Latest mega-corruption: Is Kiir yet again a toothless bulldog?

EDITORIAL ANALYSIS: JUN/19/2013, SSN;

In the latest corruption bombshell, the nation’s ever toothless President Kiir has suspended two high profile ministers, of finance and of cabinet affairs, for ‘allegedly’ masterminding another gargantuan financial scandal to the total sum of millions of US dollars.

The nation’s ineffectual leader belatedly issued the decree (as typical like always in previous cases of such massive corruption) withdrawing the immunities on Mr. Kosti Manibe, the finance minister and Deng Alor, the minister of cabinet affairs, so that the impotently ineffective and similarly toothless chairman of the useless money-gulping Anti-Corruption Commission, John Gatwech, may typically start his so-called ‘investigation.’

To most South Sudanese citizens, this latest scandal, yet again, is just a regular recurrence of the blatancy of stealing within the SPLM/A monstrosity, which as always, despite more wastage of more money in bogus ‘investigations’ ends with the total exculpation of those highly placed ‘kleptocrats’ in the nation’s ruling party.

Therefore, there’s really nothing surprising about the latest alleged theft commissioned by Manibe and Alor, as we have helplessly witnessed all three predecessors of Manibe, that’s all past Kiir’s finance ministers, commit more bigger and unfathomable ‘kiir-iminalities,’ while heading this same INFAMOUS MINISTRY OF THIEVES, as every South Sudanese now would surely label this portfolio in the new nation.

Anyway, like those ‘dishonorable’ predecessors who easily got away scot-free and very, very rich, the prevailing pre-conclusion already fixated in minds of millions of the economically suffering citizens is that, whatever the proclaimed seriousness seen in Kiir or the strength of the mitigating circumstances of their alleged ‘crime,’ Manibe and Alor are as sure to emerge unscathed, as the exonerated ‘gang of three’ ex-ministers of finance, Akuein, Athian and Athorbei.

Recapitulating the biogenesis of the alleged ‘crime,’ it was revealed in the president’s decree that the alleged sum was long paid to a certain company supposedly tendered to supply fire extinguishing equipments or materials, and allegedly, proper procedural steps not followed, and that the company reportedly failed to deliver the ‘goods.’

ANY TRIBAL/REGIONAL COLOUR TO THIS CRIME?
In hindsight, finance minister, Kosti Manibe’s downfall was sinisterly part of a predestined plot which the apparently naive Manibe only aggravated by his so-called ‘holy crusade’ to blindly institute the so-called ‘internal transfers’ within the ministry of finance of some very high-profile grand masters of the pervasive corruption machinery within the finance ministry.

Historically, since the inception of Kiir’s government in 2005, the line-up of the top bureaucracy in the finance ministry has always been a seclusive reserve of the Dinka of Kiir’s Greater Bahr el ghazel, as evidenced by the infamous tenures of all past three ministers of finance and practically all the top bureaucrats.

It was, therefore, this exclusiveness and particularism of the ‘blessed clan’ in this money ‘factory’ that has enabled as well shielded all previous and current ‘looting’ perpetuated by the Kiir Gang with absolute impunity and immunity since President Kiir ascended into the ‘Heavenly throne’ of the new nation.

Let’s be sincere, who has ever heard of a successful prosecution and jailing of any case of so-called ‘corruption’ brought to court of law since the ‘godly’ toothless bulldog created his kingdom?

Similarly, why has the president himself kept lip-tight about the so-called ’75’ thieves who are forgiven by the ‘Holy Father’ himself and just asked to freely ‘repatriate’ nothing or any thing into the heavenly account only accessible by ‘God the Father himself?’

Whatever happens, Kosti Manibe is circumstantially fortunate that nothing will ‘happen’ to him because, first, his co-accused and alleged accomplice, Deng Alor, a top and first-class SPLA man and Kiir’s tribesman, is an ‘untouchable,’ whose very implication in this alleged crime is just a charade.

