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May 26, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s anti corruption commission on Friday claimed it recovered more than $60 million, allegedly taken by top level government officials, resulting into suspension and subsequent dismissal of some members, a senior member of the country’s anti-graft commission has said.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir holds freshly-minted notes of the new South Sudan pound, in Juba on July 18, 2011. Getty

John Gawech Lul, chair of the South Sduan Anti Corruption Commission at a public discussion hosted by Radio Bakhita on Friday said his commission had not only managed to recover more money but had equally managed to close all doors through which money was transferred to other foreign countries.

“If anybody thinks he/she can take our money and run away with it they need to be told that this would not be possible, because we have closed all these doors. This was why we went out to countries where money is stashed. We have gone to England. We have also gone to Switzerland and we have agreed with governments there to work together with us”, Lul told audience.

His deputy Johnny Saverio Ayiik, who participated at the radio talk show said they managed to turn over every stone to fight corruption and stop culprits.

"We have managed to investigate and transfer five cases to the ministry of justice for trial, is it not an achievement? We recovered over 60 million dollars which was wrongly taken by some people, is it not an achievement? We have offices in the ten states of the republic of South Sudan and of course declaration of assets, is it not an achievement”, he asked.

The senior government official made the remarks in response to questions inquisitive of why the commission has not prosecuted a single official for corruption, since it was established in 2006.

In November 2011, President Salva Kiir appointed Supreme Court Judge John Gatwech Lul to replace the former head of the anti-corruption body, Pauline Riak. The international community has put increasing pressure on Juba to address the issue of corruption, threatening that failure to do so could affect further international assistance.

Lul that said he and his deputy in January and early February travelled to various countries to seek their support in the fight against corruption by helping them to "track down money taken out illegally" to individual foreign bank accounts.

The senior government official further added that transparency is part of their mandate and this explains why they are able to know assets held by individual members of the government including President Kiir.

"Transparency is part of our mandate. This is why we are now able to know how many cows the president has. How many children? How much money he has but we cannot just go and announce it to the public because of privacy. The constitution is very clear about this. It talks about confidential information. This includes assets held by individual”, he said.

Ayiik, decried the prevalence of “loopholes”, which he attributed to lack of enacted laws to help the commission carryout its duties effectively but said a lot has been achieved despite existing challenges.

"With all these challenges the Anti-Corruption [Commssion] has five cases transferred to the ministry of justice for trial. Among these five cases there is a very serious case involving [a] senior government official”, Ayiik said when asked what action the commission had taken.

He further said that the person, which he refused to name, was suspended and subsequently dismissed from the post and the case is with ministry of justice.

"There is no law allowing the commission to prosecute criminals although the constitution gives some powers but which cannot be put into effect because the law has not been enacted," the deputy chairman said.

He further criticised the narrow definition included in the criminal law which speaks only about " prosecuting people who committed crimes in public office."

"This is a very limited definition," he said.

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  • 27 May 2012 08:08, by viper

    Anti-corrruption is fooling us by saying that they have caught some pple whose names are not disclosed to the public. This time we want transparency. A criminal is a criminal and should be exposed if the SPLM is really serious. If you expose him/her, the other thief will fear being exposed and may stop stealing. Dismissing them is not a solution also. Excute them. Put them in prisons

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    • 27 May 2012 09:11, by Abraham Ayom

      Nothing has been achieved so far, The chair person & his deputy should resign or be sack immediately

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    • 27 May 2012 09:22, by Abraham Ayom

      Very be very careful, anti corruption commission, this is not a professional way of doing things. Who told you disclose very sensitive information to the public without verification? you will also face trail

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      • 27 May 2012 10:01, by john k

        This is not clear at all, why hidding the name of culprites? if the money had really been discovered, they should appeared with the names of those who took them straight away, does it mentioned in the constitution that if someone caught in red hand his or her identity should be protected for privacy reason? anti-corruption commission,be smart, transperancy please!

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    • 27 May 2012 14:22, by I, Myself and Me

      I think its Antony Lino Makana because he was a minister by then he has been remove from his position and not assign anywhere or could it be Elijah Malok Aleng? SPLM criminals should expose themselves to dispose the bad act. anyway the DPP vision of 2026 is underway..... there will be no more corruption. Thanks to Justice Gatwech Great work mate.

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  • 27 May 2012 08:08, by Jeti

    John Gawech Lul,
    If at all you have managed to recover that penny amount from your uncles’ pockets, then it’s a job well done. Please ahead and recover what is H.E. Kiir’s pockets with his relatives.

    Thank you.

