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South Sudan’s Kiir accuses army of corruption

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September 20, 2013 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir has accused the country’s forces of corruption, saying it had been squandering resources through dubious activities, citing ghost names on the payroll system.

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SPLA generals wait for the start of independence celebrations in Juba, South Sudan, Saturday, July 9, 2011.

Kiir, also the commander-in-chief of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), made the remarks in the Western Bahr el Ghazal’s capital, Wau, when he visited the area on Wednesday to witness the graduation of over 200 ex-combatants trained in various non-combat skills.

The president has also proceeded to his home state of Warrap where he is expected to hold a political rally on the visit, expected to take a number of days.

The remarks directly accusing his army of corruption were the first from the president since the country became independent in 2011.

He revealed that despite the huge budget allocated every year to the army "there are no even vehicles to transport soldiers on missions".

Four defence ministers have represented the army at the cabinet since 2005 with the latest being Kuol Manyang Juuk, who in August quit his gubernatorial job in the troubled Jonglei state.

In February last year, South Sudan Anti-Corruption Commission (SSACC) asked the SPLA top generals to declare their income and assets, in an effort to tackle corruption.

The accounts of the army and other organised forces have not been audited since 2005 and a lot of money is believed to be unaccounted for.

Reports suggest that Juuk may introduce reforms in the army and work to reorganise the different armies. Critics say he has failed in Jonglei state to create harmony in the communities despite his reconciliation messages, adding that his reform agenda may instead polarise the national army.

However, the recent power struggle in Juba between president Kiir, his former deputy Riek Machar and the ex-ruling party secretary general Pagan Amum is expected to push Kiir and his defence minister to weigh up any decision related to the SPLA high command.

The army chief of general staff, James Hoth Mai has reportedly fallen out with Kiir on a number of issues relating to the army and the ongoing political rivalry in the country.

The senior army official recently directed the national army not to interfere in the politics of the country.

Recently, however, the defence minister issued a press statement distancing himself from any speculations that he may be behind the plan to sack Mai, saying he had not yet reported to the president on the latter’s performances.

(ST)

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  • 20 September 2013 08:26, by Msudi

    Corruption starts with C - in C.

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    • 20 September 2013 14:32, by winny

      Corruption is become the song of the day where by if are the boss of the function,u can tell others that they are corrupts but whoever in charger for any organisation is also corrupts.so people singing it as the nice song but time will come where by they will regret.if corruption is to be minimize since they can talk of it here and there.it would have recover but is life.

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  • 20 September 2013 08:27, by Agutthon

    We knew before the President that the army, the SPLA was and will continue to be a cradle for corruption as long as the SPLA tag is not repealed. The president speaks but lack actions.

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  • 20 September 2013 08:30, by omoni jr.

    Salva kirr himself is corrupt leader.
    The money invloved him and Telar Ring
    which was $6 millions, and the money he kept in his house,and later got stolen>>>>>>>>>>
    It is very funny indeed to see thief accused thief..Is it because thief salva kiir has high rank in thieves commands. well, that is understandable.. where are 75 thieves that you wrote ltters to them??? Mr. president, you are suppoed to write them letters ,now you violated your own constitutions, article 2013/9 of Gogrial that dictates that the president of the republic should write the letter/s/ to anybody accused of corruptions. The article 124/ chapter 9/ of Gogrial 4th district dictate that any SPLM member and particularly Dinka accused of corruptions,should never be charge without aprovable from the president of republic Gen: Salva Kiir mayardit Dinka community, Gogrial, intellegent people in south sudan if not on earth. They have power to rule andrun the affairs of this nation under the influences of whiskey and tusker- white bull perfectly.

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    • 20 September 2013 09:14, by Chol A.

      @Jr shit can the language of Kiir as Gogerial and Dinka help you to solve your problem with Dinka? I don’t think so but you are immature in mind because your language always will encourage hated to not being one south Sudan and that will not help us at all.

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      • 20 September 2013 12:09, by omoni jr.

        Chol Asshole.
        am very matured man than your entire family. why do you defend tyrant president? am south sudan, therefore, am entile to my own opinion ,dog. just mind your business sir. This is the work of the citizens, to critize the president,if think that salva kiir is your chief then am sorry for you.

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        • 20 September 2013 12:30, by Chol A.

          @omoni.Jr I am not defending Kiir himself and that’s why I categories you as luntic. Article itself does not alike to your comments as against entire dinka whom you alergic.
          To be pacific,I am not blocking your opinion but, your opionion goes outside article which become sensitve to others. Please if you look south Sudan environment of today compare to last decade of 1 Sudan you can praise Kiir.

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  • 20 September 2013 08:35, by dinkdong

    He (the commander-in-chief) was the first to got corrupted

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    • 20 September 2013 09:12, by Big Boy

      Dear All
      Splm/a activists should shelve their emotion and look at the issue critically with an open mind. It is a known fact today former Governor koul Manyang has gone out of his way to integrate the splm/a in his state more than any governor in RSS history”. The concern of Kiir at large should be the growing inability of the present generation of the elites to meet the needs of our people.

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      • 20 September 2013 09:14, by Big Boy

        Cont.
        Work takes me round Africa. The ignorance, stupidity, and corruption is unbelievable. Street adverts for witch doctors and fraudulent savings schemes say it all.
        I’m not aware of Europeans "migrating to their former colonies". What do they do? It’s hard to get work or residency permits. Even business visas are a pain. Business in general is hard in a corrupt environmen.

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        • 20 September 2013 14:54, by dude

          This President will cause the war very soon. He is the number one corruptor. He when to his home region to make fall accusations. Why did he only go to Bar Alghazal region. What about greater Upper Nile region. I do not have my trust in this President and I believe he needs to be removed through the election peacefully before he causes the country to break up into smaller pieces.

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        • 20 September 2013 14:56, by Frak Cho

          "Say the truth and the truth will set you free!"
          But can the truth set you free when you do something contra to the truth?

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  • 20 September 2013 15:00, by dude

    This President will cause the war very soon. He is the number one corruptor. He when to his home region to make fall accusations. Why did he only go to Bar Alghazal region. What about greater Upper Nile region. I do not have my trust in this President and I believe he needs to be removed through the election peacefully before he causes the country to break up into smaller pieces.

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  • 21 September 2013 00:22, by Chol Mading

    I share your concerns that our country is heading in wrong direction, that we thought we passed. It looks like war will break out if we keep this speed and its direction. President must stop these kind of talks and should start harmonizing our country. I don’t think sacking James Mai will go down smoothly like other incidents. There will be some huge consequences and president must be cautious.

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  • 21 September 2013 13:27, by Gatkuoth

    Kiir removed his VP because he criticized the government. In the same way if him (Kiir) is loyal to the government, he must resigned because he has criticized the army ( a part of the government he is leading as well).

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