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South Sudan minister attributes ongoing war to corruption


June 22, 2017 (JUBA) - Bad governance, corruption and lack of accountability in public institutions was the major cause of divisions and the ongoing war in South Sudan, a senior minister said on Thursday.

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S. Sudan cabinet affairs minister Martin Elia Lomoro (Photo KT Press)

The cabinet affairs minister, Martin Elia Lomuro made these remarks while speaking at a consultative symposium on good governance and democracy organised by the parliamentary affairs ministry.

He said the conflict, bad governance, corruption and nepotism caused the conflict that has killed thousands and displaced millions.

“I know all sorts of malpractices in the government have contributed negatively to the perception of the citizens and the challenges of infancy of any young country. And addressing these issues now require political will to adopt and embrace practices aimed at encouraging democratic governance to make sure all government institutions are functioning according to rules and processes”, said Lomuro.

According to the minister, all the people of South Sudan, including the church and the existing mosques, should all rise against corruption instead of pointing accusing fingers and passing the buck.

Fighting corruption, he said, was not a popular agenda, but an apparent realisation of the negative impact of corruption has promoted the fight against graft as a measure of good governance.

“We must take away the proceeds of illicit enrichment and remove negative role models in our society. I know that each arm of government has its responsibility and we must respect the separation of powers under our constitution,” said Lomuro.

“At the same time, we must have an acute and common perception of our problem and do all that is necessary to mitigate the impact of corruption in our society”, he added.

Lomuro said fighting corruption was to correct certain wrong doings.

“The aim of fighting corruption is most importantly, to remedy the dark sides of bad governance, such as poverty, unemployment, hunger and disease, as well as improving the well-being of the citizens, hence, we must pay equal attention to the economy which is the bedrock of all-round development,” stressed the minister.

“The beginning of getting leadership right is to make the electoral system transparent and credible to ensure that only the choices of the people are actually elected into electable political offices,” he added.

Meanwhile the parliamentary affairs minister, Peter Bashir Gbandi challenged public institutions to come up with clear actions plans and strategies capable of helping to resolve the leadership challenge in the country to usher in the desired development.

He, however, called on government officials and lawmakers to lead the way through effective leadership for a solid footing for the country’s citizens to see.


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  • 23 June 2017 02:26, by dinkdong

    "South Sudan minister attributes ongoing war to corruption" that included Kiir and yourself. You are among the 75.

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  • 23 June 2017 04:11, by Newsudan

    South Sudan on another planet.
    where on earth where transport fees is more than a salary. a female officer yesterday in Bor,said she cannot go to Juba becos her salary is 1500 while bus fare to Juba is 18000

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    • 23 June 2017 06:55, by Eastern


      Excellent!!! This is the country you envisaged where those with the gun have the final say. Everybody wants to be a general. A general wants to continue leading a country when leading the army as a general is quite different from running a country where there are many civilians like me who don’t believe in orders, decrees, etc. Worst is when bridges along Nimule-Juba road are blown off!

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  • 23 June 2017 08:22, by Achuil friedman

    Bad governance always created by politicians not civilians so I wonder how the senior gvt minister spoke about corruption since the are strong holders of corruption.
    This one is fiction and the big dog still don’t jail corrupt myopia while the law makers are still don’t do their work, so this an open gate to politicians to loot country wealth while people are suffering.
    Tap laws in the country ar

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  • 23 June 2017 08:23, by Achuil friedman

    Bad governance always created by politicians not civilians so I wonder how the senior gvt minister spoke about corruption since the are strong holders of corruption.
    This one is fiction and the big dog still don’t jail corrupt myopia while the law makers are still don’t do their work, so this an open gate to politicians to loot country wealth while people are suffering.
    Tap laws in the country ar

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  • 23 June 2017 09:17, by Dengda

    When will election come to elect good leader as you said. you speaking sense now, I hope your stomach is full with corrupted money. You and Makuei are very one who spoiled the ACRSS, the documents which address all those mentioned under reform chapter. ACRSS was our hope and you spoiled in July 2016. Is your ministry free of corruption and malpractices?

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  • 23 June 2017 09:51, by Gatnyai

    Dr. Garang described Dr. Riek and Dr. Lam as if u take a donkey to the university, it will come out as Dr. donkey....that is why i doubt the reasoning of Door..

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  • 23 June 2017 10:48, by Liberator

    To; All government officials in current government
    South Sudanese people lost confident for good on you, since 75 officials stole billion of USD in year 2012, meant for development, your survived because of tribal SPLM-IO that used to killed none Nuer and Equatorians in their movement if not we would have join them and change your corrupts regime within one month, you are very lucky because RIAK w

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  • 23 June 2017 10:50, by Liberator

    with his supporters don’t need DINKA but we will form our own revolution to change you thieves.

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    • 23 June 2017 13:09, by Resolution

      everybody will rebel against the gov`t including the spokesman of the gov`t its matter of time, how is Malong relationship status with Kiir now if you can recall back their time of relationship 2013-14-15 and 2016.

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  • 23 June 2017 16:07, by Mopedi

    Lomoro gave a conflicting statement that conflict has caused conflict which resulted to bad governance, corruption, nepotism...... a great liar. Bad governence, nepotism, corruption luck of vision caused the conflict

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  • 23 June 2017 16:39, by Whortti Bor Manza

    You son of a whore, where did you get the money to construct a multi storey building at the junction of the Kololo road?
    One day the blood of Pojulu people will take revenge on your dirty anus being screwed by Kiir you scoundrel beast.

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