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    • 27 May 2012 08:27, by Kurnyel

      Dinka of South Sudan desvers to enrich themselves with money because they have contributed 100% in to liberation of their Country. But Nuer could not be given that too much chances of stealing public funds because these people contributed nothing in to liberation of Soth Sudan instead killing innocents people between South- and now North.

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      • 27 May 2012 09:37, by choldit

        Kurnyel,
        you must be smoking something that you have to upsidedown the reality. We south Sudanese know who were leading the commission previously and who is there now. John Gatwech Lul is a competent South Sudanese judge from Nuer and he is there applying Nuer principles to rescue our nation. This doesn’t mean there are no competent judges amongst other tribes by the way. you are so naieve!

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      • 27 May 2012 13:50, by Junior Politician

        South Sudan is not for Dinka alone is belong to everyone, eventhough Dinkas are the warriors to liberated the country. let me make it clear for you Mr.Dickhead,this corruption of stealing funds is for everyone who is working in the government of South Sudan including those who were rebeled against the SPLA/SPLM. This is every big corruption in the histroy of South Sudan for the first time.

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      • 28 May 2012 06:34, by Monydit K

        Kurnyel, the most wanted criminal your president Bashir has transferred $9 billion to Indonesian bank in 2008 for bribery if arrested. Matter of fact you always use divisive words but the people of southern Sudan are not premature anymore, they pretty much understand evil policies. And telling you what the tribalism is really very sick now and it die soon.

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    • 27 May 2012 08:31, by peaceful south

      Hello JETI,

      You are the most educated guy on this blog i guess,
      The issue at hand here is that we should not fear anybody.

      "Recovered $ 60 million" from WHO, WHERE, WHEN and HOW? that is what a competent anti-corruption commission does...

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      • 27 May 2012 09:48, by Justice Seeker

        60 million public money is not 60 cents. The Commission should not only expose such criminals but also bring then to justice. Gross statement is not enough. The public need to know names of such criminals, how much they have attempted to embezzle and what happened to then.

        Kindly refrain those of you who write tribal politics on important public issue. Amen!!!!

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    • 27 May 2012 08:36, by Acinitos

      No impressed with your claims,It is known must be more than that, do not make us feels fool by you.Dig deep anti corruption commissioner.It’s good steps but continoue

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  • 27 May 2012 08:22, by E. Defense Forces

    First Sudd Research Institute report now anti-graft commission report all within one week ,something fishy here. Equatorians know that BG and Upper Nile looted the New Nation.Stop messing with our intelligence.

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    • 27 May 2012 08:40, by viper

      Comrade, we better unite against the SPLM mafias instead of pointing your fingers to those two regions. The two regions are the foundation of this Republic and you may know how they think if you are in SS. You will never defeat them if you stand as EQUATORIAN. Let us fight the criminals but not regions. They can defeat your Equatoria through free and fair elections because they are majority. They

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      • 27 May 2012 08:47, by viper

        Can even rig elections infront of Equatoria and nobody will open his/her mouth. If you want a change, then join us in the war against the thugs and mafias of SPLM but not against those regions. Equatoria alone cannot and will never change anything in the republic of South Sudan if they stand alone. Robbery is not good and we can fight it together, but not regions

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      • 27 May 2012 09:21, by E. Defense Forces

        @Viper The two regions are the foundation of this Republic.. Keep dreaming seem like you forgot the History of Sudan. Equatorians are minority but still we are the backbone of the new Nation.We have seen how 100 Murle warriors kicked the hell out of Nuer and Dinka in Jong State. Done understimate Equatoria.
        Torit is where it begin and gonna end.

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        • 27 May 2012 13:38, by Dinka land

          E defend forces. I thought you have be adviced by your coward Equatorians to desist talking against Barh el Ghazal (your father) and Upper Nile. But they never did that. So today take your gun and tell your Equatorians to take all their arms and try to make it. You will see by God. You see gugs we brought you out from slavery and yet you don’t give us thanks.

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          • 27 May 2012 13:57, by Dinka land

            Your hatre will take you no where gugs. You will regret later if you attempt to do what you have planned to do. You will leave Equatoria behind and go to Uganda. Instead to give us thanks still you abuse us. There will be no joke again this time. Try!try !try! Just my dear. I hope you have knowledge about us.

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  • 27 May 2012 08:35, by Lang

    Those traitor thieves should be brought to justice, it will be lesson for all present and future officials.

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    • 27 May 2012 08:41, by Kurnyel

      you people have no money even to steal, these are just American money so however have Ak47 can take it damn government of Nuer and Equatorian who are infact like women when war come, kill Dinka and fuck Equtorians and Nuer.

