By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala Uganda, APR/02/2016, SSN;
The recent impeachment of the Chairperson of Jieng Community, Mr. Kuol Gai Thiep, has increased my fears and worries.
Thus, the purpose of this article is to take the bull by its horn by pointing corrupt practices in Jieng Community whether in East Africa or in South Sudan as a way of fighting corruption.
Corruption is like HIV/AIDs or Ebola. Once it has caught the society, it is hard to get rid of.
Jieng Community in East Africa has been bogged down in extreme corruption since its inception. It was formed in 2014 and the main objectives for its formation were to represent Jieng Community in East Africa, to unite Jieng People in East Africa and to work for the welfare of Jieng members in East Africa as well.
However, the above-mentioned objectives have been lost by vision-less and corrupt leaders like Mr. Kuol Gai Thiep who took office in 2015.
Kuol took office and promised to work for the interest of Jieng Community in East Africa; little did Jieng Members know that he was a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Jieng members did not know that his vision and mission was to get resources for sustaining or maintaining his many wives. In fact, he has eight wives in total.
Kuol Gai misappropriated five hundred thousand South Sudan pounds (SSP 500,000 equivalent to 150,000 US Dollars rate of 316 pounds of South Sudan at Central Bank of South Sudan) that was intended for the welfare of the community. The source of the money in question was his brother, Makier Gai, a tycoon in South Sudan. Makier gave the money to Jieng Community as aid or financial assistance.
But due to his fallacy and defective reasoning, Kuol claimed that since the money came from his brother, he, therefore, had natural right to use it for his private purpose.
Kuol did not contemplate the effect the misappropriation of this money would have on him, his family and his future in general. Kuol, as I and others live, he will never be a leader in South Sudan except within his own community.
Jesus said that one is known by the fruits he or she bears. So Kuol is known by the fruits he bears and he will never be elected as national leader in South Sudan.
The other person I have selected to comment on his character is Makuei Aguer who will also never be a national leader in South Sudan. I will talk about him in this article later.
However coming back to Kuol, he was a very good person when he was campaigning to become a leader of Jieng Community.
Nevertheless, as soon as he was elected, he began to disclose his true colours. He could no longer associate even with his closest friends; he started refusing to pick phone calls; he started giving empty promises to students who applied to him for support after being expelled from school due to the failure to pay school fees.
In order to make his brother, the one who donated money, believed that the money was being used appropriately as he intended it, he employed a strategy of encouraging students to apply to his office.
As soon as he received the applications from students, he would then dodge back to Juba from Kampala and presented them to his brother to show that he helped Jieng Students in East Africa, which was not true.
However, the truth was that he misappropriated the whole money in sustaining his huge family and also bought a personal car. The type of the car he bought was V6. He now packed it in his compound while students have lost their future as they had dropped out, which is a lost to the nation of South Sudan.
It is the lost to the nation because uneducated population represents uneducated nation which is the basis of ignorance, diseases and illiteracy. These are the diseases which South Sudan and Jieng Community in particular is grappling with.
Due to his unbefitting behaviour as a leader of great community like Jieng, Jieng members in East Africa decided to call him so that he would give accountability how the money was used.
He was given a notice to attend the general meeting where he was expected to account to the Jieng members. Nonetheless, he failed to turn up for the meeting.
The reason for his failure was that he was not around in Kampala but he was in Juba. However, as meeting was in progress, he was found to be around. This highest degree of dishonesty and uncouthness annoyed the members of Jieng Community, who then immediately proposed a motion for the vote of no confidence which was endorsed unanimously.
As a result, he was removed from the office and interim leader was installed.
Therefore, this article is the reflection over corrupt practices not only by leaders of Jieng Community in East Africa but also Jieng Community members who have been in leadership in different students’ associations, especially in South Sudanese students Union in Uganda.
However, this article is only commenting on two members of Jieng Community who were extreme corrupt in leadership. These are: Makuei Aguer who was the president of South Sudanese Students Union in Uganda for the year 2014/2015 and Mr. Kuol Gai as already discussed.
The abovementioned two persons have some things in common. First of all, they are corrupt morally and politically. They do not have a vision and a mission in their life and secondly by coincident, they both came from former Warrap State.
However, my comment should not be taken out of context. My comment is only confined to these two persons who were also former leaders whom I intended to use as examples so that I campaign against corruption in Jieng Community.
As I have already pointed out above, the two persons are corrupt, and thus, are liability to South Sudan. They are psychologically, philosophically, morally, spiritually impure and politically corrupt.
