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South Sudan unearths 11,000 ghost police officers


August 27, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan has discovered at least 11,000 ghost police officers, while additional 16,000 names remain to be investigated, the new interior minister, Aleu Ayieny Aleu said.

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Recruits for the Southern Sudan Police Service (SSPS) perform a training exercise at their academy in Rajaf, South Sudan on 7 October 2010 (File photo/UN)

The 11,000 names were detected on the payroll, but did not match the identities of any serving officers.

The anomaly cost the government about 30 million South Sudanese pounds (SSP).

Aleu said he expects the figure to rise to 27,000 if the investigation confirms the mystery over the additional 16,000 names.

If those names turn out also to be fake, the discovery will save the government a combined total of about 73 million SSP.

Reports show that there was a network operating within the police force between senior officers and cashiers involved in inflating the actual strength of the force in order to earn more.

The discrepancy was uncovered during a head count of individual police officers during an exercise jointly carried out by the ministry and the UN police, in which the actual numbers on parade were compared against the figures on the payroll.

Aleu says the move is part of reforms which his ministry had started to implement across the country, with the intention of transforming the police force into a professional institution in the region.

“I want to tell you that it will not be the usual business. Things will have to change. We have identified 11,000 [fake names] during our screening. These names were in our pay list and we have now made the decision to knock them out”, Aleu announced during his first media address since his appointment.

He said the decision was made at a recent police leadership council meeting in the Western Bahr el Ghazal state capital, Wau.

The meeting, which brought together police commissioners and other high-ranking security officers from across South Sudan’s 10 states, is held annually with the view to share experiences, knowledge and resolve security challenges.


In a separate interview, police spokesperson Col. James Monday said that the discovery was made as a result of ongoing efforts by the ministry to screen the names of at least 52,000 suspected ghost police officers.

Monday denied claims that the exercise was being carried as part of a ploy to remove certain people from serving in the police service, stressing that the decision was taken by the leadership council.

“This is not a one man decision so that it could be viewed as targeting certain groups of people. It was a decision made by the leadership council at the annual conference which brought more than 180 senior police officers. This was where the leadership decided that these people … be removed”, Monday said.

He says the exercise is part of a reform program currently being carried out by the government in collaboration with the United Nations Police service in a bid to overhaul the institution, which is predominantly made up of former rebel members turned police, as well as boost professionalism and transparency within the force.


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  • 29 August 2013 06:01, by Dau-network

    Well done Aleu if they are really ghostly workers apart from political eradication of unwanted officials .

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    • 29 August 2013 06:07, by Dau-network

      How many policemen/women working in our country if ghost names higher like that? What are they doing while people killing each others daily in urbans and remotely areas or are they just for salaries ?

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      • 29 August 2013 07:12, by Big Boy

        Dear all
        The matter is not dinka who are blaming Nuer or nuer blaming dinka, the matter is that those fake whole general south sudanese whom were in bush started frm Kiir to low levels they don’t know what they are doing at the office?just they go to the office in the moring and enjoy their dal,bean etc then go and look where to get 10ssp beer that all..

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        • 29 August 2013 16:38, by Luethee Ngong Anyoun

          Big Boy , i only hate the word Dinka and Nuer not to be used in any topics or discussions for one reasons or another becuase the problems of South Sudan is not for 2 tribes is 4 every body and i want to warn who ever talks like the way you do is not going to work any longer , Minister Aleu Knows what he is doing Aleu oyee, SPLM Oyee, South Sudan oyeee!
          Abraham 5

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        • 30 August 2013 13:22, by Arakataa

          congratulate Mr aleu for your hardwork .south Sudan need people like you.

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    • 29 August 2013 06:11, by jijury

      Dinka blame everything on Nuer thus they will never learn no matter who comes to power. in fact, when they shit,and the shits don’t come out they blame it on Nuer too.

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    • 29 August 2013 09:07, by winny

      Bravo to the Hon Aleu for the good work done if there will be others five ministers the country will lead to right way. Because corruption will never end it was the big rank who play it with flukers who have run away during school time they were given this chance by their uncles and brothers, we public can stand with people like Aleu Ayieny we wish him all the best and indeed he is quick in decisi

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    • 29 August 2013 15:31, by Isme

      Wake up you so call South Sudanese fake African, try to catch up with the rest of the world or would you please come back to our beautiful detention centers in ISRAEL where you can learn integrity, patriotism and self-respect. Bravo to that big boy as some of you suggested, If he continued doing that many ghosts will die and you will start building your dirty city Jubal, keep it up boy.