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  • 27 May 2012 08:46, by Pif Paf

    An anti corruption commission thats marred by corruption. This article has corruption written all over it.

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  • 27 May 2012 08:58, by hellonearth

    SSACC who have you arrested? name them all.

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  • 27 May 2012 09:00, by Madina Tonj

    The so call anti-corruption were too slow for how many years the Ministers and generals get away with $ million.According John Gawech Lul, he said, this is why we want to know how many cows president have etc, did you ask or find excutive director of president? How wives did he had now in Awan community in Gogrial and how many cows did he own? How many houses did he built in Awan community?

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  • 27 May 2012 09:00, by Rommel

    Oh goodie, $60 million!

    Are we suppose to be buoyed by the recovery of this laughable sum of money!? Over ten billion dollars is unaccounted for and we’re suppose to be just candescent with gratitude!? It’s like being robbed of all your money and then reimbursed with a dollar by the pilferer who seemingly anticipates a strange variation of gratitude in lieu of contempt and revulsion.

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  • 27 May 2012 09:02, by wang

    I like the ideas of suspension and subsequent dismissal of those senior member, but most if not all have more than two positions. Those thefts deserve a four yrs jail term.

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    • 27 May 2012 10:12, by Dinkawarrior

      $$$$-80 Million alone in Dr. Akuin’s pocket and $$-278 million he loaned to his Awel Community must be return! It’s usually impossible to win if you fought many wars. As we fight Jalaba, fight tribalism, fight corruption, and fight Traitors like Kurnyel and so on. The Dinka-Cowboy Administration must be different than it rival National Crimes Provides ($$-NCP-$$) of President Leech Bashit of Sudan

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  • 27 May 2012 09:50, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Ok anti -corruption in the GOSS is improved $60 then what about the State level there is alot of corruption run by ministers there is no OC and Capital this money is in the hand of ministers as their use.

    If i where governor i woud have to replace the state anti-corruption.

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  • 27 May 2012 10:05, by John mamer

    Yes Gatwech you are fighting good war against looters, no room for looters within our rank will be spare under watch of current Anti.Corruption chair who is brave and best lawyer in the land. Neither SAf who are being hawk like under watch of SPLA. Ha ha ha NEHEMIAS of South Sudan are building Jerusalem despite opposition of enemies bad wishes.

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  • 27 May 2012 10:59, by 4Justice

    We all know who main suspects are, so far non of them appear to have been fired, so who are these senior government officials?

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  • 27 May 2012 11:10, by Tambura

    Anti coUrrpiton is tyirnig to floo us waht tehy tinhk we aer? If tehy can moitenn pserdenet nmae and how mnay cows he has reiamn waht? Tehy tihnk tehy can floo us , we aer sarmt to reemmebr to eeryhtnig....

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    • 27 May 2012 21:52, by panom lualbil

      It’s very fair JOHN GAWECH LUL who chairs SSACC is from NUER, so they catch themselves alone. But why not names of 5 SENIOR OFFICIALS said in article, caught with public money were not disclose ? Is it because they’re NUER or what ? I hope they must be declare later !

      Because corruption is what NUER are still used by JALABS to destablise this country ?

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      • 27 May 2012 22:20, by panom lualbil

        SSDF and SSLA are dominated predominately by NUER folks. Their revolution is always about BONE WITH LITTLE FLESH throw by BASHIR to kill themselves on. Are they dogs ? This OILS was used to be utilize by arabs but when fought by SPLA, NUER’s SLAVES suported by BASHIR declare WAR against spla 4 corruption. How about if 5 cases were by NUER ?

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  • 27 May 2012 11:24, by pabaak

    some days I was critic about the work of Anti-commission to safe guard public funds that have been misused by the public officials. But at least we should be proud that they have recovered 60 millions USD, which can be great achievement given that environment they are working in. but also is imperative to advise the commission to be vigilant and honest enough to tell truths to the public, there is

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    • 27 May 2012 11:30, by pabaak

      no privacy here when officials involved with public money, even the president of United States can declare his assets to the public, what special here with South Sudan.

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      • 27 May 2012 13:27, by Dinka land

        @ Madina Tonj. What is wrong with you really? Tell me to day. Why do you keep on appointing your hand on Gogrialians? I do advice you to desist doing that and yet you are repeating. What do you want to be done?

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        • 27 May 2012 14:37, by never

          dinkaland, why are u question madina tonj. we all knows that ur causins and uncle kiir are not a part of this investigation taking placed right now in the south sudan for corruption. and that why mr. Madina Tonj pointed out so the rest of us will know that some folks are being left out in this investigation.

