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South Sudan student leaders in Uganda quit over financial scandal

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October 15, 2012 (KAMPALA) – Leaders of the South Sudanese Students’ Union (SSSU) in Uganda, including the president, have stepped down after the union’s parliamentary committee of inquiry found them responsible for the loss of more than $100,000.

James Mayar, the President of SSSU, accepted the student representatives calls for him to step down, in order to clear his name in the court of law.

After his arrest two weeks ago the union’s Secretary of Finance Bill Dhieu was arrested two weeks ago accused of stealing funds, he accused Mayar and four other leaders of persuading him to siphon off union money.

Both men were asked vacant their posts during a heated debate on Sunday pending further inquiries by Uganda police.

The five students’ leaders recorded statements on Monday at the Central Police station in Kampala.

The union’s interim leader Deborah Apat, who is the current speaker of students’ parliament, says she will attempt to return all the missing funds.

The scam surfaced two weeks ago when Bill Dhieu was by other student leaders of withdrawing over $50,000. The financial secretary admitted responsibility for the missing funds but said he was helped by those senior to him in the union, including President Mayar and Secretary General David Lam.

The Council of the union consisting of student representatives met on 5 October and formed a committee of inquiry to speak to the accused leaders.

The committee, headed by Matiok Santos from Kampala University, found that the entire leadership of the union had been involved in the theft. Santos made ten recommendations including resignation of President James Mayar, Vice President Jiel Jiel, Secretary General David Lam, Financial Secretary Bill Dhieu and Deputy Secretary of Parliamentary Affairs Peter Kuot to pave the way for an impartial investigation by the Uganda police.

Another students’ leader, Nyibango Bor, a special advisor to the Union’s president, was accused in absentia.

After the debate and subsequent vote the accused student leaders agreed to quit their posts.

“The secretary of finance made serious accusations against me and I have to clear my name in the court of law,” James Mayar, the SSSU President told Sudan Tribune after the meeting.

According to a report presented to student representatives by the committee of inquiry an amount of $114,106 and 310,000 South Sudanese pounds (SSP) are unaccounted. The total amount missing is roughly $220,000.

In their defense speeches, the embattled leaders said most of that money does not belong to the Union despite being wired into its bank account.

Some of the funds in question were transferred from South Sudan to Uganda using the Union account and later withdrawn and given to the intended recipients, they said.

But the committee of inquiry pointed out that using the SSSU’s account in this fashion was forbidden in the Union’s constitution.

BEGGING FOR STUDENT FUNDING

The SSSU gets funds from officials in South Sudan by requesting funds for their projects and activities.

Since it was formed in 2008, cases of financial misappropriation in the Union have been common when annual elections, often conducted in November, near but until now no bold steps have been taken.

Governors of South Sudan have helped the union tremendously:

  • Lakes State Governor - 30,000 SSP
  • Northern Bahr El Ghazal Governor - 10,000 SSP
  • Upper Nile Governor - 40,000 SSP
  • Eastern Equatoria State Governor - 30,000 SSP

The office of South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir gave the student union $50,000 in June 2012. Funds donated from Jonglei and Central Equatoria States apparently were never received.

THE CHARGES

While secretary of finance, Bill Dhieu, admits owing the Union $13,000, he insisted that the other leaders had allowed him to use the money to carry out business. He asked the other leaders to be honest about their involvement. Dhieu claimed that cheques were signed ahead of time to allow him to easily withdrawal the money.

There is little hope amongst students that the money will ever be recovered because no financial documents are available. They are also concerned that there are no records of some donations to to the union as they were not paid directly into the SSSU bank account.

The real amount missing may never established, students say.

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  • 16 October 2012 07:50, by Michael Angelo

    Even youths also are infected by this disease called corruption. God help my country!

