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“Dual citizenship encouraging corruption in S. Sudan”

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By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

February 16, 2013 (BENTIU) – South Sudanese citizens possessing dual citizenship in other countries remain the impetus behind corruption practices in the new nation, a senior member of South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM) has said.

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Anti-corruption activists demonstrate in South Sudan capital Juba, June 11, 2012 (ST)

Franco Douth Diu, the SPLM secretary for Leer County in South Sudan’s Unity state, told Sudan Tribune, that large numbers of the country’s citizens have acquired citizenship outside the African continent, making the fight against corruption a difficult task.

“I think those [who] have dual citizenship should be reduced. This is another way of fighting corruption. We cannot have people with families in America, and all they do is come and collect money to as to make them [their families] enjoy life in American and elsewhere”, said Diu.

Under Article 45(5) of South Sudan’s Transitional Constitution, a South Sudanese national may acquire the nationality of another country.

The SPLM official, during the interview, urged the country’s leadership to institute a law that limits the number of people seeking dual citizenship in other countries, as a remedy to fight against corruption.

Almost two years since it attained self-rule, South Sudan faces huge challenges in the fight against graft. The country’s anti-corruption body, established through a constitutional provision, has failed to fight corruption in the young nation.

Since its formation in 2005, South Sudan Anti-Corruptions Commission (SSACC) has not implicated a single individual involved in corruption, despite the rhetoric statements from the country’s leadership to stamp out the practice.

Diu, however, says both the south-ruling party and the political parties in the country should take blame for failing to put in place tough measures against corrupt practices.

Wal Mut Kuol, the Unity state chairperson of the anti-corruption commission, admitted corruption is still rampant in the country, estimating that over 65% of the people in South Sudan are corrupt, citing Warrap, Lakes, Jonglei and Unity state as the most corrupt states.

“The leaders empowered by the constitution or the head of departments in South Sudan are [the] most corrupt people”, said Koul in a separate interview.

Kuol, on the other hand, lauded Unity state authorities for initiating a policy of screening staffs physically to detect “ghost” workers in the civil service, as well as fight the practice of nepotism in employment.

“Exactly what happens here in Unity state is tribalism, nepotism and very big embezzlement of public funds, which is wrong”, he remarked.

In May last year, South Sudan President, Salva Kiir wrote to 75 former and current government officials, asking them to account for about $4bn allegedly looted from the state treasury. To recover the funds, an account was opened in a Kenya-based bank.

However, the Unity state anti-corruption boss faulted the government for failure to make public the names of the 75 officials, a move he insists, remains a setback to the fight against corruption.

“If the war [against corruption] starts from the central government, [then] they should investigate or arrest people doing corruptions way. This will enable the rest of the states to fear”, he said.

(ST)

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  • 18 February 2013 05:47, by Jalaby

    No one will pay attention to those demonstrators because their banners that they’re raising are written in English only, it should be in Arabic too if not in Arabic only!!
    Let them wasting their time for nothing,no one will listen to them!!

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    • 18 February 2013 06:47, by Nibs

      Arabic! You are damn son of a bitch.in our constitution,English is the official language.those students who came from north with their stupid Arabic are now force to do English courses or remain jobless.No more Arabization son of a whore who is ashamed of his nuer father.of course your mother love black ’insects’ dick,right!

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      • 18 February 2013 06:55, by Jalaby

        Nibs,
        Continue to use street language and prove yourself "Wad Al-Haram" everyday!
        I know my words hit your asshole very hard and cause your blood to go high Wad Al-sharmoota!
        Go and find who is your father "Ya ibn al-sharmoota",your mom becomes so wild after she drinks Marisa!

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        • 18 February 2013 07:18, by Nibs

          Jallaba,
          Who is my father! You have indeed exhausted all level of stupidity. If i tell you my family,you will indeed kidnap me for ransom. Of course what you says is rubbish and would hurt nobody. Yesterday you conceded that your mother,with her rotten half-clitory vagina is a slut, don’t denied it now because you’ll only create humor.

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          • 18 February 2013 10:38, by Jalaby

            Nibs,
            Conceded?! what a liar and hypocrite son of a hooker?!
            Your mom is unbelievable after drinking Marisa, she becomes so wild and gives unbelievable oral sex!!
            Ah Ya wad Al-sharmoota, go and find your father!!

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            • 18 February 2013 11:19, by Nibs

              Jallaba/story teller,
              Oral sex! Is what your mother Arab whore get from nuer fellow, your father.she suck the ’insect’ black dick! Your mother, sex addict possess extraordinary disgusting pungent vagina.no human being with senses would dare have sex with her at the moment.that decaying pussy you passed through is the source of your low IQ.

