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U.S Senators demand tools to end corruption in South Sudan


August 14, 2017 (WASHINGTON) – Two United States Senators have written to the Treasury Department, calling for the establishment of additional tools necessary to hold South Sudanese leaders accountable for the ongoing violence in the East African country.

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President Salva Kiir attends a session during the 25th Extraordinary Summit of the (IGAD) on South Sudan in Addis Ababa March 13, 2014 (Reuters Photo)

In a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker and Senator Chris Coons detail steps required to take on South Sudan to “cut off the free flow of resources to the political and military elites, their families and associates.”

The U.S played a key role in events that led to the independence of South Sudan from Khartoum after more than two decades of civil war.

“Despite initial optimism about the future of the world’s newest country, the people of South Sudan have spent the past three years entangled in a brutal conflict, which has spiraled out of control, with more than two million people internally displaced and almost two million forced from the country,” partly reads the Senators’ letter.

It adds, “The political and military leaders have hijacked and repurposed state institutions to enrich themselves and fuel violence”.

According to the U.S lawmakers, the international diplomatic response to South Sudan’s conflict has failed and donors have focused on the urgent necessity of providing humanitarian relief to which the U.S has contributed almost $3 billion since December 2013.

South Sudan is suffering from a devastating war. Six million South Sudanese, half the country’s population said to be severely food insecure, and almost 2 million are on the brink of man-made famine.

“The United States must simultaneously address the structural problems that enable kleptocracy, incentivize violence, and prevent peace,” says the letter addressed to the U.S Treasury, amidst calls for a more transparent as well as responsible government in the future.

This, it adds, includes regional responsibility for impunity and the negative fiscal and human impact it has on stability and development in the region.

Calls were also made, in the 1 August letter, for the U.S Treasury Secretary to investigate corruption, impose network-focused sanctions, identify hidden assets, collaborate with international anti-money laundering standard setting bodies, and work with regional partners such as Uganda and Kenya to ensure that the plundered resources that belong to the people of South Sudan do not flow through their banking system as well as the real estate markets.

Meanwhile, Enough Project applauded the U.S Senators for their focus on the use of financial tools to address the nexus of conflict and corruption in South Sudan, and for their leadership and commitment to a peaceful resolution to the conflict in the country.

“The Treasury Department has a vital role to play in addressing the conflict and massive human suffering in South Sudan. Senators Corker and Coons should be commended for their unwavering commitment to peace and their willingness to work together to find solution,” Ian Schwab, the Director of Advocacy and Impact Strategy at the Enough Project said in a statement issued Monday.

“Leading voices in both parties and in both the House and Senate have called for Secretary Mnuchin to focus more attention and resources on South Sudan. He should heed this call without delay.”

In conjunction with diplomatic efforts, the U.S Treasury was urged to focus on deploying financial tools that target the financial networks of those obstructing peace and dispersing the proceeds of corruption through the region and even via the U.S financial systems.

“Those fighting in South Sudan will not agree to a sustainable peace until the international community develops more robust leverage and deploys stronger pressure,” further stressed the Senator’s letter.

In a separate statement, however, Brian Adeba, an associate director of policy at the Enough Project, said Senators Corker and Coons have tirelessly advocated for strong action on South Sudan.

“This letter sends exactly the right message by making it very clear that the United States will not continue to allow South Sudan’s leaders to rob their country while millions face hunger, displacement, and violence. Strong diplomacy combined with the robust use of the financial tools outlined in this letter offer the best chance for a peaceful resolution in South Sudan,” he said.

The South Sudanese civil war is a conflict in between forces of the government and the armed opposition forces. In December 2013, President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of attempting a coup d’état. Since then, tens of thousands of people have been killed and nearly two million displaced in the country’s worst-ever violence after it seceded from Sudan.


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  • 15 August 2017 08:55, by Lenin Bull

    These white racist senators must mind their obscene language when it comes to South Sudanese internal affairs. Corruption is alive and kicking in the US. White racism and discrimination of black people is state sponsored in some states in the US!! What is all these fuses about South Sudan? We are free and independent forever. Respect us please. Your good intention cannot degenerate into insults

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  • 15 August 2017 08:59, by Lenin Bull

    Those who are not well versed with our liberation struggle from 1955-197, and from 1983-2005 are the ones who can naively conclude that helped us in our struggle for independence and dignity. The US ignored ANYANYA ONE and denied it both military and financial assistance and as a result ANYANYA ONE did not achieve its primary objective of either liberating South Sudan militarily or cutting off