Furthermore, in his desperation to outwit his professed rival in the coming presidential elections sometime in the future (perhaps), Kiir is advisedly judicious not to antagonize Western Equatorians or Equatorians as a whole, by jailing one of their sons, after all, it should be pointed out that when Kosti Manibe failed the last elections, Kiir himself anointed him a minister of finance…. Manibe will always be a political pawn.

Not long ago, another top character in the form of the Secretary-general of the SPLM itself was inadvertently dragged to court and what the nation shockingly witnessed was outright subversion of justice and due process of the law.

Moreover, to even imagine that Deng Alor would ever be touched by our laws, only fools will wait forever for that impossibility to materialize…..NEVER….NEVER…

FUTURE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS CHARADE:
Astonishingly, in a recent duplicitous investigation conducted by the same chair of the Anti-corruption commission, John Gatwech, into the theft at the nation’s Presidential Residence (J-One), Mr. Gatwech weirdly found out and concluded that those alleged ‘house-breakers’ who allegedly stole millions of the nation’s money are actually not thieves but “administrative self-helpers,” and he only recommended some administrative measures against these presidential kin and kith appointees.’

With such kind of utterly incompetent jurisprudence and conspiratorial adjudication from the likes of the Anti-corruption commission chair, Gatwech, or likewise, from the nation’s legal pillars of justice like the justices in the nation’s courts of law, the prosecutors and the police, the kiir-iminality in the South Sudan Nation will be inadvertently accentuated and exacerbated to the detriment of all.

Unfortunately, South Sudan, in the predestined and continuous leadership of the SPLM/A, will in the foreseeable future be a retarded and failed nation, just like its neighbours around, or the likes of Nigeria, which in spite of the oil windfall, its people remain impoverished, agitated and restless, while the ruling cliques shamelessly wallow in the obscenities of ill-begotten wealth.

In South Sudan today, where school children have no toilets or food to eat, where roads are utterly unusable, where the few functioning hospitals are completely unequipped to ‘normal’ standards, a heartless president Kiir has now selfishly embarked on building another Presidential Palace in Juba for himself, just within a walking distance of the current majestic J-One.

For those who can still recollect, the current J-One has been repeatedly undergoing expensive and exorbitant renovations, with wall-to-wall big TV screens and all the latest ostentatious paraphernalia that’s the envy of pop and movie stars or the Bill Gates, and apparently, many of these several scam renovations were done by Ethiopian/Eritrean wives or concubines of SPLM/A big shots or contractors from the ‘chosen’ people.

Finally, to all concerned citizens, unless you all unite to push to change things as they stand, where the president and the domineering ruling party arbitrarily and wilfully bypasses the parliament and ignores or even oversteps the constitution, the real danger is that South Sudan is precariously on the downhill path of becoming a one-party state.

Our nation will inevitably, also, become a society of patronage, which in essence it already is, where tribalism visibly supersedes in all aspects of the nation’s functionality and this has obviously made difficult the fight against corruption.

You be the judge….Is it any surprise that the Nigerians, like some Savannah vultures have now jumped into the mess by unashamedly ‘bribing’ the entire government of Kiir with a duplicitous gift of a million dollar worth of exercise books, just to get a good, good share in the nation’s yet under-developed oil industry?

19 Comments

  1. Lokeri says:

    you have really touched the main point about this naive president called Salva Kiir. If this bulldog wants to show to the nation that he is a man of justice, he first must start with his tribesmen, the former three finance ministers who badly embezzled and stole citizens’ development funds.
    When we reflect back to 75 kiir’s tribesmen who mercilessly stole 4 billion that can improve life standard of our people, what happened to those people? The anti-corruption commission is nothing but only a safe heaven for corrupters. Citizens of south Sudan are doubting from commission of thieves call anti-corruption. One day Kiir and his tribesmen will be condemned by the people of South Sudan. Their action can not be forgotten.

