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Civil society is a watchdog in fighting corruption: Petroleum minister

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By Julius N. Uma

September 3, 2012 (JUBA) - Civil society in South Sudan should be strengthened and fully supported if the country is to fully fight any form of corruption in the country’s extractive industries, Stephen Dhiew Dau, South Sudan’s minister for petroleum and mining said on Monday.

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Stephen Dhieu Dau (Getty/file)

The minister, according to a statement, said citizens of South Sudan have the right to know how South Sudan’s resources are being managed and where money made from these resources were being spent.

“The only way to prevent corruption in a system with such massive and rapid movement of oil and wealth is to be absolutely open in our affairs. Your role as civil society is of upmost importance in the fight against corruption in the oil and mining sector,” Dau said in his speech read by his advisor, Chuor Deng Mareng.

The petroleum minister, in his statement at the opening of a three-day experience sharing conference on natural and public resource governance, also reiterated the South Sudan government’s full commitment to openness, honesty and full disclosure of the ministry’s affairs to public scrutiny.

He further pledged to enforce regulations of the Petroleum and Mining Ministry, in regard to the implementation of accountability and transparency aspects as stipulated in the draft Petroleum and Mining Act of South Sudan.

“(..)…our draft Mining Bill contains provisions that support and confirm transparency of payments and revenues in accordance with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative,” the minister’s statement reads in part.

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir, in May this year, wrote letters to 75 unnamed former and current government officials, asking them to account for around $4bn, allegedly looted from the state treasury. Members of the civil society alliance later held a public protest demanding that the President makes public the names of those implicated.

Weeks later, Deng Athuai Mawiir, the head of the South Sudan Civil Society Alliance was kidnapped, beaten and tortured by unknown attackers over his anti-corruption stance, attracting widespread condemnation both locally and internationally.

In a related development, Prof. Jenik Radon, an expert on oil said any engagement in the extractive industry must take into consideration elements such as human compensation, environmental impacts assessments and the need to save and invest for the benefit of South Sudanese citizens.

“You need to protect and preserve the environment of you are to avoid the risk associated with it on the community,” Prof Radon told the conference organized by Justice Africa and supported by Cordaid.

He, however, warned South Sudan against over reliance on the extractive industry to support its budget, saying the prospects of its sustainability are very narrow in the long run.

“The country’s budget should be funded from money got through taxing salaries of the citizens, not from oil money,” he said.

Landlocked South Sudan heavily relies on oil to fund its budget, with oil accounting for nearly 98% of its revenues. In January this year, however, the country shut down its oil production following a dispute over pipeline and transportation fees with neighbouring Sudan.

The young nation also accuses Khartoum of allegedly confiscating its oil entitlements worth about US$815m.

Both Sudan and South Sudan will this week begin their next round of post-independence talks on oil and other outstanding issues in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia facilitated by the Thabo Mbeki-led African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP).

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  • 4 September 2012 08:18, by Lorolokin

    Mr Dhiew Dau,
    What are you talking about, You yourself is the most corrupted official together with your uncles including Kiir,Riek, Amum as well as the rest.
    We citizens knows this fact otherwise SPLM is a damn shit party that need to be eliminated.
    Kinkak.

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    • 4 September 2012 12:17, by Suleiman

      It become a song from the pple to deal with corruption but they don’t do the work

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  • 4 September 2012 08:36, by 4Justice

    If the oil did not stop flowing, the looters would have been $7 billion dollar richer by now. Whether the oil resumes flowing or not the ’people’ of south sudan will continue to suffer as usual from lack of basic services and vital infrastructure. We have a situation where the country is being held captive by dinka tribal renegades extremely greedy,illiterate and distructive who are not only above the law, but above their purported leader - Salva Kiir himself. What we need now is courage to round them up and put them on trial so the public can regain confidence and put their vicious depravity behind us and look towards a glorious future our forefathers, brothers and sisters sacrificed their precious blood to attain.

