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Payii roads and bridges boss arrested over misuse of Juba-Kajokeji road funds


May 31, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudan Police on Friday arrested the Managing Director of Payii roads and bridges company over misappropriation of funds allocated for construction of the 140km Juba-Kajokeji road.

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A bridge between Juba and kajo-Keji road (sshada)

Rex Abdalla Nicholas was reportedly arrested at about 3:00pm on orders from South Sudan Anti-Corruption Commission (SSACC), whose summons he allegedly ignored, despite several reminders.

“SSACC summoned the MD [Managing Director] of Payii to come and answer some questions about the said road construction and he refused to report to SSACC despite a reminder sent to him,” a source told Sudan Tribune.

SSACC then invoked section 29 of its 2009 Act, and sought the intervention of the Ministry of Justice and secured arrest warrant, he added.

Abdalla is now under detention as he awaits trial on why he failed to obey lawful orders from the anti-graft body.

Under Section 9(1) (b) of the Act, SSACC has powers to investigate cases of corruption involving public property as well as the private sector, which is later forwarded to the Justice ministry for further action.

In September last year, Mary Kiden, a member of parliament from Kajokeji decried the poor state of roads in the area, after heavy rains washed away a section of main bridge linking it to the South Sudan capital.

Area residents blame Payii roads and bridges company, the main contractor, of doing “shoddy” work and failing to complete the road contract, five years after it was awarded.

A committee, comprising members from Kajo-Keji drivers’ union and civil society entities, was last year formed to look into the road matter. The committee was, among others, tasked to mobilise funds for construction of the 140km stretch.


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  • 1 June 2013 08:29, by Ping Yes

    Great news and of its first character and hoping a fair justice will be done on the managing director soon and win ss hope in the anti-corruption body.Thumb up for the SS anti-corruption

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    • 1 June 2013 09:18, by Greater-Equatoria-Region

      SSACC have arrested him because he is from Greater Equatoria Region. They fear to arrest those who supposed to be arrested because they are from Warrap and Unity states. What a corrupt commission!!

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  • 1 June 2013 08:36, by Joseph Canada

    Now this is the encouraging news. Please get closer and closer as you will collect all of them.. Oh.. where is he from again? hmmm!!

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  • 1 June 2013 09:03, by Mayom County Boy

    Oh my God .this is how money lover Dinka people will be caught up .let justice work and fine them one by one antill they got end up.

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    • 1 June 2013 09:10, by Robot

      Kudos, this is one of great achievements. where is the MD from, North????, please my fellow colleagues who comment on various articles, lets not be tribal on every article and lets avoid this habit of making and commenting on tribal lines, we are one people and we need one another.

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    • 1 June 2013 10:26, by yong madhal

      mr mayom you are vam pire person don,t talk idiot thing man

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  • 1 June 2013 12:39, by Yei Top

    This is not the first of its kind for PAII roads and bridges misusing funds but the Gov’t keep ignoring, reason not known.
    Kajok Kulo keji has alot of interlectuals/road and water engineers whom i don’t need to mention their names.
    This time, let Paii be taken to book.
    Paii ! have boundery with ur misuse/corruption of funds but not with KK. KK lawyers/engineers etc emerge

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  • 1 June 2013 14:35, by william wieumadiak maruop

    Anti-corruption commission keep up of doing that.arest them and take them to the courts.

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