  2. Leader says:

    Thank you very much dear editor, for this piece of writing. It is actually to the point. All the three previous ministers of finance were involved in mega scandals. It is equally true that the top most positions in the ministry of finance are staffed by people from president Kiir Dinka rek Clan of Warap and N. Bhar El Ghazel. Some Equatorians bureaucrats such as the two civil servants involved in this case (Kiman Lado & Wani Buyu) plus those of Lotio $ Amule, who together with the former under secretary Makur were also implicated in corruption during the reign of Arthur Akuein.
    My advise to equatorians and others is that let’s not politicize the process. I hope that every corrupt official will one day be prosecuted whether present or past.

  3. Elhag Paul says:

    Timely, incisive and to the point. The solution is root and branch overhaul of GoSS with the SPLM Oyee thrown into the garbage bin. Soon the people will reach this conclusion. It is just a matter of time.

  4. Alierthiy says:

    Dear Editor

    Get the facts right. This saga had nothing to do with Manibe’s recent reshuffling within the ministry of Finance and Economic planning. The pair, Manibe and Alor, colluded and wired money to Kenya…this was done and facilitated by Kosti Manibe. Their successive withdrawal of this $7.958million alerted Kenyan bankers who later alerted president Kiir. So, please, gather the facts right before writing editorial analysis because many readers depend much on you.
    Kiir in this case deserve our public gratitudes. His move is well done, though we still expect much more. Whether Deng Alor was atop in echelon of the ruling party, whether he is a Dinka by tribe is not a matter to us, he must carry his own cross. Kosti Manibe, too, must carry his own cross. So please stop correlating separate incidences. Those officials who were either transferred or demoted by Manibe reshuffling, attempted to defy Manibe but President Kiir, upon returning from Japan stand strongly with the minister (Manibe). Kiir, himself ordered those administrators to either resign or heed to Manibe orders. Kiir admires Manibe wholeheartedly but Manibe had spoilt his political stand.

    FROM EDITOR:
    YOUR ARE PARTIALLY RIGHT BY RECITING THE SAME STORY RELATED BY THAT ANONYMOUS GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL.
    IF YOUR INFERENCE IS TO BE ACCEPTED, THEN HOW DID THOSE EX-MINISTERS, ARTHUR AKUEN, ATHIAN AND ATHORBEI, WERE ABLE TO FACILITATE THE TRANSFER OF BILLIONS OF POUNDS AND DOLLARS WITHOUT THE GOVERNMENT OF KENYA EVER NOTICING THESE COLOSSAL SUMS OF MONEY?
    IN FACT, IF YOU DO RECALL, ELIJAH MALOK, THE FIRST GOVERNOR OF THE BANK OF SOUTH SUDAN, BOSS, PUBLICLY VOICED HIS CONCERN ABOUT BIG SHOTS WALKING INTO THE BANK WITH BIG CHEQUES AND WALKING OUT OF THE BANK WITH SUITCASES LOADED WITH MILLIONS OF MONEY BUT NOBODY HEEDED HIS WARNING, ALL THIS MONEY ENDED SOMEWHERE ABROAD, INCLUDING NAIROBI.

    NOW, I ASK YOU, WHY DID THE KENYANS NOT REACT LIKE WHAT YOU HEAR NOW GIVEN BY THAT ANONYMOUS GOVERNMENT PERSON?

    SECONDLY, YOU KNOW BETTER THAT KIIR ADMIRED AKUEN, ATHIAN AND ATHORBEI MUCH MORE THAN HE ADMIRES KOSTI MANIBE WHO, I CAN TELL YOU, IS NOTHING IN THE WORLD OF THE SPLM/SPLA. THAT IS WHY ALL THE MUCH BELOVED AND WITH UMBILICAL RELATIONSHIP TO KIIR, LIKE THE THREE ABOVE, WILL NEVER BE PROSECUTED, BUT THE LESSER LOVED KOSTI MANIBE WILL BE CRUCIFIED, BUT PERSONALLY I DOUBT.

