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Kenya bank denies involvement in S. Sudan money transfer

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February 25, 2017 (JUBA)- EcoBank, a Kenyan-owned commercial financial institution has denied involvement in the $ 10 million allegedly transferred to it by a former South Sudan general who resigned from the military last week.

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Lt. Gen. Thomas Cirillo (R) with commander of presidential guards Maj. Gen. Marial Chanuong at Juba airport on November 5, 2014 (ST).

The South Sudanese government said it is tracing its missing money to accounts at three Kenya-owned banks.

The three accounts are linked to Lt. Gen Thomas Cirillo, the ex-deputy chief of staff for logistics and his kin, Fueni Cirillo.

But Ecobank, in a statement, said documents, including a bank statement, which bears its letterhead were falsified.

“We wish to confirm we neither hold the account number published in The Star newspaper nor have any accounts that bear names similar to what was mentioned in The Star report. Furthermore, the bank statements published in the newspaper are falsified,” the bank said in a statement.

Eco bank said there are glaring inconsistencies in the story and documentation relied on to publish the report, including a non-existent account number, non-existent account names and a wrong branch address.

“The story indicated that $10 million had been stolen from the South Sudan government and stashed in three Kenyan banks, among them Ecobank Kenya. We wish to emphatically state that we adhere to strong anti-money laundering policies, as well as Know Your Customer procedures in line with best practice and regulatory requirements,” the Kenyan-owned bank further stated.

“We conduct our business professionally, ethically, with integrity and in accordance with Kenyan laws and regulations, as well as international best practice and have put in place a robust vetting process aimed at ensuring Ecobank Group and all its affiliates are not used as conduits of money laundering,” it stressed.

Meanwhile, Ecobank said it has not yet received any official request from South Sudan authorities on the money issue.

The South Sudanese army chief of staff, in a letter dated 9 February, said the cash went missing after Cirillo resigned his job and defected from South Sudan army (SPLA).

In the letter Gen. Paul Awan requested Renish Omullo, South Sudan’s special envoy to Germany on international and regional affairs, to trace and return the money, allegedly transacted in US dollars. On 10 February, Omullo wrote to Kenya’s foreign affairs cabinet secretary. Amina Mohamed requesting that bank accounts held by the Cirillos be frozen.

Cirillo was described in the letter as a former SPLA officer and “fugitive” in Kenya who stole over $10 million. In his resignation, Cirillo accused President Salva Kiir and army’s top leaders of "abuses" and "pushing a tribal agenda" in the country.

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  • 26 February 08:35, by jubaone

    This statement has proved right our assertion that Gen Cirillo is indeed an upright, clean and professional Equatorian soldier. The Malong benydit and bandit has no evidence. He poorly did his homework and should have hired more professional kenyan forgers to fake such documents. Try aqain jienge losers.

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    • 27 February 02:11, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Jubaone, please don’t deny the fact. General Cirillo stole the money. Where is the money he stole when he left Juba? I am working on this case. So don’t celebrate yet. I will bring the evidences very soon. Over 10 million dollars are missing. Also Kenyan banks are trying to deny the facts.

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      • 27 February 07:08, by jubaone

        Jienge Defender General,
        I have talked to your fellow jienge brother; South South and I am NOT to be doing this shit all over again. Ask him or just go ahead reading the views on the topic. It will not change anything since as a jienge, you have "refused" to understand, even if that meant putting a nail into your thick skull. Just hopeless.

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      • 27 February 13:42, by Manyngoo

        Is Thomas a cashier? how could he keep such amount in his office? requesting such money in his office for easy transfer to his personal account? such amount withdrawal from the bank needs the approval of the army chief of staff.
        there are a lot of questions about the reality of this accusation. It is not true. why do you check public funds record only when someone resigned?

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    • 27 February 04:22, by junubi

      u idoit call jubaone or jubathree
      listen to my words thomas Cirillo did not defected to SPLA 1991 he was capture in juba 1992 operation you fools doesn,t know SPLA/M history

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      • 27 February 06:57, by Theallseeingeye

        u idoit call junubi
        first of all be consistent and brief in your statement
        the title is not about how thomas join the SPLA..its about the false allegation that he has stolen money and its no surprise to us because we were respecting that from the Gov.
        anyway when has the Gov had this amount of money?!?!?!?!?!? and if it did have it, why didn’t it spend it for paying the army salaries?!?!?!?!

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      • 27 February 07:02, by jubaone

        junubi,
        What has Gen. Cirillo´s capture in Juba in 1992 have to do with the topic here? The issue is about stolen money. That is why you really are a jienge, mixing up issues or just awoken from some heavy drinking. Focus on matters dont just write for the sake of writing, fools do that. If you want to provoke a reaction, let it be pertinent.

