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Committee completes investigation into money stolen from Kiir’s office


June 1, 2013 (JUBA) – The committee, appointed to investigate the loss of money within South Sudan president’s office, has completed its work, Sudan Tribune has learnt.

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South Sudan president Salva Kiir (Reuters)

A well-placed source said the committee handed over the final report to the presidency on Friday; six weeks after President Salva Kiir issued a decree on the formation of the four-member body.

Hundreds of thousands of combined US dollars and South Sudanese pounds, sometimes reported in millions, were stolen from the office of the president in mysterious circumstances.

Three top administrators were consequently suspended over the loss, which occurred on March 15th and 23rd, according to a statement released by president’s office.

A sources familiar with the probe told Sudan Tribune that not much was uncovered by the committee throughout the investigation, citing unending conflict of interests.

“There was a lot of interference during the investigation process. As such, the investigation committee was not able to find out how much money went missing, other than the small amounts we already know about,” the sources, who preferred anonymity, told Sudan Tribune.

The committee, which was headed by the country’s anti-graft chairperson, Justice John Gatwich Lul, was tasked to identify, summon, interview and investigate all the concerned members of the staff involved.

“All the relevant documents in the office of the president will be audited by the investigation committee,” the president’s decree read in part.

The four-member body was among others, asked to investigate why such an amount of money was kept in the office building and not in the bank and how it was stolen despite the heavy security in and around the president office.

It however remains unclear whether the investigation team recommended any further legal actions against the culprits, as required by the presidential order.


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  • 2 June 2013 11:28, by wang

    We are still waiting for the displayement of those thieves’ names on board….not about how your wasted time investigated went….

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    • 2 June 2013 12:06, by Dinkawarrior

      There is no different between Juba and Khartoum’s thieveries,this system of stealing and denied was first Born in Khartoum and was transferred to Juba. By the way, it’s an Arab’s culture. You guys need to get rid off this nasty system. The amount was a million of Dollars and now it’s said to be thousands. Is it not shameful.

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      • 2 June 2013 12:21, by Mi diit

        Any one who believes that corruption can be fought under incompetent Kiir’s leadership is fooling himself or herself. If Kiir cannot fight it in his own office how can he sincerely fight it across the country. The man has no political will to fight corruption because it is all around him. Judge Gatwech Lul was just used to kill the matter and forget about it.

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        • 2 June 2013 14:05, by Frank

          Mi diit
          I believe corruption is an issues that’s affecting all the institutions in South Sudan across the board. I really like Riek, he is very friendly, social and reachable if u want to see him. But he is not immune from corruption. Why is it that the office of the Vice President always the first to exhauste it’s fiscal budget? Because he always distributed public money to his Nuer realtives.

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          • 2 June 2013 15:21, by Hardlinner

            no one is immune to corruption syndrome whether be kiir or riek they are all bunch thieves.

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        • 2 June 2013 14:15, by Frank

          Mi diit
          Stop your stupid comments, you are not helping the VP to win the elections. My constituency in Warrap will vote him because we believe in he can do but not your delusional campaign which I think is destructive to his image. Riek can be President without your evil Ngundeng prophecies. Leave the man alone, we will judge him alone, let him convince us of what he will to do to South Sudan.

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        • 2 June 2013 16:24, by Alier42

          You put it right man ,the investigation was just for formality in order to blindfold the public,we all know that the outcome will have no action.it is just a matter of time ,alternative government will be given a chance to manage the misused resources in the hands of corrupted officials.

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          • 2 June 2013 17:25, by Mi diit

            Riek is very free from corruption unlike Kiir who is the center of it. I have never heard corruption in the VP office. Don’t protect Kiir. Let him carry his own cross. He is incompetent any way. Why bother about his legacy. He is responsible. I never heard Machar dividing money to "Nuer." You are a BIG liar, buddy. I am not campaigning for Dr. Machar but telling the truth.