    ACCORDING TO THE SAME ANONYMOUS SPOKESPERSON YOU QUOTED, DENG ALOR REPORTEDLY RETURNED THE MONEY HE ALLEGEDLY RECEIVED AND NOW FOR SURE, HE HAS SAVED HIS SKIN, BUT AGAIN, ONE REALLY THINKS THAT THERE IS A CONSPIRACY IN THE WHOLE THING. LET OTHERS JUMP IN.

    STAY WELL AND BEST WISHES……BROTHER

    • Alierthiy says:

      Dear Editor

      I am here just like you and the rest of South Sudanese who hate interminable corruption perpetuated within our country. By no meanS am I concuring with the past deeds by Kiir and his ex-ministers (Akuien, Athian and Athorbei) Though the case in question is not different from the past corruption cases, you have to concur with me that neither of the past ex-ministers were caught red handed like Manibe and Deng Alor.

      Arthur Akuein, the first minister ever to be accused of shameless corruption was not spared. Remember, Akuien case was brought to public attention by Omar Al Beshir in Juba, 2007. Beshir’s revelation was that his government had wired $60 million to SPLM account. So our assumption then, was that Akuien Chol had secretly deviated such a huge amount to his private accounts. But his wrangling with Pagan Amum then and recently, indicates that the case is not closed. Despite his attempt to explain his case, Akuien was stripped of his position just as soon as his shoddy deals came to Kiir’s attention. He was later house arrested but was set free by his kins and kiths who were not happy with the case against him.

      Kuol Athian, who was made to replace Arthur Akuien was not spared either. Just as his Dura saga came to public attention; Athian was, too, stripped off from the ministry. He is still in the radar of Kiir government… recall how often he is summoned to appear in parliament to explain himself. He is not yet free. Just as recently, we have read that legal affairs minister (John Luk) had ordered those dubious companies to avail themselves to investigators, such a turn of event is an evidence that Mr Athian is not spared.

      As for Deng Athorbei, I had not heard of a major saga against him but this does not mean that he is clean. So I am not seeing Kiir favour to the past ex-minister and against Kosti Manibe.

      Unlike Kosti Manibe, all the past ex-ministers of Finance and economics planning, were firstly elected by their respectives communities to Juba parliament as MPs and then later assigned to ministrial posts by the president. Kiir appointment of Manibe, John Luk and Oyai Deng, among others, was a sign of his trust to them as we all know these figures were defeated in 2010 national elections. So it is not true that Kosti Manibe is nothing in the SPLM. If Manibe is who you claimed him to be in the SPLM, he could have not held such a strategic ministry.

      It is very sad indeed that people like Manibe who were least expected to be corrupted are indeed the cohorts in such malpractices.

  5. Manyok Chuol says:

    Dear Editor,
    Quoting you that “…to even imagine that Deng Alor would ever be touched by our laws, only fools will wait forever for that impossibility to materialize…..NEVER….NEVER…”—is a sad, if objective conclusion, and a clear vote of no confidence in our nation’s justice system.

    I read this editorial and I’m afraid I find it, for some reason, very amusing and compelling, even as I realize it must not have been your intention to be humorous but this editorial IS, or so I find.

    Most importantly, you are a great presenter of your point of view and the editorial/opinion is excellent on this measure/score. Even as I disagree with a few of the editorial’s characterizations like “…Deng Alor, …[as] Kiir’s tribesman, is an ‘untouchable,’ whose very implication in this alleged crime is just a charade.”, I realize it’s an opinion and opinions like these serve the nation well.

