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President Kiir denounces corruption among South Sudan military leadership

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January 24, 2019 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s President and commander in chief of the armed forces Salva Kiir has denounced the corrupt military leader and accused them of stealing the food of his troops.

The President made his remarks on Thursday in a speech at the award ceremony organized at the army headquarters in Juba on the honour of the former military leadership of the SPLA in recognition of their heroic role and sacrifices during the liberation struggle.

The awardees were Vice President James Wani Igga, Presidential Advisor for Military affairs Gen. Daniel Awet Akot, Defence Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nhial Deng Nhial, Governor of Fangak State Gen. John Kong Nyuon and the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Gabriel Jok Riak.

Kiir told the audience he noticed during the parades that the soldiers were not in a good shape and physically weak despite the big allowances for army food and clothing, stressing that he was "not happy" with the army command.

"I observed that the health of the soldiers is really bad," he said before to stress that "If the health of the soldiers is not good, it’s because you are not feeding them well".

The President went further to say that the food finds its way to the market instead of being used to feed the soldier, tacitly accusing the military commanders of corruption.

"Starting from Gen. Jok and going down to all commanders of the units, I’m not happy with all of you. I had to say that."

The President vowed to discuss the matter with his cabinet and the parliament to set out a radical solution for this issue and to ensure that the soldiers are well treated.

Also, the raised the issues of fictitious payrolls, pointing out that the military leadership did not provide him with the exact number of troops but they speak always about divisions.

"They just say there are divisions and you find that the actual number of soldiers in one division is 100. But they demand salaries for 15,000 soldiers in one division, but this money actually goes to individuals," he said.

The reorganization of the former guerrilla army into a professional army was one of the tasks that the international community had started to deal with in term of training and structures.

However, the process was stopped by the eruption of the five-year war in the country two years after the independence.

President Kiir recalled that the national army should stick to its constitutional mandate of protecting the national integrity but also protect civilians and their properties.

The country which will launch soon the merger of the government forces and rebel fighters to form a national army. The process is seen as crucial for the implementation of the revitalized peace pact.

Different international reports point to war crimes and atrocities committed by the government troops against civilians from December 2013 to September 2018 and even after the signing of the revitalized peace agreement.

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  • 25 January 08:01, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I do agree to the President, of course there higher mount of corruption carrying out by military command.

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  • 25 January 08:45, by Eastern

    But who would not do this...?! When you have an inept man posturing as president and leader, what will happen is certainly what has happened and is happening now. Kiir once meekly asked his former ministers to return $4.5 Bn stolen public money. Who would do that...?!

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    • 26 January 02:46, by The Rhino

      Eastern,

      Its true! This first ’president’ of the so called South Sudan is a rooky,pathetic and delusional drunkard.He was/is and will never be a leader of any group, let alone a diverse society or sovereign country like South Sudan.Only fools and opportunists see in him ’quality’!This tribal jienge republic must be destroyed in order for a genuine peace to come for all.

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    • 27 January 07:22, by Paul

      South Sudan needs to create a personal payment system in which salaries for the soldiers go directly to their individual accounts. This way, the General or their leadership doesn’t have to be in control of their salary. Create a central military monetary unit that is responsible of routing money to every soldier through a set up account with an identification number.

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  • 25 January 08:50, by Eastern

    Let one scandal in government follow another so as to degrade Kiir’s remaining ineptitude leading to his misrable downfall....Now that there’s no food left behind by those who fled to exile the Mathiang Anyoor should look for where to get food - from the generals!

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    • 25 January 11:40, by South South

      Iam glad our president is talking in public about corruption in our country. We do have corruption and something should be done to overcome it.

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  • 25 January 12:25, by Eastern

    Big problems start small: mismanaging of salaries and rations, incitement allegations...https://radiotamazuj.org/en/news/article/four-army-officers-arrested-over-alleged-incitement-to-violence-in-boma

    Then BOOM..!