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    • 2 June 2013 15:15, by Hardlinner

      kiir shouldn’t be hard feeling because the way he got that money is shady. i’m pretty sure the money did come from kick back or through undisclosed contracts. all the government officials are bunch of thieves. I give thumb up to those who stole the money from kiir office. they have right to steal the stolen money.

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      • 2 June 2013 17:30, by Mi diit

        There are rumors that the money was used by Kiir to bribe people to support his leadership. He was targeting people like chiefs and intellectuals. That may be true.

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  • 2 June 2013 11:45, by Yei Top

    We greatly thank the committee and expect to read their full report.
    Hopely, the chartered plane (caravan) to Kuajok, amount and the crews/senior thieves would be reflected in your reports without fears.

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  • 2 June 2013 11:51, by Dau-network

    Well done Gatwech for that investigations but could you investigate 4 billions which were stolen by 75Thieves minus Dr Lual Deng who worked for his money thorough well-known source. it is a covering up if you faile to so or should be termed as big fish doesn’t catch by net !! Otherwise you are targeting vulnerable thieves in favor of culprits to be innocents.

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  • 2 June 2013 12:29, by Nyonged jau

    Thank you Mr. Gatwish for completing the work in a due time.
    Be as transparent as possible to disclose name by name those big crimnals who are aiming at spoilling the good name of Mr. President.

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    • 2 June 2013 12:37, by Robot


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      • 2 June 2013 14:05, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        Why is a piece of news if there were impediments,during the probe durations?

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  • 2 June 2013 14:09, by Oppressor

    Committee completes investigation into money stolen from PPl poor Of South .. were is the $4 billions stollen by 75 MPs ya haramya.. tell me South south & chol & DengII can’t u comment on this don’t hide say something for the sake of poor ppl...

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  • 2 June 2013 18:20, by Below the Law

    The laws are; like leaders like loyalists", "seeing is doing" and "though patience pays action speaks the loudest". Those who are reportedly said to have stolen the money from the presidency are the signposts.They have made the practice louder to the S.Sudanese that the there is a bank in the said Office. All thieves are not good but the thieves who steal from other thieves are far better.4bn ther

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  • 2 June 2013 19:36, by Ping Yes

    @ Mi diit
    Kiir an Riek are both corrupt but do you know that this might be a ploy against the president.Remember there is wrangle for power within the party as Vice president is doing everything against the president expecting to win our vote.Riek should resign from SPLM and run his own party

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  • 2 June 2013 19:52, by Ping Yes

    I will really appreciate the media if they could be able to place the Dinka Bor 1991 pictures and where Dr.Riek speaks that He was aware that its a total violation of human rights abuse but a propaganda....the words from his mouth

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  • 2 June 2013 21:03, by Gaatgan Kiir

    I look like it is wasted of time for talking about corruption or stooling of Money every day. Those who stool money let them take and they will not finishing factory that produce money, but I may appreciated them if they stool money and do something good with that money inside South Sudan instead of stooling and take them outside South Sudan to Develop the Country that was already been developing

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  • 2 June 2013 22:37, by wango

    To all the commentators, i can’t really rup my head around this disease that we have in sudan in general as one person stated early that these acts originated from khortoum, i greed with him. first of all, to get rid of these thieves we need to show examples and please guys let us leave alone the tribal line. we need to hold individual accountable for their actions not because he/she is from such

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    • 3 June 2013 06:43, by Bentiu son

      Bravo Wango,I absolutely agreed with u 200% that such devilish acts of thievery, bribery, corruption,nepotism, denying truths,looting public money is badly imported from Arabs in Sudan.Bro,the worse thing is that,even our freedom fighters who fought against injustice n lack of equality in former Sudan became more corrupted,looters of public funds n marginalized their own former comrades/SPLA badly

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  • 3 June 2013 10:31, by Tom D

    i have nothing to do with the details of your report. Just display the names of those thieves in the public media for their reputaions

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  • 3 June 2013 13:59, by Ajongtar

    Like the Father like the Mother, Those investigated are KIIRS Family members.
    No need to invetigate them, that money stollen was procure a presdential Air craft, according to the close souces of the president office.

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