Good Day :Salva Kiir: I Didn't Say there is Corruption in South Sudan!
New development in South Sudan on the issue of "anti-corruption", activists demonstrated in Juba demanding Salva Kiir to reveal the names of the "list of 75". Instead of that, Salva denied the whole story: “I did not say the money was stolen neither did I say $4Bn has been stolen. I said the money has been lost somewhere and someone has to account for it. I have written to 75 former and present government officials. This does not mean that these 75 officials are suspects but they have the responsibility. I will still write to some officials whom I had written to them and now claimed to have not received any letter from my office. I will again write to some more officials whom I did not write to them earlier.” (President Kiir, May 13th, 2012) All Africa by PaanLuel Wel Before two days The Information Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin started the "official denial" when he tried to explain for media that over half of the estimated 4 billion US Dollars of the "stolen money"
was from the "grain scandal", where large orders of sorghum were ordered but never delivered to South Sudan. Mr. Barnaba is trying to conclude the corruption in South Sudan in "Sorghum Theft"! Salva is trying to change his plan, he wanted before two weeks to meet the increasing pressures on his government by the European donors, and US Administration and groups who are supporting South Sudan and feeling ashamed of supporting corrupt leaders in a newborn country.
The first plan did not work and it seems that it will create for him more problems in South Sudan.
People will not forget all these contradictions and will compare the new change with the first letter: “An estimated $4 billion are unaccounted for, or simply put, stolen by current and former South Sudan officials as corrupt individuals with close ties to government officials. Most of these have been taken out of the country and deposit in foreign accounts. Some have purchased properties; often paid in cash…the people of South Sudan and the International Community is alarmed by the level of corruption in South Sudan. Many people in South Sudan are suffering, and yet some government officials simply care about themselves. The credibility of our government is on the line…we fought for freedom, justice and equality. Many of our friends died to achieve these objectives. Yet, once we got to power, we forgot what we fought for and began to enrich ourselves at the expense of our people…I am writing to encourage you to return these stolen funds (full or partial) to this account. If funds are returned, the government of the Republic of South Sudan will grant amnesty and will keep your name confidential. I and only one other official will have access to this information.” (President Kiir in an official letter to 75 former and current senior government officials, May 3rd, 2012)
By Mekki Elmograbi, Email: email@example.com, 16/06/2012