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South Sudan’s Minister of Justice instructed to prosecute corrupt officials


July 8, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s cabinet has directed the minister of Justice, John Luk Jok, to prosecute the culprits involved in the grain scandal which resulted in the loss of billions of dollars in the last three years.

South Sudanese celebrating into the night South Sudan’s first anniversary of it’s Independence day July 9, 2012 in Juba (Getty)

This was revealed on Saturday by the country’s vice president, Riek Machar Teny, while explaining the latest drive to stamp out corruption and punish the perpetrators during the signing ceremony of a framework agreement on development plans between the government and UN agencies operating in South Sudan.

Machar said the latest measures came in the wake of the report presented to the government last week by an international agency which conducted thorough investigations into the fate of the contracts made in the grain project.

In 2008 the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, in anticipation of a shortage of food, initiated a huge project of purchasing and delivering grain throughout the country, to be stored or sold in the local markets at a subsidized price.

Companies, some of which were “paper companies” were contracted to purchase and deliver the grain to the states.

The report of the investigations which were carried out by the World Bank-sponsored Star Agency revealed that many contracts which were made by officials and business people with the Ministry of Finance did not see the grain reaching its designated recipients.

Machar said a resolution was passed by the cabinet instructing the Justice Minister to prosecute the culprits.

Machar also revealed that his government has asked the World Bank to review and investigate all the other non-grain contracts which the government entered into since 2006. He said any faults found in such contracts for the last six years will be investigated and the culprits prosecuted.

He added that the government was finding ways to handle the issue involving more than 75 former and current officials and that president Salva Kiir has written to them, as prime suspects responsible for the loss of US$4 billion.

He said the national parliament had passed a resolution directing the executive to suspend any government official whose name appears on the list of suspects and that the executive was studying how to respond.

Machar put the revenue lost to corruption figure in perspective by claiming that the total amount of oil revenue Juba received from Khartoum for the last six years was US$11.5 billion.

He acknowledged that the credibility of his government was on the line due to corruption and called for investigations into all the contracts in order expose the truth.

Two other sources of corruption in South Sudan besides contracts, he further explained, are in tax collection and land operations and management.


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  • 9 July 2012 06:38, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Mr. John Luk Jok don’t be terrories because cambinets ministers just wants to blackmail you as wel as justic. Because the same cambinets are involving in corruption if you react as justic assistant you will be sack.

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  • 9 July 2012 06:39, by Bolman

    thanks Dr Machar this is the ways people will leanrs through interest mistakens our Country is actually involved in to so many crimes because of miss management to misused the public money by supporting tribility led that is where Corruption to build tribalism power to let others dominated by their own money keep work on it solution will come by itself

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    • 9 July 2012 06:55, by Michael Angelo

      The Ruling party, which is SPLM is playing people (us. The minister of Justice will never executed those who stole public funds because he’s part of corruption. Most of the SPLM members are the one who stolen public funds.

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  • 9 July 2012 07:31, by George Bol

    My friend, your frequent mentioning of riek in every report is monologue.He will be prosecuted before the grain scandal persons you talking about. Stop talking about dead stuffs better to propose strategy to stop the future loss.

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    • 9 July 2012 09:04, by Ruach

      Don’t defend your uncle jeog lob.You are part of corruptions!

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  • 9 July 2012 07:33, by George Bol

    Mr Riek Mchar secretary, you need to tell your boss to proposed strategy that will prevent the future loss.

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  • 9 July 2012 07:51, by Don P

    Thank You Dr. Riek, thats what we want to hear.

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  • 9 July 2012 08:05, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear readers
    These are words of mouth; nothing will come out forever and ever, why because all Ministers, SPLA senior officers in command and SPLM leadership are involved in corruptions including minister of Justice. The only minister who is free is DR Marial Benjamin Bil .Mark my words

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  • 9 July 2012 08:45, by Majongdit

    prosecute them quickly please!