    But I agree with you that these corruption cases are damaging not just to the SPLM but are tainting our country’s name, its people, and similarly stunt development. However, I give President Kiir the benefit of doubt: for once it seems to have finally dawn on him that he could not continue to insouciantly remain a bystander or at worst a colluding associate of his corrupt ministers and so he has grown a backbone, or so suggests his suspension of Hon. Kosti Manibe and Hon. Deng Alor on corruption allegations.

    As a consequence, I advise that, as ordinary citizens, let’s not sabotage the president’s efforts on the issue in focus and instead support him in suspending the two ministers which, as I reckon, he must have had to summon enormous courage to act as he did. Similarly, let’s us not play tribalism card in defence of ministers accused of theft of the nation’s resources; this issue is too important and affects us all and so let the tribes not carry the cross for the accused ministers.

    But I understand why some people may be playing politics and tribal card on this occurrence of mega-corruption allegation for the reason that the president easily allowed much bigger financial crimes go unpunished under the stewardship of past finance ministers as has been so ably elucidated in the editorial. While President must rightly bear the blame for his apparent selectivity in enforcing accountability and administering justice, we must not develop tolerance towards corruptions whether or not it’s our uncles who are orchestrating financial crimes. Accordingly, let ministers Deng Alor and Kosti Manibe carry their own cross.

    Mr. Editor, in closing, your editorial is largely spot on and I applaud you and the role this website continue to play. Sadly, the rulers in Juba may not be heeding your wise counsels but your website, SSN, and the editorials give South Sudanese citizens, with access to internet, a forum to express opinions on critical issues of the day and to dialogue.

    Thank you

    FROM EDITOR
    MR. MANYOK CHUOL, THANKS FOR YOUR TOUCHING COMPLIMENTS. I JUST NEVER MEANT TO PLAY THE TRIBAL CARD BUT IT ALWAYS RATHER UNFORTUNATELY PREPONDERATES IN MOST ACTIONS AND ISSUES BEING TAKEN IN THE KIIR SYSTEM OF RULE. I WISH THE DAY WILL SOONER DAWN ON THE NATION WHEN WE GET LEADERS WHO WOULD SERIOUSLY DELIVER THE MUCH ANTICIPATED PEACE DIVIDENDS NOT IN THE FORM OF THE NUMEROUS HOTELS AND SKYSCRAPERS ONLY IN JUBA, BUT THE HUMAN BASIC NECESSITIES IN THE OTHER STATES OF SOUTH SUDAN.
    FOR EXAMPLE, THE OTHER DAY I SADLY WATCHED ON SSTV THE CONDITION OF THE MAIN ROAD FROM JAMBU TO MUNDRI, THE CONSTITUENCY OF KOSTI MANIBE. HAVING KNOWN THAT AREA SINCE MY STUDENT DAYS TILL THE EIGHTIES AS AN OFFICIAL WORKING IN WESTERN EQUATORIA (NOT MY HOME STATE), IT WAS PATHETIC THAT KOSTI MANIBE COULD SO CALLOUSLY NEGLECT HIS OWN PEOPLE AND INSTEAD SEEK PERSONAL ENRICHMENT. THUS, HE, KOSTI IS NO DIFFERENT FROM HIS RULING COLLEAGUES FROM OTHER STATES CURRENTLY BUSY PERSONALLY ‘DEVELOPING’ ONLY JUBA WHILE UTTERLY OBLIVIOUS OF THE MISERIES OF THEIR BROTHERS AND SISTERS BACK IN THEIR HOME STATES.
    I FULLY CONCUR WITH YOU, EVERY SUSPECT MUST CARRY HIS/HER CROSS.
    BEST REGARDS TO YOU.

  6. Tyson says:

    Editor,
    Nice analysis!!!!
    Kiir’s actions within his handpicked and Kitchen Cabinet is no news to any conscious South Sudanese. Only one finger is pointing at Kosti and Alor but the remaining four are pointing at Kiir himself.
    Kiir has failed to prosecute any of his criminals including himself for shamelessly stealing from the government coffers. He instead made a general absolution to himself first and then to his fellow thieves to return the loot secretly. Where on earth do you see a President storing government money under his pillow?