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    • 16 October 2012 11:01, by Junta

      Not Only Youth but it’s genetically codified or programmed in those ethnic groups who think they are born to rule, dominate and suppress others! Such genetic defects in those ethnic group is not only theft, but also the following, pride, arrogance, looting, hunger for power, greet, disorganization, being unhygienic and intolerance to other tribes!

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  • 16 October 2012 07:52, by Diu J.Kuek

    This corruptions is be come addict to those who want to rich themselves so quick look this even University students who should behave like future leaders are practice corruption but is good they force to step down.

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    • 16 October 2012 08:01, by Deng Bornyang

      The so called Dabora Apat is just trying to defense this thief called Bill Dhiew who is known of having stolen not only this money but also others.
      Shame on him. Why did he admit in the place that he had the money? That is just a kick of a dying horse. Shame on you poor boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      • 16 October 2012 08:10, by Xeno

        Deng Bornyang,
        Stop blaming Bill Dhiew alone. He action was within the knowledge of his bosses and that is why his bosses are under investigation too.

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        • 16 October 2012 08:29, by Diu J.Kuek

          The big question is this why the young educated people want to destroy their brights future for such a little money like this I make no answer, but otherwise there will be something wrong with their families background if this allegation be investigating and will be approve with concrete evidence,

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        • 16 October 2012 08:36, by Deng Bornyang

          @ Xexon or whatever you called yourself. Bill is a thief. Why did he admitted that he has forged the signature of the secretary General and said he has the money and will refund it? Akook knows him better than I do. We can not cover up thieves if we want this nation to go a head. HE IS A THIEF!

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      • 16 October 2012 13:12, by Diu J.Kuek

        So where is Dinka Dominated SPLA/M ( Mr Mangoor) from this controversial issue of scandal that committed by our future leaders I didn,t heard any comment from Mr Mangoor or Mr Dinka see this issue as embarrassed to the whole community or what is in his mind never come out with comment since morning but he should not take this negatively as its for whole community please come out Mr Mangoor,

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    • 16 October 2012 08:07, by Xeno

      Those students are not far from Juba and they are theives like those who donate to them. $ 50,000 from the office of Mr. president? where do they get lots of money like this when food shortage is raging citizens?

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      • 16 October 2012 09:22, by william

        To those who can not understand, the donation was not bad it was meant to assist the youngest nation to have bright future leaders but turned itself differently!!If other office to be like the office which donated $50,000 we would have got rid of corruption in the nation. The only thing is that they have sponsored wrong individuals from wrong families.
        You better appreciate their charities.

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    • 16 October 2012 08:08, by Akook

      BILL DHIEU, is the most corrupt youth figure ever in Rumbek. He among 4 other corupt youth members, participated in rooting out of the current D/Minister of Educ Gabriel Kuc as the H/master of Rumbek Senior sec Sch. Now goes to corrupt even more, we will never spare him in Lakes state, not even an inch to continue do those cheating deals.
      Good he is Arrest him, a just thief...!!!!

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    • 16 October 2012 09:01, by michael coma

      Diu j kuek
      Corruption amongst our South Sudanese is in blood man.On my view guys,corruption it need to be allowed as a course within all the universities in the South Sudan as a compulsory career to our people so that the employment will be easy.

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      • 29 October 2012 21:31, by Arakataa

        M .coma,this kind of human being what they have in their blood was not even corruption is just becoz they were born greedy indeed, especially james mayar the chairman and this human called Bill dhieu.students have been complaning for govt of s.sudan as the are most corrupted people while students of "sssu" are now worse of all. so you need to change guyz before the change can change you. Oooh!

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  • 16 October 2012 08:28, by Frank Man

    I am made to believe that any DINKA leader is corrupt. Any where in any institution where a dinka is leading or even a member there is always a case of corruption. How come in the executive there is no Equatorian. Hell on all DINKAS.