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        • 27 February 07:41, by junubi

          u fools call juba three why do you guys always support corrupts official who destoring south sudan
          or you are still with equatorian mindset of 1984.
          don,t dear me to mention them, it will not be good.

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      • 27 February 13:32, by jengelon

        Junubi,dinka DG
        You are more than SATAN The Bible is lying when it said God created jenge with empty mouth so they can steal,loot & grab FYI No of this kind is found in greater Equatoria please read the 11 commandment it says DON’T MESS UP WITH THE EQUATORIANS now you turn around & go back to LUAK

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  • 26 February 08:41, by South South

    The best way to deal with this issue is to hand over this wicked, runway, thief and coward general to government of South Sudan to be questioned. He knows where he put $10 million. These banks will not tell the truth or the money will be in their banks in different names. What a wicked coward general who got this high rank because of Affirmative Action in 1991!!!!!!

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    • 26 February 09:42, by jubaone

      South Sudan,
      Your jienge benydits and bandits still have to answer to the Sentry Report which gave compelling evidence of money stealing. Just accept that your nothing other than congenital liars, thieves and losers. The best a jienge can do is simply look after cows. There I can’t discuss and dispute with you. Pls. leave the thinking to us Equatorians.

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      • 26 February 09:48, by South South

        Jubaone,

        You are really a very struggling person. Please show me where I mentioned Equatorians in my comment above. Iam talking about one wicked thief person called Thomas Carillio. Looking after cows is the best job ever human being dream of. Not looking after monkeys and spray with monkeys pop.

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        • 26 February 09:59, by jubaone

          South South,
          Gen.Cirillo completed military training at Wad Seidna and Sandhurst academies. Kiir and Malong are bush generals who lack discipline, accountability and integrity. Hopeless generlas who can’t get their own foot soldiers under control. You can teach a fool how to use a gun in just 5 mins but may need 50 years to carry a pen. This is the reality of jienge generals.

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          • 26 February 10:21, by South South

            Junaone,

            Thomas Carillio left WadiSeiid in 1991 and joined Kiir and Malong in forest. He accepted them to be his commanders. Why did he leave Wadiseiid and joined SPLA in 1991. Kiir and Malong quit their education at very young age and fought for their country, like Jacob Zuma of South Sudan, who left school and joined Madalla at very young age. Now, who is a good leader here?

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            • 26 February 15:48, by nuer food lovers

              South Sudan. Jacob Zuma is from South Africa not South Sudan. Or you are drunk? Can’t differentiate the two.

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              • 26 February 17:10, by South South

                nuer food lovers,

                I made mistake, I know very well where Jacob Zuma is from, South Africa. What is your point. Your name is a big insult to Nuer tribe "Nuer food lovers". I suspect you are not a Nuer.

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            • 27 February 13:57, by Manyngoo

              1- Zakob Juma in fact is useless corrupt politician unless you don’t have a direction though he is doing better than south Sudanese leaders I clap for him!!
              2- A leader is not seen by how he left everything to lead, but what is he doing in the leadership (how good is the leadership) with the case of south Sudan let the situation speak for how good is the leadership?

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      • 27 February 13:49, by Manyngoo

        I clap for you my dear. they should think about the sentry report instead of allegations of stolen $10 million if they are really patriotic. why do they only think about public fund after the resignation?

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  • 26 February 09:50, by Fair Man

    South Sudan
    When sympathizes with your JCE ignorant and imaginations of things. Thomas Cirilo was not fed on animal cows. He nursed and breastfed by a loving mother. Unlike your JCE Generals who started feeding on cows milk from cattle comes on day one of their life on earth, hence grown up with shattered memory. The ECO Bank proved your claims unfounded and try another lie.

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    • 26 February 09:58, by South South

      Fairman,

      I know Thomas Carillio was not fed with cow’s milk, I know that very well. Maybe he was fed with monkey’s pop. Read this article again. ECO bank was reacting to another news paper, not government of South Sudan. Government of South Sudan has concrete evidences against this wicked runaway general. We will get him soon, just wait and see.

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      • 26 February 10:06, by jubaone

        South South,
        The jienge is a hopeless and bitter loser. You have lost this case just as you faked the 2013 and 2016 coups. All bogus lies. You’re congenital liars and you even fake academic certificates and military ranks. Now all people know that jienges like to cook stories, ranks, certificates without working for them. Satan’s adopted children.