The view in the paragraph above is held in philosophy. In Philosophy, theology or in moral discussions, corruption is spiritual or moral impurity or deviation from an ideal (see; Corruption in Ghanaian healthcare system: the consequences By Pius Agbenorku assess it online). In economy, corruption is payment for services or material which the recipient is not due, under law.
As we have been witnessing in South Sudan and other countries affected by corruption, corruption affects both developing and developed countries and all sectors of development negatively, which has made corruption to be of global concern(Pius Agbenorku).
According to Pius Agbenorku, corruption causes resources either to be over or under utilized in sectors where it exists.
Also, most people, especially the poor, are exploited. This is because corruption includes smuggling, illegal payments, money laundering, drug trafficking, falsification of documents and records, false declaration, underpayment, deceit, forgery, evasion, concealment, aiding and abetting of any kind to the detriment of another person, community, society or nation.
In other words, corruption involves bribery, extortion and other acts of misconduct, including fraud and embezzlement.
The causes of corruption are many. As Pius Agbenorku (already referred to above stated), causes of corruption include: Desire for unfair advantage; Lack of punitive measures; Lack of transparency; Poor incentive measures; Dysfunctional systems; Lawless and Over regulated government.
In the context of Jieng Community in East Africa, it appears that there are a lot of problems in regard to its members who have already been in power in South Sudanese Students Union in Uganda and in Jieng Community in East Africa.
However, the comment of this article is restricted to Makuei Aguer who ran South Sudanese Students Union in 2014/2015 and Kuol Gai Thiep, the former Chairperson of Jieng Community in 2015/2016.
The way these two persons came to power and the way they had used the resources have shown that majority of Jieng Community members are potentially corrupt.
Therefore, there is a need to begin a war against corruption of all kinds in Jieng Community as a whole in order to save South Sudan and Jieng Community in particular.
In this respect, I wanted to briefly explain why I decided to use the above two persons as indicators of the existence of corruption in Jieng Community (my community).
As I have already stated above, the two persons have something in common. In addition to those things that make them similar as I stated above, they are also birds of the same feather and dishonest.
For instance, the reason for the two of them campaigning to become leaders was not to serve the people but to satisfy their primordial and parochial interests at the expenses of their subjects.
For example, for one to join South Sudanese students Union in Uganda politics, he or she must be a student duly registered in one of the colleges or universities in Uganda.
However, despite of knowledge of the existence of this condition, Makuei Aguer forged documents claiming that he was a master student at Uganda Christian University (UCU), Kampala Branch.
On that forged document or admission and fake student’s identity card, he bribed his way through the South Sudanese students ‘Union in Uganda leadership.
After having been elected and became the president of the Union, and as usual for all elected union presidents of the Union, he went to Juba where he was given about forty thousands ($40,000) USA Dollars from the office of the President of the Republic of South Sudan.
The main purpose for giving the money from the office of the President was on understanding that this money would be used to help needy students. Guest what happened to the money!
Makuei with his executives without shame misappropriated the money with impunity. This was one of the extreme dishonest incidents that Makuei showed. Again, after having served his fraudulent term of office of 2014/2015 he handed over leadership to the Current Union President Mr. Akol Akol, who also came to power in violation of the law.
As if it was not enough, Makuei then came out openly to show that he had never been a student as he purported and left for Juba. He is now currently working in the government of one f the newly created 28 states.
I am sure the government of the state who employed Makuei does not care about the moral turpitude of its employees. If it cared, it would have never employed a deceitful person like Makuei Aguer. This is because as the Bible says, if one is not trusted in small things, how he or she can be trusted in big ones.
Like Makuei Aguer, Kuol Gai was another person was cheated and dishonestly stole money from Jieng Community as already discussed above.
From the above two examples, I have come to the conclusion that corruption is potentially in Jieng community, and if Jieng members do not take serious steps to minimize it, then, corruption will destroy not only Jieng Community but the whole of South Sudan.
In fact, based on the experiences I have had with Jieng students who have been in students politics, it is correct to conclude that corruption is a killer disease in Jieng Community in East Africa.
Therefore, I call upon all members of Jieng Community who are not yet corrupt or who are not elected to become leaders to join me in fighting against corruption in Jieng Community.
I have declared the war on corruption in Jieng Community and in South Sudan in general.
I call upon all Jieng members and South Sudanese in general to punish the two people as I have already mentioned above. They should be punished through isolation and moral exclusion from all the community activities. They are not worthy to hold any position in the community. They can never be entrusted with the affairs of the community as they are dangerous to the welfare of the community.
They are grossly corrupt and morally dead. If they could not be trusted in small things, how can they be trusted in big ones in future?
NB//: the writer is a Bar Course Student at Law development Centre in Kampala (Uganda) and can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org; or +256783579256