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  • 9 July 2012 08:56, by master

    HA ha ha ha ha ha
    amazing story

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    • 9 July 2012 09:40, by Baby Polic

      Prosecuting who?
      Riek you will be the 1st to be prosecuted for your idiot contract for renovation of the houses and you gave to Kenyan just b/c of the shares that you got.
      Secondly where will the justice minister start since all top officials are the one corrupt mostly. I can see they wanted to shift the burden to weak contractors who took sorghum for micro businesses that didn’t succeed.Big shame

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      • 9 July 2012 15:49, by philip andriko

        Dear all this thing will not happen ,i was waiting to here that all Mooney which were stolen have been withdraw by government from their account ,this money will varnish now forever and much more will get lost than what we lost ,thief is always track down and through into jail than telling them to hide thier money and now we are toll that they are going to be prosecuted it will be like boarder.

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        • 9 July 2012 15:58, by philip andriko

          what i came to understand is that who ever done bad to public life or funds is not a criminal or killer ,the way killers are welcome is the same treatment they are doing because all of them done all that crimes,no good government without retake back public funds take by known official,they must be prosecuted and refund all they took because they have gain huge profit ,let them leave their positio

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    • 9 July 2012 09:54, by Loko El Pollo


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  • 9 July 2012 10:51, by Chi Jguel

    Mr. Luk, this will be your weakness from public size, to leave those corrupters who stolen the public money. We will put you in as a one among them if you favour them. In our governemnt, many people believe in power, but a power without public is forbident. We have independent for the public votes, not for those who are in power only. They must prosecute. Thank Nation.

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  • 9 July 2012 11:17, by master

    these thieve will make ss pp fucking an ant

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  • 9 July 2012 12:21, by Roordiordit

    TO:S.Sudan Cabinets,
    S.Sudan cabinets need to determine the consequences of bringing the greats thieves into the country’s book.first of all,we must accomplish our active task with Northern Sudan,for instance,Border demarcation and Abyei issue which can give us a "FULL INDEPENDENT",therefore Minister of Justice will discipline the corrupts officials.Too hard to kill two birds in one stone.

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    • 9 July 2012 12:41, by Roordiordit

      To presecute the corrupts officials at this stage can lead to the series uncontrollable chaotic to Juba environment due to Corrupt officials consensus implication to denial the stolen money.Those who involved themselves had already started with SPLA/M secretary General who took 30 millions USD and there is a evidence of tranfering money to his account.Let us solve the border issues with N.Sudan

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      • 9 July 2012 12:43, by Roordiordit

        before we turn our faces to our greats strong thieves.

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  • 9 July 2012 14:00, by Kikiji longiro

    John Luke, did this guy really proscuted somebody before.Why didn,t he started to make South Sudanese laws of proscution when the Lou Nuers were forcing themselves to fight with the Murles in Pibor which end up over cows raiders.


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    • 9 July 2012 14:26, by Equatoria dominates SPLM

      The proscution needs to starts from Equatoria guys becuase they fisrt people who have started the corruption in South Sudan because Capital caity in their home land.

      Salva Kiir Mayardit Oyee South Sudan Oyee

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      • 9 July 2012 18:49, by Bolman

        kuw lielu wooy ngoth oyee ngoth oyee wooy lielu

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  • 9 July 2012 21:43, by Elijah B. Elkan

    July 9, 2011 should be remembered as very special day to the people of south Sudan. South South lost 2.5 million of it’s citizens to gain it’s Independence. July 9, 2011 should never be forgotten.

    Happy (birth day) Independence Day South Sudan. You all came a long way to this day - God bless people of South Sudan and god bless South Sudan. I wish I could be there to celebrate with you all.

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  • 9 July 2012 22:06, by JohnGarangFreedom

    This is another mess being played by people who are eager destructs new nation. I need S. Sudanese to forgive them. These people have volunteered for many years without being paid anything. Again, I need to S. Sudanese to forgive them like many trillion of dollars our brothers and sisters from N. Sudan has to we S. Sudanese. This is just destructed of based jealousy & envy. If you’re smart, think.

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