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        • 26 February 10:14, by South South

          Junaone,

          You are talking like a child. When did Thomas Carillon go the court to clear himself from corruption to call it a lost case? The guy is still under investigation and civilize people wait until the end of investigation to throw away the story or accept it. You can not steal and when caught you say " I am not the only thief here, there are others around". Judge will send to jail.

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  • 26 February 09:58, by Fair Man

    South Sudan
    When will your JCE thugs clear their names from Sentry, Weapon of Mass Corruption reports, Dura Scandal involving your pocket companies etc? We are waiting to see justice done to South Sudanese by these criminals who looted public coffers for their selfish interests and expected to be glorified as rich and leaders with ill-gotten wealth. The peace will come when those thugs are tried.

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    • 26 February 10:06, by South South

      Fair Man,

      This is very primitive and simple thinking from you. I can not sit here and support anyone involve in corruption including my Dinka. Anyone involve in corruption including your wicked thief called Thomas Carillon must face justices. This is the simple way of civilize people. Iam with you if your right and I am against you if you are wrong. Your thief general is wrong.

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      • 26 February 10:16, by jubaone

        South South,
        First let benydit and bandit Malong get the stolen money back before he accuses Gen. Cirillo who is going to file a law case against defamation. Malong a former hospital cleaner (farash) in Malakal civil hospital in the 60s to 70s isa known impostor and wayward thug. Even as governor of NBG, he took all state money to build Malong Academy. A self-made millionaire and rogue.

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        • 26 February 10:30, by South South

          Jubaone,

          Iam not here to defend Malong because I do not know what he has. if you have case against him, then file case against him." Malong a former hospital cleaner (farash) in Malakal civil hospital in the 60s to 70s isa known impostor and wayward thug", Malong never lived in Malakal twon, that’s a lie. Did Malong worked in Malakal hospital when he was 2 years old?what a lie!!!!!!!

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          • 26 February 10:50, by jubaone

            South South,
            He worked as a juvenile about teenage. 50 years on he is in his early or mid 60s just the retirement age. Check your arithmetic ya jienge. If you assume he worked while with 2 years,maybe jienge are already old enough to work, how did he get close to 70 wives? Only thieves and sex maniacs have so many wives. He has an inferiority complex.He wants everything cos he didn’t have them b4

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            • 26 February 10:58, by South South

              Jubaone,

              Ho, no point, just jump from one top to another. Tell me and the all world, when do juvenile works in hospitals in old Sudan, lie. You said in 60s to 70s he worked in Hospital in Malakal. Now, you are jumping up and down to deny that. Now, 70 wives kick in, sex maniac kick it, what is your point poor man?

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      • 26 February 10:23, by jubaone

        South South,
        You are just another hopeless jienge as the rest. Why don’t you attack Kiir or Malong who have been implicated in the Sentry Report the way you’re attacking Gen Cirillo? You’re just seeing this with a jienge eye: oh we jienges are innocent; we are good only the rest are bad and they hate us bla..bla.bla. For me, Jienge is a jienge. Prove that you think differently.

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        • 26 February 10:39, by South South

          Jubaone,

          The government of South Sudan will bring to the court of laws documents to get this wicked general called Thomas Carillon, we will get him believe me. You bring your documents from Sentry Report and bring them to the court of laws to get Malong and Kiir. Hating Dinka or loving Dinka is not relevant to our discussions here. We are talking about corruption, anyone can be a corrupt person.

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          • 26 February 10:57, by jubaone

            South South,
            You are a true jienge. You keep mispelling Cirillo even as I write it several times. Please read slowly and write. You could be autistic, confusing letters and figures at the time. Maybe you are already walking with a shot of Johnnie Walker in your head. You must be a notorious lazy learner. So please write CIRILLO correctly before we continue our fight. I want a clean fight.OK?

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            • 26 February 11:04, by South South

              Jubaone,

              Spelling of Cirillo as I spelled or CIRILLO as you spelled, who care? The same words are used here: " Johnnie Walker, notorious lazy learner" I drink milk, not monkey’s milk, Iam laughing.

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  • 26 February 10:23, by Fair Man

    South Sudan
    Falsifying documents to secure genuine cause will neither give you a victory nor erase your bad image nationally or internationally. You will remain as losers, bandits and expect no honor. Thieves can not clear their names by pointing fingers. Clear your JCE Generals from reports circulated and acknowledged by your JCE-Sentry, etc. We are waiting hearing day for cases against JCE thugs

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    • 26 February 10:45, by South South

      Fair man,

      Let’s meet in court of laws and show court the falsifying documents you have. Malong and Kiir are not losers, the losers are those who ran to Ugnada, Kenya, Ethiopia and DRC to save their necks, these are the real losers to me. If you know any Dinka that stole government money, bring up in court.