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  • 27 May 2012 13:59, by 4Justice

    Any Dude or chick he appoints is either demonically corrupt or catastrophically incompetent, this can only be mitigated by tacit admission of judgemental failure.

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  • 27 May 2012 14:35, by Mabior Dhongbang

    Guys stop talking rubbishes here ,whether Equotoria ,Bhar el ghzel,or Upper nile these are national issues to be address by anti corruption commission only, non of you is asked .take all your asses out from this point ,or just put there positive comments for the benefit of our country ,not your pakin words from your dirty asses/ anus, use your mouth atless to tell us good words you all Dogs.

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  • 27 May 2012 14:42, by Mabior Dhongbang

    Guys stop talking rubbishes here ,whether Equotoria ,Bhar el ghzel,or Upper nile these are national issues to be address by anti corruption commission only, non of you is asked .take all your asses out from this point ,or just put there positive comments for the benefit of our country ,not your pakin words from your dirty asses/ anus, use your mouth atless to tell us good words you all Dogs.

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  • 27 May 2012 14:48, by Mabior Dhongbang

    let them go ahead and tell us the names of those who are involved this the only way people will stop stealing public money ,not by suspending them ,because they will go ,and enjoy the money the stolen comfortably when they are not a rested .

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  • 27 May 2012 22:24, by Zionist

    $60 millions is just a tip of an iceberg of corruption. Whoever sailing that ship is heading for a titanical crash with the ruling party. Whenever two thieves’re fighting, the stolen items will be recovered. In addition, this could be a blessing or could a curse for the government of Salva Kiir. Still, how did the freedom fighters suddenly turned into thieves? I think our people deserve justice.

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  • 28 May 2012 00:49, by Good Citizen

    Hello Gatwech,
    Does ’privacy’ and ’Transparency’ go together? please you should step aside if you are not ready to die for your country.it’s as simple as that.or are you telling us that all those people on the list are your relatives whom you fear exposing? Please brave up!!

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    • 28 May 2012 04:04, by Katjiec Barech

      I don’t understand why you people always have negative comments. Anti-Corruption Commission are doing their job full stop. stop critizing their work. let them recover all those assets.
      I think some of you guys commenting here are corrupt also. idiots. and stop mentioning Dinka and Nuer people because they got nothing to do with this issue. this is a government ’s task to deal with it.t

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      • 28 May 2012 04:13, by Katjiec Barech

        I am appealing to Anti-Corruption Commission to work on Mr. Marial Nuar’s case because he has been fighting corruption seriosuly and that is why those who are corrupts fought and looby to the President to suspend him from his duties. he has been loyal to the moment since 1983 and he will always be. please free him and let him help you fight this corruption as it is too risky for you Mr.

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  • 28 May 2012 06:42, by Daniel Buolmawei

    "He further said that the person, which he refused to disclose its name, was suspended and subsequently dismissed from the post and the case is with ministry of justice."

    This deputy is joking with us. We should know ourselves by now if there’s really an influential figure dismissed and suspended. We know all of the influential and senior political figures. All are still holding their posts.

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  • 28 May 2012 06:48, by Daniel Buolmawei

    Who is he/she? Lying to us in the media will not help. If the deputy is talking about Arthur Aquein Chol, then we already know of his suspension and house arrest. I totally don’t believe in what they claimed they achieved. First of all, only the deputy talked about achievements, but the chairman never talked about it at all.

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  • 28 May 2012 06:55, by Daniel Buolmawei

    And why these anti-corruption leaders are afraid to expose corrupt criminals while it was easy to expose our strong leader, Pagan Amum, in the past for something he didn’t do? Or was it political expediency to tarnish his image since many idiot politicians in the kitchen cabinet are afraid of his growing popularity among South Sudanese?

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  • 28 May 2012 08:12, by Thorbanat

    I don’t agree with John Gawech Lul because he is trying to play political gimmicks. There is no transparency in the commission. Why didn’t he call a press conference to tell the public about this instead of radio talks. Again he lied by saying they have closed all doors. Bank of South Sudan is the only central bank in the world that transfer money instead of commercial bank. GOSS knows it.

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  • 28 May 2012 08:26, by Thorbanat

    Right now GOSS officials are busy transferring money to Uganda and Kenya through Bank of South Sudan. This is a violation and abuse of Central Bank which is the bank of banks and bank of last resort. Even a student from Juba Commercial Secondary School will not advise you to use central bank to transfer money but the got damn GOSS officials are doing this job and poor John Gawech Lul says nut.

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