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South Sudan anti-graft body wants power to prosecute corrupt officials

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July 1, 2012 (ABYEI) - South Sudan’s Anti Corruption Commission on Sunday said it is seeking public support to fight against all forms of malpractice, and explaining that it intends to catch all the suspects regardless of their political or social status.

No official has ever been prosecuted for corruption in South Sudan since it gained self-rule in 2005. The South Sudan Anti Corruption Commission (SSACC) does not have the power the prosecute, as the power lies with the ministry of justice.

To boost the SSACC a judge was appointed to head commission in a bid to strengthen its status.

Justice John Getwech Lul, the chairperson of the the country’s anti-corruption commission, told Sudan Tribune on Sunday that they have different methods to catch different officials.

“We have hooks of different types. We have hooks for big and small fishes. We have proportional hooks".

He said his commission has drafted number of laws he expected the council of ministers and South Sudan’s National Legislative Assembly to approve them so the commission is able to prosecute criminals as provided in the transitional constitution of South Sudan.

One of the laws, he further explained, is a bill that seeking to prohibit and prescribe punishment for corruption and other related offences, giving the Anti-Corruption Commission the responsibility to investigation and prosecution of offenders.

The Bill also provides that any offence committed by foreigners in South Sudan would be punished as if it were committed by an ordinary citizen. The proposed law also provides protection for whistle blowers.

"We need information from members of the public. All we need is evidence. Just give us evidence and we will protect you because the law provides that", Justice Lul explained.

He said the fight against corruption depends entirely on evidence based-information not hearsay.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir wrote to 75 current and former top officials in May asking them to return the $4 billion that has gone missing since 2005.

The Judge, who was appointed by Kiir in November 2011 to replace Pauline Riak who led the SSACC since 2006, said that the ability to prosecute would "put in place a necessary institutional framework to spearhead the fight against corruption".

The top anti-graft official explained that the Bill envisages that the commission will be the institution vested with both the permanent power to investigate and prosecute alleged offenders without fear or favour.

As part of the proposed Bill the Commission’s officials, including the chairman, will serve a maximum of two-terms in office. He said the Bill when passed into law will greatly help in the fight against corruption.

The Judge opined that it will help in the progress and sustaining of development, adding that it should not only be seen as a Bill that will fight corruption but one that will also change the attitude of people.

Daniel Awet Akot, the Deputy Speaker of the South Sudan Legislative National Assembly, told Sudan Tribune that the parliament was ready to receive the draft and described it as another demonstration of the desire of the leadership to end all types of corruption, bribery, fraud, and other related offences.

Akot said the bill is very important and timely. He noted that since the advent of the present government, its primary objective among other things has been to wipe out corruption and ensure transparency and accountability. He said that corruption if not stopped, can deter development.

He added: “Just imagine someone appointed in a position and in just a year, you see the person driving luxurious vehicles, building [multi]storey buildings. The question is where and how did he or she get that money to live that life? Therefore, the Commission has come to complement the desire of the president and the government to end corruption and bribery which destroys the fabric of our society.”

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  • 2 July 2012 09:46, by Dinkawarrior

    Fuck you SSACC for being liars! You have been there for six years and you catch no body, I guess you have been involoved for corruption already. Say no to corruption while you lead those thieves in the first place, shame you for you lies. There is times for everything according the Bible, it’s your time to steal, and time denial but there are more times coming.

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    • 2 July 2012 09:54, by Otong

      To Dinka warrior
      Insulting has no means in correction from our top officials, you either depending Salva of being accused of stolen 4b US with his cabinet. As citizens, how can you walk with the thieves? Imagine again, these 4b to the entire populations of SS if you divdided them in the populations each can build a house.
      Please,take care!!!

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      • 2 July 2012 10:48, by Dinkawarrior

        Otong
        You better understand my displeasured on SSACC as they have been there for six years and they have done nothing. Without International community, I believed SSACC would have been still sleeping or they would have been defending on their small commission from those thieves who looted people resources. I have nothing to do Kiir okay!

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    • 2 July 2012 10:07, by Paul Chadrack

      This Body should be selected throught a competitive interviews where an independent and neutral staffs could be recruited,but not those hand pick by the president, OK who will prosecute him(the president)?, is he not corrupt?,I think he is among the 75 corrupt officials.