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    • 4 September 2012 09:03, by Chol A.

      @ 4Justic, you even out of you valid points, if your uncle is not in position of government one of them could be in either your in-law from dinka or Nuer which main to me you have share in government. you talk about dinka being corrupts if you assumed all your tribe to be in GOSS than you are strick here to be corrupts Mr.Justic.

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      • 4 September 2012 14:03, by Loko El Pollo

        CORRUPTION WILL EAT AWAY OUR MORAL FIBRES IF IT IS NOT CONTAINED OR STOPPED IF NECESSARY.LAST WEEK A MAN FROM SOUTH SUDAN WAS KILLED IN UGANDA BY ASSASINS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO BE FRIEND TO THE VICTIM OR MIUS.HE WAS TRYING TO SENT 80.000 DOLLARS OUT OF THE COUNTRY,WHICH HE SUCESSFULLY DID WITH THE BANK.IF SUCH AMOUNT FROM TAX IS STOLLEN.HOW ARE WE GOING TO SUCCEED IN COMBATING THE VICE.

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        • 4 September 2012 14:20, by Loko El Pollo

          WETHER THE IS FROM HIS BUSSINESS OR PUBLIC.IT WILL NOT BE GOOD FOR US IF WE START KILLING THE CULPRITS IN SUCH A MANNER.LET THE LAW GO AFTER THEM AS THE ONLY WEAPON OF CHOICE.THOSE WHO DID THAT WETHER THEY ARE UGANDANS OR SOUTHERNERS MUST BE HUNTED DOWN AND CHARGE WITH MURDER.

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    • 4 September 2012 13:18, by Mach

      4Justice, the era that you used to gloat, you were more literate than Dinka, is something we now see in the rearview mirror. The only route you resort to now is “Dinka is evil and corrupted” We understood your frustration, you look at the horizon and see no hope of having any room against Dinka’s dominant! That’s logically sensible. You want to have chances? Then be reasonable!

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      • 4 September 2012 13:21, by Mach

        The notion that somehow, the 75 corrupt officials reference in the government are all Dinkas is just ludicrous. The population of Dinka is not less than 75 individuals! Therefore, if you generalize all Dinkas as greedy; it is an insult to any other innocence Dinka like I am and beneath the education you earned. You either grow up or the chances of you being anybody among us would be zero.

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  • 4 September 2012 08:57, by Jalaby

    What? this is so funny and ridiculous! Petroleum minister Mr. Stephen Dau is so corrupted person and he is one of the 75 thieves that Mr. Kiir sent them letters and asked them to return the money (or even few amount of it) that they stole in return of keeping their names & identities undisclosed and probably continue their jobs as usual and no one will fire or prosecute them!

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    • 4 September 2012 09:12, by Chol A.

      Jalaby, it none of your concern though he steal money they are Southern Sudanese money not for Northern you should approciate him to continue stealing more money to let Southern Sudan collapse to joint you again. you always love bad thing happen people of ROSS so what itchy your asses today?.

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    • 4 September 2012 19:23, by panchol

      Jalaby.
      please mind u, how far u r from here. Go and follow your big corrupt officials of NCP. it is none of your business.
      This is a nation democracy is exercised compare to your Government which dictates her nation. when some one has poor services, he/she shall be devoted.
      Election is now on the, that is 2015.

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  • 4 September 2012 09:07, by Jalaby

    Mr. Kiir, It’s time for change now, You should replace thieves with honest and clean people!
    Thieves are dominating the south now and became so strong and it’s not secret that Mr. Kiir disclosed to his close friends that he can’t even guarantee his life and could be murdered at anytime!
    Mr. Kiir knows the thieves very well but he is completely disabled

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    • 4 September 2012 09:18, by Jalaby

      powerless to fire or prosecute anyone of them!
      The south is not completely empty from the honest and clean people,they’re ready to serve the nation without stealing even 1 cent, I’m so surprise to see a person like Dr. Lual Deng left in reserve seat while

