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Gubernatorial candidate campaigns against corruption in Bentiu

By Ngor Arol Garang

February 23, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — An independent gubernatorial candidate in the southern state of Unity, Angelina Teny has embarked on her electoral campaign in the area with a strong focus on fighting against corruption saying it cripples development and stability of any country.

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Angelina Teny (file)

Without reservation, she said hopeful that she will win the upcoming election and will initiate viable plans to fight against corruption through strengthening and reforming of the financial system and law enforcement agents.

The official, who served as state minister of energy, said in an interview from Bentiu today that the fight against corruption calls for concerted efforts by all stakeholders as it affects not only developing countries but also industrialized ones.

"Corruption exists everywhere in the world and has adverse effects as the vice takes resources and services away from the people who need it the most and only benefits a small portion of the population," she said.

She said her government if elected will work out effective plans to ensure that it strengthens the economic structures that prevent corruption.

She said through the fight against corruption, government will ensure it keeps track of how money is being spent and that all funds are used to benefit the intended target.

But was quick to add that the fight against corruption should not be left to government alone; the civil society also plays an important role in making government responsible and accountable for incoming funds and its expenditure, she said.

She has also called for increased support towards the agricultural sector so that levels of food insecurity and poverty can decline. With the emergence of climate change, whose effects are being felt globally, food insecurity will be more prominent in the near future if the agricultural sector is not being fully supported, she commented.

As long as people do not sustain better and improved agricultural methods, it will be difficult to address food crises especially in terms of sharing of food being produced globally, she added.

She said her government will encourage the local population to adopt new farming techniques that are sustainable and do not necessarily require expensive equipment.

"Our local population will be encouraged to adopt new farming techniques to help empower them and put them in control as opposed to having farmers who cannot afford to store food for them due to poverty," she said.

(ST)