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  • 25 January 12:28, by Kenyang ll

    Gen Kiir on routine- complaining and proving himself nothing but a moron. Till recently he kept $millions in his own offices and homes while brave soldiers languish in abject poverty for going unpaid for months with some committing suicide as the result.

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    • 25 January 12:53, by Kenyang ll

      A regular, normal sitting President would simply and tangibly jail and execute those looting public resources. Here, stupid Kiir would rather cast general insults and unpinned allegations on an entire army and command. Didn’t Mr. Kiir single-handedly setup this system and handpick these generals?

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  • 25 January 12:54, by Eastern

    The man who claims ’leadership’ at the centre position complaints about his civil servants,the general populace and now those high in the army echelon while in the process absolving himself from all wrongs...The longer he remians where he is, the more this INSESSANT COMPLAINTS will become part of his modus operandi thanks to his ineptitude...!

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    • 25 January 15:04, by South South

      Eastern,

      Kiir is staying as long as he wants, in your face.

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    • 25 January 18:35, by jubaone

      Eastern
      There´s NO army in SS, but armed, uniformed illiterate luakjienges without any ethics and code of conduct. They are brigands and mercenaries that freely pillage and serve themselves with war booty, rape, loot from the rest. They are nyors that can die for a plate of ful/beans without hesitation while their benydits/bandits siphon off millions. Just human waste.

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      • 25 January 18:39, by jubaone

        How disgusting, that these poor luakjienges cant revolt against their bosses who´ve sacrificed them as war-dogs and instead get killed fighting IO/NAS etc. When all is over, swathes of jiengeland will have NO able youth to carry on with development. They will continue to do what they passionately do all along: killing, stealing and idling. Such a human waste.

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        • 25 January 18:45, by jubaone

          One important thing though! We wont bring sanity to these jienges and change them, rather they will change us to become insane like them. The result is, SS must burn and we all get to a killing spree, looting, stealing and raping. Why should we care anyway??? SS is free booty and SS is Self-Service, only fools are "Nationalistic".

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          • 25 January 18:52, by jubaone

            Just wondering why this "little lapdog" Dr. Wani Igga took an oversize dress and cap? He looks more of a scout-boy than an army officer. With millions of stolen money, these "bush generals" could have spent some thousand $ to get "tailored" army garments in Kenya or Uganda. Oh SS, the land of the hungry, sick and foolish soldiers. God Bless SS ehh Self-Service.

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            • 26 January 02:26, by The Rhino

              Jubaone,

              Good question!See this Wani Tonj aka the lapdog is a misery to himself.I suggest next time they take a group photo he better use his Dr.accreditations and ask for chairs, so that all generals are seated instate of standing up!Doing so would minimize his mediocre posture and further discouragements.This short Wani has indeed many minority complexes, yes he has teeth like a fucking shark!

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  • 25 January 13:11, by Lenin Bull

    It is the President that failed the country called South Sudan. The president only complain and throws wishes here and there in this institution and in that institution as if he has no power to stop this evil and that vice as if he is not the Republic and Commander -In Chief of our armed forces. What prevent him from knowing this right away in 2005 to date and from doing something about? Crocodile

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  • 25 January 13:17, by Lenin Bull

    Only crocodile tears from the President. What would Gen.Jok have done within such a short period to stump out well established well protected corruption in the country? He never complained when Paul Malong looted the country dry during his tenure, the same with Hoth, and Oyay. What about the covered looting in the custom and immigration? What about the looting in the BOSS(Central Bank)?

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  • 25 January 13:22, by Lenin Bull

    What about the daily stealing/looting in the President’s office( Mayen Wol and his network gangs)? What about Arthur Akuien’s and Kuol Athian’s looting of the Ministry of Finance and the broad day light removal/release of Arthur Akuien from Prison by his henchmen from his region and the president zipping his mouth? If the President right away from his day one in office since 2005, many evils

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  • 25 January 13:25, by Lenin Bull

    Many evils would have been avoided in South Sudan including the current deadly civil war. Please, remove Gen.Jok if you want because it is your prerrogative as the President of South Sudan and C-IN-C of our armed forces but don’t scapegoat him.