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    • 26 February 11:11, by jubaone

      Fair Man,
      Thank you. All other jienges have deserted South South who hopelessly is trying to defend their rotten jienge system. Their senile and mentally retarded jce oldies are a case for UCC. Aldo Ajou former NCP and Bashir hireling, Bona Malwal a lose-mouthed and reckless oldie who faked jienge slavery by Messiriya to get donor money, Ambrose Riny, the swindler and fake lawyer. All criminals.

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      • 26 February 11:18, by South South

        Jubaone,

        Who is really is mentally retarded? Someone who drinks milk or someone who eats monkey? I am laughing.

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        • 26 February 11:29, by jubaone

          South South,
          Anyway, we dont rear monkeys as you jienges the cows. Even then, how much milk does a lactating monkey give? Did you know that you can’t domesticate moneys like cows? Primary school pupil can tell you that. Maybe you should tell me whether it is the jienge or the cow that came first. The milk is for the calf, cow urine for jienge.

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  • 26 February 10:38, by Fair Man

    South Sudan
    I was deeply questioning that handing over a precious Country, South Sudan to former brewers who have been working in distilleries and bars in Khartoum was the gravest mistake the USA did. These morons don’t have any sense of guilt. They are evils from day one they picked up arms against Sudan. They should be disciplined by all options, including filing fraud cases against them abroad.

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    • 26 February 10:51, by South South

      Fair Man,
      No single person handed over South Sudan to Kiir and Malong. They fought for it for 21 years. Millions of people died for Kiir to be a president of South Sudan. It is the blood of our people who give Kiir and Malong power and there are ready to give more blood. The government of South Sudan is a very expensive government.

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  • 26 February 10:56, by Fair Man

    South Sudan
    We have no courts in South Sudan ya awiir jienge. What we have at Modoria are judge nothing other than another branch or extension of JCE. Anything good from these Jienge led Kangaroo courts where judgments are made on directives by JCE members. We are yet to have people’s courts. What you have are Jienge courts, unreliable and not trusted. Let’s go International court of Justice!

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  • 26 February 12:19, by Fair Man

    South Sudan
    What expensive Government are you talking about?. You can see wives of highly wanted ICC JCE criminals, deserting them for dollars from NGOs. No dollars and employees are now 6 months without pay. Oil is directly exchanged with arms instead of dollars. We shall bring you down by all fronts until you begin selling your stolen V8s.

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  • 26 February 13:39, by Lou Nuer The Great

    stupid jienge Thomas cirilo is competent,wise and well trainned General who oppose tribalism made by fuckin jienges fuck you am enjoying sexual intercourse with Ayen Mayardit now

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  • 26 February 16:21, by pabaak

    south Sudan
    You’re true fighter, you are fighting the over internet sudantribune agents, I used to say these over internet fighting by name of the Dinka are scams, they’re people pretended to be south sudanese but are either sudanese intelligence or their between. I don’t think anyone from South Sudan can quickly forget what happen in twenty one year of liberation.

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    • 26 February 16:40, by pabaak

      the good example will just be let them be backing while the camel is marching, corruption or bad Governance has no identity ,it has not been attributed to particular tribe or nationals in its true definition. without doubt corrupt is there in any level whether is President or the wash man.

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  • 26 February 21:15, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Naturally Dinkas are lazy predatory people. That’s why their areas are prone to hunger and starvation since time immemorial. They survive by stealing government resources to feed their people and thinking everybody does the same. How comes Cirilo could have a free hand in stashing such an astronomical hard currency amount.
    Come on Dinkas.

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  • 26 February 21:53, by Work force

    What a shame to the tribal Jieng Government in Juba more special Malong and Kiir who claimed the most senior and honest professional Gen. Thomas has stolen Money from the Government please you rather remove the spark from your eyes before looking into other friends eyes have you forgotten the lam-sum of the money which you carried to the cattle camp!!! time will come soon

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  • 27 February 07:35, by Nyesi Ta

    Fabrication, conspiracy, and defamation will not distract South Sudanese from Kiir’s shortfalls. Cdr. Cirillo is a patriot who is known for his nationalistic spirit. Why didn’t they use the word fugitive on those kleptocratic thugs such as Arther Akuen, Kuol Athian, David Deng, the list is long. Thank God the Kenyan bank has exposed stupid Kiir and stupid Malong’s lies. The war is yet to start mfs

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