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    • 16 October 2012 09:01, by william

      Fuckyou, he who mad you to believe that Dinka leader are theft are liars and bulshit for Dinka land is the only place where stealing is not practice, even ugandan who are doing business transcation in Dinka land can proof me right. For sure those boys are from hybird parent who were born during ANYA time by mixed parents.Dinka are your saviour and will remains your saviour, so you have to respect

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      • 16 October 2012 11:11, by Antigraft

        William be realistic and pragmatic, corruption, looting, theft, stealling, greed, arrogance and many other bad omens are found in Dinka Culture which is currently infiltrating Nuer and shilluk and all these are genetically motivated. She through the members of the Union, it will not leave you with a cloud of doubt that this organization alone is corrupt and formed on a corrupt foundation.

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    • 16 October 2012 09:36, by Lokiliri 4 Ever

      Mr Frank man,
      It is very fascinating that those who are involved in scandals are the so call Dinkas or Mony what ever! I am very disappointed with the act. I must say this, no any Dinka is honest on this earth. God rescue South Sudan!

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  • 16 October 2012 08:37, by Tutbol

    If our future leaders are soiling themselves with this plague everybody cry foul in our current S Sudan’s govt then where are we going to turn to? How about our great Nilotic virtue of not stealing things like money, food and other trinkets than a cow, for those acts bring down ur dignity, your family’s dignity and even your tribe dignity. Sickening our we have acquired the West habits this fast

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  • 16 October 2012 08:39, by Tutbol

    If our future leaders are soiling themselves with this plague everybody cry foul in our current S Sudan’s govt then where are we going to turn to? How about our great Nilotic virtue of not stealing things like money, food and other trinkets than a cow, for those acts bring down ur dignity, your family’s dignity and even your tribe dignity. Sickening our we have acquired the West habits this fast

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  • 16 October 2012 08:43, by william

    I realy today recalled the proverb which says you can not get ride of corruption with corrupted individuals. The agents of change (university students) Also becomes corruptist like their parents whom sent them to aboard using public funds without accountabilitie shame on you!!
    You were studying to be the future leaders but instead you become future thefies!!Who will advocate for honesty? shame!

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  • 16 October 2012 08:58, by Samuel Malual

    I have never heard in this world that a none political base association is having the so-called parliamentary Speaker? They are just students not a political associational based like the one in Uganda. This is so disgraceful, unless the refers term Speaker to spokeman/spokewoman acting on behalf of this group not parliamentary speaker. Something new in our society is always a problem.

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  • 16 October 2012 09:13, by Good Citizen

    guys,you know what you are making our country’s future so bleak ! the good thing is that,as usual, there is no any Equatorian name among those ’’liberators’’. i would have been so mad should i have discovered any Equatorian name there,coz it’s not our culture to steal,whether public or private property.so Equatorians,don’t copy bad habits of liberators,let them continue messing up alone.

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  • 16 October 2012 09:17, by michael coma

    Guys,if top officials within the government are practising corruption to satify their needs, what about us who are ordinary citizen?do they thinks that we don’t like luxury things?lets us put our hands together to promoted master of the live call corruption.

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  • 16 October 2012 10:00, by 4Justice

    The Demon Of Greed:

    On August 3, 1979, Howard Pittman, a Baptist minister for 35 years, died while on the operating table during surgery and had a near-death experience where he was taken by angels of the lord to see Heaven and hell. In hell he saw all types and groups of demons with different areas of expertise, chief among them was the demon of greed and contained within this same group were demons of hate, lust, strife and a few others.

    http://www.testimoniesofheavenandhell.com/2010/12/placebo-heaven-testimony-by-howard-pittman/

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  • 16 October 2012 10:43, by Antigraft

    Just watch this space. Despite the fact that the governor of Eastern Equatoria donated up to 30,000 SSP, non of the Equatorian is made a member of the Union. This Union is not representative of the People of South Sudan in the first place and being controlled from Juba and is an instrument of allienating other people of South Sudan. This is pathetic

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    • 16 October 2012 11:10, by Maguen

      I am even beginning to wander if Equatoria is part of South Sudan.Is it because they are wise and will be Leaders for ever when put in power?There is no future for S.Sudan when even students of Higher Institution of Learning are participating in big corruption.Any way mother lion bears a lion.There we gooooo. There will be an end in everything.