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    • 25 January 23:30, by Pakuai

      Lenin Bull,
      The most laughable thing about this whole affair is, the President of South Sudan, Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit was busy giving recognitions to his SPLA commanders at Bilpam army head quarters in Juba. While at the same time, commander -in- of UN parallel government in South Sudan, Mr. David Shearer, was also busy giving giving out ’recognitions’ to his Chinese troops in UNIMISS head quarters in the same Juba & on the same day, Thursday, the 24/01/2019>>>

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      • 25 January 23:42, by Pakuai

        Here we go! Can anyone see what l see fellows? Probably not though. I am just one of those "little boys with some bad attitudes toward white people" When our fools are told the truth that what the US, the UK, their allies and their UN plus their NGOs are after in South Sudan isn’t going to end very well fellows. The US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs and their allies are desperate for a war in South Sudan just like they want a war in Iran and Venezuela>>>>

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        • 25 January 23:54, by Pakuai

          South Sudan is the only country in Africa where her central with oil resource and her central bank has not been taken over by the US, the UK, France, their allies and their daughters of Zion from Wall street. For those South Sudanese who still love South Sudan. They should look at big picture, mistakes have been made by our myopic elders and wrong + wrong is not equal right fellows. The US, the UK and allies covet our country & our people pretty seriously>>>

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          • 26 January 00:16, by Pakuai

            And their love affair with our country and our people is because they really like South Sudanese people. It because of our resources, our Nile waters, land and of our strategic location and to counter China’s influence by proxy. Fellows, the most vexing about the US, the UK, France and their allies is they trading with China. And all other countries here Africa are are trading with China. But when it comes to South Sudan & South Sudanese people, the evils don’t want>>>

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            • 26 January 00:29, by Pakuai

              The US, the UK and allies want to be South Sudan & South Sudanese people new colonizers and to do this, they have to "their so-called UN, humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping and human rights as their disguise form and intrigue to fool the fool the foolish South Sudanese people. If South Sudanese people were to very knowledgeable about the dirty game their so-called uncles or allies of the US, the UK, their israel attack dog, their UN and their sleazy NGOs plan over our country & over our people, then then anything that is connected>>>

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              • 26 January 00:40, by Pakuai

                connected to the US, the UK, their so-called Israel attack dog, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan and their gulf Arab States paymasters would be rounded up today and told told to leave country in peace and if they don’t want to then, we can just kill the evils and throw them into the Nile to show the evils the absolute contempt we have toward any evil on earth who thinks, that he/she can stand over our necks. But since our country is the most illiterate country on earth and some losers still worship>>>

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                • 26 January 00:51, by Pakuai

                  Europeans, Americans, Arabs, their UN and their shifty NGOs they will never understand the dirty intrigues being played over our country and our people, but they eventually wake like spook birds later after their damn villages are taken over by their begnin US, the UK, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their gulf Arab States financiers, their so-called israel attack dogs and their criminals behind the sleazy NGOs like they have done in occupied lands, North Sudan, our Gambella region, Laikipia & Nanyuki in Kenya>>>

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                  • 26 January 00:56, by Pakuai

                    some parts of Mozambique, Zambia, Angola, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa. But as far as we are concerned, not a single Dinkas/Monyjiengs of the Sudan land would be touched any evil, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM.

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          • 26 January 07:32, by Eastern

            Pakuai,

            You bark that......oil resource[s] and central bank has [have] not been taken over by the US, the U.K., etc.....

            Boy, that’s the very reason the oil resources of South Sudan are useless to the country; that’s the reason, the local currency, the SSP is worthless. You probably don’t know the game is played, village boy!

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