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South Sudan student leaders acquitted of financial scam by Ugandan police

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November 7, 2012 (KAMPALA) – Ugandan police set free Monday all but one of the top leadership of the South Sudanese Students’ Union (SSSU) in Kampala, after finding no grounds to prosecute them for financial malpractice.

Bill Dhieu, the students’ finance secretary, was remanded in custody and is due to appear in court on November 27. Dhieu was first arrested on October 5 and charged with forging signatures in order to withdraw over US$30,000 and over 50 million Ugandan shillings but claimed that he was not “alone”, prompting the students’ representatives to constituent a committee of inquiry.

The seven-member committee of inquiry accused all the union’s top leaders of involvement in the funds going missing funds and a vote of the SSSU parliament asked for the union leaders to step aside, so an impartial investigation could take place.

James Mayar, the SSSU leader who stepped aside in October, described the police decision as a victory in his attempts to clear his name.

“I knew that I was innocent from the beginning though I was worried in the last few weeks about the future of the [students’] union,” Mayar told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

In a meeting attended by student leaders on Monday in Kampala, the Ugandan police officers who investigated the embattled leaders acquitted Mayar, his deputy Jiel Jiel, secretary general David Lam, top SSSU advisor Nyibango Bor and deputy secretary of parliament affairs Peter Kuot of corruption. The police said that the six union leaders were “without case to answer.”

However, the Union’s secretary of finance Bill Dhieu remains accused using forged signatures and withdrawing public money without the consent of other student leaders. He denies the charges.

MISSING FUNDS

The reinstated student leader, James Mayar claims that the amount of funds missing could not be established “because Bill [Dhieu] refused to make public bank statements.” But during his appearance to student representative in October, Bill Dhieu alleged that he withdrew the missing money with the full knowledge of other leaders.

Mayar estimated that around US$35,000 and over 50 million Ugandan shillings (US$20,000) was missing from the union’s bank account.

The students’ committee of inquiry found that transactions made using the SSSU bank account exceed US$200,000. Asked whose money was wired through the public account, Mayar denied any knowledge such practices.

The SSSU’s leadership is elected annually but this year’s polls have been delayed, Mayar said, promising to hand over the office to new leaders before the end of the year.

“The money is not for [me] or Bill [Dheiu] but for the students and anybody will make sure that it is returned,” said the student leader.

Deborah Apat, the Speaker of South Sudanese Students’ Union told Sudan Tribune that she is yet to decide on how to respond to the police’s decision and declined to specify on whether the acquitted leaders still have a case to answer.

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  • 8 November 2012 07:03, by Michael Angelo

    Mayar,
    Even your own mother cannot believe what you said man. There is no way such a huge amounts can disappear without your knowledge while you’re a chairman of that said Student Union. How can Ugandan polices investigate stolen money by Southern Sudanese? This is a cover up investigation by Ugandan polices. They are just bribe in order to drop the case.

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    • 8 November 2012 07:15, by Ruach

      Dinka are looting every where even students the future leaders of this nation are stealing like their uncles!

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      • 8 November 2012 08:15, by LL Reuben

        The Dinka didn’t loot the money, Mayar did, come on now get some civility. Why do you spews hate constantly even when an issue is as specific as this one.

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        • 9 November 2012 07:54, by South Dengjok

          Dear Me,
          how can u people selected Dinka to be a leader of the Union that implement their activity with the money or that related with the money,it is automatic,no assumption that Dinka can never be leader with out corruption,cuz it is in their blood and the stealing of property not only money is heredity to them ,that is why most of them got no teeth due to stealing of"Ngundeng"blanite"Toi in Nue

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    • 8 November 2012 07:25, by Deng Bornyang

      You are right to some extent because as a leader, that is his responsibility to supervise what is happening but, the issue of investigation as to be carried out by the Uganda police because it happened in Uganda. Another is that you people should not rely on verbal information. If you have any substantial evidence against anyone of the alleged officials then go and produce it before the court.

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      • 8 November 2012 07:37, by Michael Angelo

        Deng,
        I understand that it’s a responsibility for the Ugandan to investigate what happen, but it will be hard for them to find the truth given the fact that South Sudanese or those leaders accused cannot keep the monies in their apartments. Honestly speaking, Mayar knew what was going on. Being a leader means it’s your responsibility to supervise or monitor the people.

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  • 8 November 2012 08:21, by BENJAMIN YOM BOL CHIMIR

    SSSU-U,
    I WOULD LIKE TO BRING INTO YOUR ATTENTION THAT, WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW THE NEGATIVE ATTITUDE OF TRIBALISM TO EXIST.@RUACH I WOULD LIKE TO INFORM YOU THAT WHAT PRESIDENT MAYAR HAS DONE BY BRINGING TO BOOK BILL DHIEU IS A SIGN OF JUSTICE AND NOT TRIBALISM. IF HE WAS TRIBALIST HE SHOULD HAVE ALLOW BILL DHIEU TO GO FREE BECAUSE THEY ARE BOTH DINKAS.

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  • 8 November 2012 08:29, by BENJAMIN YOM BOL CHIMIR

    People,
    I thing there is one thing you are ignoring, Why is it that Mayar Arested Bill Dhieu if he was really involved in the financial malpractice?

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    • 8 November 2012 15:49, by Yei Top

      Mr. Mayar,
      Your grew with a peaceful & transformed community in south sudan and our hope is that u will be the change to ur community. i can’t believe u.
      I know Jenge leadership is always characterised by corruption but be the change to transform ur people....i will talk 2 u one 2 one once u get home here.

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  • 8 November 2012 12:47, by 4Justice
    • 8 November 2012 19:05, by wani

      legacy is never, got through corruption fel

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  • 8 November 2012 19:36, by wani

    The information circulating around the social media from the president that the council have set them free on Monday 5/11/2012 is total misdirecting ,let’s speak the truth to the public Mr president. the council meeting or session was adjourned by the Hon Speaker: Apat Debora Garang due to misconduct of some members in the august house .no resolution was reached ."give authentic information

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