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              • 18 February 2013 12:10, by Jalaby

                Nibs,
                I’ll spoil your whole day today just keep following me son of a hooker!
                Do you deny the fact that after drinking her Marisa your whore mom gives a wonderful dogy style?!
                Oooops I forgot to say she is unbelievable in 69 style!!! LOOOOOOOL
                Your mom black hairy cunt is bigger than a high way road with 10 lanes size!! Sharmoot Kabeer!

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                • 18 February 2013 15:00, by Nibs

                  Jallaba,
                  Let see who will spoil whose day! Your mother, prominent Arab porn star,almost poison your dad nuer fellow with her deadly pussy. Her vagina(decaying) has got an amazing decoration,she had bleach her pubic hair!her smelly pussy is unspeakablelly wide because she can have sex with three rogues,....

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                  • 18 February 2013 15:16, by Nibs

                    Jallaba,
                    ...either drunk or sober,she a real old prostitute.she has have sex with very many disparate young men,perhaps,Master had tested her shapeless juicy vagina.the kind of pungent odour that emanate from your mother’s stinging vagina can be use in manufacture of chemical weapons.your slut mum is pioneer in sex industry,she had even invented sex styles;donkey style,cat style,etc....

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                  • 18 February 2013 15:19, by Nibs

                    Jallaba,
                    ...either drunk or sober,she a real old prostitute.she has have sex with very many disparate young men,perhaps,Master had tested her shapeless juicy vagina.the kind of pungent odour that emanate from your mother’s stinging vagina can be use in manufacture of chemical weapons.your slut mum is pioneer in sex industry,she had even invented sex styles;donkey style,cat style,etc....

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                    • 18 February 2013 15:35, by Nibs

                      Jallaba,
                      ...the nuer fellow,dug the laterine(your mum vagina) using dog style.you are product of that! Don’t be fool, what is between your mother’s legs is no longer vagina but a toilet! I swear,ask your dad, it almost rode his black dick!it’s acidic, 1 on PH scale to be precise! If you think i follows you,then let’s called it a game and see who will traumatize who.all my arguments are FACTS.

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                • 18 February 2013 17:31, by Observer

                  Jalaby,
                  This childish outpouring is from the man who claimed he is at too high of a level to debate with me.
                  Your language, your childish postings and your ignorance show the real you.
                  I realise that Nibs is baiting you but someone of intelligence and dignity would not respond especially in the way that you have.

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    • 18 February 2013 06:49, by mayom maboung marek

      good statement ’’ over 65% of the people in South Sudan are corrupt, citing Warrap, Lakes, Jonglei and Unity state as the most corrupt states’’ I agreed.
      FYI Mr jallaby, that is illusion to have Arabic in South Sudan.

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    • 18 February 2013 08:01, by julia

      jallaby,u re son of prostitute.u re really traumatis by s.sudan seperation.here in s.sudan we fuck arab,arabic,muslimisation.
      wal Diu and Taban the reporter,u two re also corrupt.first remove ur log then condemn others log.
      taban for misplacing somebody name,place,territorial misidentification for the case of panakuach of panaruu into mayom,is a corruption.

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  • 18 February 2013 06:38, by Tutbol

    "Dual citizenship encouraging corruption in S Sudan" Yai, get real! This shows the authorities aren’t even sophisticated enough to stem out corruption in our country. for example, a S Sudanese living in Germany has all his/her: works, businesses, incomes & bankings records known in Germany & so do many other Western nations to which many S Sudanese reside. And if by a chance he/she turns up with>>

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    • 18 February 2013 07:02, by Tutbol

      >> a 500,000 euros in his/her acount overnight, then that means, something is fundementally wrong with his/her deals & must be investigated by the authorities for money laundry, fraud or drug dealings. If our country’s anti-corruption authorities aren’t talking to those countries’ anti-crruption authoities; where most S Sudanese live, but only to resort to blaming dual citizenship, then hey!>>>

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      • 18 February 2013 07:22, by Tutbol

        >>> the authorities only want to cover-up their failings in dealings with their own corrupt behaviours & only want to escape-goat dual citizen S Sudanese. How about starting investigations from our East Africa neighbours, Southern Africa nations & the Western nations where our people live including North Sudan & we will instantly know; who is who of our corrupt king-pins, very easy in the West.

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        • 18 February 2013 07:30, by Tutbol

          >>> I will be damned if the Western countries to which Mr. Diu refered to, are not aware of our current government officials who have stashed away some cash to their Countries!!

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    • 18 February 2013 15:40, by kamal

      Tubol you are right any way.because no one of the dual citizen caught redhanded any coin of south Sudan but our ministers employ those people to run some of business out side south Sudan

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  • 18 February 2013 06:51, by Jalaby

    I always believe anyone from South Sudan who possesses a western citizenship is a traitor, corrupted, unfaithful and not loyal to the soil of South Sudan!
    Absolutely only people who have dual citizenship (Sudan-South Sudan) are excluded and are good to go!!