    South Sudan is the first country in the world where the Cabinet and party officials excel in stealing public funds to the applause of the Party chief. What is happening should show to you the marathon within SPLM for the position of Chief looters.

    I don’t know what courage this government has in dealing with state affairs? A criminal indeed does not see beyond his/her acts!!!!!

    Miserably, our Parliament is also rotten to the core because the extended list of looters in the Parliament were absolved by Kiir. They should continue the stealing sprue !!!!!!. No checks and balances because all branches of government are mafias of rebels elevated looters.

    Almighty God, don’t forget your suffering children in this land. Send us a leader who will care for your children.

  7. i am agreed with those who comment before me about the thieves of money in south sudan

  8. Lokong Baba says:

    A lot has been said over and again about misappropriation of public funds that should have served the new South Sudan better in services delivery to the people who had enough of anything called sacrifice and tolerance during the liberation struggle.
    Many have commented about this issue and the examples are clear that, the president is afraid of losing the support of those who dictate him and take him hostage for their personal interests.
    Imagine, a high profile political commentator, writer and prolific thinker of South Sudan (Isaiah Abraham) was gunned and killed for his only crime of openness and wish to correct where there are mistakes and later, the government asks for foreign intelligence from outside to investigate into the crime (the FBI). This lame duck government will never ever be accountable for any crimes committed against the people of the South Sudan.
    Nothing will bring real change and better living for South Sudan, only God knows when and how. I leave the rest for you to digest

  9. Jim Kal says:

    I may start by asking the same question which I think everyone has been asking in this forum or somewhere else; why the president is acting at this time around rather than that time when the nation was expecting his wrath against identified 75 thieves? I think it’s too little too late and let us wait and see what will happen next.

  10. p. jook says:

    It’s good article to read it, but we can not rush to conclusion to defend who is wrong or right. The investigators have more work to do. we have to be patient.

  11. Raan Naath says:

    It is very unfortunate indeed.

  12. Manyok R. says:

    I agree with the Editor 100%. Even on tribalism point which I view as a motivating factor president Kiir didn’t want to have previous ministers prosecuted because they are his clannish members whom he didn’t want to offend. I’m a Dinka by tribe, and I must confessed it is an ingrained cultural value in our society to not publicly humiliate and shame one of our own no matter how compelling the need maybe to do so. This is why Kiir’s closed relatives stole millions dollars in the sacred office of the presidency. Because they expect his impunity to save them, they are ok to steal. Simple theory! No culpability for punishment, no worries why not steal.

    I just wish that our poor masses should not exempt the president himself from this accident. If proven guilty, these 2 ministers’ crime must also reflect on the character of the president himself and so should be held accountable and voted out of presidency. But that is my wishful thinking since I know this president with his exclusive club will never go down without deadly fight. They have disempowered our poor masses beyond repair to stand against them.

  13. Alierthiy says:

    Just to add up, I think Mr Kiir’s sacking of high profile SPLM members in a person of Kosti Manibe and Deng Alor, is similar to a situation where a sealed net is opened up. Just like in a surrounding heavy and thick with Mosquitoes, one uses mosquito net to keep insects off. Kiir, for the last eight years, had been a mosquito net, sheltering and protecting his comrades and cohorts in corruption practices. Now that he decided and acted by allowing in mosquitoes into their networks, more is to be expected…Or unless the pairs (Alor and Manibe) will not be courageous enough to pay the remaining rest (other corrupted officials) with the same coin.
    Manyok R, what you have written above, that we, the Dinka harboured and protect those of us who commit crime, is utterly false. You’re either, non-Dinka or another corrupted Dinka who lives on assumptions! Do I need to narrate you examples to amplify my claim?? Is Deng Alor not a Dinka…why did Kiir sack him? How about Akuein and Athian? Recall, the first ever senior officer to have been summary executed by his junior with firesquat was Thon Ayii in early days of SPLA/M. Mr Thon Ayii who was commanding Koryom division which responded to Mundari killings with utter military force, was later fire-squad in a parade of thousands of civilians and soldiers in his home area of Bor. Kuol Manyang, who was just a distance away from Ayii in terms of military ranking, was ordered by Dr. John Garang to execute Ayii. Thon Ayii, Kuol Manyang and John Garang are Dinkas, but Ayii was not spared though the Mundari are not Dinka.

