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N. Bahr el Ghazal caretaker governor allegedly embezzled millions of South Sudanese pounds

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October 8, 2015 (JUBA) – The caretaker governor of South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, Akot Deng Akot, has been accused of allegedly embezzling 3.2 million South Sudanese pounds in less than one month following his appointment by president Salva Kiir.

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Map detail showing South Sudan’s border state of Northern Bahr el Ghazal

The caretaker governor, according to a senior official at the state ministry of finance, ordered the release of 2.2 million South Sudanese pounds on 15 September 2015, from the state treasury for unclear reasons without approval from the council of ministers or the state legislative assembly.

“He [Akot] did not say what he wanted to do with this such huge money when he asked for it. I told the former minister that a memo for such a huge amount of money should come through council of ministers or the state legislative assembly but my advice was not taken seriously,” the official told Sudan Tribune on condition of anonymity in an investigative interview on Thursday.

The minister of finance, he said, was afraid to ask about the release of the amount because he was hoping he would be in the new government if he cooperated with the new caretaker governor.

The money, according to him, was taken when the caretaker governor traveled to the national capital, Juba, for consultation with the leadership to reshuffle and form his new cabinet after his appointment.

“The caretaker governor also borrowed half a million South Sudanese pounds from a business man called Athian Aciec during his swearing in [ceremony]. Nobody knows what he has done with this money, yet his trip to Juba was facilitated by the state government. This money will now be settled by the state government,” he claimed.

A former minister also claimed in a separate interview that the governor also embezzled 1.9 million South Sudanese pounds and cut the allowances and operational cost meant for all the ministries.

“What happened is something unbelievable because it has never happened in the history of management system in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state. All the operational costs of the ministries and allowances were cut on the directives of the caretaker governor and the money went to him,” he said.

The official who showed Sudan Tribune a document listing ministries affected by the directives, said the manner in which the compulsory cut in salaries was conducted amounted to robbery.

The detailed document showed that 10,500 South Sudanese pounds were cut from the operational cost against the budget of the ministry of water and irrigation, 300,000 from the ministry of health, 18,000 from agriculture, 700,000 from the ministry of animal resources and 800,000 from rural and urban development.

It also showed that money was cut from 10 employees from the state revenue authority, 8 supporting staff of the state legislative assembly, 68 from the ministry of agriculture, 45 from the ministry of health, 36 from the ministry of sports, 16 from the ministry of trade and industry, 28 from the ministry of animal resources, 8 from the physical infrastructure, 38 from the ministry of local government and 39 from the ministry of social welfare in the state.

Other ministries whose employees were affected by the directives cutting the salaries included the ministry of water and irrigation from which 32 employees were not paid. 12 employees from the ministry of labour and public services were also not paid.

The official further claimed the caretaker governor had also directed the ministry of finance to suspend payment of 30 officials affected by the formation of the new cabinet.

“Really what is happening is a robbery. I cannot call it a looting because the extent to which the public resources are being grabbed without hesitation is unprecedented,” he said.

Critics of the caretaker governor alleged that his objective of wanting to be a governor in the first place was to enrich himself at all cost because he knew he would not last long in the office.

“I am not surprised about this allegation because the legacy of this man (Akot Deng Akot) has always been defined by the embezzlement of public resources. You know what he did in Western Bahr el Ghazal when he was deployed there as a police commissioner. He embezzled salaries of the police force for two months. That was what caused the police to protest against lack of payment of their salaries. Now he is yet to pay 600,000 South Sudanese pounds, even after he sold away some of his assets, including houses here in Aweil to repay the money.”

The office of the caretaker governor was unable to make a comment on the allegation and Sudan Tribune could not independently verify the veracity of the allegation, although several officials with working knowledge within the state ministry of finance have confirmed the cut and release of 3.29 million.

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  • 9 October 2015 02:05, by Akol Liai Mager

    He is innocent until proven guilty, On the other hand, he has just joined the elite and so, why would his deeds be any different whilst he was hand-picked?

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    • 9 October 2015 12:12, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Being a care taker governor he have the right of stealing the money since he knew soon he will leave the office you want him to go without?,This is the behaviour of our leaders in South Sudan government

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  • 9 October 2015 02:29, by lino

    Comeon South Sudanese, all your problems have money attached to it!!!
    Please grow up and learn how to be a stateladies and statemen.

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  • 9 October 2015 08:21, by King of Nyamlel

    Don’t cry now. We will make sure that Akot Deng couldn’t get his ass to our Lol by all means. He is a typical thief of the year. How come Kuel is replace with a thief! Akuma yi Kiir abi cak riak!

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  • 9 October 2015 08:46, by Gabriel KK

    corruption and looting as usual!! shame on Akot Deng Akot. are you there to serve yourself or to free your people from poverty?

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    • 10 October 2015 14:07, by Mike Mike

      There is a says birds of one feather flew together. Therefore, the alleged claims which had been posted here was not ever the first incident of money embezzlement to happen in this gov’t of NBeG State. Akot was unlucky man that is why there is a claim today and no anyone who have raised such a claim against those who have ruled a head of him. All the leaders of SS are not for development.

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  • 9 October 2015 08:47, by kuac Agol

    This is not good news for us, we need development and a sense of good leadership rather than million of South Sudanese pound lost in a month, what is achieved positively in a month is what we are dying for.

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  • 9 October 2015 08:48, by Gabriel KK

    corruption and looting as usual!! shame on Akot Deng Akot. are you there to serve yourself or to free your people from poverty?

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  • 9 October 2015 09:34, by Malim

    Hon. Akot Deng Akot is a well know first class thief police officer who stolen the police’s money in Wau. He deserved a complete dismissal from the Government of South Sudan but instead, he was rewarded with Governor. The Government of Northern Bahr El Gahzal will soon clap because Governor Akot Deng Akot has run away with money of all the State employees. God save the people of South Sudan

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  • 9 October 2015 11:04, by Jupiter Maguangdit

    Do not complain you people of Mading Aweil because you have not seen anything yet. Akot is well known for corruption and that is why he was selected by Malong to become the governor so that he can loot money and devide it with his master, Malong Awan.

    Wait and you will see.

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