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

              Talking about corruptions,
              Riek cannot liar and fool himself while he is one of corrupted official, he is now appeared in the list of corruption RSS official, he owe $76 million, in which he cannot even explain to anticorruption commission, and if we have to go to prison today, every one of us will have life imprisonment for serious crimes of whole country budget, Riek must not copy what Salva

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              • 11 June 2012 12:49, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

                said, and clam to be clean,
                Riek is always suspicions and jump up trying to confuse the situation in which he is a apart of that crisis, time for fooling are over and Riek must know that, we have a lot of brave Nuer who can do better than that

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                • 11 June 2012 19:12, by Mi diit

                  Even your name does not make sense at all. Cry for your uncles who are all declared thieves, but not Riek Machar, the only clean one. You can say 76 or 89 or 1 million or whatever. I have the list dude. Do you want me to publish it?

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    • 11 June 2012 23:20, by panom lualbil

      MADINA TONJ
      In other word, this thug is telling the world that he is the right person than MR SALVA. How come he quickly ran and told world [weak institution and mismanagement] while we caught 75 thieves red hands without everybody outside he is talking to. Theif [riek machar] you want to bring tribalism again? Just put these 75 in jail.

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

    i am a kenyan businessman and i welcome south sudan into east africa. we will soon have a federation and single currency in less than 5 years. north sudan has been left out of east african development and is not welcome in africa. i hope south sudan can overcome this corruption menace. solution is total transparency. North sudan is finished. they have shed blood innocents. it is a pariah regime

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  • 11 June 2012 06:38, by salah

    north sudan has been left out of east african development and is not welcome in africa. Where are you going to put north sudan? in Europe? think before you talk.

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    • 11 June 2012 06:45, by Kenyan the cushite

      saleh
      north sudan has been left out of most east african development projects, of the 10 projects being built in east africa sudan is involved in 2. thats why they recently launched a complaint to IGAD saying east africa wants to sabotage its economy. if they dont want to be african then they are not welcome. i hope khartoum burns to the ground and you become poor. africa will never forgive you

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      • 11 June 2012 06:56, by salah

        Khartoum will never burn to the ground and I am not poor. In fact I am very wealthy. Read history and educated yourself you idiot, and find how much Khartoum helped Kenya during their strugle. You can’t change history, learn from it you fool.

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        • 11 June 2012 07:05, by Kenyan the cushite

          i am cushitic like you half arab our ancestors came from saudi peninsular. am sure i have lighter skin than you but am proud to be african. love south sudan. even arab muslims and cushites in kenya hate sudan because its a country shamed to be african. i will spit in north sudanese face when you are defeated. u help kenya then you kill our s.s black brothers. sudan is cursed to never have peace.

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          • 12 June 2012 08:25, by mohammed ali

            Cushite, you are South Sudanese not Kenyan. Kenyan donnot claim to be from Kush. Neither Kenya nor SS has any relationship with Kuch.There nothing wrong with black colour, light or not light , this your own your own inferiority complex. I am black and am very much proud of my colour!

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    • 11 June 2012 07:04, by dengtaath

      Salah,
      you are dumph to ask that shallow question, you are left out of East African development because you are Arab, join your fucken Arabs where they are.Go to middle East stupid fake Arab.

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  • 11 June 2012 06:48, by manyang mawech

    Midit

    I was asking dump bol about what he was telling here…. who in Southsudan can remove Riek? …. that is the question … if there was no VP in Sudan side how come this VP should go to that talk… but asshole bol doesnt know that part of politic.

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    • 11 June 2012 07:44, by George Bol

      Riek was remove because he was dump to fail.

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  • 11 June 2012 06:55, by abraham

    No pointing of fingers for the messes you and your boss have created. There is no possible exit for escape. These two and all the other sons of bitches must pay for all the crimes they have committed including financial.

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  • 11 June 2012 07:40, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Machar is speaking the truth. This is what is wanted. No government is built on the foundation of deception. Trully most of the government institutions are sectarian based. Ethnicity and region played a central role in appointments into government institutions based in not in what you know but whom you know and closely related.

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    • 11 June 2012 10:09, by abraham

      Jur,
      If Riek is right , then who are we to blame for setting up a scam purported as a government? Kiir, Riek, and others can not point theirs fingers anywhere other than themselves period.

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      • 11 June 2012 14:47, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        What Machar is saying here is that they have failed in the running of the country. They are just buying time until a really democratically elected patriotic South Sudanese come to the front and assist in national reconstruction, healing and development. That is to say they have played their part now is time for you, me and the rest.

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  • 11 June 2012 07:51, by Majongdit

    I would like Dr Riek to know that he has very much contributed in weakening the institutions. Look, last year Warrap State Assembly wanted to impeach the Governor of Nyandeng over a range of corruption issues but it was Riek who rushed there to stop the whole process.

    This is also the same in states like Lakes where the Governor is a friend of Dr Riek.

    VP must now rethink his ways...

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  • 11 June 2012 10:11, by manyang mawech

    Bol,

    who removed him tell me….. otherwise thanyagor must burn do again

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    • 11 June 2012 11:09, by paliau

      I have appreciating that article made by Dr. Riek, to me the governing body of South Sudan has degrading, humiliating, coercion the image of south Sudan citizen to they rest of the world because of this inconsistencies corruption in which kiir manyor as a ring leader. however went you analyze and take the feasibility study of those who took and practices financial scam are from warrap state

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  • 11 June 2012 15:58, by Alier De Jok

    There is no where in the world were the vp and the member of the ruling party blame his own government for weak institutions that led to rampage corruption and tribalism. Which is practice by they so-called gov’t official.imagine he himself bought houses and Mansion abroad and their kids are studying overseas while the schools or universities are closed for they children of peasant whom cannot af

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    • 11 June 2012 19:16, by Mi diit

      Alier,

      It is called transparency and accountability if you don’t know that. You have a long way to learn to be like the other civilised nations. You need people like Riek Machar in order to change. President Kiir finally said his government is corrupt with 75 senior officials who stole the $4 billion. Does the party allow this confession? Aahahhahaaaaaaaaaaaa.........

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  • 11 June 2012 20:13, by E. Defense Forces

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