    • Alierthiy:
      Attempting to enlighten or persuade a fool full of tribal hatred and animosity is as hard as calling a deaf person trying to get his/her attention when he/she turns their back on you. In fact, you have been telling the truth on this forum but no one seems to care or listen to you. However, it is worthy enlightening them anyway and with the hope that they will one day recall all the truth you have been telling them online. I like your comments and explanations. Please stay on the fight and stay blessed. The Dinka martyrs and those SPLA soldiers who are still risking their lives protecting this Country will acknowledge and appreciate your stance. Keep it up!

  14. Issack Deng says:

    It was in the house of minister Deng Alor whose wife is an Ethiopian where his illegal Ethiopian relative or brother in law residing in his house allegedly impregnated the daughter of President Kiir. There were also so many allegations of minister Deng Alor’s Ethiopian wife being awarded huge illegal government contacts worth millions of dollars to renovate J-One, President office and President residence. The same Deng Alor family allegedly owns a big Quality Hotel in Juba where many government officials do book in their mistresses and relatives throughout the year on government’s paycheck books.

    Where in the world can a government minister’s wife or serving minister be awarded huge government contracts without due process? This is a conflict of interest and corruption but President Kiir keeps on rewarding Deng Alor, Kosti, kuein and Athian. The examples illustrate that there some scared cows and untouchable ministers in this government.

    How have we the SPLM come to this sad state of affairs where true liberation and economic development is no more our guiding principle but autocracy, extraction, violence and self-enrichment? In Dr. Lual Deng’s own words, our new country is now in the state of hopelessness and perpetual economic crisis. For this reason many South Sudanese have now developed a deep cynicism about the SPLM leaders and have little faith in President Kiir government.

  15. Manyok R. says:

    Alierthiy,
    We do, but we just don’t like to admit. In my case, honesty compelled me to admit. I don’t see the need to prove to you that I’m Dinka. We got to change our values system in order to develop ourselves and our country. I don’t believe one bit that Pres. Kiir was acting in good faith or on matter of principle to relief the said corrupted ministers. Just as you said bro, that he Kiir “had sheltered and protected his cohorts for too long”, is the same reason I tried to give meaning to his behavior. That said, tribal impunity does seem to play the role for who should be charged. Three previous ministers who are Dinkas did actually commit most financial crimes than these poor two minsters. Yet, they are free men. But, they should have been charged and punished. Why now these two guys after all begs the question? And the answer may lie in conspiracy theories.

    For one, it is a payback time for Deng Alor revealed in “Wikileak” to have said he disapproved Pres. Kiir’s leadership. Plus his non-support and allegiance to Pres. Kiir’s 2015 bid. Manibe, was simply framed by his subordinates who bitterly resisted the structural changes in the ministry. The theft he is accused of is a common practice in that ministry. So, why him when other big guys have done the same?
    Alierthiy, who still doesn’t know till day that Thon Ayii was the first victim of power struggle and control? Gov. Kuol Manyang alone through jungle’s law executed Thon Ayii. Probably, this is why he remained our governor now.

  16. James Lual Garang says:

    I am not against the charges of the two Ministers, but let us always prosecute those Dinkas who exactly did the same corruption practices, it is not our culture (Akuein, Kuol and Arthorbei)……Don’t think you can be covered forever but one time you will be un-earthed and justice applied for misappropriating funds.

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