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      • 4 September 2012 09:26, by Jalaby

        allowing thieves ministers to steal money like a Saw "Monshar" when processed against wood, eating both sides, up & down!
        thieves isolated Dr Lual because he publically supported unity and deeply believes in the eternal relationship between the two nations

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        • 4 September 2012 09:49, by Ruach

          Mr Gay/Jallabi.You need to go and wash your dirty ass and anus first.You have not qualified to talk to Christian with your dirty fingers with bad smell!I can’t eat a food cooked by Arab Muslims as they usually rub their anuses with fingers!What alive!

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        • 4 September 2012 09:59, by Jalaby

          Dr Lual was supporting the separation before until he met with Dr John Garang in US at the time when Garang was doing his PhD and there was thoughtful discussion between them about the unity of Sudan and the future relationship between north-south and Garang was able to convince him about his believes and since then he moved to the other side and was one of Garang closest friend

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          • 4 September 2012 10:09, by Jalaby

            At the begining, Garang got strong resistance about his Unity believes from even the closest person to him, his wife Rebecca resisted him at the beginning and before she moved to his side and said to him "I’m a separatist, are you willing to live with some one who is separatist?" he said to her "Yes!"

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        • 4 September 2012 10:12, by Ruach

          Mr Gay/Jallabi.You need to go and wash your dirty ass and anus first.You have not qualified to talk to Christian with your dirty fingers with bad smell!I can’t eat a food cooked by Arab Muslims as they usually rub their anuses with fingers!What alive!

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          • 4 September 2012 10:48, by Jalaby

            Dumb idiot Ruach,
            I can see you are so concern about washing ass by hand, don’t worry little pig, Egyptians have invented a toilet that can wash your ass without using hand, have you ever been in Egypt before?!
            Nevermind,next time travel through Cairo airport and use the toilet in the airport, all you need to do is just sit and after you done with your

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            • 4 September 2012 10:56, by Jalaby

              nasty shit press the button and the toilet will wash your ass automatically without using your hand but you need to sit in the right place so the water hit perfectly your asshole and wash it properly, never worry about washing ass again you little pig Ruach!

              Jalaby (Abo Jalabia)

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              • 4 September 2012 17:37, by panom lualbil

                Hey Jalabi, Ruach is NOT a member of SPLA nore SPLM but a civilian whom most of his ppl were used by your president against southerners during yrs of struggled till then even 2day. He must be the ones who knows your cultures better since he suck all your dicks with Dr. REIK inorder 2please you and claim accommodation. I believe, he missed you, so tell him hello sweetheart?

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      • 4 September 2012 10:00, by Paul Chadrack

        a real Traitor.

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        • 4 September 2012 10:01, by Paul Chadrack

          I mean Dr Lual is a real traitor.

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          • 4 September 2012 22:17, by panom lualbil

            look at ass-licker who dont know what traitor means. Traitor means defectors off SPLA and used by OMER BASHIER to loot civilians for foods. Your ppl who are enslaved by arabs are the ones known for such behaviors, fool. So without Dr. Lual, SPLA wont won this freedom you enjoy nowaday, sucker. Like it or not, SPLM by all southerners where all ur vissionless leaders are by amnesty, is ruling party.

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  • 4 September 2012 10:11, by Lamps

    Corruption in South Sudan is due to ignorance and lack of education , most of South Sudan wealth goes to the hand of the literate class of people who are able to deceive south sudanese citizen and grab their money or wealth, if the money is squandered by our people where is the evident, there would have been many big business own by south sudanese, many buildings and many modern machinery

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  • 4 September 2012 11:36, by Jalaby


    What do you know about Dr. Lual Deng?
    Dr. Deng gave up his luxurious position in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the 1990s and committed himself to serving the SPLA

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    • 4 September 2012 11:39, by Jalaby