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    • 18 February 2013 07:25, by Kenyang

      Jalabi,
      You can be jealous, many dual citizen South Sudanese reside mostly in Western countries-USA, Canada, Australia, UK, German, Finland, etc. These countries are your sworn enemies and South Sudanese have used their new oppornity to help secure an independence South Sudan. They will remain an eye and voice of South Sudan & disadvantage South Sudanese.

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    • 18 February 2013 17:33, by Observer

      Jalaby,
      What about those here in Sudan who have duel citizenship- e.g. half our members of parliament and heads of Govt departments- not to mention President and Govt advisors- by your statement are they not loyal to Sudan?

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  • 18 February 2013 07:09, by Kenyang

    Mr.Douth Diu has a complete different agenda against those with dual citizenship. But low life officials like himself must be advised to cite statistics and use reference to support their allegations. If anyone has to believe him one got to believe also the famous 75 top most corrupt SPLM officials who got away with billions of dollars are "dual citizens."

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    • 18 February 2013 07:34, by bakuluk

      I think Mr DOuth Diu, he is Khartoum University gradual, with lied and cunning skill,look he pretend himself as good person he so hypocrite, what about Juba,or 75 corrupt official,are they dual citizen? I think Douth need head study,in English if he not protected his rank from spla to be remove from duty.

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  • 18 February 2013 07:21, by Jojo

    I am totally in support to Mr. Diu. You have noticed the poison of those with dual citizenship. They have not firm foundation. They are just like bats the family of no where, they are family of confussion.
    Well Done Franco Douth Diu!

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  • 18 February 2013 08:25, by DDooggaa

    I want Kiir and his dupes out first then we start fighting corruption. But if they are still exist in the system NO way we can talk of eradicating corruption. This things they call Ministers I want them all out.

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  • 18 February 2013 08:30, by George Bol

    where did that gut get that statistic of 65%?
    Lie the way people called themselve DR while they just have AA degree- Riek machar is included.

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  • 18 February 2013 09:02, by Peter Nhiany

    Mr. Diu got it wrong. I do not want to say that they are not citizens with dual nationality, but I would say this, you do not need a law to reduce the number of citizens with dual citizenship, what you needs is a government who have zero tolerance on corruption. Any law which holds corrupt officials accountable is what we need. Stop all those nonsenses and look at the real problem. Nice try.

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    • 18 February 2013 11:28, by julia

      mr. Doutth Diu is an Arab die heart graduat of the poor university khartoum as stated above.it is their ideologist the khartoumers,they hate s.sudanese English speakers,as they accused those guy who were in the SPLA/M liberated area that not educated,as far those who went to uganda&kenya as having fogering documents.they see English speaking qualify s.sudanese as a threate to their poor Arabic.

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  • 18 February 2013 09:05, by wang

    That figures are not right, Dinka are making up only 25% of populations in South and they are the only community have been accuses so far for mismanagement.
    Hey readers, what Mut Kuol is tried to say in this article is that the 65% of government officials in this new Nation are corrupts not entirety population. Hope that would make senses to non-Dinka readers-----

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  • 18 February 2013 09:29, by marie

    Mr/Mrs Jojo.How many people from Diaspora are in the army, commissions, ministerial cabinet, parliament and the civil service that managed to loot $4 billion? Come up with the number and have a good argument

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  • 18 February 2013 10:51, by New Government

    Dear readers.
    it is not a mattering defending our leaders facts must be said. what was kiir did was very wrong as a president the statement you aired out must be implement so kiir said it and again denied, kiir will not risk his life because he was among the 75 official.the reason behind this corruption started from president as he failed to give power to the commissions.

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  • 18 February 2013 13:10, by Mack

    The official miserably got it wrong. I reject this kind of talk. The people he is accusing have potentials and great things to contribute for the development of this nation. They have experiences we need,so need to encourage them to come and invest and utilize their expertise in many areas. What is needed is how to discourage corruption practices and not baring people who are 100% South Sudanese.

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  • 18 February 2013 17:16, by MJriaksdca

    Dual citizenship does not encourage corruption. Corruption is not money one make officially from work and take outside to support one’s family. Those citizens take what is their money. Also don’t forget, those citizens bring skills and knowledge to South Sudan. Corruption is done by gov’t official who take money specified for public work. They are mostly military ranking officers made ministers.

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  • 18 February 2013 17:37, by James Maker Akok

    People,
    I see some people in this website commenting comments are just wasting their times for talking for dirty words on people while they don’t know how to write truths. I don’t know where they learnt that bad education.
    No one day I commented dirty word on person because I respect myself.

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  • 18 February 2013 17:51, by James Maker Akok

    They are talking about Dual citizenship but it’s very too hard to prevent Dual Citizenship they are born in that country and they most have rights to be treat equal but if you don’t treat equal they take you for International Court.
    The best thing to judge them as your Citizens.

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