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      • 2 July 2012 13:29, by pabaak

        Paul Chadrack, you’re are right hand picks always look back to person who pick him, that’s why since establishing the Government no official has been charged by judges of South Sudan, even these days a lot of words are been thrown in, condemning corruption including those who their hands are stained with corruption monies.

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    • 2 July 2012 10:32, by Deng Bornyang

      @ Dinkawarrior, it is not like the way a fool like you think. persecuting a public official does not just happened. They need a law to protect the commission and the judges that describe the kind of penalties and powers to persecute them. And that is what they are working on now. Don’t be stupid who doesn’t know legal procedures on how things are handled.

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      • 2 July 2012 11:10, by Dinkawarrior

        Deng Bornyang
        If you’re one of those SSACC with dazed mind then I can say your a great sinner and a great failure person to protect the right of the South Sudanese people. Six years in power and you have done zorro work, is it not a shameful to you yeah messy thief? Shame on you!!

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      • 5 July 2012 20:58, by Naath Nuer

        Dinka man has nothing to say becuose those are the once steling in the goss and stelling beeging in the street of juba when will dinka be satify in this goverment of kirr

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    • 2 July 2012 12:10, by Abikacha

      Still by the end of the day all individuals need to defend themselves so there is no need of us pointing fingers when we know corruption is everyone responsibility to condone it or fight against it. let us accuse them but know we are all involved in one way or the other

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  • 2 July 2012 10:25, by Eastern

    Honestly, any government official serving the current regime at the current salary cannot amass even $200,000 after savings from their salaries after 20 years. Now somebody has just served for one year, they have $10,000,000 in their account. Are we not being led by THIEVES?

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    • 2 July 2012 10:45, by Otong

      U are 100% right, these money can not be in the account of individual, this means we are led by big thieves. What a mess!!!

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      • 2 July 2012 20:29, by panom lualbil

        TO: AWET AKOT
        I appreciated you for conveying this statement ’demonstration of desire leadership to end corrupt, bribery etc.’ from MPs. I like that becoz the leadership of SALVA & RIAK is turning country upside down. They even betrayed themselves saying ’weak institution was what led to corruption. How would a person said that when he involved his hands on it?

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        • 2 July 2012 21:01, by panom lualbil

          Not only the stolen money but also lawless institution where MURDERS [rebels] are consistently convinced with amnesty. This means you could even embezzled that $4m usad individually by chance if posible, as long there is no impeachment behind it. There should be check and balance to this institution for country to progress prosperity.

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    • 2 July 2012 11:08, by Morthon Akol

      My dear brother, what is a way forward in order to fight corruption in South Sudan? and whom you think is not corrupt even you if you are in the position you will be among them. that is a nature of our people if you are not in position than those who are in position are thieves.

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      • 2 July 2012 11:24, by Dinkawarrior

        Morthon Akol
        You might be right but it’s too early for our Young Nation to started with such a shameful act. This kind of corruption will take another twenty one years to fight it. The so called SSACC was form to be public eyes but they’re on board together with their thieves friends. If you’re a friend of thief then you will be considered as a thief.

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  • 2 July 2012 10:49, by 4Justice

    "Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves".Luke 19:46. The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) has been taken over by the Sudan People’s Looters Army (SPLA).

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  • 2 July 2012 20:06, by panom lualbil

    TO: JOHN GETWECH LUL

    first, congratulation for working hard atleast 75 thieves were caught; big & fat ones too. Now is the time not for you alone but also minister of justice, PMs plus citizens to prosecute these criminals. But remember this, nobody is above the LAWS, therefore you should follow on fearlessly, becoz it would be a waste of time & money by you when failed this case. Thank you

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  • 3 July 2012 05:26, by Odingo

    Daniel Awet Akot is a man who alway tell the truth. I wished he is a head is of SSACC, he can prosecuted all those 75 corrupters criminals. People are dying day and night of hunger while some people are enjoying the in Juba for the blood of other people. What a mess in SS. I wish I were the head of SSACC,I can arrest those 75 criminals within 24hrs with help from the president and return money.

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    • 3 July 2012 11:11, by katnyokarieu

      odingo, bro Awet Akot is one of wost corrup officer in s.sudan ,mindn,t u he is among the 17 or more government offical acuse by world bank .he have 5million USD in his account

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