      In 1997, Dr. Deng came up with the idea of distant learning for SPLA commanders, whom he believed would become future government leaders in Sudan after the liberation war was over. Not only did Dr. Deng come up with the idea of distant learning,he made friendship with universities like the University of London in England, the Iowa State University in the United Sates to provide

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      • 4 September 2012 11:49, by Jalaby

        SPLA commanders with distant learning education.
        So he established the Institute of Development, known as IDEAS, in 1999 in South Sudan. He also founded the Technical Committee of Intellectuals (TCI) to help in the process of every strategic planning that SPLM/A would make. Dr. Deng sponsored a number of boys and girls for university studies. Some of the people Dr. Deng sponsore

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        • 4 September 2012 12:08, by Jalaby

          are now working in different ministries in South Sudan.
          He is also establishing Dr. Garang’s Memorial Think-tank to help the government of South Sudan make informed decisions.
          Born in Bor, Jonglei State, Lual fully masters Arabic and English, and his mother tongue Dinka,and above all he was a colleague of Dr. John Garang De Mabior at Iowa State University,USA.

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          • 4 September 2012 17:56, by Hardball

            Jalaby, what is your obsession with Dr. Lual? Look, unity is never coming back! Just pick yourself up and go home. You’re hurting yourself psychologically!

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  • 4 September 2012 12:24, by Jalaby


    Some of Dr Lual words:
    I am indebted to John Garang, my colleague,friend, boss and teacher. I was initially in favour of separation,but he convinced me that it is in Southern,let alone Northern,interests to keep Sudan united,Garang used to say: “Look at the Americans

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    • 4 September 2012 12:26, by Jalaby

      They fought each other and their country was almost divided into two or more [countries] during the 19th Century. But, they succeeded in ending the Civil War, and agreed to peacefully solve their problems and maintain a united country. Now, the Americans are a shining example for the whole world in terms of plurality, and racial and religious tolerance.”

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      • 4 September 2012 12:29, by Jalaby

        I also support Sudan’s unity because I have been a strong believer in Pan-Africanism, as pioneered by Kwami Nkruma, Ghana’s first president, and in Negritude, as pioneered by Leopold Senghor, Senegal’s first president. Therefore, wouldn’t it be logical that I also support the unity of Sudan?

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        • 5 September 2012 00:40, by mohamed mahgoub

          I don’t get ur point here we r talking about corruption here,which ur not qualified to talk a bout,F. Deng is an international intelctual we don’t need u to tell us his history ,better save ur energy to tell ur NCP criminal to stop their coveted stealing our ney & killing inocent ppl,corruption is eveywhere ,its the rightous when agvn try to fight it (GOSS),but when u let it go( GOS) !

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    • 4 September 2012 19:01, by panchol

      Comrade Stephen Dhieu.
      Corruption is a disease which has no medicine in South Sudan@ all.
      what has been done to 75 corrupt officials whose inti-corruption commission made their declaration of assets? yet Government of south Sudan announced austerity measures who are in the same 75 corrupt officials decided to cut off 50% from house rent allowances which really make employees so dependent to work.

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  • 4 September 2012 12:40, by NO PEACE

    Jalabe! to send my friend is good but your are supporting nothing.

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  • 4 September 2012 12:44, by NO PEACE

    Jalaby! what bad idea you have, sending the pictures of people will not solve your problem in the forum take care please.

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  • 4 September 2012 12:58, by NO PEACE

    Jalaby, are you in south sudan? if you are in south sudan how is the people of south at the move or if your in N-sudan your are supporting nothing.

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  • 4 September 2012 14:27, by daniell

    Fighting corruption is every one duty of course when the right tools of combating corruption are in place but it become no one duty when there is an abstaneism of effecient equipments;apprently.When Southern Sudan commanders commanded soldiers during war,first thing was to ensure everyone has gun.Corruption has become a lawproof at the moment in spla.Thanks.

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  • 4 September 2012 20:26, by Mapuor

    oil oil oil

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