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  • 15 August 2017 09:04, by Lenin Bull

    as an independent country from Sudan. During the course of the war from 1983- 2005, the US government sided with various Khartoum governments Nimeri, Swar El Dab, Sadik , and Omar giving them money and weapons under the pretext that SPLA/SPLM is a communist oriented guerilla movement and nothing else. In fact the worst weapons used by Arabs in Khartoum to kill 5 millions South Sudanese were US

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  • 15 August 2017 09:09, by Lenin Bull

    /Western weapons. The US turned towards the SPLA/SPLM for strategic alliance when Khartoum became the den for terrorism of Osama Bin Laden from 1989. Hence the so called US support was for strategic alliance to fight terrorism and cannot be used to bully South Sudanese in their independent young nation. Only stupid people can believe only US helped us during our hard struggle.

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  • 15 August 2017 09:15, by Lenin Bull

    Countries that helped South Sudanese in their glorious hard struggles with meaningful sincere assistance that had an impacts are: Ethiopia, Libya, Cuba, Russia/USSR, Angola, Zimbabwe, Eritrea, Israel, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Uganda, and lately US during only sponsoring and guiding CPA negotiations. South Sudanese should not be naive and entertained with myths and baby talks of US support

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  • 15 August 2017 09:20, by Lenin Bull

    Sudan is now trying to take away Abyei and Panthou/Heglig oil fields from South Sudan with US CIA collision and threat towards South Sudan government as a reward for the fake support by Sudan in the war against terror.

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  • 15 August 2017 15:01, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    USA needs to walk the talk. Enough has been said yet South Sudanese exodus in search of refugee seems to extrapolate.

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  • 15 August 2017 15:15, by Mr. Right

    I completely agree with you that no country should meddle in our internal affairs let alone the US. But what about this crippling corruption and infinite war? Do you also support these corrupt morons embezzling our resources day and night to enrich themselves?

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    • 15 August 2017 15:16, by Mr. Right

      If the US will… by any means target these rogues, then that’s acceptable. After all, these politicians and generals are leading us to abyss. Please let’s not be driven by aspersion but rather focus on what bear substance.

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  • 15 August 2017 16:25, by Lenin Bull

    Mr.Right Thank you for your good advice to me. I agree that the current simpletons in Juba are shaming our country and people but foreigners have no rights to insult national leaders and if allowed to go on for long it will translate to all country and people. Try it yourself when you are sitting next to an American speaking nasty white racism, sex immorality, drugs abuses, etc in the US or

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  • 15 August 2017 16:30, by Lenin Bull

    come to our region and speak about Museveni in Uganda, Uhuru/Raila Odinga, Omar Bashir, Ethiopia, Egypty etc. Be mature in international politics. Allowing South Sudan to be insulted by anybody anywhere is the first step towards its loss of dignity and finally colonization if you don’t know. There are better rationally sound ways of helping South Sudan than insults.

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    • 15 August 2017 21:50, by Mr. Right

      Well, Lenin Bull, the current crop of rulers have failed and there’s no image that we’re protecting at the moment. In fact, we should be focusing on restoring it because it had long been tainted. I know it’s a natural tendency to be paranoid but don’t let it get hold of you. We don’t have leaders but morons and dictators ruling us, open your eyes, Lenin?

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      • 15 August 2017 21:52, by Mr. Right

        The country is being held hostage by rogues and Angelo Achuil - below - has said it all. Whether it’s geopolitics or international diplomacy as you bluntly stressed, they’ve failed miserably as well. The future looks bleak for millions of S. Sudanese and the suffering is immense, yet, it was SYNTHETIC and people like you don’t give a damn about it. Quite pathetic really???

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  • 15 August 2017 17:22, by Angelo Achuil

    Lenin Bull: Millions of our South Sudanese people are suffering in foreign refugees camps seeking food and shelter from foreigners, does that seems to you as "internal affairs"??? It is so tempting to separate you from those benefiting from this civil war. It is so annoying for people to be begged to show regard for their own flesh and blood!

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  • 15 August 2017 17:25, by Angelo Achuil

    I mean "so tempting to NOT separate you from..."

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  • 15 August 2017 17:39, by Angelo Achuil

    Does anyone see any irony in this? People get so angry and fume over mere insult but are not bothered by the dying of our people in thousands, displacement in millions, property damage in billions of dollars, and most citizens lacking food, living daily in fear - were caused and still are man-made. And someone is saying the pressing priority worthy of our attention in this time an "insult"?

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