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  • 16 October 2012 10:56, by michael coma

    That’s wonderful news guys,can imagine that there are some holligants in the government who used students account as for smuggling public funds in it,so that no body can discovered the deal but God is very watcful.Both student leaders in Uganda are all counted to the scandal of 4billions because of allowing their account as only way of stealing.

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    • 16 October 2012 11:18, by Antigraft

      The so called secretary of finance for the union can now tell us who are those officials who sent money to students accounts? The Uganda Police should not leave this these thieves untill the probe against this graft is over.

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      • 16 October 2012 12:08, by Ajongtar

        Like the father like the Mother.this is a national cake why not others?
        1-James Mayar, the President of SSSU
        2-Secretary of Finance Bill Dhieu
        3-The union’s interim leader Deborah Apat
        4-Secretary General David Lam.
        5-Deputy Secretary of Parliamentary Affairs Peter Kuot
        6-Nyibango Bor, a special advisor to the Union’s president
        God help the minority tribes in the country.

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  • 16 October 2012 12:04, by Ajongtar

    Sory for what hapened in Kampala, just listen to their names.
    1- James Mayar, the President of SSSU
    2- Secretary of Finance Bill Dhieu
    3- The union’s interim leader Deborah Apat
    4- Secretary General David Lam.
    5- Deputy Secretary of Parliamentary Affairs Peter Kuot
    6- Nyibango Bor, a special advisor
    So which means the union was owned by Dinkas and Nuer. GOD HELP THE MINORITIES.

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  • 16 October 2012 13:06, by Antigraft

    Ajongtar, you are right.
    The problem with our brothers the so called majority tribes is lack of sensitivity. These people are not sensible and they do not plan well as far as their actions are concern. Just a mere question to ask among them was that "where are our equatorian brothers in this group" I think Dinkas and Nuer are now trying to realize their mistake. In such a graft, if ..............

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    • 16 October 2012 13:11, by Antigraft

      the whole people of South Sudan was represented in the Union, then, the whole people of South Sudan is to blame for that matter. But for this one, I thing Dinka, Nuer and Shiluk are to take the blame because they are the only people at the top management of the Union. Thanks that no eqatorian was part of this major scandal

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      • 16 October 2012 16:13, by Ruach

        Oh my goodness Dinka are stealing everywhere!I think it is a natural behaviorS!How are you going to manage South Sudan?Most of them are Bor

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  • 16 October 2012 15:45, by Onek

    If the current generation have also taken the same twist towards corruption then more prayers is needed. However since it seems like justice is being administered lets only think of really keeping our integrity other than spoiling reputation in something a serious and well brought up youth with high sense of understanding and good leadership will not do but they should pay the price.

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  • 16 October 2012 16:14, by Wadjube

    Typical of the Dinka and Nuer who loot with abandon from as soon as they can lay hands on the booty. What a shame on the SSSU. No wonder the Equatorians need to make their own student body and stay away from these sons and daughters of thieves. History will tell from all instituitions abraod, with these tribes at the helm, all else falls loose. FAGARAT!!!!

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  • 16 October 2012 22:14, by Jonny

    SSSU shame on you guys,you betray the greater tribes. But you Equatorial you may not be represented in SSSU because you are Ugandan when you are in Uganda.

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  • 17 October 2012 02:12, by Mayar

    Wow! why do students have such amount of money at the first place. Being incharge of such a big amount of money have no different from having a full-time. And for that reason, education is nothing to them. Corruption mind is much better, it gives them more money. If S. Sudan gov was smart at the first place, those money can built a better school in s. Sudan and hire better teachers from anywher

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