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South Sudan denies President Kiir condoned corruption

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September 12, 2016 (JUBA) - A South Sudanese presidential aide denounced on Monday an investigative report accusing President Salva Kiir of having condoned corruption, describing it as “rubbish and “nonsense".

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir (C) poses for a picture after the government swearing in with his first deputy Riek Machar (R) and second deputy James Wani on 29 April 2016 (Photo Moses Lomayat)

“That is a complete nonsense. Don’t ask me again, it is rubbish”, Tor Deng Mawien, presidential advisor on decentralization and intergovernmental linkage angrily told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

Mawien was reacting to an investigative report by The Sentry which released a report of findings of a groundbreaking two-year investigation into the networks of South Sudan’s senior officials and their international facilitators.

The initiative co-founded by John Prendergast and George Clooney, seeks to disrupt and dismantle the networks of military officers, government officials, businessmen, arms dealers, bankers, and other enablers who allegedly benefit financially and political conflicts in the country.

According to the 65-page report obtained by the Sudan Tribune on Monday, the Sentry used experienced investigators who researched thousands of legal records, traveled to multiple locations to gather evidence and interviewed hundreds of experts and eyewitnesses.

It also took public images using Google Earth Pro to examine some of the properties in the report such as President Kiir and Riek Machar’s residences. The text established that the country’s top officials have ’managed to accumulate fortunes despite modest government salaries.’

Some top officials and their families own stakes in a broad array of companies, whereas others receive large payments from corporations doing business in the country. The Sentry found that South Sudan’s top officials have benefited both financially and politically from the war.

The report specifically highlighted President Kiir, Riek Machar, Chief of Staff Gen. Paul Malong Awan, and former Chief of Staff Gen. James Hoth Mai. It also mentioned General Gabriel Jok Riak, and General Reuben Malek Riak as among the officers identified to have benefited from corrupt practices.

The report, however, did not mention some former government officials owning expensive properties.

The report entitled "War crimes should not pay" was quickly criticized by government supporters, claiming it carried nothing significant but certainly a political tool to put pressure on president Salva Kiir to relinquish power.

They also accused investigators of being “agents of regime change” after purportedly decided to deliberately leave out former party and government officials turned opposition suspected to have amassed wealth and properties in America, Australia and in the neighbouring countries.

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  • 12 September 23:45, by Panda Odhie

    This report has carry no meaning & itis baseless and only target few people which ve been targeted by the pple this report has favor by excluded them. I thought the reporters would be fair to begin from 2005-2016 that include everyone that has serve in gvt

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    • 13 September 05:40, by dinkdong

      The fact that they didn’t included the corruption since 2005 is the question I can agree with you, otherwise that report is true. Kiir and most of the govt officials and their family members that served since 2005 to present became rich with what was suppose to be the nation’s wealth. Again, they (Sentry) stated clearly that it was a two-year investigation.

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    • 13 September 13:47, by Philosopherking

      Even Iddi Amin didn’t steal from his own people! Think about that!

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  • 12 September 23:56, by Mr Point

    This detailed independent 65 page report of a two year investigation was predictably denied by he spokesman for the millionaire, Salva Kiir. He provided no evidence to support his denial.

    2 million are homeless in South Sudan. What would they think if they know that each of Kiirs children has a large house with a swimming pool?

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    • 13 September 06:43, by Akook

      ’Rubish’ is the damn killing through war perpetuated by your cousin president Kiir and use it as a pretext to enrich himself and cronies at the blood of innocent South Sudan.

      The report stated clearly that it is not a swift investigation into all of the South Sudan corruption! It is targeting corrupt officials who are currently continuing this war as they benefit from it.

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  • 13 September 08:11, by Mr Point

    The SPLA/M was set up to fight for liberation from a military dictatorship that monopolised natural resources, without providing fairly distributed services.
    Inflation is 660%
    50% of civilians suffer food
    20% of civilians are homeless
    South Sudan spends more on Kiirs bodyguards than on development of services.
    The national debt is 1 billion dollars

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  • 13 September 13:14, by Philosopherking

    These guys need to get serious. Calling something nonsense does no make it automatically nonsense. We are tired of these thieves calling themselves leaders, when they have robbed the country bare! South Sudanese need to think twice who they want as a leader in the upcoming elections and Kirr needs to return all that he, his family and friends have stolen from SS. Shameless Idiots

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    • 13 September 15:39, by Redeemer

      The report is true about Kiir money but it is bias, corruption started with Oslo fund during interim period with Kiir and Riek on top followed by the ministers in those 6 years and SPLM secretariats at the bottom of the list, any SSudanese who is not taking side will agree with me. Where are they? Focusing on Kiir is nothing but usual game

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  • 13 September 15:49, by Mr Point

    In the past two years Kiir has borrowed much money to buy bullets to kill South Sudanese.

    Would that money have been better spent building hospitals?

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  • 13 September 20:17, by Kerem

    What I can believe is that his 12 year old son has a 50% share in an oil company that sullied fuel to the army. I have always heard that Kiir’s family is linked with ABMC, Nile Pet and many other businesses. Riek on the other hand has carried away his wealth Broad

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