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  • 29 August 2013 06:54, by Young Patriot

    Congratulations Hon Aleu Ayieny! You are a champion! If confirmed to be true, then we will rally behind you to be the next VP president of South Sudan when Mayardit goes and someone from Upper Nile or Greater Equatoria takes the leadership Mantle.

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  • 29 August 2013 06:59, by allan

    NO one tell this people this is not unit nation ration card where u can have many as u want this is government not kakuma camp
    shame on them

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  • 29 August 2013 07:30, by Ambago

    Dear compatriots
    The truth lies in the figures of at least 52,000 ghost names as said by the spokesperson.
    Hon: Kuol Manyang Juuk once said that every department in his state was filled with such ghost names - because some people were including the names of their cows as well.
    In a country where human beings share names with animals, this can be a real problem!

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    • 29 August 2013 08:01, by Naath

      Ahahahaja.hopeless Dinka dominant and his uncle brainless kiir fail,thier brains still thinking about Bush life that is why they’re messing up every department in country.thier only achievement is removing,killing,looting,pretending,now who to blame because all Dinka bahelgazel,hopeless kiir remove all criminal for no furthermore investigation,but we will get them as well.

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    • 29 August 2013 08:22, by Peter Mading

      Dear readers,
      I caution you from drawing conclusion about Hon. Aleu Statement. The man I like so much is Aleu but something tell me to scrutinize/analyze his Statement seriously. I remember, the statement he released while Khartoum in 2006 as well as another statement about Salary increment of Organised forces last yr that resulted to some soldiers shooting and injuring some officers.

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    • 29 August 2013 08:49, by omoni jr.

      bro, you actually hit the point man,majority of SPLM lead government are sharing the names with animals, which make it harder to identify the really human beings. Imagine over 50 thousands are now discovered,These people used christians and cows names differently ,e.g, kuol mayien dud, and again he used it like this peter koul mayien.This country will take another a century for the people to realized that corruption is not a good thing to do and we need to build the nations for prosperirty. There is No honesty and just in SPLM led government, All officials are corrupts and greedy beyond human limits. Top leaders are only worries about theirs families,and forgot the common and ordinary people who struggle everyday for survival. The new minister sing about change or reforms, ladies and gentlement, lets not waste time to buy this cheap talks of Alieu, Change will never happen while SPLM Dinka dominated the three government branches and defunctioned all of them,
      Since 2005, when khartoum allowed SPLM DINKA thugs to ruled south sudan as autonomous region,and oil money was divided 50/50,plus foriegns donation to south sudan..where was this money go?? Within 5 years, all SPLM OFFICIALS became millions and own the mansions and beer companies in and outside south sudan. Change will come when these thugs send to HELL and rot there forever.........

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    • 30 August 2013 21:34, by akid malual

      You funny buddy, whose illegal name are not only Nuer or Dinka, toposa, murle which are keep cattle.

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  • 29 August 2013 09:24, by The Republic of South Sudan

    Aleu will be remove/sack if you continue this way. Kiir circle’s interest- Gogrial community is a top priority from SPLA/SPLM and Republic of South Sudan. You will be sacked like Taban Deng, Chuol Tong and Dr. Machar.
    Urge the SSLA to pass the pension bill and retire all long serving officers. How many Police Officers have South Sudan Government trained and are on jobs before saying ghost figure

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  • 29 August 2013 10:13, by Modi Lo Laja

    To: Hon. Aleu, Minister of MI&WLC,
    Hon. Jadallah, D/Minister of MI&WLC,
    More and more thanks so much for showing up your responsibilities, commitments, care for your innocent people you fought for in 50 yrs or more.
    Now, the ghost police officers you detected show your full responsibilities to your people being targeted by insecurity. These must go home.

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  • 29 August 2013 13:08, by Whortti Bor Manza

    This is just a propaganda ploy by Aleu to mudsling Gen. Alison Magaya to just that Equatorians are corrupt and weak. If true, the person to account is Ger Chuong the former minister of interior in GoSS who was in charge of recruiting these police. This report has been there in front of president Kiir for long. Why reveal this now?
    I know. Aleu is a controversial fellow as was once suspended by Kir

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