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Lakes state finance minister to appear before parliament over corruption charges


January 24, 2012 (RUMBEK) - The Lakes state parliament have summoned the minister of Finance, Trade and Industry Pur Chiengan Dakbai to appear before parliament this week to answer accusations of mismanagement of public funds and not implementing planned developmental projects in the state.

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Lakes state minister of Finance, Trade and Industry Pur Chiengan Dakbai. (ST)

Minister Dakbai responded to the summons on 24 January by telling the press he is ready to defend himself before the parliament and has documents to prove himself innocent.

Lakes State Legislative Assembly had earlier summoned Dakabi to answer questions in earlier in January but Dakbai declined to report, arguing that he was not given enough notice to prepare himself.

Dakbai denied any claims of corruption leveled against him.

He said: "The word corruption is a very big word. The corruption people talk about is the issue of how people manage resources. People do not know how to measure accountability - people do not know how to keep records and people do not know how I manage this”.

He said the lack of capacity to manage resources coupled with the improper reporting systems constitutes a major challenge to the state government institution.

"The problem is that people do not have the capacity to measure corruption. Even corruption itself, people need to have the capacity to measure it. Here, people do not have any capacity to do anything. So, the corruption is that sometimes you can buy things like these chairs in this office and you do not have records of how much you used".

Since it was established over 5 years ago South Sudan’s Anti Corruption Commission has not prosecuted or sucessfully investigated any official despite it being widely acknowledge that graft is seriously affecting the development of the new country.


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  • 27 January 2012 06:24, by mayom maboung marek

    There’s nothing new there, Pur might be an honest employee in that ministry, Lakes parliament maybe will reveal something.

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  • 27 January 2012 07:06, by Lang

    "The problem is that people do not have the capacity to measure corruption. Even corruption itself, people need to have the capacity to measure it. Here, people do not have any capacity to do anything. So the corruption is that sometimes you can buy things like these chairs in this office and you do not have records of how much you used" its really to difficult to hire an accountant??

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  • 27 January 2012 07:12, by Adviser

    Correct Mr. Pur , the capacity to determined whether mess had been in currred or Not is big problem, the capacity of detecting and measuring the extend of which fund had been used is another challenges. You may paid, delivery Money and yet if the institution you paid didn,t come back with good record of how they wer use Money. it may still be account on you. Your statement convince many.


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  • 27 January 2012 07:16, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    Minister Pur, If I were you, I would honourably resign to open doors for my next chance. There are enough evidences that proved corruption has had arisen to unprecendented level during your term. How is SSP 151,000,000 million of 2011 annual budget spent? Town estates survey have not been implemented, and they were budgeted for. Taxation collection worth SSP 11,000,000 million is nowhere seen.

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    • 27 January 2012 07:24, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

      You were unable to hold terribly corrupt Counties commissioners accountable, unable to employ right staffs in their right places, but rather you created an environment where all professional staffs become your # 1 your enemies, and gossipers your living angels. This is where you doom began.
      You have giving contracts without lawful bidding procedures, and to your relatives, e.g State house contrac

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      • 27 January 2012 07:30, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

        With contempt and pride or a prove that you are not capable yourself as you complain that you are not given enough time to prepare and report to State Assembly, you have been failing to answer vital questions from state Assembly. To some extend, most of the assembly members are bunch of illiterates, otherwise, you would have been gone already. This is no time to complain. 2011 is gone a month now.

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  • 27 January 2012 07:34, by American Missile.

    What is happening to Pur has been what had happened to Warrap State Minister where he was accused of misusing fund and corruption but Ant-corruption did not wish to hear the cases against the minster. the state parliament went in as far as putting motion against Minister.

    So, my point is that,one there is no leadership and integrity were you step aside for investigation.

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  • 27 January 2012 10:41, by Morthon Akol

    comrade Akolde Nhial,can i ask you one question.all ten States of the Republic of South Sudan States Assembly use to complain about Ministers of finance for corruption. is it because they are the one who is incharge for finance? for all this time i did head any Minister of local government been summonded by States Assebly while he is the one who is inchagrge for security in the Stats.

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    • 27 January 2012 13:44, by Ruach

      These leaders are all thieves!

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  • 27 January 2012 13:42, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    Morthon Akol and American Misseles, indeed, Finance ministers in South Sudan and world wide occupy nub of everything else for any state to operate and survive, thus they are liable for any damage caused during anyone reign entrusted with this core duty of financial regulation and implementation. Yes, there has never been Local Gov’t Minister(s) summoned, counties’ commissioners suffer inlieu

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  • 27 January 2012 14:11, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    Congrats Lakes state Assembly for standing up to the challenge, many and I have had thought that executive and Assembly have connived to siphone off everything of public for service delivery and developmental projects and doing nothing for all that they aspire to do and have sworn of for offices. Public trust betrayed, disappointed and all hopes erased!!!??? Time is reaped for change any day!

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  • 27 January 2012 14:26, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    Go ahead MPs, you have our mandate to weed out all those unworthy for public offices. Minister Pur should go like the three commissioners of Rumbek East, Centre and Rumbek North. You still have Ministers of Health, whose backyard is very dirty and should go, Local Gov’t Minister has done nothing to maintain security, he should go & give education ministry to someone else rather than Deputy Gov

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  • 27 January 2012 22:39, by Ngundeng jr

    He could be saying the truth but if he cant prove he is innocent he should atleast try prove he is not guilty.You have to scratch your head over this one.

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